Taste of Portland showcases culture of Northwest

“Taste of Portland” took students to dinner at
popular Portland restaurants Hot Lips Pizza and VooDoo Doughnuts on Sept. 28. Students who signed up in the CIC were provided with transportation and dinner.

“Taste of Portland” is the second “Taste of” event this year. The first was a trip to the Portland restaurant
Pok Pok.

“Hot Lips is a sustainable pizza and soda shop unique to Portland,” senior Nicole Szanto, the Linfield Activities Board off-campus culture chair, said in an email. “They also have interesting combinations of pizza like squash and brie that you wouldn’t normally see.”

According to the Hot Lips website, Hot Lips Pizza has been a family-run business since 1984, and they have been making fresh fruit soda since 2005. Today, Hot Lips has five pizzerias in Portland, along with a commissary kitchen, a mobile brewing operation, a mobile oven and a mobile soda set-up. Hot Lips is an environmentally conscious business with interests in collaborating with the community and finding sustainable ways of doing business.  On their website, Hot Lips lists all the farms from which they buy their ingredients.

VooDoo Doughnut is a business that is famous in and around Portland. The VooDoo Doughnuts website boasts that their doughnuts are “known locally, nationally and worldwide.” There are two VooDoo Doughnuts shops in Portland and one in Eugene.

“VooDoo Doughnuts is a huge attraction in Portland, with crazy combinations of flavors and a quirky vibe,” Szanto said.

“I picked [these restaurants] because I thought they were good representations of the food culture in Portland,” Szanto said in an email. “The Northwest and Portland have cultures of their own so I thought it would be fun for people who were not from Oregon to get a chance to experience that.”

The “Taste Of” series is a popular annual group of events that has featured many different kinds of food in the past, including Indian, German, Ethiopian, Moroccan and Hawaiian food. There are usually two “Taste of” events per month. Students can sign up in the CIC. The cost is $5.

Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com. 

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