I get so many press releases that I've gotten good at speed reading them. Rarely do I spend more than a minute on one but the press release that I got from din din last week kept me rapt for, well, three minutes. That says a lot and it's the reason why I'm sharing the details it divulged here. The photo above is of the lovely din din ladies which you can read more about here.
Since the press release rocked, I'm sharing it here verbatim:
Americans like something we call "breakfast for dinner," but I've always been a "dinner for breakfast" kind of girl. There's something very elegant and effortless about a perfectly poached farm egg on top of last night's dinner.
My affinity for brunch landed me a stint at Matchbox Lounge as brunch chef, and one Sunday a while back we were lucky enough to host the final stop of the House Spirits Brunch Series. While I was poaching eggs, the House Spirits boys slipped me a sip of what was, at the time, the unreleased MARTEAU absinthe. I was sold. Brunch and spirits.
Since then, the craft distilleries of the Hawthorne area have banded together as Distillery Row. They all work from the ethic of producing the very best of what they do locally, and they get that it makes sense to collaborate. I'm honored to be able to collaborate with them for this brunch series.
So we present six brunches, Saturday & Sunday the last three weeks of May. din din coursed brunch with cocktail pairings by Distillery Row. $35 + gratuity. Coffee by beloved heart. Columbia Gorge juices. At my stomping grounds, Milepost 5*, 900 NE 81st Ave. 11am. rezzo details below. These are the menus, loosely:
((Sorry about your luck...)) Saturday & Sunday, May 15th & 16th New Deal Distillery
deep-fried asparagus and steamed oyster with coppa and Piment d'Espelette New Deal's house bloody mary with Hot Monkey Spicy Vodka
squash brioche tart with foraged ramps Princess of Whales (New Deal Mud Puddle Chocolate Vodka, aquavit, and Madeira topped with bubbly)
poached duck egg with braised short rib, sorrel salsa verde, and soft polenta The Rhubarb Bloom (rhubarb simple syrup, mint, lime, and gin)
soufléed sweet omelette with New Deal Mudpuddle Vodka hazelnut cake The David Bowie (New Deal Mud Puddle Chocolate Vodka, bourbon, and orange)
Saturday & Sunday May 22nd & 23rd Highballl Distillery (cocktail pairings TBA)
brioche toast with french breakfast radish, french butter, and fleur de sel
Odessa Blue cheese custard with dressed Weppler Farms greens
french style omelette with stinging nettle pesto, oven-dried tomatoes, and fried potatoes
Elemental Vanilla Espresso Vodka panna cotta with Phelps Creek Pinot Noir-macerated strawberries
Saturday & Sunday May 29th & 30th House Spirits Distillery (cocktail pairings TBA) Roquefort toast with soft-boiled egg
crespiau: a cake of paper-thin omelettes layered with herbed black olive tapenade and fennel tomato sauce
tuna with chartreuse lettuce sauce and potato salad
marmalade and orange flower water shortbread tart
to make your rezzo:
send a check for $35/person to: Courtney Sproule 900 NE 81st Ave #114 Portland, OR 97213
the dates you want to come the names of those in your party (or at least a total number) your phone number your email any notes you may have for us
As soon as we receive your payment/rezzo, we'll confirm with you that we did receive it.
We can credit or refund you up to two weeks prior to the din din. If a conflict arises less than two weeks from the dinner, you're welcome (and encouraged!) to send someone else in your place.
*Milepost 5 is an intentional community of live/work spaces designed for artists and creatives located in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood. din din www.dindinportland.com