Dovetail Bakery Open: Extra, Extra!

February 4th, 2010
Tasty vegan treats at Dovetail Bakery's new NE Alberta location

Tasty vegan treats at Dovetail Bakery's new NE Alberta location

In December, I wrote about vegan Dovetail Bakery’s soon-to-be new retail location on Northeast Alberta Street. Well, they’ve delivered on their promise — they’re open for business!

This Saturday, February 6th from 5-8pm Dovetail is hosting its grand opening party with snacks, drinks and all sorts of good folks. According to Dovetail owner Morgan Grundstein-Helvey the more the merrier so head on over for some merrymaking and free tasty vegan drinks and snacks this Saturday.


Dovetail Bakery 

3039 NE Alberta St.

Portland, Oregon

503.288.8839

Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8am-6pm
www.dovetailbakery.blogspot.com

**All photos in this post were taken by Morgan’s friend KC Tarog on Dovetail Bakery’s opening day late January.

Good morning sunshine -- Dovetail's cinnamon rolls

Good morning sunshine -- Dovetail's cinnamon rolls

More Dovetail Bakery vegan sweets. Open for business!

More Dovetail Bakery vegan sweets. Open for business!

Dovetail Bakery vegan scones and muffins

Dovetail Bakery vegan scones and muffins

Dovetail Bakery about to spread its wings: New retail location!

December 5th, 2009
I've got the scoop! The Dovetail Bakery scoop! Dovetail Bakery owner Morgan Grundstein-Helvey has some fabulous news.

I've got the scoop! The Dovetail Bakery scoop! Dovetail Bakery owner Morgan Grundstein-Helvey has some fabulous news.

I’m in the final edits stage of my book at the moment and in an effort to stay on the sunny side about the seemingly endless tedium it’s been great in the past few weeks to add some exciting new ventures to the pages of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland.

One that I’m very excited about is Dovetail Bakery’s soon to open retail location on Northeast Alberta Street. For years Dovetail has vended at farmers market and delivered wholesale only, with no retail location.

These lovely vegan baker ladies have been working around the clock the past few months to make the retail bakery happen and if all goes well Dovetail Bakery plans to ring in the new year and open shop on January 1st, 2010. The new Dovetail Bakery location has indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of bike parking in front.

Grand opening Jan. 1st, 2010!
Dovetail Bakery
3039 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon
503.288.8839
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8am-8pm

Same great vegan sweet and savory pastries at new retail location.

Same great vegan sweet and savory pastries at new retail location.

New menu to include:

Cinnamon rolls
Aunt Miriam’s sticky buns
Seasonally inspired sweet buns
Daily selection of cookies
Seasonally inspired loaf cakes
Seasonally inspired muffins
Sweet & savory tarts
Seasonal fruit pies
Changing selection of cakes & cupcakes
Artisan breads
Housemade coconut yogurt w/ Dovetail Bakery granola & fruit
Daily soup (featuring farm direct produce)
French press Courier Coffee
Magic Kombucha
Special orders are always welcome!

*Everything baked fresh on site.
*Loads of local ingredients.
*New CSA/CSB program. Dovetail has partnered with local farm Wealth Underground Farm that will provide the CSA portion (veggies, fruits, beans, etc.) while Dovetail will provide the bread and pastries CBA portion. Contact Dovetail for more information.

The fabulous Dovetail Bakery ladies move shop to Northeast Alberta.

The fabulous Dovetail Bakery ladies move shop to Northeast Alberta.

Dovetail Bakery
3039 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon
503.288.8839
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8am-8pm
dovetailbakery.blogspot.com

Vegan Iron Chef Lucky Winner!

July 1st, 2011

Lucky number 8 wins two free tickets for this year's Vegan Iron Chef!

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the next Sunday, July 10th Vegan Iron Chef Competition and to everyone who commented on my last post about tasty vegan food. Lucky #8 commenter Lindy is the winner of two tickets to this awesome event! (So sad that I’ll be out of town for it.) Lindy, please drop me an line at info at liz crain dot com for ticket details. Congratulations!

For those of you who don’t have tickets already the advance tickets have sold out BUT there will be a limited number available at the door the night of the event. So definitely try your luck again because it’s going to be a super fun event. Also, head over to the Vegan Iron Chef Competition website for more details on how to volunteer for the event and do other related stuff.

Here’s a little more info. from the press release:

Three chefs from the community’s favorite establishments will prepare dishes inspired by an unveiled secret ingredient for a panel of esteemed judges and a live audience, while the event is live-streamed to anticipated thousands.

