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Five Things to Know About Bar Ferd’nand
James Beard Award–winning chef Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce and The Corson Building’s sommelier Marc Papineau co-own Bar Ferd’nand, a multifaceted spot that serves wine, cocktails, Stumptown coffee, and seasonal small plates inside Melrose Market.
- Their menu of small plates changes all the time. In the past, the locally inspired menu has featured local cheese, Spanish sardines in a can, and avocado toast with anchovies.
- They’re passionate about their wine. Many of the wines sold at the shop are from small producers that employ natural and artisanal winemaking processes.
- Don’t worry if you can’t finish the whole bottle. If you buy a bottle from the shop to drink at the bar and don’t finish it, you can cork it up to take home.
- The bar got its name from a children’s story. Ferd’nand is named after the character Ferdinand the Bull, who preferred to smell flowers rather than fight.
- Their Bottle Society works like a CSA. Members receive six new bottles every month, complete with extensive wine notes and food-pairing suggestions.