Sophisticated Cooking, Premium Tea and Coffee Find
a Home in the North Park Blocks
PORTLAND, Ore (March 12, 2015) — Amidst the constellation of creative and dynamic eateries that makes the City of Roses such a beloved destination, there is a new shining light where sophisticated cooking, sustainably-sourced ingredients and accessible prices converge with artistry in a curated environment. It’s Glyph Café & Arts Space. Anchoring the Arthouse building in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks, the one-year-old café is positioned to become Portland’s crossroads for culinary, visual and literary arts. The light-filled, relaxing environment provides an engaging canvas to enjoy elevated, ever-changing seasonal fare.
The resident culinary artist who infuses the space with aromas of duck confit, pork ragu, braised cabbage, citruses and fresh herbs is Chef Doug Weiler. “I love the challenge of creating exceptionally fresh, seasonal and curated fare with short fire-times and reasonable prices,” says Weiler. The 30 year-old native of Mineola, NY is a summa cum laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University and winner of Deutsche Wein und Sommelierschule’s Grand Distinction Award. “We offer breakfast and lunch menus that embrace the arts and literary orientation of Glyph’s aesthetic sensibility,” adds the chef. Created daily to showcase the freshest selection from Portland farmers’ markets, Glyph’s well-edited and concise menus unfold with artistic simplicity from a casual order-from-the counter service, challenging the assumption that fine cooking can’t be reached at a $10 to $15 price-point.
Far from focusing solely on the food and drink of the typical modern café, Glyph seizes the spirit of the traditional café littéraire of the enlightenment era. “In my view some of the most interesting and revolutionary innovations have originated when diverse art and literary projects collide over casual conversation,” explains owner Sandra Comstock. Her background — including a PhD in Sociology from Cornell, Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard, and research fellowships in Bangladesh and Mexico — lends Comstock the arsenal of ideas to steer Glyph toward becoming a hub and generator of new ideas and concepts. “Glyph aspires to engage people intellectually around the artistry, history, and politics of food in a way no other venue does,” she shares.
Tao of Tea and Tanager Coffee Roaster are the partners of choice for Glyph’s daily operations because their respective commitment to high quality, transparency and fair trade align with Comstock’s core values. Inspired by her earlier work and stays in Bangladesh and Japan, Comstock designed a tea menu that features loose-leaf tea served in the traditions of South and East Asia using clay cups from India, gaiwan tea cups from China and the usucha procedure for Japanese matcha. Emphasis on farm-focused coffees equally reflects Comstock’s three years stint working with coffee cultivators in Nicaragua.
An established destination for First Thursday art walk and neighborhood gatherings, Glyph Café & Arts Space is set to grow into a dining favorite. Be it a breakfast meeting, a leisurely lunch or an afternoon date, Glyph offers a truly unique visual and gustatory experience in a casual and relaxing environment in the North Park Blocks at 804 NW Couch street. Learn more about Glyph’s hours of opearations by visiting www.glyphpdx.com or following it on twitter: @GlyphPDX and facebook: https://www.