Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including free pizza for your old coats and a special cheese pairing seminar with world-class cheesemonger Steve Jones.

By Allison Jones February 13, 2012

Feast on cheese with Cheese Bar’s Steve Jones.

Pizzas for Parkas Winter Coat Drive at Via Tribunali

What: Via Tribunali is partnering with neighboring Portland Rescue Mission to collect winter coats for those in need. Guests who donate a coat will receive a voucher for a free margherita pizza, topped with pomodoro, fresh mozzarella, grana padano, olive oil, and basil (regularly $13). Donations can be made at the pizzeria at any time during operating hours (including the new lunch hours).
When: February 14 through February 28
Where: Via Tribunali 36 SW Ankeny
How Much: Free pizza, people!

Post-Valentine’s Day Wine and Xocolatl de David Chocolate Tasting at Raptor Ridge

What: An intimate evening wine tasting for those who want Valentine’s Day to last a little longer (or for those who didn’t get their act together for the big day) featuring three single-vineyard Raptor Ridge Pinot Noirs, a special single-vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir, and three sweet and savory bites from chocolate master David Briggs of Xocolatl de David.
When: Thursday, February 16th from 5 to 8 pm.
Where: Raptor Ridge Winery 18700 Southwest Hillsboro Highway.
How Much: $15 per person, no reservations required.

Momokawa Saké Supper Club at Wildwood

What: First in a series of Oregon craft saké pairing dinners, featuring sips from SakéOne in Forest Grove and nibbles from . Each chef was told to avoid the typical Asian fare and get inspired with new flavor combinations, so Chef Dustin Clark of Wildwood will pair these local sips with his hyper-local Northwest Cuisine. The next dinners in the series will feature dishes from Andina and Saucebox.
When: Friday, February 24 at 7 pm.
Where: Wildwood Restaurant 1221 NW 21st Ave; 503-248-9663
How Much: $55 per person, including food and saké.

Cheese Pairing with Steve Jones featuring local Wine, Beer, and Cider

What: An intimate two-hour tasting featuring 36 of Steve Jones’s favorite cheeses, paired with wines from Matello Wine and Teutonic Wine Company, beer from The Commons Brewery and Gigantic Brewing, and ciders from Bushwhacker Cider and Wandering Aengus Ciderworks. Guests will learn how to choose their own pairings and vote on their favorite cheeses. This educational event will also feature charcuterie from Fino in Fondo and live music.
When: Sunday, February 26th, with three two-hour sessions at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm.
Where: Tabla 200 NE 28th Avenue
How Much: $49 per person, per session, includes a copy of 33 Books Company’s “33 Cheeses”. For reservations, visit Box Office Tickets.

The Reign of Spain: An Evening of Tapas at Kenny & Zuke’s

What: The ninth annual Spanish tapas dinner at Downtown deli Kenny & Zuke’s, featuring more than fourteen traditional family-style small plates washed down with pomegranate Sangria.
When: Sunday, February 26, seatings at 4:30 and 7:15
Where: Kenny & Zuke’s 1038 Southwest Stark Street
How Much: $42.50 per person, including food and sangria, $35.50 food only, $19.75 kids under 12. For reservations, call the restaurant at 503-222-3354.

Portland Food Adventure at Gilt Club, with Lardo

What: Next up in the popular Chef’s Choice dinner series from Portland Food Adventures, an interactive multi-course meal with chefs Chris Carriker of NW Broadway’s Gilt Club and Rick Gencarelli of crave-worthy cart Lardo. Diners will enjoy the decadent eateries’ signature flavors and chat with the chefs about their favorite Portland restaurants and bars.
When: Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30 pm.
Where: Gilt Club 306 NW Broadway
How Much: $125 per person, including dinner, cocktails & wine, tip, and gift certificates to some of the two chefs’ favorite Portland places. For reservations, head to the PFA website.

Know about a great event coming up that should be on our radar? Shoot me an email at [email protected] or give me a shout over on Twitter at @allisonejones. Now get out there and start eating!

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