The Original Halibut’s fish and chips shop at 2529 NE Alberta Street closed last summer and moved down the road to the Piedmont Station Food carts at 625 NE Killingworth Street. They still serve the same menu of fried chips, fish and chowders, but from a bright blue food truck.
Their next door neighbor, Enzo Lanzadoro of Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, has moved into their former space and created a new restaurant in its place: Forge. At a soft opening in mid-April, the large fireplace was the center of attention with Forge. chefs cooking with its crackling wood fire. Forge also features concrete floors and counters and a bar that seems to be a long stack of bricks. There are rough-hewn wood tables and iron work throughout.
Forge is a counter-service only restaurant that seeks to be both casual and friendly. It will be open from breakfast through dinner. By late-May Forge will have a full menu of wood fire-cooked meats and vegetables.
“The idea is to have an open fire – nothing gets cooked on a stove. Imagine yourself camping in the morning you’re going to have eggs and bacon cooked over the fire – with the smell and everything,” said Lanzadoro.
The rest of the day’s menu will feature steaks seared on hot coals of either alder or oak, a variety of fish, yard-long sausages on hardwood planks and slowcooked rotisserie chicken. There will also be a lot of vegetables, not just meat. Mushrooms, eggplants, zucchini, cauliflower, and broccoli will all be available roasted over the fire and with sauces.
Forge has a full bar with a limited beer and wine selection. There’s outside seating in the front and sides of the restaurant. An on warm days, the windows will be thrown open to let in the breeze.
There’s much talk about crowdfunding in business –it’s a way to raise small amounts of money from many “investors” or donors. An enterprising Faubion PK-8 sixth grade teacher recently put this fundraising tool to work to raise money for technology in her classroom, spreading the word via social media platform Nextdoor.com. Her project was fully-funded to the tune of around $1,100 within just a few days of posting her appeal.
Gabrielle Quintana’s classroom is currently housed at Tubman School while a new school is constructed to replace the recently demolished Faubion School. Quintana was looking to raise money for five Chromebooks. According to an article on Laptopmag.com, a Chromebook is a laptop that doesn’t run on Windows 10 or Mac OS X – instead it runs on Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud.
Quintana feels that getting this technology in the classroom is vital to the student education process.
“It’s logistically difficult to have regular technology in our classroom. With these Chromebooks, I can now provide writing stations so students can actually publish their work in the classroom and also have access to interactive math games.”
Quintana said she is usually hesitant to ask for money for her students, but she feels crowdfunding is “pretty amazing.”
“$5 from many donors adds up, and often other companies will often match funds. Or, if they see that a project is gaining momentum, they will pay the rest,” she said.
Quintana used the crowdfunding platform Donors Choose, which she billed as a “very reputable organization that manages the money and purchases materials for classrooms.”
Susan Trabucco is a business communications consultant. She lives in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood, just a few steps from Concordia. Reach her by email or call (503) 440-7732.
By Raven Pearce
When the basketball season first started, the lady Trinity Tigers were ecstatic. They dreamed of having an undefeated season. When the season ended, the Tigers had not only obtained their goal, but they won two different tournament championships. The first was the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament hosted by Concordia University since 1962, and the second was the Metro Christian League championship.
The Metro Christian League is a tough league and the Tigers had remained undefeated going into the playoffs. The first game of playoffs was against Tualatin Valley Junior Academy and did not present much of a challenge for the girls. The next game was against City Christian, whom the Tigers had played before in a very close and competitive game. The lady Tigers had to mentally prepare for a tough game, knowing the Lions were coming to get them. Coach Dylana McGill prepared her team by saying, “It’s not about who wants to win this game, both teams want the same thing. The difference is who wants it more.”
The Tigers became resolute that they were the ones who wanted it more. With a combination of winning the jump ball, scoring the first point, and utilizing their trap press gold defense, the team fiercely fought and kept the lead through the game. At the end of the game the score was 55-34 in favor of the lady Tigers.
Two days later the Tigers were in the Metro League Championship game against the Life Christian Lions at the Damascus Christian gymnasium. Both teams entered the game undefeated. The Trinity girls had played all season with only seven players and became intimidated by the size and stature of the Life Christian team. The Tigers knew they were going to have to dig deep if they were going to come out victorious.
At the end of a brutal first quarter, the score was tied at 9. The Tigers were able to gain a lead by halftime and in the last half of the game, exploded with a run of points scored off of fast breaks and savvy Euro-steps by the Tiger offense. The Lion defense could not seem to keep up. By the end of the game, the Trinity Lutheran Tigers had secured their undefeated season with a 56-27 win over the Life Christian Lions, naming them the Metro Christian League Champions. This is the second girl’s team in Trinity history that has gone undefeated.
Raven Pearce is a 7th Grader at Trinity Lutheran & Tiger Player.