A well-executed meal is a tactile, participatory art performance. This year, PICA has invited a different Portland chef each night to take over our first-ever outdoor kitchen, built on-site for TBA, and cook up food inspired by late summer produce. From noshy snacks to full-blown meals, come eat thoughtful food that could only exist at this peak of local produce, when summer begins to wane. Without a reservation or long wait, experience the imaginative talent in Portland kitchens and chefs’ personal ideas of pleasure and satisfaction. Come hungry!
Portland’s one-time pop-up ramen shop will bring its delicious, playful takes on Japanese late night eating to opening night: Pork and shrimp siu mai, steam buns, fried chicken, grilled zucchini with bokenaise and shallots, rice bowls, and even miso butterscotch Twinkies! Only one year into its brick and mortar shop in southeast, Boke Bowl is a city favorite because the food is fresh—such tender vegetables!—the house-made condiments are unexpected—pickled cantaloupe!—and the dishes are really entertaining to eat and share, as late night bar food everywhere in the world aspires. Kampai!