The owner of Compote Cafe starts the New Year off right — with family, friends and plenty of good food.
By shäna lane-Block Photography by leah nash
Shäna Lane-Block (top left), the owner of Southeast Portland’s sunny Compote Cafe, says New Year’s Day is ideal for a celebratory brunch.
MIXpdX.coM DECEMBER 2012
I love any excuse to get dressed up in my own home. It’s an opportunity to get fancy, which I really like to do, without the hassles involved with actually going somewhere. I can take off the uncomfortable heels whenever I feel like it. I don’t need a bulky coat hiding my cute little dress. It won’t rain on my hair. the other thing I love is brunch — so much so that my cafe and bakery, compote in southeast Portland, is pretty brunchy, too. not because we expect a late-morning crowd; it’s just my favorite food to make and to eat. salad is a good accompaniment to breakfast, eggs are good for lunch, and pastries are good at any time of the day. I used to do an annual brunch on christmas Day — until I had children and realized I wanted to spend christmas morning in my bathrobe watching my kids unwrap presents, not preparing a buffet for guests. But new year’s Day? that’s a different story. It’s a great day to cook for people. Most restaurants are closed, and everyone partied the night before, so they’re more than grateful to come over and let me cook.
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