Tapalaya Hosts Special Mother’s Day Brunch Offering The Crawfish Anh Luu and Gumbo Recipes featured in the Portland Cooks Cookbook
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 2, 2018) – Known for its New Orleans cuisine served on small plates, tapas-style, and its Asian/Cajun menu created by the restaurant’s New Orleans-born, Vietnamese Executive Chef and Owner Anh Luu, Tapalaya will host a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13th. In addition to its traditional Brunch menu, Tapalaya will offer two specials: Crawfish Anh Luu and Gumbo Hash. Inspired by a New Orleans Jazz Fest favorite, Crawfish Anh Luu features crawfish in a Cajun cream sauce, served over grits. The Gumbo will be served with a poached egg over roasted potatoes as Gumbo Hash.
Crawfish Anh Luu and Gumbo are Tapalaya’s two recipes featured in Portland Cooks, a cookbook written by James Beard-award winning author Danielle Centoni. Portland Cooks features 40 of Portland’s most prominent chefs and bartenders from our city’s most popular restaurants. The cookbook celebrates Portland’s pioneers, game-changers, start-ups and leaders that span Portland’s culinary history from Elephant’s Deli to Langbaan. Offering 80 recipes geared toward home cooks — nothing too complicated — it includes profiles of each restaurant and chef. Not only does it serve as a gorgeous guide to the city’s best restaurants and bars, it also provides context and insight into the evolution of Portland’s dining scene. As part of the special Mother’s Day Brunch, guests can purchase a copy of Portland Cooks, at the discounted price of $20 per book, for themselves, their mother, their sister, wife or daughter, and it will be signed by Luu.
Additionally, for anyone who purchases a cookbook during the Mother’s Day Brunch, Tapalaya will provide a complimentary mini “Taste of Portland Cooks” which includes both the Crawfish Anh Luu and Gumbo served over rice.
Located on Portland’s NE 28th restaurant row, Tapalaya is the city’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates. Tapalaya, which is a combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, offers its contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas and its Vietnamese-inspired special menu and dishes at dinner and Brunch.
“It’s such an honor to be featured in this beautiful cookbook alongside so many of Portland’s wonderful chefs,” said Tapalaya Owner and Executive Chef Anh Luu. “I thought it’d be fun to showcase my two dishes featured in Portland Cooks at a special Mother’s Day Brunch and give guests the chance to try the dishes and purchase this stunning book.”
Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brunch menu includes Cochon Eggs Benedict, Fried Chicken & Beignets with bourbon syrup, Andouille & Egg Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Eggs Sardou, a Coconut Pork Rice Bowl, Shrimp & Grits, and Blackened Steelhead Hash, among other dishes. The menu also features a boozy Brunch Cocktail list which includes the Beericane, which contains passion fruit, orange juice, grenadine and Old German Beer; Uncle Ho’s Spiked Iced Coffee with bourbon, Stone Barn Coffee Liqueur, chicory coffee and condensed milk over ice and the Pêche French 75 with gin, sparkling wine, simple syrup, lemon, peach puree and peach bitters. Live music is offered during Brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. On Mother’s Day, Ken West, a solo guitar player performs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or online at the restaurant’s website or via Open Table.
Born to Vietnam War refugees in New Orleans, Luu and her family evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With their home under 15 feet of water, Luu’s family moved to Portland, Oregon but Luu remained in Louisiana to attend school and work in several top New Orleans restaurants. She later moved to Portland to join her family and attend the Western Culinary Institute. Subsequently, Luu was hired as Second in Charge at Tanuki, Chef/Owner Janis Martin’s izakaya. Following Tanuki, Luu was hired as Executive Chef at Tapalaya in May 2013. In March 2017, Luu purchased Tapalaya from previous owner, Chantal Angot.
Located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Northeast Portland and serving dinner and Happy Hour, which is offered daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with live New Orleans music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Tapalaya serves contemporary Cajun/Creole cuisine sourcing many fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood from local farms and farmer’s markets in Portland, the Willamette Valley and Vancouver, Washington. Gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options are offered and classic menu items include Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Crawfish Étouffée, Blackened Catfish and Beignets. Tapalaya offers a full bar, wine and beer. Signature cocktails include the Hurricane, the Chartreuse Swizzle and Sazerac.
Tapalaya is a contemporary New Orleans tapas restaurant located in Portland, Oregon’s NE 28th Restaurant Row. Inventive Cajun/Creole tapas prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from the Pacific Northwest are made from scratch with love. Born in New Orleans, and raised by her Vietnamese parents, Chef Anh Luu has introduced new menu items that are infused with the Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients from her culture, heritage and childhood. Portland’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates, Tapalaya offers contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas along with a Vietnamese-inspired special menu. Small plates are perfect for sharing and pairing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with cheery, New Orleans décor, set to a funky beat. The restaurant offers live music every Tuesday and Thursday and Happy Hour every day. Owner Chantal Angot owned Tapalaya from its inception in November 2008 to March 2017, when she sold the restaurant to Anh Luu. A combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, Tapalaya is located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Portland. Dinner and Happy Hour are offered daily and Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. For reservations or for more information, please call (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or visit www.tapalaya.com or www.opentable.com. Find Tapalaya on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tapalaya and follow Tapalaya on Twitter @tapalaya and on Instagram @tapalayapdx.