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Upping Portland’s Gluten Free Game: Gluten Free Gem Opens New Retail Bakery

This is a guest post from Gluten Free Gem: 

Gluten Free Gem, Portland’s first dedicated gluten free bakery, is excited to announce the opening of their new retail shop at 140 NE Broadway St. After wholesaling their gluten free pastries for ten years, Gem will now sell their pastries directly to customers.

“With this retail shop we’re excited to offer a new variety of pastries that we have not been able to wholesale due to shelf-life or our production capabilities,” says Anne Miller, Gem’s owner. “My daughter in particular loves our pretzels and has been asking for one everyday since we opened.”

Gluten Free Gem’s gluten free treats can be found at more than 75 accounts around the greater Portland area. Recently they moved their entire operation to NE Broadway St; this move allowed them to both expand their production kitchen and open a retail space. Look for their delicious pound cakes, cookies, decorated layer cakes, donuts, soft pretzels, and cinnamon rolls to be featured in their pastry case, along with seasonal specials and some new treats. The retail space will give them more opportunity to develop new recipes and products, as their philosophy has always been to make products that change the perception of what gluten-free and allergen-friendly baking can be.

Gluten Free Gem is an independent, family run bakery in Portland, Oregon that provides tasty treats for everyone. Owners Anne and Mike Miller started baking gluten free at CCP Gluten Free Baking in 2006 when their daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. By April of 2011, the bakery’s wholesale operation had outgrown its SW Corbett location and they moved into a larger production kitchen in Portland’s Rose Quarter (on N. Hancock St). With this move the bakery’s name was changed to Gluten Free Gem, to celebrate the original Gems: Anne and Mike’s daughters Greta and Emma Miller.

Shop Hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 7am – 3pm Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Shop location:

140 NE Broadway St.

Portland, OR 97232


Welcome Scott and Shelly to the PPP team!

PPP is excited to welcome Scott and Shelly to the team. Here’s a little bit about the both of them.

Hello, everyone my name is Scott and I am the new Marketing Specialist here at Portland Pedal Power. I come to PPP with experience working with nonprofits, project management for advertising agencies, and brand strategy for startups. I look forward to growing the PPP brand to align with like minded organizations and businesses in Portland.

What did you have for breakfast? I love cereal. So cinnamon and honey oats along with almond milk for the ride.  

Most useful bike commuting item? Dynamo lighting set-up hands down to keep the lights bright and always shining without the use of having to charge batteries.  

Favorite food spot in East Industrial Portland? Nongs Khao Man Gai, the Ankeny St location!

What’s your favorite park in Portland? Peninsula Park in North Portland. The symmetrical grid layout of the rose garden is pretty unique. In the summer it cannot be beat!

What other interests do you have? Fly fishing, racing cyclocross, bike touring, and sleeping under the stars.

What made you want to work at PPP? The PPP model of a homegrown sustainable business is the right direction to position the future of our towns and cities. I want to educate other businesses that a innovative full circle sustainable model can save them money and help empower the community around them.

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Hello, my name is Shelly Proschold and I am the new Catering Manager / Dispatch here at Portland Pedal Power. My family and I moved to Portland in 2015 from Sonoma County, California. My previous role I was the Artistic Director for H-Town Youth Theatre. Here in Portland I have continued to express my creativity through Event Planning and Catering. I am so excited to be working with PPP to continue to provide excellent service and customer relations.

What did you have for breakfast? Oatmeal with blueberries.

Most useful bike commuting item? PPP rain jacket.

Favorite food spot in East Industrial Portland? Pacific Pie, and tea from Starbucks. 

What’s your favorite park in Portland? Forest Park.

What other interests do you have? Hiking, acting, and teaching.

What made you want to work at PPP? I wanted to move to Portland and find a job that is unique to Portland. PPP checks all those boxes.

The PPP team is thrilled to welcome Shelly and Scott to the bicycle powered catering crew!

 


Building Beautiful Vintage Bikes

Rider Daniel shares his passion for building vintage bikes

_mg_0006_1Little known fact about the people behind Portland Pedal Power: we have a deep passion for bikes! Daniel Erle, one of our longtime Brand Ambassador Riders, recently shared with us some fascinating details about his devotion to building and procuring vintage bikes. These bikes are pieces of bicycle history!

It is always interesting to hear about the latest bike project he has been working on, and witness the final result. Below, Daniel Goes into serious detail about his process and passion.

