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Portland, Ore. – Aaron Adams’ plant-based “beneficial bacteria emporium” known as Fermenter has moved from its original location and taken over the Farm Spirit space at 1403 SE Belmont St., streamlining both restaurant concepts into a single location. The converted space is now open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday brunch for take-out and delivery.

In its new 1,000 square-foot home, Fermenter continues its celebration of all things probiotic created in small batches and sourced from within 105 miles of Portland. The former Farm Spirit dining room has been converted into a delicatessen setting, offering guests soups, sandwiches, bowls, salads, provisions and sides ready to eat or to take out and prepare at home. 

Adams’ continues to make tempeh a focal point, serving it seared and warm in his dishes or selling it separately for cooking at home. Over 2020, he has broadened his vegan charcuterie, perfecting a tempeh bacon. House-made kefir, kombucha and ginger beer made popular with the temperance pairing at Farm Spirit dinners are available by the glass or in to-go growlers. Adams has also expanded Fermenter’s pantry provisions, stocking a refrigerated case with vegetable krauts, hot sauces, nut-based spreads, and plant-based cheeses. On Saturday mornings starting at 11:00 a.m., the menu expands to include breakfast items such as sweet and savory tartines, breakfast bowls and Proud Mary batch-brew coffee. 

“I opened Portobello in a coffee shop as a pop-up, so this is a very full circle moment for me right now,” says Adams, noting that this is the first time Fermenter or Farm Spirit will be serving coffee in its five-year history. “My goal is to be an oasis for the neighborhood and where people can pop in, say hi, and grab a nourishing bite to go. Preserving our sense of community is tremendously important right now.”

For the curious customer looking for a new culinary project, Adams is offering take-home kits for pickling, kraut- and kombucha-making, complete with instructions, crocks, and starter spores.

While letting go of the original tiny 660 square-foot space on SE Morrison St. connotes the end of a chapter in Farm Spirit’s history, Adams does plan to hold coursed dinners as soon as it is safe to do so. “Obviously there are a lot of external factors that would need to be addressed, but we’re looking forward to welcoming our Farm Spirit diners back as soon as we possibly can,” he says.

In the meantime, Adams has installed covered heated seating on SE 14th Street. Fermenter is open Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fermenter/Farm Spirit

Located at 1403 SE Belmont St. in in Portland, Ore., Fermenter and Farm Spirit serve plant-based, locally-sourced cuisine from the farms, fields and forests of the Cascadia region. Farm Spirit was twice recognized in 2019 for sustainability with the Good Food 100 Restaurants List and Zero Foodprint List.

Here is their website: https://www.restaurantji.com/or/portland/fermenter-/

Fermenter
Photos by Dina Avila.

Camas, WA — Champ Pizza officially opened its third Clark County restaurant today in Camas at Lacamas Center on 3rd Avenue next to Dollar Tree.

”We’re pretty excited about this,” said managing parter, Tyson Cook. “This opportunity came pretty quickly and we jumped on it.”

Champ Pizza Camas is located in the former Little Caesar’s footprint, and they’re ready to go. Champ Pizza makes a quality pizza that’s ready fast with delivery and pickup options.

Hours:

  • 11-9 Sunday – Thursday
  • 11-10 Friday and Saturday

“We use 100 percent whole mozzarella cheese, we make dough daily made with buttermilk and Parmesan,” Cook said. “We bring in all our produce and slice it in house. We also offer premium meats — ham, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, etc. We don’t cut corners there. We pride ourselves on our service, we believe a customer deserves a quality pizza every time. We can deliver and be ready just as quickly as the competition. We will serve all of Camas and Washougal.”

And, they’re ready to get to know you. 

“We really want to be involved with the community and will continue our Athlete of the Month program,” Cook said. ”We will also give many teens an opportunity to have a good job.” 

Champ
Making dough.

Camas, WA — After nearly seven months of offering takeout only meals due to the corona virus pandemic, Natalia’s Cafe is now open for dine-in seating at 50 percent capacity.

