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[PDX] wedding cupcakes & gorge groom's dinner

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HELP! We're planning an August wedding from MN and haven't lived in Portland since 1998. We're having cupcakes at the reception (in the Columbia Gorge) and weren't impressed with St. Cupcake when we were in Portland a few months ago. Any suggestions on other area cupcake vendors? We're also in need of a good venue for the groom's dinner - very casual, about 50 people, preference for venue in the gorge. Thanks!

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  1. kind of tough for me since I don't really eat cupcakes. I know Grand Central has cupcakes that I thought were okay. I've always liked Beaverton Bakery's cakes but I don't know if they do cupcakes or not. Check out Baker and Spice (hillsdale) or, Maybe JaCiva's (hawthorne) ??

    Congratulations on getting married.

    1. Try Finales: http://www.finalesdesserts.com/index.htm

      She makes fabulous cakes, tarts, cookies...I am sure she can do great cupcakes, if that is what you desire.

      1. Elephant's Deli (on NW 22nd) is always a great option.

        Also, try Nuvrai in the Pearl: www.nuvrei.com


        1. The Bakery Bar has The Best cupcake I've had in a long time.

          http://www.bakerybar.com/ You will not be disappointed.

          1. Not sure if you want to go this far into the Gorge, but when we were planning a wedding at the Maryhill Museum (had to move locales so that East Coast grandmothers could make it!), we planned to have the rehearsal dinner in Bingen at Viento. Extremely nice people run the place. http://www.vientokitchen.com/

            1. I haven't had a chance to get here yet but I've heard good things about the Good River restaurant in Mosier, http://goodriverrestaurant.com/Home_P....

              For some reason the link won't work but you can cut and paste it.

              1. Monica of the Market Gourmet who is always at the Portland Farmer's Market bakes out of Hood River, I think. I've liked her cupcakes. You'd might have to contact the PFM to get her contact information. I can't find it online.

                I'd second Bakery Bar if you didn't like St Cupcake. They approach them differently.

                Very casual in the gorge? Um, Char Burger in Cascade Locks. They have a view. ;-) Personally, I might try a place like Skamania Lodge, Multnomah Falls Lodge, Columbia River Gorge Hotel, etc. But I don't know exactly what you're looking for.


                1. Don't know about groom's dinner option (don't actually live in PDX) but as for cupcakes I'd have to add to Bakery Bar (though my last cupcake venture there left me a bit unimpressed). I just heard about a place www.cupcakemama.com - it doesn't look like its a retail store but works directly with clients. Check out the site....has anyone here had their cupcakes....?

                  1. Oh! 1) CONGRATULATIONS! 2) Maybe people could give some recommendations on just good bakeries in PDX. Know that a bakery where I am doesn't sell cupcakes as part of their offerings but made them for a wedding as a special request. Don't know if that's helping or making things more difficult....?

                    1. Talk to the guys at Big River Grill in Stevenson...we've been there a couple times in the past year and have always had a great time....with 50 you might take over most of the place !

                      1. I agree, I had my first bakery bar cupcake - chocolate mocha with white frosting and coconut and a little divine spring flower and thought it was delish!