COQUINE DEBUTS BRICK-AND-MORTAR RESTAURANT
Coquine, the celebrated pop-up dinner party created by Chef Katy Millard and Ksandek Podbielski will open a brick-and-mortar at Southeast 69th and Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon’s Mount Tabor area.
Serving as a full service destination restaurant and neighborhood café, Coquine will elevate the neighborhood’s dining scene with Chef Millard’s signature sophisticated and playful style in a distinctive yet welcoming space.
Millard and Podbielski have been organizing their one-of-a-kind dinner parties at urban wineries, organic farms, and local restaurants since 2012, always on the lookout for the perfect location to put down roots. Coquine will serve the Mount Tabor neighborhood as a gathering place where guests feel equally comfortable enjoying a multicourse meal and great bottle of wine as a quick snack and a beer after work or casual cup of coffee and pastry in the morning.
The French word “coquine” is a lighthearted chide for a mischievous little girl or means something a bit more flirtatious when said to a grown up, so fittingly Coquine’s ambiance and cuisine will emanate charm with an alluring and playful wink.
Katy Millard is a classically trained chef who began her culinary career working for Michelin starred chef Guy Savoy in Paris, cooked her way through some of the best fine dining kitchens in France over five years, and in 2008 moved to San Francisco where she worked with Chef Daniel Patterson as Sous Chef of Coi. Since moving to Portland in 2011, Millard has cooked in respected kitchens including Bollywood Theater, Sauvage, and The Woodsman Tavern. Her foundation in French technique brings focus and intention to her cooking, striving for consistency, perfection and purpose in every dish; while her playful, and unfussy style shines through to create unpretentiously elegant food you can – and want to – eat every day.
Ksandek Podbielski committed himself to the excitement of Portland’s rapidly evolving dining and wine culture in 2007 and hasn’t looked back. While learning first hand from cellar and harvest work, he continued his education in wine and earned his advanced certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust with top marks. During this time Ksandek directed the Hospitality Department at Anne Amie Vineyards for five years, where he created a program of consistently sold-out intimate to large scale events. Since 2012, he has managed front of house operations for one of Portland’s most critically acclaimed restaurant, Roe. Podbielski, who serves as General Manager of Coquine, has an unpretentious and sincere sense of hospitality, and a belief that wine needs food.
The husband-and-wife team will continue to foster and support their close relationships with farmers, foragers and food lovers alike in the community, as well as their commitment to sustainable practices and a completely visible food chain. Ingredients will be hand selected from local producers like Sweetbriar Farms, Dancing Roots, and DeNoble. Coquine’s beverage program will highlight winemakers and brewers from the Pacific Northwest and around the world as well as diner’s favorite classic cocktails.
Coquine will welcome guests with 32 seats inside and 34 seats outside, with Podbielski applying an attention to detail to the front of the house where friendly and attentive service will be valued as highly as the quality of food. Coquine’s atmosphere is refined without taking itself too seriously, and details like ceramics and glassware sourced from local artists, and an unbeatable playlist help to set the scene for a truly memorable dining experience.
[box]2015 FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND
LUNCH PREVIEW Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 3, 4, & 5; 12 pm to 8pm
Coquine is setting up the patio for a special daytime preview of things to come. They will offer offer housemade popsicles to help you beat the heat, as well as a few snacks, salads, and sandwiches from their soon to be offered lunch menu. Food will be also available to-go, ideal for a picnic on top of Mt. Tabor. Stumptown cold brew, beer, wine and a couple of cocktails will also be available on the patio (no alcohol to-go). [/box]
Photo credits: Coquine