SPRING FOOD BOOK FETES

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SPRING FOOD BOOK FETES

We're super excited to announce not one but TWO Spring Food Book Fetes at the Hall! Join Annemarie Ahearn, Full Moon Suppers at Saltwater Farm on Tuesday, May 30th & Andrea Bemis, Dishing Up the Dirt on Sunday, June 11th for food and wine, book signings and demonstrations by the authors!

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TEAM SACK LUNCH + CHEF'S CYCLE

Our trusted Chef's Cycle Team, Sack Lunch PDX has been training hard through this unpredictable winter weather. Rain or shine, mostly rain,  they've been putting on the miles in an effort to reach their goal of $55K by May 1st for Share Our Strength benefitting No Kid Hungry. Hopefully the team will have PLENTY of sunshine to make their 300 mile journey over three days in May in Santa Rosa, California. 

YOU CAN STILL PLEDGE!

All proceeds go to the 55K pledge the team has made in their efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Also stop by Ned Ludd and buy a pint of our SACK LUNCH ROGUE ALE...support the team!

SACK LUNCH PDX TEAM
Chris DiMinno - JackRabbit PDX
Jason French - Ned Ludd & Elder Hall
Rick Gencarelli - LardoGrassa, and Beer Belly
Anna Abatzoglou - Rogue Brewery
Matt Christianson - Urban Farmer
Colin Howard - Multomah Whiskey Library
Krista Anderson - New Seasons Market
Kayt Mathers - Play Nice PR
Thomas Pisha-Duffly - Pok Pok

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CELEBRATE OREGON WINE MONTH

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CELEBRATE OREGON WINE MONTH

All wines come from someplace, but the best wines can only come from an extraordinary place. Oregon is a world-class wine region with more than 700 wineries and more than 1,000 vineyards growing 72 grape varieties. Each year we focus on bringing you something new and amazing from an Oregon producer that you may or may have heard about or a wine or varietal you haven't tried.  We love the unexpected and we hope you do too. This year we are highlighting a different varietal each week of May from 5 different producers. 

Week 1: Gamay
Week 2: Riesling
Week 3: Pinot Noir
Week 4: Chardonnay

We'll be offering wine flights of each variety each week of May for $20 a flight. Or you can order them all by the glass too if you'd rather. Either way it's a great time to branch out and taste something new!

Check out our own Jason French pairing one of his favorite wines, Riesling, with a Bay Shrimp Pasta dish HERE. Recipe included!


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MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

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MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 14th | $35 | Kids under 12 $15 | Drinks & Ala Carte not included

Mother's Day Brunch is back! Treat mom to a delicious wood fired brunch from our trusty oven! We're bringing back some of the classics and adding in some seasonal favorites. It's an either/or coursed prixe fixe menu so you can make it your own! Plus...BACON! 

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SPRING FOR ZENGER

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SPRING FOR ZENGER

APRIL 26 – MAY 2

Join us WEDNESDAY APRIL 26TH for our most delicious fundraiser of the year with Spring for Zenger! We'll be donating a percentage of one day’s sales to Zenger Farm to celebrate their mission to ensure access to good food for all. Some of Portland’s top restaurants, eateries, bars, cafes, nurseries and garden supply stores participate. We hope to see you out and about April 26 through May 2!

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I LOVE GAMAY

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I LOVE GAMAY

It’s time to give Oregon Gamay Noir its due. I Love Gamay is a first of its kind event that brings together adventurous wine lovers and Oregon Gamay producers for a great excuse to throw a party celebrating our favorite under-the-radar varietal. 

Our Gathering Space, Elder Hall plays host to two days of events that lets you get to know Oregon Gamay, including an all Oregon Gamay tasting salon on day one and a multi-course dinner featuring legendary Portland chefs, Jason French and Cathy Whims with some storied local wine veterans on day two. Local producers and wine experts will be on hand to offer up their knowledge on this lesser known gem. Yes, Oregon Pinot Noir has earned its place in wine history, but we want to blow the lid off Oregon’s other noir rouge grape!

Join us for either one or both of our inaugural I Love Gamay events that will be held on May 1st and May 2nd, 2017.

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SPRING LAMB BENEFIT DINNER FOR NO KID HUNGRY

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SPRING LAMB BENEFIT DINNER FOR NO KID HUNGRY

Our trusted Chef's Cycle Team, Sack Lunch PDX has been training hard through this unpredictable winter weather. Rain or shine, mostly rain,  they've been putting on the miles in an effort to reach their goal of $55K by May 1st for Share Our Strength benefitting No Kid Hungry. Hopefully the team will have PLENTY of sunshine to make their 300 mile journey over three days in May in Santa Rosa, California. 

To move the needle even further we invite you to join us for a beautiful Spring Lamb Feast Hosted by our own Jason Frenchfeaturing the talents of Portland’s own Sack Lunch PDX chef Team!

While the weather warms and the sun peeks out, the culinary and beverage talent on the team decided to celebrate Spring with a seasonal favorite! Each course will express the depth of flavor and texture lamb offers, from offal to cheese! We will offer a five course plated dinner featuring cocktails, beer and wine.

