News From Around Portland

We’ve got a bunch of news from various places around Portland…

GIG Holiday Fair is this Weekend

A quick reminder that the GIG Holiday Fair is this Saturday. See this post on Grain Damaged for more information.

Where: The International Fellowship Family
4401 NE 122nd St. Portland, OR (NE Sandy & 122nd)
When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Entry Fee: $5 per person, $10 per family, Kids under 12 free

Jensen’s Better Buns Now Available at New Seasons Deli

These are the same gluten-free buns that are currently available at McMenamins around town, as well as Dick’s Kitchen. We think they’re the best gluten-free buns around. Now you can get gluten free sandwiches at New Seasons delis.

Petunia’s Pies at New Seasons

Speaking of New Seasons, Petunia’s gluten free and vegan treats are now available at New Seasons. Petunia’s – Our Review

2012 GIG Conference Will be in Seattle

The Gluten Intolerance Group national headquarters are in Seattle, WA. The organization holds yearly conferences in different cities around the country, and has announced that next year’s conference will be held in Seattle. They’ve also announced that the format of the conference is growing from a “traditional program” into a Gluten-Free Health & Wellness Expo. Look for more details coming soon.

Harvester Brewing!

A local tipster alerted us that Harvester Brewing is setting up shop at 715 SE Lincoln St, just a stone’s throw from New Cascadia Traditional. Harvester will be a dedicated gluten-free brewery in Portland OR, and expects to operational and open in Fall/Winter 2011. We were invited to sample their beers quite a while ago, and were impressed. We certainly wish them well! Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Two New Gluten-Free Classes at Bob’s Red Mill

There are two upcoming gluten-free classes at Bob’s Red Mill. These are a fun way to spend an evening (see our review of one we took last year).

Delicious International Soups with Laura B. Russell

Laura B. Russell is the author of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, which we are currently working our way through.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2011 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Take a trip around the world with cookbook author and columnist Laura Russell as she incorporates whole grains and beans into hearty, satisfying soups and accompaniments. We’ll start in Africa with a Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup followed by a layover in India for Creamy Curried Millet and Vegetable Soup. Two stops in South America bring us an addictive tapioca-based Brazilian Cheese Bread and Peruvian Quinoa Chowder. Back home in the U.S., we’ll dig into wedges of Cornbread and a chunky Wild Rice Soup with Smoked Sausage. Please join us in welcoming Laura Russell to our cooking school while enjoying some of her wonderful dishes!

Note: In addition to this menu being gluten-free, both breads are vegetarian, one soup is vegan, and one soup has a vegan option.

Supplies to bring: enjoy the sampling! Class Fee: $40.00

Best-Ever Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts– But For Everyone with Kyra Bussanich

Our review of Crave Bake Shop and their amazing cupcakes. Seriously, Kyra Bussanich makes the best gluten-free cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Here’s how you can WOW your holiday guests and family, even those with gluten-free or dairy-free diets with a nationally-acclaimed Pastry Chef Kyra Bussanich from Lake Oswego’s Crave Bake Shop will show you how to create tender, flaky Sweet Potato Biscuits with Maple Butter, a lighter-than-air dairy-free Pumpkin Chiffon Cake, and outrageous Truffle Fudge Brownies. You can also raise a toast with Champagne Cupcakes or give thanks in style with stop-in-their-tracks Pumpkin Cheesecake. Each dessert is gluten-free, but they’re so delicious, your friends and family will NEVER know–they’ll just want more!

Supplies to Bring: enjoy the sampling! Class fee $40.00

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Call Bonnie at Bob’s Red Mill 971-206-2208 (Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) to sign up for classes.

More Upcoming Gluten-Free Events

Here are some more upcoming events in and around Portland.

