Plus, the easiest Halloween costume you can put together.

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Plus, an idea for the easiest last minute Halloween costume.

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Thursday.

And that means we’re dishing up the latest Stumptown food news of the week. We’re fixing you up a plateful of stories like how one vegan snack shop is going all out for scary season, where you can find devilishly tasty treats (and tricks) this Halloweekend, delicious breakfasts for the morning after you’ve gabba’d your last ghoul, and how Oregon restaurants are needing federal support as we head into the rainy season. 

Hungry? Mouth watering? Good, let’s get scrolling. 

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💵 Oregon restaurants are pleading for more relief funds going into winter. The head of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association held a press conference yesterday morning calling on the federal government to add more funding to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for assisting struggling eateries. While thousands of Oregon restaurants received funding from this program last year, those monies have since dried up. With the seasons becoming colder and rainier, outdoor dining will start to dwindle, and restaurants could see significant losses if they don’t get assistance. (KGW / KOIN)

🍹 Bottoms up — here’s where you’ll find the best Stumptown events (and drinks) for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Portland Monthly put together this awesome list for folks in the community, because in all honesty, it’s been hard to find spaces and places that position queer, femme-presenting Portlanders at the fore since the Egyptian Room shut down 11 years ago. You’ll find everything on here from Phreak Bish’s upcoming dance party at Polaris Hall to Incite: Queer Writers Read — a virtual event devoted to connecting people the latest in LGBTQ+ literature. Is there a place or event that wasn’t covered on this list? Hit reply and let us know so we can shine a light on them. (Portland Monthly)

🍩 Portland and breakfast are a classic power couple; here’s where you’ll find some of the finest Stumptown offers. From the truly classic fare at the Derby in Kenton to Little Griddle’s perfect benedicts topped with succulent braised pork shoulder, tender avocado, and drizzling poached egg, all nestled under a blanket of gravy — your brunch squad will be satisfied. (Eater PDX)

🕸️ This gothy vegan bakery has arrived just in time for Halloween. Come the witching hour (or rather 10 a.m.) on All Hallows Eve, the owner of the delectable Mama Dút (known for their delicious vegan Vietnamese-inspired eats) will transform into Baker Ghoul Magic and dish up devilishly good treats until she’s sold out. Be prepared for graveyard cakes, pumpkin-and-pecan cinnamon rolls, and matcha coconut cupcakes. (Portland Monthly)

👻 Speaking of Halloween treats… Eater Portland has a full list for you to peruse as you’re putting your costume together. For example, you can hit up Stem Wine Bar for some blood-red “Fangria” and bring your dressed up pup to their Howl-O-Weenie costume party. The Midnight is throwing an all-out party in their basement space this Halloweekend — costumes are encouraged but not required. However, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are. Regardless of whether you’re going for a ghoul’s night out or you’re wanting to creep it real at home, you’ll find something on this list that’ll give folks pumpkin to talk about. (EaterPDX)

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🌱 Learn all about pollinator gardens for fall and winter with Dennis' 7 Dees Garden Centers (Online)

🤘 Kick your boots up with Dan & Shay for their arena tour (Downtown)

👑 Join the Portland Art Museum to examine what a woman’s role in power in the ancient world meant in the days of Queen Nefertiti (Online)

🔮 Join The Raven’s Wing for a monthly astrology discussion at this friendly salon facilitated by Lisa Awrey (Online)


🎵 Join The Resinators and The Cascadians at the Alberta Street Pub (King)


👻 Enjoy a spectacular HalloQUEEN Drag show at The Pharmacy!(NW Portland)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Are you a little stumped on what to wear this Halloween? Don’t worry, I got you covered. This is the easiest costume I ever put together, and chances are you’ve already got the materials needed around your home. And if you don’t, this will only cost you a few bucks. 

Step one: Find a pink shirt.

Step two: Get a black permanent marker.

Step three: Write “Floyd” on the shirt.

Voila — congratulations, you’re now dressed as Pink Floyd. 👻

That’s all for today folks; catch you back here tomorrow.

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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