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Feastworks delicatessen, Sellwood
In their new Sellwood deli FeastWorks, Chef Ashley Bisagna and charcuterie master Ethan Bisagna now offer their handmade meats, all year long. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

New Tacoma Street charcuterie gains following


There is a famous quotation: “Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made”. That is often misattributed to Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck – but that vision of sausage preparation clearly does not apply to a new charcuterie store in Sellwood called “FeastWorks”.

“Our ingredients are very consciously sourced from local farmers,” remarked co-owner Ethan Bisagna. “Our meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free.  And, the chickens we select are organic, because we use a lot of chicken livers, and getting the organic livers really make a big difference!

“We really enjoyed making products of these sources,” he added.

He and his wife, Chef Ashley, started out by doing on-location catering for the past five years, and also by selling charcuterie at the Woodstock Farmers Market.

“We’ve been wanting to have a delicatessen for quite a while to build on top of our catering company,” Ethan said. “Here, we can stock a cold case, and sell our charcuterie at retail, while expanding the catering side of our business.”

Having the heard the term “charcuterie” used several times, THE BEE asked for its meaning. “Charcuterie simply means cooked and prepared meats,” Ethan responded. “It's any kind of manipulated meat product, such as bacon and sausage, or it could be pâté.”

These food preparation methods were created as a way to preserve meat before refrigeration was invented. Today, charcuterie is extolled for the flavors resulting from the preservation processes.

“Ethan makes our meats, and I’m the chef,” said Ashley, defining the division of labor.

“I create the menu here at our store, and also to the catering menus for our clients,” Ashley continued. “And, I’m the contact person who works with our catering clients to create event-specific menus for weddings, parties, or business meetings.”

Chef Ashley answered immediately, when asked what inspires the menu items at the store. “These are all foods that I want to eat! And, I’m also looking at what seasonal produce is available. For example, we’re now moving more into the fall harvest vegetables that complement our meats.” 

For example, the chef revealed that they are stocking delicata squash and Brussels sprouts. “Those will be on the menu through the Holidays. They will definitely be paired with bacon, and perhaps chanterelle mushrooms.”

Many folks who come to eat at their twenty-six-seat delicatessen get a sampling of a variety of their meats by ordering a Charcuterie Board.

“It's more like the French Charcuterie Board, and features many of our popular items, like Pâté, Double-smoked Salami, Chicken Liver mousse, and Smoked Pork Rillettes, along with crostini, pickled red onions, and stone-ground mustard.”

The FeastWorks slow-roasted fennel-rubbed pork sandwich is definitely a best seller, Ashley said. “We also have a lot of breakfast sandwiches, and also sausage frites with eggs platters.”

Although it’s been challenging to start the retail business, which opened on July 31, it comes with benefits. “The most rewarding part, for me, is seeing people who are happy eating our food.”

Ashley agreed, and added, “It’s great that we already have regulars the coming in every week, sometimes a couple of times a week!”



Feastworks Delicatessen & Catering

1325 S.E. Tacoma Street, in Sellwood

Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 8am - 8pm


Otto's Meats and Deli, mural, alps
In Woodstock, Otto’s new mural includes a portrait (in the upper center) of Otto Eichentopf, the family’s patriarch, who began the business in 1922 as Otto’s Meat Market. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Otto’s new mural brings the German Alps to Woodstock


The sun is down, and no one is around.  That’s the time Michael Burge Smith prefers to paint murals – such as the nearly 1,000 square foot one he has painted for the Eichentopfs, the owners of Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Deli.

The mural depicts a theme of Swiss and German Alps. “The owners, Jerry and Gretchen, love to ski,” remarks Smith.  “They say it makes them happy to come back home after skiing, and look at the German Alps on this wall.”

Ideas for the mural were a collaboration between Smith and Gretchen.  Smith’s connection with the Eichentopf family, and especially with Gretchen, began last fall, when he saw Otto’s expansive blank outside wall at S.E. 42nd and Woodstock Boulevard.  He got excited about the wall, and decided to walk into the deli and present his portfolio.

“His portfolio was phenomenal,” affirms Gretchen. She says she wasn’t even looking for a muralist, so she is thankful he took the initiative.

Since then, Smith has painted all of the inside art at Otto’s, an inside mural for the Eichentopf’s daughter’s home, and now the large mural gracing the 64-foot-long wall of the nationally famous sausage kitchen.