The event will be co-hosted by bestselling cooking author Isa Chandra Moskowitz of The Post Punk Kitchen and local artist and zinester Nicole J. Georges.

Our chefs are Kitchen Dances’ Piper Dixon, Homegrown Smoker’s Jeff Ridabock, and Dovetail Bakery’s Morgan Grundstein-Helvey.

This year’s judges include Julie Hasson from Native Bowl and Everyday Dish, Aaron Adams from Portobello Vegan Trattoria, Grant Butler from The Oregonian, John Janulis from The Bye & Bye, and last year’s crowned Vegan Iron Chef, Quasu Asaase Yaa.

Live music, exhibitors, sampling, trivia, and raffle prizes round out this can’t-miss event.

Tickets ($12 in advance/$15 door; $100 VIP tasting seats) are available at VeganIronChef.org. Sponsorship opportunities available now.

Vegan Iron Chef is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, with a mission of spreading the message of veganism by showcasing the art of vegan cuisine and celebrating community. Other cities are encouraged to join the Vegan Iron Chef network, hold their own competitions, and unite for regionals and finals in upcoming years.

Below is one of this year’s fierce competitors. Go Morgan!

Cheer your favorite competitor on at this year's Vegan Iron Chef!

Vegan Iron Chef Competition
Sunday, July 10th, Competition 5-7:30pm; after party until late
Event @ Refuge PDX

Vegan Iron Chef Ticket Giveaway!

June 27th, 2011

Last year's Vegan Iron Chef in Portland. Photo by Lucas DeShazer.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be here for the second annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition this year — but if you are I’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky commenter. Since last year’s event sold out quickly I’m doing this giveaway early so those who don’t win can go ahead and purchase tickets ($12 advance/$15 at door/$100 VIP tasting seats).

Comment below on the best vegan dish you’ve eaten out in Portland recently (or a vegan dish you’ve made at home recently if no restaurant dishes stand out) for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

From the press release:

Three chefs from the community’s favorite establishments will prepare dishes inspired by an unveiled secret ingredient for a panel of esteemed judges and a live audience, while the event is live-streamed to anticipated thousands.

The event will be co-hosted by bestselling cooking author Isa Chandra Moskowitz of The Post Punk Kitchen and local artist and zinester Nicole J. Georges.

Our chefs are Kitchen Dances’ Piper Dixon, Homegrown Smoker’s Jeff Ridabock, and Dovetail Bakery’s Morgan Grundstein-Helvey.

This year’s judges include Julie Hasson from Native Bowl and Everyday Dish, Aaron Adams from Portobello Vegan Trattoria, Grant Butler from The Oregonian, John Janulis from The Bye & Bye, and last year’s crowned Vegan Iron Chef, Quasu Asaase Yaa.

Live music, exhibitors, sampling, trivia, and raffle prizes round out this can’t-miss event.

Tickets ($12 in advance/$15 door; $100 VIP tasting seats) are available at VeganIronChef.org. Sponsorship opportunities available now.

Vegan Iron Chef is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, with a mission of spreading the message of veganism by showcasing the art of vegan cuisine and celebrating community. Other cities are encouraged to join the Vegan Iron Chef network, hold their own competitions, and unite for regionals and finals in upcoming years.

Vegan Iron Chef Competition
Sunday, July 10th, Competition 5-7:30pm; after party until late
Event @ Refuge PDX

In Good Taste Event

July 26th, 2010

Chocolate covered cacao bean from...Cacao!

There was a lot of competition on Saturday, July 10th when we decided to have a mid-day book event for Food Lover’s Guide to Portland at In Good Taste in the Pearl — everything from the Mississippi Ave. Street Fair to Bastille Day at Jamison Square Park to the NW 23rd Ave. Street Fair. Not to mention sunshine and summer which we hadn’t had a lot of until mid-July.

Although we still had relatively high hopes we weren’t surprised when only 30 or so folks dropped by for the event. We had a great time despite. Aubrey Lindley and Jesse Manis were there sampling out delicious chocolates from Cacao; Morgan Grundstein-Helvey brought all sorts of vegan sweet and savory pastries from Dovetail Bakery; Athena Pappas of Boedecker Cellars poured tastes of her Stewart Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; and Michele Knaus of Friends of Family Farmers gave out tastes of her homemade ice milk (made from Kookoolan Farms’ milk) blended with mascarpone topped with a strawberry honey balsamic glaze. (Michele also teaches fresh cheese classes at In Good Taste.)

So, basically if you weren’t among those 30 folks you sorely missed out. I’m sorry but it’s true. It was fun, it was delicious and so nice to hear all of these Portland food folks talk about their very special businesses and organizations — ones that I happen to love immensely. Here’s what you missed…

Cacao sampled this incredible hazelnut cream and whole hazelnut chocolate bar. I've thought about it several times since. I want one NOW!

