Previous to the opening of Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine Lea Robinson, Milwaukie native, couldn’t find Italian tomatoes anywhere close. The first sight of the salt selection sent her into frenzy considering now she won’t have to drive to Mississippi Ave. or Penzi Spices on 82nd. A quick google search made her realize that the salt in question was actually from the place she mentioned in NOPO. “Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine is realizing that people in Milwaukie can be more sophisticated and can recognize and enjoy good food, not just Pabst.” she quipped. Chocolate salt is a wonderful addition to ribs, with the smoked salts being delicious on veggies, and would also pair well with meat. They also have Pinot Noir salt. The Olive Oil selection causes excitement, one of the choices being a blood orange olive oil which could be amazing as a vinaigrette. “The cheese probably could be purchased at New Seasons, but it’s cool that you could instead buy it from a family owned business. It is also a great benefit to have ingredients readily available for purchase after taking a cooking classes here.”
A walk down the wine aisle puts many native to Oregon wines at the forefront, as well as the grocery section where you can pick up some Olympic Provisions charcuterie, and NE Portland born Ristretto Roasters fresh coffee is a staple on the menu.
And if tasty meat and vino doesn’t strike your fancy? Pastry chef Kir Jensen (of Sugar Cube fame) is cooking up the tasty treats for your mouth watering pleasure. And if you are worried that Portlander’s are taking over the city, then you will be delighted to know that Chef Pascal does indeed live in the ‘hood, over in Johnson Creek. Although on the Portland side, he is close enough to be one of us, and now, he is.
FAST FACTS: According to Roger J. Porter of Willamette Week, Pascal Sauton is “one of Portland’s culinary stars” and now he is gracing us with his presence in downtown Milwaukie.
Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine brings back a grocery shopping destination to the downtown area boasting a retail section; with specialty groceries and over 100 wines from Europe and the Northwest, as well as a wine club and wine tasting. Additionally, there is a produce case of local and seasonal vegetables and fruits so that customers will know which season they are in as soon as they walk in the store. The deli offers charcuterie, homemade soups, salads, and specialty sandwiches, catering both in-house and off-premise, and special events, such as dinners with winemakers, and authors.
If you are into cooking classes, they have that too: a cooking school where Pascal and guest chefs will offer demonstrations. Still searching for an amazing cup of coffee? They have the delicious Ristretto Roasters to offer you. And if that isn’t enough, their website will allow pre-payment of about seven dinner options that will change daily depending on seasonality and the whim of the chef.
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, the store will offer happy hour from 4 p.m. to closing with small plates and wine by the glass.
10610 SE Main Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222 503.307.8189
Hours: Mon – Sat: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am-5:00 pm
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