Brunch at the Oregon Zoo
What: Lions, tigers, and bears…oh, Mom! Moms without babysitters can still feel special at this down-home brunch featuring cheesy blintzes, an omelet station, and made-to-order Belgian waffles. Afterwards, moms can take the little ones to see…other little ones (like pint-sized pachyderm Lily and her mama Samudra).
When: May 10, 9 am–1 pm
Where: Cascade Crest Banquet Center, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd
How Much: $35; $31.50 (moms); $16 (children 11 and under). Zoo admission not included. Reservations at 503-525-4299.
Sur La Table Pâtisserie Class
What: Take that master home chef to a master-level cooking class. Sur la Table’s “French Pâtisserie” cooking class provides expert instruction in delicate delicacies like chocolate dipped madeleines and raspberry macaron filled with earl grey ganache.
When: May 10, 10 am–12:30 pm
Where: Sur la Table, 1101 NW Couch St
How Much: $69 per person. Reservations here.
Brunch Cruise on the Portland Spirit
What: Two hours drifting upriver, champagne glasses in hand, on a lazy Sunday morning—what better way to thank mom for all her hard work? The Portland Spirit’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise pampers the woman who gave you life with a generous brunch buffet (and party favors!).
When: May 10, 9 am or 1:30 pm
Where: Salmon Street Springs dock, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
How Much: $58; $29 for children. Reservations here
Din Din Supper Club
What: Mother may I? (treat you to din din)…or brunch? Din Din Supper Club opens early for a five-course prix fixe meal with mom (optional: pairings from Silas Wine). Pre-purchase peony arrangements from Hilary Horvath for a special tabletop tribute.
When: May 10, 10 am–2 pm
Where: Din Din Supper Club, 920 NE Glisan St
How Much: $38; $30 optional wine pairing. Reservations here.
Champagne and Tea at Pix Pâtisserie
What: Pix Pâtisserie’s “Special Sparkling Edition Tea” offers miniaturized versions of the sweet shop’s regular desserts and savories, served up on silver platters for a low key bubbles-and-tea afternoon nosh.
When: May 10, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4pm
Where: Pix Pâtisserie, 2225 E Burnside St
How Much: $32; $16 (children). Reservations at 971-271-7166
Dinner at Andina
What: On Mother’s Day, dinner at upscale Peruvian restaurant Andina comes with a special treat: every mom present gets a complimentary alfajor (a traditional key-lime scented, sugar-dusted cookie filled with thick, creamy manjar blanco), personally hand-delivered by matriarch Doris Rodriguez de Platt.
When: May 10 11:30-2:30, 4-9:30
Where: Andina, 1314 NW Glisan St
Top Chef Brunch
What: Portland Monthly just called out downtown Imperial (helmed by Top Chef star Doug Adams) for its wood-fired brunchy goodness; why not taste-test our verdict at the hotel hotspot’s Mother's Day brunch? On the menu: brown butter beignets, smoked salmon potato latkes, and the hearty, smoky Imperial hash. (Bonus: moms get a $20 gift certificate to redeem at a future visit.)
When: May 10, 8 am–2 pm
Where: Imperial, 410 SW Broadway
Contact: Reservations at 503-228-7222
Canelé Day for Mom
What: Nuvrei offers a sweet set of five petite canelés to each mother who visits the Pearl District pâtisserie (while supplies last). She won’t want to share these mini bundt bites, with their thick caramelized crusts and soft custard center, with flavors like orange blossom and raspberry.
When: May 10, 8 am–5 pm
Where: Nuvrei, 404 NW 10th Ave
Wine Country Getaways
What: Does the maternal light of your life love wine? Toast her at one of many Mother’s Day events taking place at local vineyards. Here are some of our favorites:
- Ponzi Vineyard, 19500 SW Mountain Home Rd.
- Sokol Blosser Winery, 5000 Sokol Blosser Ln.
- Alloro Vinyard, 22075 Lebeau Rd.
- J Wrigley Vineyard, 19390 SW Cherry Hill Rd.
- Dobbes Family Estate, 240 SE Fifth St.
- Mary Hill Winery, 9774 HWY 14, Goldendale, WA