Limited seats available. All proceeds go to the 55K pledge the team has made in their efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Where // Elder Hall
When // Thursday, April 13th 6-9:30pm
Price // $125 per person

Menu to Follow!

SACK LUNCH PDX TEAM
Chris DiMinno - JackRabbit PDX
Jason French - Ned Ludd & Elder Hall
Rick Gencarelli - LardoGrassa, and Beer Belly
Anna Abatzoglou - Rogue Brewery
Mat Christianson - Urban Farmer at the Nines
Colin Howard - Multomah Whiskey Library
Krista Anderson - New Seasons Market
Kayt Mathers - Play Nice PR
Thomas Pisha-Duffly - Pok Pok

Photo Credit // Dina Avila

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#WRITE_ON

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#WRITE_ON

The easiest way to reach anyone these days is to tap out a quick text, but in the spirit slowing things waaay down we want to challenge you – and ourselves! – to write a letter. For the month of April, Ned Ludd is partnering with Eggpress for Write_On, a campaign to promote creative expression through handwritten correspondence. This is our third year participating in the program and we love supporting an endeavor that takes hand-crafting as seriously as we do.

When you visit us at Ned Ludd in April, we will offer you a complimentary Write_On card. Reach out to an old friend, surprise a loved with a quick note… whatever it may be, we’re pretty convinced receiving a real letter in the mailbox is a thrill. Making that connection is something we’d love to facilitate through the Write_On campaign. If you find your stuck on what to write, we’ll offer some writing prompts to get your creativity flowing. We’ll even stamp it for you and drop it in the mail box!

Can’t wait to see you here for an inspired spring menu and a chance to help you connect with someone in a meaningful way.


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Elder Hall Happiest Hour

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Elder Hall Happiest Hour

To celebrate Portland Dining Month in the spirit of getting out and gathering together, we're opening the doors to Elder Hall , Gathering Space to Ned Ludd for a first ever “Happy Hour” on select Friday and Saturdays- March 3 & 4 and March 10 & 11, and on special TBA dates during the week 5-8pm. We’ll have drink specials, yummy snacks, and chill lounging vibes. It’s the perfect opportunity for an impromptu meet-up with friends or having drinks and conversation before heading over to Ned Ludd for dinner.

Elder Hall Happiest Hour Menu

Elder Hall French Fried Potato Chips
Peanuts, Popcorn & Crackerjacks
Oysters, Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
Potted Bay Shrimp, Crackers, Celery Bread & Butters
Cheese Fonduta, Polenta Sticks
Fried Shrimp Crepes, Creamy Cabbage Slaw

EH Happy*Happy*Joy*Joy Drink Menu

BEER!
pFriem IPA $7
Occidental Pils $4
Old Germans $2


WINE TIME!
$8 Red, White, Rose, Sparkling, and Weird….
an assortment of quirky and delicious wine to pique the palate!

COCKTAILS  $8
Spritz Yo'self - bubbles, cocchi rosa, lemon, grapefruit bitters
Mule it Over - gin, meletti amaro, lime, ginger beer
Grumpy Gus - bourbon, scotch, salted maple, angostura

Elder Hall will be an evolving back room party where food, drink and vibes come together while you wait or simply because you want to hang with the Elder Crowd.

follow us on Instagram or look for the chair hanging on the wall outside the doors of the Hall for your invitation to the party.


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PORTLAND DINING MONTH

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PORTLAND DINING MONTH

It’s time to shake off all the rain (and leftover snowflakes!) by getting out in March for Portland Dining Month. What a great time to take a break from your kitchen and let us cook for you. This year we're excited to offer a best-of-the-season three course meal for $29. 

Here’s what’s on the menu:

First Course:
Cabbage salad with cashews, carrot and a turmeric dressing

Second Course:
Toasted rice panna cotta ginger caramel and crispy rice

Third Course:
Mirin-braised beef short rib, celeriac mash, pickled cucumber and sesame
OR
Seared Five Spice Tofu, Charred Broccoli, Cucumber Salad

**entire menu is and gluten-free**

To kick off Portland Dining Month in the spirit of getting out and gathering together, we're opening the doors to Elder Hall for a first ever “Happy Hour” on select Friday and Saturdays- March 3 & 4 and March 10 & 11, and on special TBA dates during the week 4-8pm. We’ll have drink specials, yummy snacks, and chill lounging vibes. It’s the perfect opportunity for an impromptu meet-up with friends or having drinks and conversation before heading over to Ned Ludd for dinner.

Elder Hall Happiest Hour Menu

Elder Hall French Fried Potato Chips
Peanuts, Popcorn & Crackerjacks
Oysters, Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
Potted Bay Shrimp, Crackers, Celery Bread & Butters
Cheese Fonduta, Polenta Sticks
Fried Shrimp Crepes, Creamy Cabbage Slaw

EH Happy*Happy*Joy*Joy Drink Menu

BEER!
pFriem IPA $7
Occidental Pils $4
Old Germans $2


WINE TIME!
$8 Red, White, Rose, Sparkling, and Weird….
an assortment of quirky and delicious wine to pique the palate!

