Noted Portland Chef, Vitaly Paley, is going all out at his central Portland restaurants to celebrate the Russian Sun Festival and the end of the Winter Olympics during February 24th – March 2nd 2014.
Vitaly Paley's Imperial celebrates with special menu items at Portland Penny Diner and Imperial. A Friday night pop-up blini bar with live Russian folk music, and a 4-course Russian dinner at Imperial March 2nd highlight the celebrations. Commemorating the end of winter, the festival is one of hope, growth and merrymaking, and Imperial intends to do this with piroshkis, blinis, and special vodka cocktails.
Special Menu Items at Imperial and Portland Penny Diner
Imperial and Portland Penny Diner will kick off the Russian Pop-up Week on February 24th with special menu items. At Portland Penny Diner, enjoy different piroshkis throughout the week for lunch from February 24th – February 28th. The piroshkis will be $4 each, and will feature flavors such as potato, onion and rosemary, cabbage and smoked ham hock, chicken liver and mushrooms, and beef short ribs and caramelized onions.
For dessert, Imperial will serve stuffed blintzes throughout the week of February 24th – February 28th, available alongside the regular dessert menu.
Friday Night Pop-up Blini and Vodka Bar
Blinis are essential to the Russian Sun Festival, and on Friday, February 28th, Portland Penny Diner will offer a blini and vodka pop-up bar from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
At $15, the blini bar will be served with traditional and non-traditional toppings, such as Steelhead caviar, Steelhead pastrami, sour pickles, fire roasted and marinated mushrooms and pickled herring. Other zakuskis, or Russian drinking snacks, such as smoked mackerel salad, Chef Paley’s grandma’s fish under carrot marinade and beet pkhali, will also be served.
Bar Manager Brandon Wise has created a range of Russian cocktails and infusions for the blini pop-up bar, including $6 infused vodkas and $7 cocktails. Infused vodkas will feature infusions such as Apple & Ginger Vodka, Beet & Carraway Vodka, Honeyed Pear & Spicy Pepper Vodka, and Black Truffle Vodka. New cocktails will include cocktails on tap, such as the Iron Curtain, with vodka, Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, green chartreuse, mole bitters and spicy pepper tincture, as well as other specialty cocktails, such as the Red Gazette, with brandy, cherry herring, Amaro St. Maria, lemon juice, mulled Pinot Noir syrup and bergamot black tea.
A special punch, the Ivan Dragos Punch, with vodka, orange rum, apricot liqueur, allspice dram, orange juice, lemon juice, chamomile tea and Prosecco, will also be served for $7.
And to assist in the merry making, accordion player Leonid Nosov and singer Anna Kazakova will be performing Russian folk music at Portland Penny Diner for the night.
4-Course Russian Dinner at Imperial
On Sunday, March 2nd, Imperial’s Russian pop-up week will culminate with a 4-course dinner at Imperial. At $65 per person plus an optional $25 wine pairing, gratuity not included, reservations for the dinner will be available starting at 5pm. Infused vodkas and specialty cocktails will also be available from Bar Manager Brandon Wise. The 4-course menu includes:
Minute Cured Steelhead Belly, Salad Russe, caviar crème fraiche and dill
Anya’s Borscht, black bread and garlic
Goose Confit Stuffed Cabbage, smoked stuffed goose neck and chopped goose liver
House Ricotta Blintz, huckleberries and almonds
Location: 410 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205