Randy Montgomery, the former cheese wizard of Provvista Specialty Foods, and his immensely talented wife, the artist Amy Ruppel, are set to open their European-style tavern, Cava, in about three weeks. They've had a couple of benefits and are in the shake-down phase, developing what I've heard is a killer menu of upscale, high-quality pub food, something that's been puzzlingly missing on the Portland scene. Follow their progress on the Cava blog. Randy says he'll be keeping us updated on specifics about opening times and dates, so stay tuned!
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The Oregonian, where, in the interest of full disclosure, I write the Market Watch column in FoodDay, is starting up new print project. It's a food magazine called MIX that will be distributed free to certain A-list people and available by subscription to the rest of us. But, whatever nits I have to pick about that strategy, it looks like a high-end, glossy homage to the food that makes this region great and should be a nice plus to the city's mag scene. And, just because it's there, you can download a sample here.
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And in other eastside restaurant news, Portland Food and Drink reported that "a new restaurant is opening...called Toast at SE 52nd and Steele. This is the previous location of Angie’s Bad Ass Video, so this should be an improvement. Brunch and dinner Wednesday-Saturday. It is owned by industry veteran Donald Kotler of Southpark, Vindalho and Giorgios." Let me know what you think if you get there before me!