Samplefest in Vancouver WA

Samplefest – over 40 gluten-free vendors will be at this gluten-free sampling fair. All proceeds go to support Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Southwest Washington.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver
4505 E. 18th St. Vancouver, WA 98661
When: Saturday October 15th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $2 per person- children under 12 free

Questions contact Audrey Levin
425-761-3424 or

October GIG Meeting

The Portland Metro GIG meeting is the second Saturday of the month.
Topic: “GF 101.” Samples provided by GF Gem (new maple raisin coffeecake and dairy-free gingerbread muffins) and PuraVida who distribute Wellaby’s.

When: October 8 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Legacy Emanuel Hospital
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR. 07227-1623
Room E-1075/1077

Put That Bread Down! Dr. Tom O’Bryan at the National College of Natural Medicine

Recognize the Many Faces of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

Presenter: Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Description: For every person with Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease that have intestinal symptoms, there are eight that have symptoms outside the intestines. How can we tell if wheat is a problem when the gut “feels fine”? For many, the blood tests are negative, and yet, the person knows they feel better on the gluten-free diet. Why is that? The blood tests are wrong! Unless you have total villous atrophy, the sensitivity of the tests can be as low as 27-33%. That means the test can be wrong 7 out of 10 times. Dr. O’Bryan will unveil the new blood tests that do not have these types of false negatives. If you have a problem, these tests will show it.

Co-sponsored by National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).

Gluten Free samples will be provided by local Gluten Free bakeries, Tula and GEM.

When: Saturday, October 8th, 2011 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: NCNM Annex – 2719 SW Kelly Portland, OR 97201
Cost: $10 cash at the door

Portland Gluten Free Holiday Food Fair October 22

The McMinnville, Mid-Willamette Valley and Portland Metro Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) Branches of Oregon have announced a new annual Gluten Free Holiday Food Fair. This is the same organizers who do the Gluten Free Food Fairs in May, so there will be gluten free products to sample and other gluten free folks to talk to. The times we’ve gone, it’s been fun and interesting, and we plan to go again for this one. Check their site for more info.

The International Fellowship Family
4401 NE 122nd St. Portland, OR (NE Sandy & 122nd)

Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Entry Fee:
$5 per person, $10 per family, Kids under 12 free

Interested sponsors and vendors should contact Lisa Shaver at 503-577-9339.

Beware Cell Phone Phishing Scam

This doesn’t have anything to do with gluten-free, but it is about Portland. There are fraudsters sending text messages to cell numbers in Portland, trying to get credit card numbers out of them. Here’s the sort of text they’re sending:

Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please contact us at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

When you call the number, an automated message asks for your credit card number, and if you enter it, then some scammers have your credit card number. If you get a message like this, be safe and call your bank using the number on the back of your credit card.

OK. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Portland Places We’ve Been Recently

Sometimes we find ourselves going back to places we reviewed months or years ago, and we’re often gratified to find that we were right the first time! Here’s a quick run-down on places we’ve been recently. Some new, most not.

Seven Virtues Cafe

Seven Virtues Cafe

If you’re in the NE and want something good for lunch any day of the week, you should check out Seven Virtues on NE Glisan at 60th. They have great espresso drinks, delicious gluten-free and vegan goodies by Petunia’s (our review here), and gluten-free bread available for their sandwiches. I am especially partial to the Frazer Park sandwich, pictured above. They also make a mean iced mocha.

PSU Farmer's Market

Portland Farmers Markets

We recently saw the documentary Food, Inc and decided to see what would happen if we started going to our local Farmer’s Markets. Besides fresh veggies, cheese, eggs, and flowers from local farms, there are a lot of local gluten-free businesses which sell their goods at your local farmer’s market. The PSU farmers market on Saturday morning is host to Petunia’s and New Cascadia Traditional Bakery (our info and review here). I saw Paobread (our review here) at the Montavilla Farmers Market the last time we went there. At the Buckman Farmers Market a person can pick up gluten-free hand pies made by Queen of Hearts (review coming soon). Although we haven’t gone yet, we’ve been told that Happy Camper Bread can be bought fresh at Hollywood Farmer’s Market.

