Oops… Bunk Takes Over Wonder Bar, K&Z to Pix Space, American Wine Society in PDX

First of all, I have to apologize to a couple of folks who sent in tips over the last month. For some reason I thought both had been published elsewhere, and were common knowledge. Since they ended up as breaking news yesterday, I felt pretty dumb. Please know that I really appreciate your tips(!) and won’t let this happen again. Next time I’ll check! Anyway, here is the (now old) news:

Bunk is taking over the kitchen space on the first floor of the Wonder Ballroom. It will be open for lunch and dinner every day, as opposed to just when there are shows going on upstairs. According to owner and cowboy Tommy Habetz, the food will be Tex-Mex in style. Think Esparazas, but (cough) good. The restaurant is expected to be open shortly, after a minor remodel.

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“I don’t want to overly classify it,” says Habetz. “It’s not true Tex-Mex, but a bit of love bit of love letter to to Tex-Mex cuisine.” Trigger will pull off its own ideas about roasted chilies, masa, queso, grilled meats, and torta sandwiches, blistering—in true Bunk fashion—with craft and playful imagination.

The menu is still in works, but the drawing board includes meats pulled from the house smoker, enchiladas, briskets, and a reprise of some Tex Mex–inspired Bunk sandwich specials: the monumental chile relleno torta and the amazing chorizo negro, stacked with pinto beans and guacamole.

“Authentic is a fleeting idea,” says Habetz. “Like jazz, you can riff on ideas. Keep it open. We use a template but define it our way. I was thinking authentic gay cowboy cuisine.

You can get more details from the PM post here.


The next piece of news, Kenny and Zuke’s is taking over the old Pix Patisserie space on N. Williams. They will open early in the morning, and close late, with bagels, coffee, hot sandwiches, and a full liquor license.

(sorry Nancy!)


Finally, the American Wine Society announced its 45th Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8 through 10. According to the press release,

The conference kicks off Nov. 8 with local flavor at “The Willamette Valley Experience”, hosted by Willamette Valley Vineyards, to enjoy a range of wines from the state’s best-known appellation. For the next two days, attendees choose from more than 45 wine sessions with leaders in the wine business from around the world and around the corner.  Sessions include wines ranging from Barolo, South Africa and Austria to the best-know producers and places in the Pacific Northwest.

This is the first time the American Wine Society, the nation’s largest organization of wine consumers, held its conference in the Pacific Northwest.

“With great Washington and Oregon wine regions nearby, Portland is a natural place to hold a conference, and we are fortunate to have the wines of both states as conference sponsors” said John Hames, AWS executive director. “Our members are looking forward to learning more about their wines as well as the other states and countries represented”.

At the conference, wine tasting session are punctuated by wine-paired meals beginning with a Sparkling Wine Breakfast sponsored by Wines of Franciacorta, Italy’s premier sparkling wine region. The wines of Navarra and Chianti Classico will also sponsor meals at the conference.

Attendance is limited to AWS members and on-line registration goes live Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT

The annual conference is the cornerstone event for the American Wine Society. For the complete agenda and information about the conference and becoming an AWS member, visit www.AmericanWineSociety.org.

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