Folklore Plant-Based Brunch at Blank Slate Bar, Portland, OR

Folklore Brunch Popup by Chef Sean Sigmon at Blank Slate BarMany thanks to Folklore for hosting this brunch. As always, all opinions are my own.

Portland takes brunch seriously, and we’re lucky to have such a wide selection of brunch spots to choose from. The latest member of #veganbrunchclub is Folklore, which pops up at Blank Slate Bar once a month. (Update: As of February 2019, Folklore offers brunch at Blank Slate every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.) Some of you might recall previous Folklore dinners where Chef Sean Sigmon offers a plant-based tasting menu that combines agrarian flavors and Southern influence. The Folklore brunch popup is equally as enjoyable, but with more of a lazy Sunday comfort foods feel. Order off the a la carte menu, no reservations required. Grab a cocktail from Blank Slate to go with brunch, and you won’t be disappointed.

The Folklore brunch menu changes slightly each time, depending on the seasonality of the ingredients, but you can expect plenty of fresh vegetables and satisfying comfort dishes. I was lucky enough to taste every dish at last Sunday’s Folklore brunch, and for the record, ordering all six dishes on the menu is perfect for three very hungry people.

Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate BarFolklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

As much as I like to prove that vegans don’t just eat salads, sometimes a salad is exactly what you need. This little gem salad with radish and green goddess dressing makes a good starter or side. It’s simple, but that fresh crunch of lettuce and radish is lovely.

Little Gem Lettuce - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

Based on the menu description alone, I wouldn’t choose to order these potato cakes, but then I would really be missing out. These fluffy rosemary olive oil potato cakes are accompanied by roasted carrot, cippolini onions, and chard. Mashed potatoes in pancake form!

Rosemary Olive Oil Potato Cakes - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

Growing up in Asia, grits were not a part of my diet. In fact, I was only introduced to grits since moving to Portland, and it has become one of my favorite foods. Folklore has a touch of Southern flair, so of course, there are abenaki grits on the menu! Here they are topped with sweet peppers, eggplant, sunflower seed yogurt, and fennel fronds.

Abenaki Grits - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

This farro sausage dish was my favorite on the menu, and from what I’ve heard, I’m not alone. Underneath the plant-based sausage, there’s grilled sunflower seed yogurt cheese and a vibrant stew of tomatoes, peppers, basil. Can’t decide which I like more: the farro sausage or the sunflower yogurt cheese. Seriously delicious.

Farro Sausage - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

I’m a big fan of savory waffle dishes, like this one featuring smoked trumpet mushrooms, blackberry BBQ sauce, fermented chili, and crispy onion chips. The flavor combo of the ‘shrooms, berry, and BBQ is real tasty. The waffles, if I’m remembering correctly, is made of 100% spelt and fermented. They’re lower in gluten and easier to digest.

Savory Spelt Waffle - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate Bar

If you like your waffles with sweet toppings, Folklore also offers sweet spelt waffles. This time around, they’re paired with caramelized peaches and whipped cream. The simple joys.

Sweet Spelt Waffle - Folklore Brunch Popup at Blank Slate BarNote: This post is in collaboration with Folklore. I was invited as a guest to this popup and received a complimentary meal. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Reply
    Maxene Hallquist
    September 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Waz you have definitely encouraged me to seek out more Vegan establishments. I love how fresh all of these plates are. Doesn’t look like a bad bite!

    • Reply
      September 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Yeah! So glad to hear that. If you ever want some company, let me know!

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    Hawnuh Lee
    September 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    This was the pop-up you were telling me about – it looks amazing! I honestly can’t wait to try Folklore. Sean did such a lovely job with each of these dishes, I love the creativity and Southern inspiration here. Farro sausage?? YUM. And yes to grits, these look 11/10! Thanks for sharing Waz! :D

    • Reply
      September 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Yes! I know you’ll really enjoy Folklore. I’m not sure if the next brunch date has been announced yet, but it should be sometime in early October.

  • Reply
    September 13, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    The potato cakes look delicious, and I am all about waffles with fancy toppings. Great photos!!

    • Reply
      September 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks! And yes, everything was delish!

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