 


Seven years ago I was browsing bikes on eBay and I stumbled across a very expensive, fully restored 1940s Bianchi with a Campagnolo Cambio Corsa derailleur. I had never seen one like it and was fascinated. A few years later I came across a late 1940s Fabrica Imola frame with Cambio Corsa derailleur and matching hub set on eBay. It was my size and for sale in my home town, 3,000 miles away, so I took that as a sign and purchased it. After that, I spent almost two years collecting parts, mostly from Italy, to complete the bike. I sourced as many period correct Italian parts as I could find and had the hubs laced to modern, vintage style rims.

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Late 1940s Fabrica Imola with Cambio Corsa derailleur

When the bike was finally built up I rode it through the summer and it’s a blast; the ride has a very vintage feel to it but it’s fast and surprisingly light at just over 24lbs. The Cambio Corsa derailleur takes a bit of courage to get used to but is a lot of fun to use. The dropouts on the rear of the frame are longer than normal and have teeth cut into their tops. These mesh with teeth in the rear axle which keeps the wheel straight when it’s in the frame. To shift you stop pedaling and reach back to open the extended quick release on the rear wheel. You then pedal backwards and use the second lever to move the chain on to your desired gear. You can then close the quick release and continue pedaling forward. An interesting part of the Cambio Corsa system is that since you are shifting with the rear wheel unhooked, the wheel travels forward and backward in the frame as you shift. That bike now hangs on my wall waiting for nicer weather and a replacement rear axel.


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1959 Phillips

My 1959 Phillips was given to me by a friend; it had sat untouched in his yard for several years so I stripped it to the frame and gave it a full overhaul. I put fresh grease and grade 25 bearings in the headset, bottom bracket, and wheel hubs. I also cleaned and polished all the chrome. The bike was originally a deep burgundy but has mostly faded to flat brown. An uncommon feature of this bike is that the brakes use rods, rather than cables, to pull the brakes against the inside of the rims, rather than squeezing them from the sides. It has a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub dated December 1958. Almost every other part on the bike, aside from the Dunlop rims, is stamped ‘Phillips Made in England’. In 1960 Phillips brand was sold to Raleigh.


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1983 Ross Mt. Whitney

I’ve only recently become interested in vintage mountain bikes. I found my 1983 Ross Mt. Whitney locally on craigslist. When I purchased it, it was set up as a touring bike with drop bars and vintage French fenders. It had the original wheels, cranks, pedals, and front derailleur. I stripped it to the frame and began collecting all the original parts.

The bike is a blast to ride, and it has been my savior this uncommonly snowy winter. At some point Ross began making primarily cheap department store bikes but they were pioneers in the early mountain bike market. In 1983 they had the first professional factory sponsored mountain bike team, the Ross Indians.


My current project (pictured below) is the gold frame 1950s Dutrion Super Luxe. I purchased this frame from France on eBay for $50 and had it shipped to the US for significantly more. The frame is made from rather heavy low end steel but it is in excellent condition and has mounts for fenders, front and rear racks, cantilever brakes, frame pump, and generator lights. It even still has the small loops under the down tube for routing wiring, which had a propensity to break off. I am building this bike with high end period correct French parts, with the intention of taking it touring and bike camping. I have a long way to go with this build but I have already collected a few interesting parts, such as a chainstay mounted Simplex Grand Prix Dural rear derailleur and the wheels, which are 1950s normandy hubs laced to 1950s Mavic 650b rims. This bike will also wear the vintage French aluminum fenders and Mafac cantilever brakes that were on my Ross when I purchased it.
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Works in progress: 1950s Dutrion Super Luxe (gold frame) and 1947 Paris Professional.

The other frame pictured above is a 1947 Paris Professional which, despite the name, was made in England by Harry Rensch. The frame is bronze brazed (or bronze welded as Harry Rensch called it) Reynolds 531 butted tubing with Cyclo dropouts. I had the frame sandblasted and clear powder coated to show off the brazing. This also shows the pitting in the surface of the steel that arose from years of rust and neglect, but perhaps scars add character. I have been slowly collecting parts for this bike for almost two years, doing my best to not cut corners and keep everything close to period correct. Some of the interesting parts I’ve accumulated for this build include 1940s Chater Lea pedals and cranks and 1950s GB brakes. The wheels will be Constrictor Conloy rims laced to Bayliss Wiley hubs with 15-17 gauge double butted spokes. The rear hub was purchased as new old stock from England in its original box. It is a 1940s Bayliss Wiley ‘freewheel hub unit’ which is interesting in that it does not accept a freewheel, but rather it is a freehub that accepts three fixed gear cogs of various sizes to make a geared three speed. I consider it very much ahead of its time.

