Anticipation is building over our
newest concept (currently under construction
just one block away from Grüner on the corner of SW 12th
a collaboration between Chefstable and Chris Israel
to be named Corazón.
Corazon’s menu will explore traditional Mexican cuisines with an emphasis
on seafood (think grilled fish tacos and lobster tostadas) Its large
bar/cantina will offer an extensive selection of agave based spirits, imported draft beer
and a collection
of classic Latin American cocktails.
There’s más: The new location features
a dramatic special event space that
up to 80 guests! Stay tuned: More details about Corazón will be revealed here soon…
THE ITALIAN JOB
Like you, we want
to know more about
the region and the people who put the “tramin” in Gewürztraminer.
That’s why we’ve scheduled the
Cantina Tramin Wine Dinner
April 18.Set amid
in northern Italy’s Alto Adige wine
is a cooperative
winery renowned for producing the
world’s best Gewürztraminer -
as well as
noteworthy Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon,
and Lagrein wines.
A WINNING TEAM
If ever a toast was in order, it’s in the case of the über-successful Classic Wines Auction: The 2012 event raised $2.4 million for charities that support families and children in the Portland/Vancouver area. On March 1, Grüner was honored to be one of 45 participating restaurants in the auction’s Winemaker Dinner series, for which we collaborated with Harry Peterson-Nedry and Mike Eyres of Chehalem Wines. We’d like to extend a special thank you to CWA, Chehalem Wines, and everyone who made this inspiring event a success.
Congratulations to our chef Christopher Israel, who was nominated last week for a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the Best Chef: Northwest category. Five regional chefs are competing for the exceptional honor, the highest awarded to North American food professionals, which will be presented in New York City on May 7. This is the second time that Chris has received a nomination for this prestigious award.
While the calendar says it is official
it certainly hasn’t felt like Spring. Nevertheless, our kitchen moves forward with
the season’s first offerings: Chef de Cuisine Jake Sheffield’s recent menu introductions include Sautéed Walleyed Pike with Horseradish Beurre Blanc, Savoy Cabbage, Heirloom Carrots & Bacon; and a Mixed Grill of Stuffed Quail & Rabbit Boudin Blanc with a Wilted Salad of Dandelion, Chicories, Quail Egg & Crisp Speck. Our delectable Ricotta-Nettle Dumplings are back in the mix as well, tossed simply with melted butter and grated parmesan! Sometimes they have to substitute for sunshine…
SPRING WINE DINNERS
Weingut Ackermann/Teutonic Wine
Thursday, April 5; 6:30, Glacier Room
Greg, our wine director, is thrilled to host Weingut Ackermann Winemakers Harald and Anne Junglen, as well as their sons Marius and Jannik, at what promises to be an enthralling evening for wine lovers.
Since the early ’90s, the Junglens have made their home-and their renowned wines-in Germany’s famed Mosel River Valley, where they craft superior Rieslings, among other exceptional varieties.
Barnaby and Olga Tuttle-the couple behind Portland’s buzz-generating Teutonic Wine Company-will join the Junglens. Founded in 2005, the small-production winery proudly emulates old-world German and Alsace winemaking techniques. Get ready for a lieb-fest: the Tuttles credit the Junglens’ guidance (both long-distance and hands-on, during frequent visits to the Mosel River Valley) for inspiring them to craft their elegant, nuanced wines.
To learn more about these (deliciously) rare and entertaining opportunities, please call Greg or General Manager Damien Baker at 503-241-7163. On that note, we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Damien to our operation. The Sonoma Valley native comes to
us from Ping (our sibling restaurant in Chinatown), and brings 20-plus years of industry experience to the Grüner table. Please say hello next time you’re in.
We thank you for your interest and patronage. Stay tuned for more news on Corazón!