Kachka’s been an annual favorite for New Year’s Eve dinner in Portland — a culinary extravaganza that The New York Times described as “Christmas, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, All Rolled Into One.”
But this year, they’re adding a week of Chanukah parties starting this Sunday, along with a new menu of holiday catering platters made to order from Kachka Lavka. Both Kachka and Kachka Lavka have free parking lots on-side to make holiday shopping and dining convenient.
CHANUKAH PARTIES: DEC. 22-29
For the eight days of Chanukah, Kachka will offer a “Latke Party” special each night for dinner in addition to their regular menu. The Latke Party will feature twelve draniki (latkes) with a plethora of special sauces and accouterments: quince-apple butter, maitake mushroom gravy, house smetana, house cured Mcfarland springs trout roe, Tsar Nicoulai estate white sturgeon caviar, beet cured salmon, Dungeness crab dip, and beef tongue pastrami. It’s $95 for two people as a meal, or can be served for four as a generous appetizer. Kachka’s coveted Apple Ponchiki donuts will also be featured on the dessert menu during Chanukah. Reservations are available at kachkapdx.com/reservations
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Kachka’s annual holiday feast is filling up quickly! Every year, the restaurant’s menu follow’s in the Russian tradition of pulling out all the stops for this festive wintertime feast. The signature “super premium Ruskie zakuski experience” will be on the menu (in addition to Kachka’s dinner menu), enhanced by caviar, truffles, foie gras, and much, much more . There will be a Champagne toast at midnight, and an appearance by “Father Frost.” Reservations are available at kachkapdx.com/reservations
EXTENDED HOURS FOR LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT KACHKA LAVKA
Kachka Lavka will be open daily from 11:30am until 9pm through the holidays (until New Year’s Eve) for after-work holiday shopping. The Russian grocery is stocked full of gift ideas: Kachka tee shirts, hoodies, mugs and hats, cookbooks, pelmeni molds for the home cook, and myriad specialty items (preserves, teas, wines, condiments) for the food lover in your life — not to mention hearty snacks to keep you going!
HOLIDAY CATERING FROM KACHKA LAVKA
Kachka’s new deli, Lavka, upstairs from the restaurant, has launched a catering menu just in time for the holidays! They offer a variety of platters to make holiday entertaining easy: whether it’s a spread for brunch, a plate of snacks while you prepare the big meal, or deluxe zakuski and caviar spreads for your holiday cocktail parties. A full menu of options is below, and orders can be placed in person . This menu will be available year-round.
Thank you for thinking of Kachka Lavka for your catering needs. Please note that catering orders need to be placed at least 48 hours before your event, in-person, by emailing
Kachka Lavka at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Kachka at 503.235.0059.
PIROSHKI PLATTER $4 each perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack anytime.
assorted savory or sweet stuffed buns. choose from:
egg & scallion seasonal fruit and farmer’s cheese potato & sauerkraut
FROM THE DACHA $35 (serves 8-10) seasonal veggies and dips.
sunflower seed tahini, ajvar pepper spread, and druzhba cheese dip. served with local farm vegetables and crisps (can be made vegan and/or gluten free).
ZAKUSKI PARTY! $50 (serves 4-6) everything you need to get your party started!
herring under a fur coat, sprat buterbrodi, chicken olivier, assorted pickles, brindza spread and house baked breads (can be made gluten free).
BRUNCH BOARD $50 (serves 8-10) take your bagel, schmears and lox game up a notch.
beet cured salmon, salted herring, smoked black cod salad, herring roe spread, fresh farmer’s cheese,cucumbers, scallions, hard boiled egg, house baked breads.
FISH ASSORTI $60 (serves 8-10) a surefire way to elevate any gathering.
lavka’s rotating selection of five different house made cured fish and shellfish. served with assorted pickles, house baked breads and crackers.
BUTERBROD BUILDER $70 (serves 8-10) a build-your-own sandwich platter done right.
lavka’s rotating selection of five different house made sliced meats and artisan salamis. served with: lettuce, sliced litovsky cheese, spicy mustard, assorted pickles, house mayonnaise, house baked breads, bags of kirieshki.
CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE $60 (serves 8-10) for just about every occasion.
lavka’s rotating selection of five different house made cured meats and/or artisan salamis. marinated brindza and smoked sulguni cheeses. assorted pickles, house baked breads, spicy russian mustard, fresh and/or dried fruits and nuts.
TEA TIME $45 (serves 8-10) the easiest way to satisfy that sweet tooth
includes house made sooshki, chocolate kolbasa, and oreshki cookies, a freshly baked poppyseed cake, and an assortment of some of our favorite russian candies.
DUMPLING PARTY! $65 (serves 4-6) just boil a pot of water, and we provide the rest!
take home all the fixins to serve freshly cooked pelmeni or vareniki at home. comes with your choice of garlic or ‘fancy’ broth, seasonal leafy salad and house baked breads. choose from the following dumplings: siberian pelmeni tvorog vareniki sour cherry vareniki
CAVIAR TASTING starting at $12 per person (we recommend between 1⁄2 – 1oz of caviar or roe per person for a few tastes and about 2oz per person for a more substantial portion.)
whether you are new to caviar or a seasoned aficionado,
we’ll hook you up with the goods.
caviar should be fun, not fussy, ask us for help if you’re not sure — we can make a platter for any occasion or budget. served with yeasted blini, challah, chive, butter, sieved egg. house cured salmon roe (seasonal) $2/oz
dill cured whitefish roe $8/oz
caviar x tennessee wild hackleback roe $40/oz
tsar nicoulai estate white sturgeon $45/oz
tsar nicoulai select white sturgeon $50/oz
calvisius pure salt siberian sturgeon $56/oz
imperial gold kaluga x amur hybrid $70/oz
royal belgian gold label osetra $82/oz
calvisius royal sevruga $100/oz
mother of pearl spoons $10 ea
A LA CARTE
HERRING UNDER A FUR COAT $8 (serves 2)
BALTIC SPRAT BUTERBRODI $2.50 a piece
CHICKEN SALAT OLIVIER $20/quart
SHORT RIB BORSCH $16/quart
Kachka Lavka is located at 960 S.E. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214 (complete with two parking lots for easy shopping and grab-and-go). A separate entrance can be found to the left of Kachka’s front door, up the stairs. Kachka Lavka is open from 11:30am-6pm daily. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Kachka Lavka becomes a cocktail bar for those waiting for a table at Kachka, below. @kachka_lavka | kachkapdx.com/lavka
Kachka sparked a Russian food revolution when Bonnie and Israel Morales opened their Portland restaurant in 2014. In the summer of 2018, Kachka expanded to a new location in Southeast Portland’s Goat Blocks development, and the original location became Kachinka, a more casual restaurant/bar where it’s happy hour all night long. James Beard Award nominated Chef/Co-Owner Bonnie Morales cooks the food of the former Soviet Union, including many dishes inspired by those she grew up eating in her Belarusian family. Meals at Kachka begin with a table filled with zakuski, Russian drinking food paired with vodka. The warm and lively atmosphere at Kachka turns dinner into an event, fueled by a parade of dishes marked by deep and vibrant flavors such as dumplings, cured fish and pickled vegetables. Kachka serves over 50 different vodka selections, as well a list of house made infusions, craft cocktails, and a curated list of beer and wine with a focus on Eastern European producers. Kachka is considered by many to be the best Russian restaurant in the country, and is the only Portland restaurant to be included in America’s Essential Restaurants of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Eater, inducted into their restaurant “Hall of Fame.” Kachka was named one of GQ’s Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015 and Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant nominees in 2015, and was a semifinalist for 2015’s James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. A cookbook of recipes, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales with Deena Prichep, was released in November, 2017 from Flatiron Books to critical acclaim, winning Food 52’s annual cookbook competition, The Piglet. Kachka is located at 960 SE 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon in the Central Eastside neighborhood, and open daily for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Follow Kachka on Instagram and Twitter @KachkaPDX kachkapdx.com