We hope you all enjoyed the massive amount of detail and love that Daniel has put into his bikes! For more questions about his work, email Dan directly at [email protected]

Pedal Powering the Workplace

unnamedPortland Pedal Power has just received the Sustainability at Work Silver Certification from the City of Portland, ending 2016 with yet another milestone in a record breaking year of growth and sustainable delivery.

Milestones this year include: winning the Bike More Challenge in our category, voted Best Delivery in Willamette Week’s Best of Portland issue, filming an awesome and epic brand anthem video, and scoring some great coverage on the KGW News about our company. PPP also delivered lunch for over 1,700 hungry office workers a week, resulting in over 16,000 miles traveled and over 12.5 tons of CO2 emissions saved using bikes instead of vehicles. The company has continued to grow in profitability year after year since 2009. We’ve been busy!

Offices who use bike delivery can add this to the list of their internal practices to achieve certification from Sustainability at Work. We encourage local businesses to get certified too.

We’ve had a great year and we look forward to working with you all in 2017. Here’s to a more sustainable future! Happy New Year!

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Our holiday card for 2016


Museum Benefactors Get Benefits

patron-society-thumb2Companies in Portland can consider making arts access an added perk for their employees by becoming patrons of the Portland Art Museum. Members of the Patron Society are the museum’s most generous annual donors, helping more than 300,000 visitors each year to enrich their lives, spark creativity, and challenge their minds through the power of art. For companies, membership in the Patron Society offers marketing benefits and hospitality opportunities.

Patron companies will also score guest passes, private tours, complimentary conference room space, access to special events and opening parties, exclusive patron society events, and more.patron-society-thumb5

Business members get a great value at the museum overall and can use the partnership to reward and engage their employees and clients throughout the year. Exhibits like the current Warhol Exhibit or films events at the NW Film Center are creative fuel for those working in any industry. Give the gift of art to your office!

Learn more at portlandartmuseum.org or call 503-276-4312.


Green Fest Expo Around the Corner

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Photo Credit: Shannon M West Photography

The Green Festival Expo (in Portland Dec. 9-11 at the Oregon Convention Center) features a inspiring array of speakers, documentary film screenings, and green exhibitors. For the past 15 years, Green Festival Expo has been committed to helping Americans find solutions to help make families and communities healthier – socially, economically, and environmentally. The event is completely free with registration.

Green Festival is one of the only trade and consumer shows that is completely vegan and vegetarian offering meatless products at the food court as an opportunity to showcase how food choices can positively impact sustainability and climate change

This year Green Festival Expo will unveil a new pavilion for Sustainable Innovations, showcasing the newest products, concepts, and exhibitors of the year. For this Expo, there will be a strong focus on family activities where kids can learn about the environment and how they can do their part in stopping climate change. The Family Fun Pavilion will be run by local business Hammer and Jacks Toy Store. Yoga programming will be run by Full Lotus Yoga PDX and Carioca Bowls. For both kids and adults, there will also be offerings of organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and inspirational speakers at the Green Festival Pavilion and booths. On Saturday afternoon, attendees will be able to enjoy a very special performance from The School of Rock.

Some of the pioneering, inspired speakers at the Green Festival Expo will be:

  • Colleen Polling, Nourishing the body, mind and soul: Vegan 101
  • Barbara Troyer, Environmental, Wildlife, & Northwest Coordinator, Food for Thought (a program of Animal Place)
  • John Lewis, CEO, Bad Ass Vegan
  • Sahsha Campbell-Garbutt, Owner, Life and Light Wellness
  • Lateefah Smith, Founder, The Veggie Connection
  • Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner, Founders of The Gentle Barn
  • Peter Spendelow, President Northwest VEG
  • Erik Wolf, Executive Director of World Food Travel Association
  • Erin Switlaski, Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth
  • Anthony Rossi, Vice President of Global Business Development at TerraCycle
  • Eileen Durfee, Owner, Inventor of Go Healthy Next

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WHEN: 

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center – 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232 – View Map


Donate Toys and We’ll Deliver!

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Just some of the many bikes donated last year!

The KGW Great Toy Drive, a collection event for more than 30 years, takes place now through December 17th. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate families in Oregon and SW Washington. All donated toys will be distributed with the help of 120 local nonprofit organizations and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

The KGW Great Toy Drive has hundreds of drop-off locations throughout the region. Toys can be donated at the main KGW studios located at 1501 SW Jefferson Street in downtown Portland, Regence offices, Wells Fargo locations, local Toyota Dealerships and nearly 300 other participating partner locations. For a complete list of locations, please visit KGW.com/toy.

Portland Pedal Power will work with offices who want to be drop-off locations. We will be delivering and carting as many toys to KGW as we can!