Chez Machin

We’ve stopped by Chez Machin (our review here) on SE Hawthorne now and again. Although we wish their savory crepes had more options, they keep blowing our minds with their specials and their dessert crepes. We really recommend getting whatever the special entree of the day is, as long as it can be had gluten-free.

Dessert Crepe at Suzette - Yow!

Suzette Creperie

Speaking of crepes, we went to Suzette Creperie (our review) on NE Alberta for Bastille Day, dined on delicious crepes, and listened to AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady.

Blackwood Cafe

Blackwood Cafe

A recent Groupon or Living Social deal informed us that the Blackwood Cafe on NE 70th has gluten-free bread available. I went there by myself recently and got their special of the day, which was an intriguing sandwich with gruyere cheese, apple slices, and (if my memory serves) Prosciutto. The sandwich was really good, but the bread was like Udi’s, which isn’t really my favorite. The iced mocha was really chocolatey. They have a fun menu, but their atmosphere is kind of uncomfortable for some reason.

Favorite Things from the Farmers Markets

Things we expected to be better from the Farmers Markets: tomatoes.
Things we might not have: celery, cherries, cucumbers, cheeses, and sausages.
Celery? We found thin, kind of sickly-looking celery at the Montavilla Market recently and what a surprise! It’s got a surprising, delightful flavor. Almost herbal or floral. Mmmmm. At the PSU Market look for my favorite cucumber of all time – the lemon cucumber. Also at the PSU Market, we found Rogue Creamery’s Raw Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese and wow is it amazing, especially with a little of your favorite jam. Finally, we’ve tried some items from Olympic Provisions and have yet to be disappointed.

Summer is Finally Here

Thanks to everyone who emailed us about Subway stores getting gluten-free bread and brownies. We kind of ignored the news because we’re more into supporting our local businesses. We do really appreciate it when people email us, even though sometimes it can take a long time for us to get back to them.

Got any recommendations for shopping at the Farmers Markets? We’re still really new at it and learning. Let us know in the comments!

Coming Gluten Free Events

July GIG Meeting

The Portland Metro GIG meeting will be this Saturday.

When: July 9 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Kimberley Wilson
Topic is how to read food labels to make sure an item is gluten-free. Meeting will also feature samples from French Meadow Bakery.
Legacy Emanuel Hospital
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR. 07227-1623
Room E-1075/1077

Celebrate Bastille Day at Suzette

We mentioned recently that we really love Suzette Creperie on Alberta. To celebrate Bastille Day, they are hosting a special event (edited for brevity):

Bastille Day at Suzette Crêperie

Liberté, égalité, fraternité, crêperie! Celebrate the storming of the Bastille with a special open air dinner at Suzette Crêperie Thursday, July 14th from 6-9pm. Chilled rosé, olives, fresh berries, and a special multi-course menu. Live music by AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady.

Reservations required. Make sure you mention that you want gluten free when you reserve. Call (503) 473-8657 or email
Vive La France!

Some Portland Links and Resources

This isn’t strictly gluten-free, but it is Portland-specific: Google has a new Groupon-like service, and they chose Portland as the first city to launch in. Today’s deal was a half-off coupon for Powell’s Books. Find the new service, here: Google Offers

There is a new blog on gluten-free travel which has some articles on Portland, here: Gluten Free Will Travel

A new blog on gluten-free beers and where they can be found, nationwide. They have a list for Portland.

Next resource is also not gluten-free, but is Oregon-specific: The Good Stuff NW blog by Kathleen Bauer, which covers foodie news, gardening, local farms, cocktails, and lots of other interesting things in Oregon. The whole left column of their blog is an events calendar, which is worth a visit in itself.

Speaking of events, and continuing with the “not gluten-free specific” topic here, we were contacted about a benefit dinner which is happening in September. They’re looking to get the word out, so tweet and blog post away. Rather severely edited for brevity, here is part of the press release.

