Illustration by Shannon Kidd

Eat and Drink Spring 2018

The Food Will Do the Talking

The Art of Canned Wine

A Taste for Equality

Digging Deep

Portland Food & Drink Events


There’s a good reason why Portland has one of the most respected food and drink scenes in the nation—because we applaud and support our city’s many restaurants and chefs, and encourage them to get creative! As Portlanders, we turn our noses up at boring, standard fare, and are ready and willing to dive headfirst into the latest food and cocktail trends... and if these ideas happen to dovetail with our political and social beliefs? So much the better.

That’s why the Mercury loves producing the Eat and Drink guides. They’re a great way of bringing attention and trumpeting the accomplishments of the chefs, bartenders, and creators who are creatively bending the rules. For example, in this delicious edition of the Spring E & D Guide, you’ll find articles about the new all-women helmed Freeland Spirits and Arden Wine Kitchen & Bar, both of whom are bringing a fresh, feminist perspective to a traditionally male-dominated industry. Wondering where Oregon truffles come from? Okay, fine, maybe not... but you’ll be very interested after reading our writer’s adventures in truffle hunting. And while the thought of canned wine may make you wrinkle your nose in dismay, think again! In some cases, this apparent anomaly is pretty damn great—and we’re picking the best of the bunch from local canned wine makers.

Plus we’re offering up tons of restaurant and bar reviews, think pieces on the service industry, and even a very informative guide to the confusing world of tipping. It’s all in this food-forward edition of the Mercury’s Spring E&D Guide—so what are you waiting for? Grab your silverware, tuck in your napkin, and dig in.