Lunch: Mon-Sat, 11AM-3PM
Dinner: Mon-Sat, 5PM-10PM
723 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205
The Picnic House, opened in 2012 by Portland restaurateurs Aaron and Jessica Grimmer across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, has become one of the staples of downtown Portland’s flourishing culinary scene, welcoming guests to enjoy its seasonal, picnic-inspired New American cuisine, historic space, and heartfelt hospitality. The lunch menu consists of a seasonal rotation of artisan sandwiches, inspired salads, and housemade soups, while the Executive Chef Jessica Grimmer's dinner program adds curated meat & cheese boards and bright, savory grilled offerings to the mix. The Grand Room of The Picnic House sits in the nearly century-old lobby of the original Heathman Hotel and retains the original hand-tiled floor and fluted wood columns.
The Picnic House Presents:
For the sixth time in seven years, Phillip J. Berns's one-man telling of Charles Dickens' Holiday favorite returns to The Picnic House for three showings (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, & Dec. 17). With atmospheric music by the inimitable Christopher Beatty, Berns' simple story-telling based approach makes this performance an instant Holiday tradition for young and old alike.
The performance is held in The Picnic House's nearly century-old Grand Room and includes a traditional three-course English Christmas dinner (vegetarian offerings available!) prepared by Executive Chef Jessica Grimmer, as well as a glass of champagne or sparkling cider and a selection of hors d'oeuvres during the preceding cocktail hour (5:00-5:45PM). Gratuity included.
Doors: 5PM at Barlow Artisanal Bar Entrance (737 SW Salmon)
"From playing Tiny Tim to reciting the whole show off-book, Phillip Berns relishes the role(s) he's grown into—most notably, narrator." - Oregon ArtsWatch
"But it's Berns' acting chops that are most impressive. The sheer complexity of memorizing pages of Victorian London dialect is an accomplishment on its own, and his zealous portrayal of an endless procession of personalities is what makes the interpretation both endearing and innovative." -Willamette Week
"THIS. This show. Moreover this format, is all we want of A Christmas Carol." -Rusty Tennant
"Phillip’s command of his characters, and the simple way that they are presented, gives a natural flow to the story." -Dennis Sparks
Aaron & Jessica opened The Picnic House as their first full-service restaurant venture in the summer of 2012. Aaron heads up operations, and Jessica heads up culinary as the Executive Chef. In the past five years, they've added Barlow Artisanal Bar and High Noon Food & Drink to their growing group of Portland restaurants, in addition to co-creating and starring in the Vimeo Staff Pick-awarded series Last Meal.