Hillsdale Presents Largest Paella Dinner in Oregon – Proceeds Benefit Hillsdale Main Street and Neighborhood House

WHO: Hillsdale Main Street, a Program of the Hillsdale Community Foundation

WHAT: Hillsdale Paella Dinner – Paella Dinner for 300 People, Fundraiser for Hillsdale Main Street

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Hillsdale Business District – Under the Big Tent next to Korkage Wine Shop, 6451 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97239

COST: $75 Per Person

Hillsdale Main Street, a program of the Hillsdale Community Foundation, is pleased to
announce its major fundraiser of the year – the Hillsdale Paella Dinner – benefiting both
Hillsdale Main Street as well as Neighborhood House. This will be a first year event, featuring Chef Ted Coonfield, with Chef Greg Higgins (from Portland’s Higgins Restaurant and Bar) and Chef Chris Biard from Sonoma, CA’s world class restaurant Auberge du Soleil as sous-chefs. They will be serving 300 people under a tent decorated to bring you to Valencia, Spain. Besides the paella itself, entertainment will include flamenco dancers and wine tasting.

Tickets and Contact: Hillsdale Main Street

We wanted to give a shout and link to Kelly of Stella Blue Photography, who is an amazing dog photographer here in Portland. Check the link to see some of her photos.

We’re going to toot our own horn, for once. Don’t miss our Gluten-Free Restaurant List and also don’t miss our gluten-free bread machine resource page.

Last, I have to apologize for being behind on our email correspondence and blog posting. Life has been very busy recently. Those of you who have sent us restaurants for our restaurant list, we’re working to get you added soon!

Coming Gluten Free Events

The summer is finally kind of showing some enthusiasm for showing up. Maybe. Not that I’m feeling impatient or anything. The good news is that there are some great Portland gluten free events coming up soon. Here’s a quick run-down:

June 11 – Portland Metro GIG

Quick reminder that the Portland Metro GIG meeting will be this Saturday.

When: June 11 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Rudi’s GF bakery
Legacy Emanuel Hospital
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR. 07227-1623
Room E-1075/1077

June 12 – Rudi’s Summer Road Trip BBQ in Lake Oswego

Mentioned here a month or so ago, it’s coming this Sunday. From Kyra at Crave Bake Shop:

Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery is doing a summer road trip and I’ve been helping them coordinate a GF BBQ on Sunday June 12th at Millenium Park in Lake Oswego. It is free and all ages and open to the public and there will be live music and lots of lunchy foods, like BBQ gf hotdogs and hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches etc (from them) and desserts (from me). And did I mention that it’s FREE? we’re finalizing the details, so I’ll be sure to get back to you, but it looks like the event will be from 11:30-1:30 PM on the 12th. Flyer to come!

June 12 Midway Farm Event

This is more of a “gluten-free friendly” event than a full-on gluten free event, but if you are interested in visiting a farm this weekend, this one is for you.

Sunday, June 12th 12pm – 3pm Enjoy a summer day on the farm! Stroll around visiting all the chickens, ducks, geese & turkeys. Meet our famous family milk cow Heidi & Dutch Chocolate our Welsh pony. This is a family fun day at Midway Farms. Face painting will be the rage along with a coloring contest. Midway Farms is located midway between Albany and Corvallis on Highway 20. For more information visit our website or contact us at

June 21 – Petunia’s Gluten Free & Vegan Bakery Class

We’ve been trading emails with Petunia’s and plan to check them out soon, I promise! In the meantime, you can find their gluten free goods at the Saturday at the PSU Farmer’s Market 8:30-2. If a class is more your speed, Lisa Clark of Petunia’s will be teaching one on June 21st. Here are details:

Tuesday June 21st from 6-9pm @ Whole Foods in the Pearl we will hold a Summer Desserts Baking Class featuring fresh Oregon  berries used in three different amazing desserts to wow your friends and family with. You must sign up and pay through the Guest Services counter in the store, or call today before it’s full! 503.525.4343

Summer Camp! and GIG Conference

Grain Damaged has posted a call for volunteers to help out at Summer Camp in July. And also details on an upcoming GIG conference in Orlando Florida.