Monthly Archives: August 2009

Classic Foods Comes to Woodlawn

Jake Greenburg hasn’t moved in yet, but has already proven himself time and time again to be a great neighbor. If you search for him on the internet, you will see that he has owned and operated Classic Foods, a Portland-based specialty food wholesaler catering to restaurants, for the past 25 years. You’ll also find…
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VBC Project: Madison H.S. Outdoor Classroom

Madison High School is well on the way to becoming an oasis on NE 82nd Avenue. I pulled off the highway, with its multitude of strip malls and fast food joints, into the circular drive of the 52 year-old school. I saw a couple of staff members busily covering a concrete bench with a multi-colored…
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Alu Wine Bar Reopens

When Alu Wine Bar closed in February, it was a hushed end to a short and quiet life for the Northeast Portland spot. I had driven past it several times myself, wondering what it was, before I finally ventured in. It was an interesting space, and the wine list was not bad, but somehow it…
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Portland Community Gardens

he day of the annual Portland Community Gardens Tour was predicted to hit nearly 90 degrees, but as we jumped off the bus at the first stop, it was still a cool and breezy morning. We started the tour at Sewallcrest, a southeast Portland site in the Richmond neighborhood, that is one of the earliest…
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Salt, Fire, and Time

Tressa Yellig really is the picture of health. Despite the fact that we met in her un-air conditioned kitchen during one of the worst heat waves in Portland history, she was animated and full of energy as she told me about her Community Supported Kitchen (CSK), called Salt Fire and Time. A CSK is basically…
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Pup sicles Help Portland Pups Beat the Heat

When the July heat wave hit Portland, Rhonda Spencer’s dogs were ready. The graphic designer whose business slowed down just enough to open up some time in her busy schedule, launched pup-sicles, a line of ice-cream treats for canines. The idea was spawned at a dinner party, where Rhonda and friends were talking about all…
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