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!
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR
Chef Gregory has been heating up the Kitchen, curating Departures largest menu overhaul to date! The abundance of Fall produce brings with it vibrant colors and flavors, like the roasted carrot and squash salad, which is not only a vision to behold but a culinary delight, as only Chef Gregory can do! This update is not only savory, our dessert menu has also changed as we are adding even more gluten free and vegan delights but don’t worry the Departure Wings are still on the menu.
Chef Gregory was the culinary chair to this year’s Autumn Harvest dinner to raise money for cancer research. St. Jude is working to increase the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% in the next decade. Chef Gregory was thrilled to be cooking with some of Portland’s finest international cuisine chefs such as Matthew Sigler, Han Hwang, Mindy Keith, BJ Smith, and Katy Millard. The menu was amazing but the cause even greater. Families never receive a bill for any resources St. Jude offers. We will always do everything we can to support them.
Chef Gregory will be competing in the Sandwich Invitational with a yet to be revealed, Asian-inspired creation that’s sure to delight the judges and hopefully take the grand prize. Keep an eye on his Twitter and Instagram for hints at what kind of sandwich a health-focused chef makes! We’re also excited to be hosting the star-studded afterparty outside on our West Deck. Chef Dana Tough from Seattle will be coming down to collaborate on the menu. It’s going to be a busy but delicious weekend for us!
Return of Chef Gregory’s Compass Dinner Series!
The Compass Dinner Series returns with a pair of dinners that demonstrate Chef Gregory’s recent inspirations. The first takes us back to the Top Chef finale in Mexico where he wowed the judges with an incredible mole. The second is a series of meals with Langbaan’s Earl Ninsom. When the duo are in our kitchen they’ll put out Thai dishes that pay homage to the classics while celebrating the Pacific Northwest and its unique ingredients. While both are currently sold out, we do keep a waiting list. To ensure you’re up to date with our popup dinners make sure you’re following us on Facebook!
Help us #86AIDS with (RED)
For the month of June we are partnering with Mario Batali and (RED) to help #86AIDS. During the month we will be offering special cocktails whose proceeds will go towards the United Nations global fund that fights against AIDS. By choosing where to eat lunch or have a cocktail you can help end the suffering caused by AIDS. For more information on participating restaurants or to donate to the UN Fund directly, click here.
Vegetable Dinner Series
We’re pleased to announce the revival of the two part Vegetable Dinner Series with Chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s! It was put on old last year (after somebody had to leave to do a television show…) but this spring and fall it’s back on! For the first round Chef Gregory will head to Joshua’s kitchen to cook this season’s vegetables over the course of dinner service. Round two takes place here at Departure and will be a double whammy as it coincides with our annual Vegan Dinner! Keep an eye out for more information on that dinner, including how to make a reservation, in the coming weeks.
Departure Restaurant + Lounge:
Portland Dining Month
We’re once again excited to be partnering with Travel Portland for their Dining Month promotion this month! Every day in March guests will be able to order a three course tasting menu for only $29! The menu includes six options:
+Green Papaya & Mango
Peanut, Lime, Chili, Mint
+Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings
Chili, Thai Basil, Crispy Shallot
+Stir Fried Rock Fish
Shiitake, Cabbage, Water Chestnut, Chive
Sweet Vinegar Potato, Japanese Chili, Bonito Salt
Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Coconut Ice Creamor
+Chocolate and Banana Tart
Vanilla Miso Caramel
Local media group, the Oregonian, just announced its first ever Dumpling Week here in Portland! We’ve joined 19 other restaurants in offering a special dumpling during the first week of February. Diners can get their Dumpling Week Passports and try to see if they can make it to every restaurant to try everything from classic dumplings like ours to homemade chicken and dumplings. Of course we chose Chef Gregory’s Top Chef Challenge winning recipe! Stop in before the week is over to taste what the judges loved!