Wildwood is pleased to announce the first in a series of luncheons featuring our latest addiction, Water Avenue Coffee. We invite you to join us for a fabulous afternoon of lunching with Portland’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage, coffee. Come taste the components of the new Wildwood blend and the final combination that Chef Dustin Clark calls #peanutbutterjellytime.
For Wildwood, Water Avenue’s coffee was love at first sip. Dustin and Roaster Brandon Smyth met with the intention of creating the perfect blend for the restaurant. Collaborating with chefs is a dream come true for Brandon, as food and coffee can often speak the same language. Coffee is often seen as a side-note to a meal offering in cuisine, but he wants to change that. His unusual and fruitful coffee can be paired with specific meals, the food and drink working in harmony, complementing one another.
Now here’s where we get to the peanut butter & jelly:
The Wildwood Blend is a mix of an El Salvadoran Red Bourbon San Luis Full Natural and a Brazilian Yellow Bourbon Peaberry. Before you get excited, it’s pronounced “borbón,” no relation to booze. The red bourbon is processed “full natural,” meaning the coffee cherries were sun dried on the seed before hulling, leaving them stained with the cherry’s juice and natural flavor. Some coffee cherries taste like blueberry, some taste like honey – this red bourbon tastes like strawberries.
Coffees from Brazil generally have low acidity, lots of chocolate flavor, and if you are lucky, a hint of sweet peanut butter. Brandon sourced the Brazilian Yellow Bourbon Peaberry earlier in January in the hopes of pairing it with something like the San Luis.
Brandon praises his farmers for letting Water Avenue gain access to coffees that typically might not be available to smaller companies like his. Miguel Menendez, Sr., the farmer who grew the red bourbon, allowed Brandon to experiment with his harvest, using processes like full natural and honey processing that take extra work to hull, but ultimately turn out a more unique and original product. Miguel’s passion for coffee and his support of Brandon’s desire to do things a little differently has culminated in the fabulous blend you’ll taste upon visiting Wildwood.
We hope you’ll join us for lunch, Saturday, June 1st at 1pm. Tickets are $35 and include 4 light courses and 4 tastes of delicious Water Avenue Coffee. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.225.0130 ext 2
strawberry rhubarb spritzer
el salvadoran red bourbon san luis full natural
strawberry jam coffee cake
hazelnut nutella, cocoa nib whipped cream
brazilian yellow bourbon peaberry
goat cheese and house made chorizo frittata
arugula and fried shallots
grilled pork chop
coffee purée, honey roasted rhubarb
cold pressed red bourbon full natural