The Wall Street Journal has an article today titled Kitchen No So Confidential: Underground restaurants go public, lose cachet; too many drunk diners. Interesting article if you get the WSJ, though I couldn’t find it on their web site.
[The Ripe] email invite list grew to 15,000 people and the operation known as Family Supper, received what Mr. Hebberoy calls a “disgusting amount of press.” Local authorities shut it down.
Huh? Let me quote that again. “Local Authorities shut it down”. By “disgusting amount of press” (this quote given in a promotional interview with the press). I think he just means me, for making fun of his never-ending pursuit of press. By the way, here is some info for One Pot, his new Seattle venture.
this event will be held at sitka and spruce, seattle washington. easily the most vital eatplace in this town, matt dillon, chef/owner has converted a strip mall slot into a haven for the food discouraged, stunning pure thoughtful food, completely void of pretense, and it has that missing little click of adventure that food-in-america tends to lack. this dinner is not for the feint of heart, all matt dillon will tell you about the dinner is that it will contain heads in pots, seriously.
This is like shooting fish in a barrel, so I’m just gonna leave the comments to you folks (except, could his English be even worse than mine? Sigh. Now I have to go update my food dictionary with “eatplace” )
From an article in The Seattle Stranger:
Things come and go; nothing in the world is stable. Whatever the case, Michael Hebberoy—an indefatigable spirit, a dreamer, an idealist, a Platonist who wants to revolutionize public and private dining—has found the way out of Portland and made Seattle the point from which he will launch future projects…
“There are all these rumors about why Ripe didn’t work, like I was doing this and that with a young waitress, but it’s all not true,”
Actually, I heard the waitress was at Gotham, so I believe him. Badum
What? Albina Press doubling in size! You heard it here first, but it is a big secret, so don’t tell anyone. My sources tell me that Albina Press is opening a new space in the SE Portland AudioCinema Building on Hawthorne. Albina Press located their first venture just off the busy (and more expensive) Mississippi Ave area. This one pushes the envelope farther by locating it all the way down in the industrial area at 226 SE Madison St. It’s an eclectic mix of tenants, so they should fit right in, but hmm. I’ll go by, snoop around, and report back. Perhaps they are taking the old cafe space. I’m going to have to dig for details. Either way, this is great news for Portland coffeenatics. We’ll see how it all plays out.
Restaurants across the continent are banning together to protest the Canadian seal harvest… or whatever you call it when people kill seals. The list is quite impressive, with many pledging to boycott “some or all Canadian seafood until the unt is finally ended”. Um, some or all? What is this… “I’m not buying another damn Canadian snow crab until they quit clubbing seals!… Oh, that seafood looks great! But no crab!” Even more interesting, is the list on the front page of “Vegetarian restaurants that support the seal campaign and seafood boycott”. Well duh! Anyway, it seems all of this means nothing, but if you want to see the HUGE list of PDX restaurants supporting the boycott, click [note: link no longer valid]
For the record, Food Dude only supports the wanton killing of unattractive animals such as monkfish.
Salon.com has been running some terrific food/restaurant articles lately. This week, they ran excerpts from a book by Gabrielle Hamilton called Trial by Fryer.
“Some cooks think that because they throw a mean dinner party, they can run a restaurant. Until I tried to manage an overworked kitchen, an angry staff and an untested menu, I was one of them.”
Words of great wisdom. You can read the whole essay here.