COCKTAILS  $8
Spritz Yo'self - bubbles, cocchi rosa, lemon, grapefruit bitters
Mule it Over - gin, meletti amaro, lime, ginger beer
Grumpy Gus - bourbon, scotch, salted maple, angostura

Elder Hall will be an evolving back room party where food, drink and vibes come together while you wait or simply because you want to hang with the Elder Crowd.

follow us on Instagram or look for the chair hanging on the wall outside the doors of the Hall for your invitation to the party.

The Oregonian included Ned Ludd as one of 27 restaurants worth your money on their list of 2017 Dining Month picks so don’t miss out!

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Sack Lunch Portland

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Sack Lunch Portland

Join our very own Jason French (Ned Ludd & Elder Hall) and our good friend Chris Dimino (Jack Rabbit Portland, formerly Chris King) as they peddle for charity alongside 10 other chefs and friends in the Portland Food Community. Our newly formed TEAM SACK LUNCH PDX will be working hard to raise $55,000 for Chefs Cycle and No Kid Hungry.  We kick off the fundraising:

When // Saturday February 4th 5-8:30PM
Where // Plaza Del Toro // 105 SE Taylor St. Portland, OR 97214
What // A Bike Ho-Down plus Eats & Drinks
Tickets // $10 at the door
Raffle // $20 per ticket for a chance to win a ONE OF A KIND CIELO BASE RACER and other rad items from Lardo and Stumptown
Music // DJ Bonics

Every last dime of Proceeds goes towards our efforts to raise money for our Chef Cycle team for Share Our Strength + No Kid Hungry. Follow along as we ride 300 miles in 3 days Santa Rosa May 16-18th alongside our culinary community from around the nation fighting hunger outside the kitchen. 

Food will be prepared by // Toro Bravo,  Lardo, Jackrabbit, Boccalone, Ned Ludd and Urban Farmer. All chefs, including our newest Portland neighbor, Chris Cosentino, will be on hand nerding on bikes, cooking up a storm & raising money for the cause!

Libations from // Rogue Brewery & Grochau Cellars

Sack Lunch PDX Team //

Chris DiMinno - JackRabbit PDX
Jason French - Ned Ludd & Elder Hall
Rick Gencarelli - Lardo, Grassa, and Beer Belly
Chris Carriker - Bluehour
Anna Abatzoglou - Rogue Brewery
Mat Christianson - Urban Farmer at the Nines
Colin Howard - Multomah Whiskey Library
Krista Anderson - New Seasons Market
Kayt Mathers - Play Nice PR
Jeff Morrell - Toro Bravo
Thomas Pisha-Duffy - Pok Pok

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Ned Ludd and the Badass Apron

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Ned Ludd and the Badass Apron

You can’t always explain why two people come together – destiny, kismet, dumb luck. But whatever the reason, the outcome can be straight up magic. Our recent collaboration with badass apron maker Hedley & Bennett is proof of that magical connection. But before we get into how Ned Ludd became a member of the Apron Squad, we’ll tell you a story of our first fateful collaboration.

Ned Ludd Chef-Owner Jason French and creative mastermind Michelle Battista combined their talents personally and then professionally when they opened the gathering space, Elder Hall in 2014. Born out of their shared desire to create community through the pleasures of food and wine, the Hall has been a space for guests to gather, celebrate, and even learn something new while breaking bread around the table.

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Michelle spent years in design and brand consulting, but knew that food was where she belonged. Food was a new frontier she felt she just had to explore. Then she met Jason and this whole other world opened up for both of them.  Jason soon realized he wanted to take his experience as a chef and grow into other creative ventures. “We wondered how should we take all of this magic – our strengths, our creativity – and really weave a fabric together to create something truly special for people to touch, smell, taste and experience,” explains Jason. It wasn’t easy, but their diligent focus on a shared vision allowed life, love and business fall into place. 

Michelle and Jason have been able to mesh their differing styles – she loves white, clean, unfussy minimalism while he loves color and old-fashioned rustic charm – into an aesthetic at Ned Ludd and Elder Hall, drawing inspiration from the hand crafted, clean, and highly functional design of the Shakers. Where Ned Ludd is festooned with nicknacks and relics of another time, Elder Hall evokes clean lines and minimalism, with just enough decor to transport patrons to a place and time of comfort and community. 

Our Hedley & Bennett apron is an extension of how the two approach design together – giving a nod to tradition while feeling thoroughly modern. Both share a love affair with stripes so it was only natural to choose a dark indigo railroad stripe pattern for the body. A navy blue strap ties the waist while gold pops the collar and the iconic HxB ampersand mark. The apron has all the functionality and durability to do the hard work of life in a restaurant and gathering hall, while the fabric, straps and pockets express a feeling of fun and individuality.

We love Hedley & Bennett’s irreverent spirit and jumped at the chance to create something together when the opportunity came up. Michelle felt drawn to Ellen, aka The Apron Lady, just like she was drawn to the world of food. We loved what they cooked up together and feel proud to be a part of creative community that shares beauty, conviviality, and comfort in the kitchen and beyond. Get your own Ned Ludd apron HERE.

Photos // Kaitlin M Green

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