“After careful and methodical planning, we felt it was time to make this change for our customers,” said Erica Slothower, owner of Natalia’s Cafe. “We are following to the letter all the COVID-19 guidelines, which includes mask wearing upon entrance, frequent hand sanitization, and when walking in the cafe you need to wear a face covering. It’s fine for customers to sit down without face coverings, and we’re only operating at 50 percent capacity in the dining area.”

Slothower said the cafe will continue takeout services, and asks for patience.

“It’ll still be first come, first served seating like we used to do,” said Slothower. “We’re excited about being able to do this.”

Natalia’s spent Friday making sure all the processes worked as they served their first day of dine-in customers, who all looked very pleased.

Sheila Schmid was one of the first customers to dine in with her son, Drake. She found out about the opening on Thursday and made sure to get a good window seat during the clear, crisp Friday morning.

“I love coming here,” said Drake. “And, I especially love drinking my hot chocolate.”

Wendy DelBosque has been mostly working solo since March with a reprieve here and there.

“Today has been a big change,” said DelBosque. “I’ve been a little nervous, but it’s great to have customers back inside.”

Natalia’s Cafe is open seven days a week from 8 am-2 pm. They do recommend calling ahead, and still encourage takeout orders — call 360.844.5968.

437 NE 4th Avenue Camas, WA 98607

Natalia’s
Natalia’s Concierge, Mr. Cole.
Natalia’s
Happy customers.

Camas, WA —Locally-owned Champ Pizza is opening up their third restaurant at the end of October at the former Little Caesar’s location at Lacamas Center on 3rd Avenue.

“We bought an existing franchise in 2019, and realized it was necessary to create our own brand, and Champ Pizza was born in February,” said Tyson Cook, Champ Pizza’s managing partner. “We opened the Salmon Creek location first, which was followed by the 162nd store in March.”

Cook said they purchased the Camas Little Caesar’s store to grow their brand, and seeing the support they get from Camas and Washougal customers this seemed like the right fit.

“I wanted a location closer to me, and I think we need more pizza in East County,” Cook said. “We made this deal happen pretty quickly. When I saw Little Caesar’s close, we just made a deal.”

Champ Pizza makes a quality pizza that’s ready fast with delivery and pickup options.

“We use 100 percent whole mozzarella cheese, we make dough daily made with buttermilk and Parmesan,” Cook said. “We bring in all our produce and slice it in house. We also offer premium meats — ham, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, etc. We don’t cut corners there. We pride ourselves on our service, we believe a customer deserves a quality pizza every time. We can deliver and be ready just as quickly as the competition. We will serve all of Camas and Washougal.” 

The planned opening date is end of October, as long as permitting and everything with the city goes well.

“We really want to be involved with the community and will continue our Athlete of the Month program,” Cook said. ”We will also give many teens an opportunity to have a good job.” 

  • Address: 3252 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 9, Camas, WA 98607
  • Phone: 360.210.5262
  • Website: www.champpizza.com
Champ
www.artfuljuxtaposition.com
Champ
Champ Pizza makes all their dough in-house, with buttermilk and Parmesan.

Washougal, WA — 2 Rivers Bar and Grill is launching a fantastic, delicious and well thought Sunday Brunch menu featuring many new dishes beginning October 4. 

Tim Fuhrman, a classically French trained chef joined 2 Rivers just two months ago, and he’s making a bold statement with these new offerings, which are only available — for now —  on Sundays from 10 am- 2 pm.

Here’s a summary of nine dishes:

Chorizo Jalepeno Scramble

Pepper jack cheeese, green onions, avocado, eggs, House potatoes and choice of bread.

“The scramble has some Southwest influence,” Fuhrman said. “We use brioche bread for the French toast and the raspberry purée is cooked raspberry. Made from scratch. You always want a wow factor with the French toast. It’s very visual.”

Croque Madame

Brioche bread, honey baked ham, bechamel sauce, cheese and topped up with fried egg and a chef’s choice seasoned vegetable.

“As a classically French trained chef most of my dishes are French,” said Fuhrman. “Classically country style French food. My French influence is why I introduced a couple dishes like that.”

