Oregon Truffle Festival
What: Soon, America’s truffle fanatics will descend on the Willamette Valley for ten straight days of hunting, learning, and eating. We’re giving away two tickets to Friday’s “A Walk on the Wild Side” dinner. Click here to enter. If you’d rather play it safe, there are still tickets available on the OTF website.
When: Thursday, January 15 to Sunday, January 25th
Vegetarian Dinner at Aviary
What: Hoping to show off their veg skills, Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead are planning a 7-course vegetarian dinner with dishes like silken tofu with sweet hot bean paste, scallions, and cantaloupe along with chanterelle ravioli with quince, celery root, and smoked tapioca.
When: Thursday, January 15
Where: 1733 NE Alberta St.
How Much: $45. Call 503-287-2400 to reserve a seat.
“Go Shuck Yourself” at Ambonnay
What: Oyster Social, a Portland-based mobile raw bar is offering a class on oyster shucking with bubble pairings from Ambonnay sommelier David Speer.
When: Saturday, January 17
Where: 107 SE Washington St
How Much: $65. Tickets available online.
Sausage Making at Old Salt Marketplace
What: Join Ben Meyer, chef/owner of Old Salt and the Grain & Gristle for a day of training in the art of sausage making, including kielbasas, Andouille, hot dogs, and hot links. A sampling of Old Salt’s house sausages and beer from Upright Brewing are included.
When: Sunday, January 18
Where: 5027 Northeast 42nd Ave
How Much: $85. Email email@example.com for reservations.
Le Pigeon Dinner with Erik Anderson
What: A collaborative dinner between Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker and James Beard Award-winner Erik Anderson (formerly of Nashville’s Catbird Seat, Minneapolis’s Brut).
When: Thursday, January 22
Where: 738 East Burnside St.
How Much: $125. Call 503-546-8796 to reserve a seat.
DaNet and KlybDaNet
What: Vitaly Paley’s wildly successful Russian pop-up (Portland Monthly’s Cuisine of the Year) keeps on rolling this month with blini, piroshki and traditional, local, and infused vodka flights from Imperial Bartender Tony Gurdian. Now, Paley’s Russian dinner party transforms every night into a Russian dance party, with Slavic hip-hop, a vodka luge, and more zakuski drinking food.
When: Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24
Where: 410 Southwest Broadway
How Much: $65. Call 503-228-7222 to reserve a seat.
The Cuisine of British Raj at Thali Supper Club
What: Assam native and local cooking pro Leena Ezekiel tackles the food of pre-independence India, with British-inspired flavors and Indian classics with an Anglo twist, like mulligatawny soup.
When: Saturday, January 24
Where: Din Din, 920 NE Glisan St.
How Much: $70. Call 503-754-6456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
January at Nodoguro: Izakaya
What: Nodoguro’s Ryan Roadhouse (Portland Monthly’s Rising Star Chef 2014) will be transforming the weekend-only restaurant into an Izakaya (Japanese taven/sake bar) for the month of January. Expect riffs on classic tavern dishes like natto dumplings with mountain potato alongisde preserved salmon with tea and popped soba.
When: Friday and Saturday all month.
Where: 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
How Much: $85. Reserve online.