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2016 donated toy delivery in action

“The KGW Great Toy Drive is an event that truly brings out the best in our community. Every year we’re humbled by the outpouring of giving from the public,” said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of the KGW Media Group.  “We’re especially grateful to Regence, Wells Fargo and the local Toyota Dealers, who continue to join with us to help needy families bring joy to their children on Christmas morning.”

Due to the generosity of the public and the commitments from many local area businesses to collect toys on behalf of the KGW Great Toy Drive, more children will enjoy a happier holiday season.

Contact me at [email protected] to discuss donating!


What Makes Our Foodie Favorites Unique?

At PPP we chose our restaurant and vendor partners wisely. We focus on local spots committed to sustainability, social responsibility, and healthy food. Here’s a few of our foodie faves who are committed to making a difference:

Keeping Portland Socially Responsible

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New City Kitchen

New City Kitchen (NCK) is your one-stop solution for socially responsible lunch catering. NCK prepare delicious box and sack lunches with tasty sandwiches, fresh (and gluten free) salad rolls, and yummy cookies. Their food features have Mediterranean accents, and are flavor-tested by ProChefs Oregon, the local branch of the American Culinary Federation. Our favorite is the roasted eggplant sandwich.

Aside from the yummy food, New City Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise that trains and employs people who are looking for a second chance in the workforce. Their mantra is “Hope has a flavor,” operating under the belief that when you give people the opportunity they’ve been waiting for, they come alive.

Keeping Portland Green

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Aprisa Mexican Cuisine

We deliver a lot of taco bars and delicious burritos from Aprisa Mexican Cuisine, a local favorite. Aprisa is a socially and environmentally responsible company. They aim to make the least impact on the environment as possible by using serving containers that are made from 100% sustainable and compostable materials.

Even more unique, their restaurant locations are made from recycled shipping containers. Using these as building materials (normally considered industrial waste) reduces the impact of this kind of waste on the environment. The building is also very efficient due to high insulation value; because of the layout and minimal square footage the cooking equipment can effectively heat the building!

Keeping Portland Healthy

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Gluten Free Gem Bakery

Gluten Free Gem is an independent, family run bakery located in Portland’s Rose Quarter. Owners Anne and Mike Miller started baking gluten free at CCP Gluten Free Bakeshop in 2006 when their daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. By April of 2011, the bakery had outgrown its SW Corbett location and was moved to its current location on N. Hancock St. With this move came a name change, to celebrate the original Gems: Anne and Mike’s daughters Greta and Emma Miller.

Over the last eight years, their understanding of eating and baking gluten-free has grown immensely, and so has the menu. Gem plans to continuing to develop new gluten-free products that help to change the perception of what gluten-free baking can be, all the while maintaining a 100% gluten-free facility, where everything is delicious and safe to eat.


Charlie’s Deli: A New Cult Classic

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Club Sandwich Triple Decker

Charlie’s Deli opened in the early days of 2015 and has quickly become a big time contender in the Portland sandwich scene. Charlie’s serves up giant east coast style sandwiches, house smoked meats, and the best cannoli and cheesecakes around. This mom and pop shop is owned and operated by Charlie Mattouk and his wife Ali, and you’re likely to see either of them cheerfully wrapping up sammies or bacon caramels at the Old Town Location.

Charlie’s is one of our most ordered spots for sandwiches. On any given weekday Charlie’s prepares about 500 sandwiches for catering orders before they open, followed by another 200-300 sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Turkey on Ciabatta is the most popular catering sandwich order.

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Charlie and Ali with the deli bike

The people have spoken online as well. Charlie’s has tons of 5 star reviews on Yelp, making them the #1 Highest Rated Restaurant in Portland that also offers delivery. Since we were voted Best Delivery, we think we are in good company with the awesome vendors we choose to work with.

They also cater to the regular assortment of dietary restrictions. Our CEO Jenn is celiac, and she said that the gluten-free turkey sandwich is the best sandwich she’s ever had, perfectly prepared and well-balanced with French Dijon and light Marsala vinaigrette.

Get some Charlie’s Deli for your next office lunch!


GoGreen Conference 2016

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Our team is going to be out with our bike at the GoGreen Conference is this coming Wednesday, October 5. Last year was really inspiring, so we recommend registering quick if you haven’t already; it is a great opportunity to network and brainstorm with leading community members committed to sustainability.

The conference, created and organized by B Corporation Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. The conference operates in the firm belief that sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today’s global economy and solving our climate woes. GoGreen aims to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections through networking opportunities to advance the triple bottom line. See you there!

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The PPP Team at GoGreen 2015