This month Chef Gregory and Chef Jami traveled to Paris to promote Portland tourism with Travel Portland and Travel Oregon. They worked with the Travel Portland France team to execute three pop receptions for French media, tour operators and consumers, shopping various markets every day to create Departure cuisine in France. Many guests of the receptions had been to Departure Portland and the Nines before, and we look forward to hosting them again in the near future!
Departure Portland has been focusing on our wonderful sake collection by highlighting some of our favorite sakes. Sake flights are a great way to try various sakes and compare and contrast the different varieties. Whether you like dry, sweet, complex, or delicate sakes; with our sake flight rotating monthly, there is always something new to try.
Departure’s 6th Annual Vegan Dinner is coming up fast! Chef Gregory Gourdet in collaboration with Derek Sarno of Wicked Healthy have created an amazing 6 course menu that represents where the of end of summer meets early autumn, combining our signature Asian flavors with Wicked Healthy’s plant pushing take on classics. Only 80 seats are available for this amazing yearly experience. Tickets will run for $72 per person.
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR
The Okinawa Colada is our take on a classic Pina Colada. What separates Departure’s Colada from the rest is our 7 Asian spices infused in Cruzan aged rum. The Okinawa Colada has a classic colada build with a hint of spice to compliment the Asian infusion our food embodies. Great for a summer day on our West Deck overlooking beautiful Downtown Portland!
Spring is in full force up at Departure and as a result we are celebrating with some fresh new cocktails like the Seoul Spring. It is a deceptively simple drink created by our bartender Tyler Lewis. He makes a syrup using fresh bamboo leaves from the kitchen, mixing it with Korean Jinro Soju and fresh lime juice to create a light, refreshing and unique cocktail. Citrus forward with lightly earthy notes from the bamboo, the Seoul Spring is perfect for all kinds of palates and is a wonderful companion to the sunshine and beautiful views from the Rooftop!
As spring has finally graced us with its presence, Chef Gregory and the team have added some delightful dishes to the menu such as this Charred Asparagus Salad with Heart of Palm, Puffed Rice and Green Chili. Come try it along with some of our other new dishes up on one of our Decks, and help us gear up for an amazing season!
After a long Portland winter, Departure is finally gearing up for amazing weather + deck season! We’re opening the West Deck for the first afternoon of the season today for drinks, bites and of course the famous Portland sunset! Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram for upcoming deck opening details!
Gregory’s International Travels!
Very quickly after Chefs Week PDX and Valentine’s Day came to an end, Chef Gregory + team have embarked upon an Asian adventure. Over the next three weeks, they’ll be touring and eating their way through several different countries: Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. They’re sure to come back with amazing new perspective and some ideas up their sleeves! Be sure to follow @DeparturePDX and @GG30000 on Instagram to keep up with their travels! #GGISGLOBAL
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR:
Departure is gearing up for Dining Month!
We’re once again excited to be partnering with Travel Portland for their Dining Month promotion next month! Every day in March guests will be able to order a three course tasting menu for only $29! The menu includes six options:
Beet & Apple Salad
sweet onion, galangal, puffed wild rice
Chicken Tom Kha
ginger, chili, eggplant
short rib, galangal, kaffir lime, chili
Carrot Spice Cake
cashew cream cheese, carrot citrus sorbet
Chocolate Hazelnut Brittle Brownie
chili caramel, toasted fluff
Come visit us March 1st through March 31st to experience this special menu!
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR
Chef Gregory is once again excited to be hosting the epic final dinner of the newest Portland food festival, Chefs’ Week PDX! Last year we hosted twenty-eight chefs serving twenty courses over a four hour period and this year we’re going even bigger! We expect thirty chefs to grace our kitchen (and hallways, coat closets, etc…) and collaborate on over twenty four courses. We’ve also partnered with a number of local purveyors such as our sustainable seafood friends at True World Seafood, the meat mavens over at Nicky USA, and longtime partners Whole Foods. This is the ultimate West Coast dining experience and expect reservations to fill soon. Go here to get your tickets now!