Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including EaT: An Oyster Bar's Gumbo Cook-Off and Superstorm Sandy benefits.

By Allison Jones November 5, 2012

Spice up your Sunday at EaT's gumbo cook-off.

Bars on Fire Sandy Relief Event at PaaDee

What: Novo Fogo Cachaça cocktails (like caipirinhas in a jar) from guest bartender Tommy Klus of Kask alongside delicious Thai nosh from Akkapong Earl Ninsom. 50% of the booze sales during the Bars on Fire event will be donated to Sandy relief efforts.
Wednesday, November 7th starting at 5 pm.
Where: PaaDee 6 SE 28th Ave
How Much: Food and drink prices vary. 

EaT: An Oyster Bar Gumbo Cook-Off

What: EaT's fourth-annual Gumbo Cook-Off, featuring the comforting creole creations of Portland chefs. Guests are invited to cast their vote for the best gumbo in town, and a panel of celebrity judges will weigh in on the offerings as well.
When: Saturday, November 10th at noon.
Where: Eat: An Oyster Bar 3808 N Williams Ave.
How Much: $12 entry gets you a taste of every chef-powered entry, a mug of Trumer, and a vote.

MasterChef Auditions in Portland

What: FOX's MasterChef will be holding an open casting call in Portland in November! The high-pressure cooking show, judged by chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and chef Graham Elliot, features amateur cooks in a variety of challenges. 
When: Saturday, November 10th from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts 600 Southwest 10th Avenue #500
How Much: Free. Visit for pre-registration details and further info.

Sandy Relief Dinner at Riffle NW

What: Pearl District seafood hot spot Riffle NW is donating 50% of dinner service proceeds to Superstorm Sandy relief all night long.
When: Sunday, November 11th
Where: Riffle NW 333 Northwest 13th Avenue
How Much: Dinner special prices vary.

11th Annual Portland Beaujolais Nouveau Fête

What: Every year, at midnight on the third Thursday of November, restaurants, wine bars, and bistros around the world open the first of 65 million bottles of fresh and fruity Beaujolais Nouveau—and Portland hosts one of America’s largest parties. This year, the Heathman Restaurant & Bar will host the 11th Annual Portland Beaujolais Nouveau Fête, a collaboration between the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Française of Portland. The event will feature a wine and art auction, an abundant buffet, and plenty of stations pouring Beaujolais Nouveau flown in from France just days earlier.
When: Friday, November 16th at 6 pm.
Where: Heathman Restaurant & Bar 1001 Southwest Broadway
How Much: General admission tickets are $70 per person. A limited number of $50 tickets are available for young professionals (ages 21-35) who are first-time attendees, and a few VIP tables seating eight are available for $1,250. To reserve tickets, visit the Beaujolais Nouveau website.

Izakaya: A NW Celebration of Japanese Pub Culture

What: A multi-sensory festival showcasing local and international saké, shochu, beer, Japanese cuisine, artist instillations, and DJ's. Individual hotel rooms at the Jupiter Hotel will be transformed into themed, interactive spaces, featuring dishes inspired by traditional Japanese pub fare and Gigantic Brewing’s exclusive brew made specific for Izakaya.
When: Friday, November 16th from 5:30 to 9 pm 
Jupiter Hotel 800 East Burnside Street
How Much: $40 per person until Nov 2nd. $45 after Nov 2nd. Proceeds from Izakaya will benefit the Japan-America Society of Oregon. Tickets available here.

Holiday Cocktail Class at Riffle NW

What: To celebrate the release of their fall cocktail menu, Riffle NW is hosting a DIY cocktail class featuring three seasonal cocktails that incorporate spices you'd find in your pantry. Chef Ken Norris will whip up some small bits for attendees to soak up the booze and inspire at-home holiday hors d'oeuvres.
 Sunday, November 18th from 3:30 to 5 pm
Where: Riffle NW 333 Northwest 13th Avenue
How Much: $20. Reservations are required and space is limited, call 503-894-8978.

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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