Biscuits and Gravy

Housemade buttermilk biscuits with country white sausage gravy and house potatoes.

Brisket Ranchero

Slow cooked smoked beef brisket, black beans, avocado, enchilada sauce, screambled eggs, pico de gallo, creme fresh and cilantro.

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Brisket Ranchero

Smoked Canadian Bacon Benedict

Includes English muffin, poached eggs, Chef’s lemon hollandaise and House potatoes.

“The Benedict is inspired by mother who passed away from cancer,” said Fuhrman. “That was the last meal I prepared for her. The Hollandaise is thicker.” 

Florentine

Braised baby spinach, grilled tomatoes, fresh basil, avocados, toasted English muffin, poached eggs, Chef’s Lemon hollandaise and house potatoes

Corned Beef Hash

Peppers, mushrooms, green onions, house potatoes, poached eggs topped with Hollandaise sauce.

Smoked Wild Salmon Omlette

Wild salmon, green onions, capers, Brie cheese, creme fresh, eggs, house potatoes and choice of bread.

Strawberry and Chantilly Cream French Toast

Dipped in vanilla custard with raspberry compote, toasted almonds, pure maple syrup, candied lemon zest, topped with fresh raspberry and chantilly cream.

“I’ve been here at 2 Rivers two months,” Fuhrman said. “I opened a restaurant on Hawthorne. Before that I had been consulting nationally, and now I just want a nice spot to showcase my 30 years of experience. I’m more old school, I don’t need 13 things to make it beautiful. It’s not super fancy, but you will have great flavor and you can have a really good meal.”

2 Rivers Bar and Grill is located at 1700 Main Street, Suite 110, Washougal, WA 98671

Phone: 360.210.7987

To learn more, visit www.2riversbarandgrill.com

Rivers
Croque Madame
Rivers
Smoked Wild Salmon Omlette

Camas, WA — The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar isn’t quite letting go of the season just yet with a stunning late summer menu offering.

One of the most exciting of these offerings is the Vegan Spaghetti + Meatballs, which is a completely plant-based dish made with mushroom and rice meatballs, herb roasted spaghetti squash, vegan smoked Gouda, pesto, shallot blackberry gastrique, harvest vegetable marinara, and vegan Parmesan. $23.

The Kalbi Chicken salad comes with natural wood grilled chicken breast, a Kalbi marinade, late harvest fruits and berries, Napa cabbage, arugula, Portland creamery chèvre, toasted almonds, mango dressing and toasted seeds. $18.

The fresh ora king salmon is wood grilled with sweet pepper butters, and comes with roasted corn avocado relish, jasmine rice, and fresh vegetables. $30.

For starters, the coconut prawns are coconut flake and macadamia nut crusted, served with mango coulis, sriracha aioli, and sweet chili sauce. $16.

Also on The Hammond small plate menu is the tomato jam toast, made with house made focaccia, Portland creamery chèvre, roasted garlic, slow roasted heirloom tomatoes, basil pesto and pecorino. $9.

For desserts, try the vanilla bean ice cream with fresh peaches, Peach Buckle or the Grasshopper, which is a pot de crepe, made with marshmallows and a a rich chocolate ganache. The Hammond chefs really delivered on these decadent desserts.

And the H Speciality cocktails include the Fall Manhattan, Flower Power, Unicorn Tears, The 2020 Remedy, Midsummer Night, and Holding On To Summer.

The Hammond offers dine-in service, as well as takeout. You can order online at https://thehammondkitchenandcraftbar.com — they are located at 4857 NW LAKE RD #200 — CAMAS WA 98607 — 360-954-5620

Hammond
Vegan Spaghetti.
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Grilled ora king salmon.
The Hammond
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Fresh peaches.

Salud Wine Bar has some great specials this week — through Saturday. 