Dovetail Bakery's awesome sweets and savories...

Morgan Grundstein-Helvey of Dovetail Bakery sampling her pastries.

Athena Pappas of Boedecker Cellar sampling her delicious Stewart pinot noir and chardonnay.

Michele Knaus of Friends of Family Farmers with her perfect for a hot summer day homemade ice milk with strawberry balsamic glaze.

Where it all went down.

Thank you Barbara and all the staff at In Good Taste who made this event happen!

In Good Taste
231 NW 11th Ave.
503.248.2015
www.ingoodtastestore.com
Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-6pm

Much Kneaded: Portland bread and pastries

March 18th, 2009

I want to write something I really, really do but between the private tastings (private dancer but no exchange of money and no need for a change of clothes), tours and interviews there’s some time for my freelance, some time for my taxes (taxes!) and a little more time to actually write this book that’s supposedly due by early September.

So instead of writing any more I give you this post of images. I’m including some bread and pastry folks and places that I’ve been to and met with in the past couple weeks…

NatureBake loaves (Dave's Killer Bread folks) right out of the oven...

NatureBake loaves (Dave's Killer Bread folks) right out of the oven...

And into the slicer

And into the slicer

Ken Forkish about to hit me over the head with a boule

Ken Forkish about to hit me over the head with a boule

My dog about to hit me over the head with a hammer so he can get the Nuvrei pastries

My dog about to hit me over the head with a hammer so he can get the Nuvrei pastries

Morgan Grundstein-Helvey of Dovetail Bakery loving all blueberries equally

Morgan Grundstein-Helvey of Dovetail Bakery loving all blueberries equally

Jocelyn Barda of Bakery Bar didn't cross off a few things on her to-do list because I asked her what her son's birthday cakes are like

Jocelyn Barda of Bakery Bar didn't cross off a few things on her to-do list because I asked her what her son's birthday cakes are like

NatureBake www.naturebake.com
Dave’s Killer Bread www.daveskillerbread.com
Ken’s Artisan Bakery www.kensartisan.com
Nuvrei Pastries www.nuvrei.com
Dovetail Bakery www.dovetailbakery.blogspot.com
Bakery Bar www.bakerybar.com

No noise complaints: United States Barista Championship

February 27th, 2009
Don't you love me?

Don't you love me?

Last night I went to my first ever barista throwdown — PDX Tamp Your Face off! I didn’t know what to expect but a local vegan baker gave me the word and I was there. It took place at Blend Coffee Lounge just a few blocks from my house so a neighbor and I walked over at around 8pm.

I don’t know if you know but a really big coffee competition is brewing in Portland next week — the United States Barista Competition. It’s at the Convention Center Thursday through Sunday — March 5-8 — and is free and open to the public. I’m definitely going to head over for some of the action. The winner from the USBC, which is held in a different city every year — Minneapolis last year — goes on to compete in the World Barista Championship in Atlanta in April. Those are the big beans.

So what about last night? I thought I’d take some photos but it was too crowded. Blend isn’t a big coffee shop — or excuse me lounge — and it was pretty much 10-deep all around the coffee bar. Every once in a while I could see some girls moving around and smiling behind it. I assume that they were pulling espressos, frothing milk, tamping coffee, but honestly I couldn’t see much. There were a bunch of pizza boxes in one corner — mostly eaten, and a lot of folks drinking tall boys and holding up cell phones to take photos. I saw a few people sipping espresso from little paper cups but we didn’t stick around long enough to get one.

It felt like a basement show without a band. And our shoes didn’t stick to the floor. The baristas were the band — kind of quiet, although they did have some highly functional percussion. I think if we’d elbowed our way to the front it would’ve been much more entertaining but that’s shitty so we didn’t. My friend put it nicely — “We could stand around and listen to other people’s conversations for a while…” We did check out the collection of beans on display from all sorts of local roasters before we left. There were some there that neither of us had heard of, along with several that we had. There were also some roasters that made a trek for the event — one from out in the Gorge.

Since the USBC competition is in Portland this year, local baristas are ramping up, along with local roasters, with these after-hours espresso slinging gatherings where they can practice for the people. I guess the first throwdown was at one of my favorite Portland spots — Little Red Bike Cafe.

I’d go to another but I’d be sure to show up early and wear my Inspector Gadget arm so I could get some of that perfectly pulled coffee.

Oh and there were also some silk screened chocolates from a guy named Dane. That’s right, silk screened.