Les Oiseaux, which translates to “the birds,” is a modern Portland food cart specializing in casual French food. The menu is simple and convenient with a focus on both sweet and savory crêpes. The colors are classic French bistro while the eerie style of illustration suggests something a bit darker. A surreal beauty reminiscent of Amélie, paired with a Hitchcock film noir feel, attracts patrons to indulge their curiosities as well as their cravings. Bon appétit!
Belmont Beer Company
While the Belmont Goats had to move further east, their memory will be forever immortalized by Belmont Beer Company. Located in what are now called the Goat Blocks, BBC pushes traditional boundaries with aggressive brews, a breakneck seasonal release schedule, and a kaleidoscopic labeling system. In a sea of more subdued brands, BBC beers jump off the shelf just like the bad little billies that inspired them.
SOCIAL STATIONERY SET
If wit is the most effective form of communication, then why not bare your soul with a gourmet food pun? This set of social stationery was inspired by my eccentric friend who contrived some of these clever puns while working at an Italian restaurant. While the menu items are highbrow and suggestive of an elite audience, the illustration style and hand lettering will kill anyone with cuteness.
STUFT GREEK OLIVES
It’s time to celebrate! “Opa!” as the Greeks say, can be a cry of surprise, a positive acclaim or an invitation to join in the hoopla. OPA! Stuft Greek Olives are a fun, festive appetizer that deliver gourmet flavors in a playful package. Whimsical round letters are transformed into stout little olives...or are they ogling eyeballs? Either way these olives are sure to delight.
Zanzibar is a mysterious island crossroads of African, Arabic, European, Indian, and Asian cultures. Zanzibar Restaurants aim to provide an exotic culinary experience reflective of this blend in a refined yet unassuming atmosphere. With a menu focused on small plates of luscious seafood and alluring spices, Zanzibar is about sharing new experiences with those around you. Let yourself by transported to a faraway land.
Homespun is a magazine for the those who aspire to the DIY lifestyle. More extensive than crafting but more approachable than urban homesteading, Homespun appeals to those in the middle. Homespun readers want to make their own sauerkraut or raise their own chickens, but still keep their day job. Homespun values style and modern technology but is practical and relates to a younger audience trying to attain self-sufficiency and relish a bit of nostalgia at the same time.
Portland Food & Drink Passport Book
TRAVEL PORTLAND PROMOTION
Portland is a mecca of creative cuisine—whether it’s elevated junk food, oddball flavor combinations, or drinks served in abnormally large vessels. How is a visitor to navigate this roller coaster of culinary experience? Travel Portland has now partnered with many fine Portland eateries to create The Portland Food & Drink Passport Book. Get a sticker of each iconic food or drink as you make your way around town and in the end, get a cool custom tee shirt to prove your feat.
Stick + Stone
PARTY SUPPLY COMPANY
Stick + Stone is the ultimate boutique party supply company. With a background in set design, owners Jim and Sylvie create fantastical illusions for your theme party using only sustainable all-natural materials like paper, wood, hemp, and cotton. The magic of play encouraged by Stick + Stone appeals to children and the young at heart of all ages.
The Medusa family uprooted to the Willamette Valley bringing traditional, time-honored Italian wine making to a the Pacific Northwest. An important symbol for the family, the jellyfish is the star of this design, delicately interacting with the elegant type. Line-work elements create the illusion of an Old World engraved font, which when contrasted with the modern ultralight type, bridges the two worlds.