Chicken Marsala:

“I like to make my Chicken Marsala a little different than everyone else. I first take some golden, crispy, pan-fried chicken, then mix with my mushroom-filled creamy Marsala wine sauce and a good kick of garlic.  Served over a bed of penne pasta, this Chicken Marsala is a delicious treat,” said Salud’s Chef Tony. 

This dish is accompanied with their Salud Side Salad and House made Bread: $15.00

Saturday Smoked Meat (served while supplies last): 

This Saturday, Salud will be serving their ever popular Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf.  Served along side sweet corn, and a dash of mashed potatoes, as well as the Salud Side Salad and their House Made Bread: $20

You may want to get reservations in ASAP.

For their menu, go to: www.saludwine.com/menu

Please make reservations: www.saludwine.com/online-reservations or call 360-787-2583.

Each dish is available for takeout.

Starting next week they will be open on Tuesdays, as well.

Don’t forget they ALWAYS have Wine Specials, Every Week!! 🍷

Lastly, Please help them by practicing proper CDC guidelines.

They ask that you please wear a mask into the establishment, and wear it anytime you aren’t seated. Also please use hand sanitizer and practice proper social distancing.

Coming Soon – 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 Family Dining in our Main Dining Room – Mid to End of September!

There are many people who for health or fitness reasons are turning to a gluten free diet, and these almond flour paleo tortillas are an excellent substitute for my favorite homemade flour tortillas.

Rolling out homemade flour tortillas has been a family event for my sons and I since they were toddlers, but in an effort to eat better, I continue to search for healthier eating options. We’ll still continue rolling out flour tortillas, which we make with olive oil, but these almond flour versions are very tasty.

These thin soft shell paleo tortillas are made in five minutes, and require no rolling. They are made by blending almond flour, tapioca flour, avocado oil, salt and coconut milk. Pour batter onto a skillet and out comes the most beautiful and tasty grain free tortillas, perfect for taco night or a favorite breakfast burrito! It’s easy, versatile, fool proof, and delicious.

I got this recipe from www.paleoglutenfree.com and made some tweaks that work better for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour — recommend Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup tapioca flour can sub with arrowroot — recommend Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup coconut milk or any other milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil (avocado oil tastes a bit better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Olive oil or avocado oil for cooking

Blend in the ingredients together. Turn on your stove to medium heat, and in a cast iron skillet, or skillet of your choice, place some oil. Once properly heated, pour the batter onto the skillet. Turn the tortilla when the top side bubbles up, and watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.

This recipe yields 8 medium size tortillas. We love it!

The batter can keep for up to a week in the refrigerator in a tight container.

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www.champpizza.com

What is Paleo Diet? Information from the Mayo Clinic …

According to the Mayo Clinic, a paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.

A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes and grains.

Why you might follow a paleo diet

You might choose to follow a paleo diet because you:

  • Want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • Want help planning meals

Details of a paleo diet

Recommendations vary among commercial paleo diets, and some diet plans have stricter guidelines than others. In general, paleo diets follow these guidelines.

What to eat

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
  • Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
  • Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
Tortillas
Almond flour paleo tortillas.

Salud Wine Bar in downtown Camas is offering two specials this week: Gnnochi with creamy gorgonzola sauce and Smoked London Broil.

You can see their full online menu at www.saludwine.com/menu and make reservations at www.saludwine.com/online-reservations or call 360-787-2583. Each dish is available for takeout, as well. These specials are served Wednesday through Saturday while supplies last:

Gnocchi with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce, Mushrooms and Ham

“Just writing this post makes me hungry,” said Salud chef, Tony Dotson. ”I love Gorgonzola or any blue cheese for that matter! I know it is not for everyone but if you are into blue cheese then you definitely have to try this. I first make a creamy Gorgonzola sauce and add in some sauteed ham and mushrooms. It’s then all tossed with the gnocchi for a bit of creamy deliciousness on your plate.”

The gnocchi dish is accompanied with the Salud side salad and house made bread: $15.00

Saturday Smoked Meat (served while supplies last)

This Saturday, Salud will be serving Smoked London Broil. This tasty meal comes with their garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with bacon (bacon makes everything better!). It’s accompanied with their Salud side salad and house made bread: $20. You may want to get reservations in ASAP because when they’re we’re sold out, they’re sold out.