At first Smith worked on Otto’s mural with his business partner, Kenny Spurlock; but in August Mike began painting the major portion of it by himself.  Tragically, Spurlock died of a brain injury suffered during an accident in late August.

“Kenny and I did thousands of hours of art together.  I had to take a week off after he passed away,” said Smith.

For two months, Smith painted the mural between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am.  “I love the freedom of being able to pick my hours,” he says, commenting on his nocturnal schedule. “And I travel with my band all over the world, so I fit painting in when I have time.”

Smith has been painting murals for fifteen years.  He began at age twenty-one after a childhood and youth of playing music – viola, cello and string bass, a parallel pursuit which he still follows.

Smith has painted numerous murals in Portland including ones on Kell’s, Hoda’s, Big Daddy’s BBQ, and Captain Ankeny’s Well. He has also taught mural painting to high school students in Oregon and Idaho. Now Otto’s is part of his portfolio.



El Gallo food cart plans move to Woodstock storefront. El Gallo Taqueria, “the first food cart to open in Woodstock over five years ago”, is expanding into a restaurant and bar space just down the street from its current location, the parking lot of The Joinery. The new restaurant and bar space will be located at 4422 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, next to the Ace Hardware Store. The 420 sq. ft. commercial space will undergo a major renovation, “which will adhere to sustainable design and green building practices”, according to Taqueria owner Jake Brown. “Upon opening the new space in February 2015, El Gallo will expand its current menu, lengthen its hours of operation, and maintain the same commitment to real food made from scratch with locally-sourced ingredients that the Taqueria is known for.” For more information, go online to:

Sellwood realtor honored. Shawn Skinner, from the Sellwood Branch of RE/MAX Equity Group, was recently presented the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. In 2014, less than two percent of all RE/MAX Affiliates earned this prestigious award. Shawn has been working in the real estate industry for more than thirteen years and has extensive experience in residential real estate specializing in first-time buyers, investing, and new construction. He has earned numerous awards from RE/MAX Equity Group for his production, and was nominated by his clients to receive the Five-Star Real Estate Agent Award in 2014 from Portland Monthly Magazine. “Shawn has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” said Stephanie Wilde, Managing Principal Broker of RE/MAX equity group. “Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment.”

Melissa Swan, “Pied Piper Café
Melissa Swan opens her new “Pied Piper Café” for parents and kids in Sellwood on December 1.

“Pied Piper Play Café” for kids and adults opens Dec. 1. Portland resident Melissa Swan quit her job as a German teacher at Centennial High School last summer to follow her dream of opening a play café in Sellwood. “I was trying to grade papers and get work done at my house, and realized that Portland needed more places that are kid and adult-centric. I wanted a safe place for my girls to play, where I could drink coffee, or maybe wine,” Swan said. Instead of waiting for the perfect place to open, Swan decided to open one herself. Taking a great leap of faith, she took some business classes and then jumped in with both feet. The “Pied Piper Play Café” is set to open December 1st at 8609 S.E. 17th. While it will start as an indoor park, she would like to expand her business to include music lessons and science Saturdays. The café will also be available to rent for birthday parties. Swan started a Kickstarter to help offset the cost of opening the business. She hopes that “local families will take advantage of the incentives and spread the word.”

Pet portrait artist opens business in Sellwood. Aimee J. Mattila – artist, owner, and designer – has gone into business in Sellwood under the name “PetPortraits”. She describes her portraits as “professional illustrations and lasting memories” – high quality, original portraits of your pets or favorite animals. “Each individual drawing is done in Prismacolor on high-quality paper. Every drawing is created with the utmost attention to the finest details. We can discuss your individual needs.” She adds that she has been a professional artist for many years, and began taking classes at the Portland Art Museum when she was ten years old. Recently she has been living in California, but has just returned to her home town to develop her business. Contact her by phone by e-mail at: She directs those seeking more information to:

