Bluehour (250 NW 13th Ave) has a new executive chef Thomas Boyce. He recently worked at Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant. His focus on flavor over fanfare drew Bluehour owner Bruce Carey’s attention, and he coaxed the Californian to the Pacific Northwest. Bluehour has been another success for Carey, alongside Zefiro, Saucebox, 23Hoyt and Clarklewis. Bringing on Boyce is the latest move by Carey to establish Bluehour as the next premier restaurant in the Pearl District.
SHOW YOUR JAZZ HANDS
Touché (1425 NW Glisan) presents some of Portland’s best local jazz every Wednesday and Saturday night. Wednesday you can hear international jazz icon, Nancy King, with Steve Christofferson and guest accompanists. Every Saturday you can hear the Kelley Shannon Quartet, featuring Dick Berk (Billie Holiday’s final drummer), and such Portland piano luminaries as Randy Porter, Dan Gaynor, George Mitchell, and Gordon Lee. Visit: www.touchepdx.com
On Monday, December 12th at 6pm, head out to the Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House (210 NW 11th Ave) for an intense evening with a few of Portland’s finest chefs for the 3rd Annual Chefs Challenge. You’ll be privy to award-winning beer pairings and celebrity judges as seven handpicked chefs face off to benefit Morrison Child & Family Services.
Tickets at deschutesbrewery.com
The Bent Brick’s (1639 NW Marshall St) Chef William Preisch recently won the prestigious Rising Star Award from StarChefs. Restaurateur Scott Dolich (of Park Kitchen) and Preisch have put together a menu that uses only locally sourced products. Bent Brick has sustainable and health conscious meals, with a creative approach. From Preisch’s Crab Louie, to his Cucumbers Three Ways, StarChefs was impressed with this young chef. On December 5th, Preisch will be honored at the StarChefs VIP Gala Dinner at the Nines Hotel. www.Starchefs.com.
Kristin Bauer van Straten of TV’s “True Blood” reading About Face Magazine at Folly.
Take a trip down to the Pearl District to check out Folly (1005 NW 16th Ave) new Anna Vest & Three Pocket Skirt, designed by boutique owner and designer, Sarah Bibb. Mix and match these versatile pieces to suit your mood. Then from January through March, look for this apparel to be pieced together with new fabrics. Visit the boutique at follypdx.com for the latest styles that are available.
Come downstairs under the Office Max on NW Lovejoy to experience The Pink Rose Restaurant (1300 NW Lovejoy Ave.). They feature fresh American cuisine inspired by the Pacific Northwest in an imitate setting. The decor is contemporary in various shades of pink, the windowless room is lit with candles and floor lights. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10am, Dinner service Tuesday through Friday 4pm-12am, with a weekday Happy Hour in the bar, 4pm to 7pm. Menus and online reservations
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
Monique Lampe established her Portland boutique in 1987. She moved Monique’s Boutique (429 NW 10th Ave.) into the Pearl District in 2003. Her store offers an eclectic mix of International clothing and accessories that combine style, comfort, quality and practicality at a modest price level. Monique spent her younger days in Europe as a fashion model, after which, she completed her degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. Monique’s European background is reflected in the items available in her store. www.moniquesboutiquepearl.com