Don’t forget they have weekly wine specials.

Reservations are recommended for any of these specials.

Lastly, Please help them by practicing proper CDC guidelines: They ask that you please wear a mask into their establishment, and wear it anytime you aren’t seated. Also please use hand sanitizer and practice proper social distancing. Thank you and Salud!

Coming Soon: Family dining in the Salud main dining room — mid to end of September!!

New flavors are coming to Downtown Camas! To bring some extra culinary excitement to the community in September, participating downtown restaurants will be offering Fair Food Week from September 4th – 11th and The Secret Menu Event from September 15th – 30th

Fair Food Week:

Since Camas Days and the Clark County Fair couldn’t happen this year, Downtown Camas restaurants are offering nostalgic and much-missed fair foods and treats on their menus for a full week starting on First Friday, 9/4. Funnel cakes, mini corn dogs, ice cream, caramel apples, cannolis just to name a few. There will even be cotton candy margaritas and Smoked BBQ ice cream to add unique twists to traditional fair options.

“We’re wanting to bring some fun and unique dining options to downtown and add a little extra zest to late summer,” says Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association. “We have amazing restaurants and coffee houses that are working so hard to serve the community during these challenging times. We want to take advantage of the good dining weather and we truly hope people enjoy all the food options and have fun with it. You can have something new to try every day in September!”

The Liberty Theatre will also be serving their famous popcorn on First Friday and Saturday (9/4 – 9/5from 5-8pm and Caps N’ Taps will kick off the Fair Food Week with free fair games out front of their taproom during the evening. Cedar Street Bagel Co will be selling “Clark County Fair” scent candle wax melts with notes of cotton candy, funnel cakes and deep fried twinkies.

Fair Food Week participating restaurants and offerings:

  • A Beer At A Time – Giant pizza by the slice and giant pretzels with beer cheese and stone ground mustard
  • Adams Street Bar & Grill – Ribs with beans and Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
  • Caffe Piccolo – Nachos (with jalapenos or salsa)
  • Cake Happy – Cake in a Jar, ice cream sandwiches, caramel apples
  • Cedar Street Bagel Co. – Peach hand pies and organic lemonade made with lemonade-ice cubes (add mango or blackberry as desired!) 
  • Feast 316 – Smoked BBQ ice cream with corn flake crusted chicken tenderloins
  • Grains of Wrath – Cotton Candy Margaritas
  • Hidden River Roasters – Cold brew floats, root beer floats
  • Liberty Theatre – Popcorn served First Friday and Saturday (9/4 – 9/5from 5-8pm
  • Mesa – Churro fried ice cream with chile infused caramel and Mexican spiced chocolate topping options
  • Mill City Brew Werks – Mini corn dogs, funnel cakes, churro-doughnuts
  • Natalia’s Cafe – Candied bacon on a stick
  • Salud Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant – Mini cannolis, zeppole (filled Italian donuts)
  • Squeeze and Grind – Chocolate malt milk and Oreo cookie shakes
  • Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel –  2 offerings: Kalua pork loaded fries all week and Malasadas (Hawaiian donuts similar to elephant ear flavors) on Saturday 9/5 from 10am-2pm

For all the details, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/fair-food-week or https://www.facebook.com/events/767789633978388/

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The Secret Menu Event:

For two weeks starting 9/15, participating Downtown Camas restaurants will offer secret menu items. Just ask for the secret menu offering and it will be a surprise until it is brought to your table. Items will be available for takeout as well. The goal is to bring new flavors, fun engagement for customers and some culinary adventure to the community.

Secret Menu Event participating restaurants:

  • A Beer at a Time
  • Cake Happy
  • Feast 316
  • Grains of Wrath
  • Nuestra Mesa
  • Mill City Brew Werks
  • Natalia’s Cafe
  • Salud Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant
  • Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel

For all the details, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/the-secret-menu-in-downtown-camas or https://www.facebook.com/events/952797335195521