Woodstock Wine and Deli celebrates 29th anniversary. From 2 till 6 pm on Saturday, December 6th, Woodstock Wine and Deli welcomes the community to its 29th anniversary celebration, which will feature tasting from representatives of fifteen Oregon wineries and five microbreweries. The highlight of the event will be the opening of a nine liter bottle (equivalent to one case of 12 750-ml bottles) of French champagne from the house of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. The Deli has opened a nine liter bottle of French champagne to share with customers who attend the annual anniversary celebration since the Grand Opening in 1985. This is an unmatched tradition in the retail wine business. Admission will include wine and beer tasting, along with cheese and bread. Admission to the event is $16, and includes a Woodstock Wine & Deli 2014 “29th Anniversary Celebration” wine-tasting glass. In addition, customers can also purchase Russian and domestic caviar hors d’oeuvres hand-made to order, six different types fresh oysters on the half shell hand-shucked to order, sushi rolls and nigiri sushi hand-made to order, and pulled pork sliders hand-made to order from a whole BBQ pig smoked on-site, the morning of the event. A portion of the proceeds from admission and various Oregon winery auction items will be donated to “Project Lemonade”, a local nonprofit whose mission is to support and promote confidence in foster youth. Woodstock Wine and Deli is situated at 4030 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Classical Ballet Academy, Nutcracker
Two of the local performers in the Classical Ballet Academy’s Christmas shows are Effie Purcell, age 15, of Cleveland High School, and Alex Stewart, age 17, of Gladstone High School. (Photo by Anna Rigles)

Sellwood’s Classical Ballet Academy: Christmas performances. The Classical Ballet Academy, at the junction of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and S.E. 17th in Sellwood, once again presents three shows of “The Nutcracker” – and, this year, two shows of “Cracked” – during the weekend of December 19-21st. “Cracked”, an alternative to the classic “Nutcracker” fairy tale, has the flair of a Broadway spectacular and features contemporary, updated music, showcasing dancers from Classical Ballet Academy’s contemporary, modern & jazz program. Anna Rigles, Artistic Director of the Pre-Professional Contemporary, Jazz & Modern Program, brings her “wildly imaginative and thrilling choreography” to both shows. Local students are featured in both shows, which will be at the Lincoln Hall of Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Avenue. “The Nutcracker” is on stage December 20, 2 pm & 6 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 4 pm. “Cracked” is performed on Friday, December 19, at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 21, at 7 pm. All tickets are sold through PSU ticket box office ( – or call 503/725-3307): $23 for Adults (18+), $17 for Seniors (ages 65+) & Youths (ages 10-17), and $12 for children (ages 2-9).

“Little Seeds Farm School” announced for Sellwood. Brittany Witherite tells THE BEE she is opening a preschool called the “Little Seeds Farm School” at S.E. 21st and Bidwell, near Westmoreland Park. “We will care for goats and chickens. We will grow food all year ’round, with which we will make wholesome snacks and lunches. Our ultimate goal is to work with the Moreland Farmers Market to sell our produce to help with tuition costs. We will make goat cheese, beeswax candles, and more homesteading traditions. Our goal is to slow down and focus on where we get our food, creating confidence in building independent skills, supporting creativity in natural play materials, and getting really dirty! Our school runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and is for ages 3-5 (prime developing years with food). Our lesson plan includes famous Oregonians, farming around the world, and greenhouse goods. Our prices start at $650/month to $890/month. We are a state certified in-home preschool. We are working towards our farming license in order to run a booth at the market next year. We are fully insured and licensed.” The website is:

Deli is open at Moreland Farmers Pantry. The Moreland Farmers Pantry announced in mid-November the opening of its non-GMO deli and catering services. The deli in the store is open daily from 10 am to 2 pm, serving breakfast and lunch. “The deli is now offering at the deli counter sandwiches and salads, or you can pick up pre-made items from the grab-and-go section of the store. Some featured items are, breakfast burritos, oatmeal, bagels, cheese and cranberry relish panini’s, and a variety of seasonal salads. “The deli also offers catering services and free space for your next event.” 6717 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, across from the Moreland Theater. 503-954-2334. Online at: .

“Bike Commuter” moves from 13th to 17th in Sellwood, and adds beer. After five years in business, The Bike Commuter, formerly on 13th Street in Sellwood, has moved to a “Bigger-Badder-Radder” spot at 8524 S.E. 17th Avenue, across from Fosters Market. “Our service department has grown exponentially, as well as the number of cycling accessories that we stock,” reports owner Eric Deady. “In addition, we are thrilled to now have enough space to serve as a community gathering place for events of all types. Adding the Cycle Lounge, with 10 taps of local beer, and food from Kikos Tacos which sits in our parking lot, allows us to be a much more Family-friendly, community-active destination for folks looking to have a comfortable, relaxed experience with the family for a cup of coffee, a taco, or a pint of local beer, while waiting for bike service, or just reading a book. Our growing events calendar includes Vintage Reel-to-Reel movies every Tuesday evening, 7:30 until 10, and Music every second Saturday.” The telephone number is 503/505-9200; and the website is:

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