Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including the kick-off Brewer's Social at Raven & Rose and Wildwood's wild Zakuski party.

By Allison Jones February 22, 2013

Raven & Rose's First Brewer's Social

What: Charlie Devereux from Double Mountain Brewery and John Plutshack from Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales will descend on Raven & Rose to share their unique beers at the restaurant's first Brewer's Social. Tastings will be paired with a variety of cheeses from Steve Jones of Cheese Bar.  
When: Thursday, February 28th from 5 to 7 pm
Where: The Rookery Bar at Raven & Rose 1331 SW Broadway
How Much: Free tastings of beer and cheese, additional pints, flights, and cheese boards will be available for purchase.

Zakuski Party at Wildwood

What: To celebrate the launch of their new housemade charcuterie board and all-local vodka list (no more imports, no national brands, only craft vodkas from Oregon and Washington) Wildwood is hosting a Russian style zakuski party. Zakuski are traditional Russian small plates—think salty meats and sausage, smokey or brined fish, and pickles, always accompanied by vodka. Local distillers will be on hand to chat about their spirits (including Lee Medoff of Bull Run, Mike Sherwood of Sub Rosa, Tom Burkleaux of New Deal, and Ryan Hembree of Skip Rock).
Saturday, March 2nd from 4 to 7 pm
Wildwood 1221 NW 21st Ave
How Much: 
$25 advance, $30 day of for six shots of local vodka, space is limited. Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected] or calling 503-225-0130.

Bar Avignon's Fort George Brewery Pairing Dinner

What: Astoria, Oregon's beloved brewery will crash into Portland for a five-course dinner with chef Eric Joppie. Dishes will include shredded chicken in guajillo chile broth, slow roasted BBQ pork shoulder, and a dark chocolate mud pie with burnt caramel sabayon and lacquered bacon bits for dessert. Beer geek bonus: Fort George will unveil a new addition to their canned beer series at the BA dinner.
When: Sunday, March 3rd at 6 pm
Where: Bar Avignon 2138 SE Division
How Much: $55 for five courses and beer pairings. To book your seat, call 503-517-0808.

13th Annual Farmer-Chef Connection

What: A day of workshops and TEDx-style talks focusing on seasonal foods, regional connections, and community building through local culinary partnerships. Workshops include "Telling Your Story," a primer on using traditional and social media to spread a culinary message (with Jason French of Ned Ludd) and "Creative and Collaborative Models" exploring restaurant CSAs and pop-ups with Ben Meyer of Grain & Gristle and Old Salt complex, Sara Cogan of Zenger Farm, Kathryn Yeomans of The Farmers Feast, Mark Doxtader of Tastebud, and Annie Moss of Tabor Breads. Talks will be given by thought leaders like Leslie Recio of Viridian Farms and Karen Brooks, author of The Mighty Gastropolis. Full line-up here.
When: Monday, March 4th at 8:30 am
Where: The World Forestry Center 4033 SW Canyon Road
How Much: $29 per person including workshops, talks, breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. Tickets available here.

Alchemy Wine Pairing Dinner at Tabor Tavern

What: Tabor Tavern's first winery dinner will feature Alchemy Wine Productions, a small production urban winery located in southeast Portland. The five-course meal will include bay scallop ceviche with blood orange and serrano chiles, grilled rabbit sausage with crispy leeks, and duck confit with black pepper cherry sauce. 
When: Wednesday, March 6th at 7 pm
Where: Tabor Tavern 5325 E. Burnside
How Much: $50 per person, including food and wine. Reservations available at 503-208-3544.  

Penner Ash Tapas and Tango Night

What: A night of food, wine, dance, and music featuring tapas-style nosh from Toro Bravo's John Gorham, dance guidance from tango instructor Alex Krebs, Argentine music from the Alex Krebs Tango Quartet, and plenty of Penner-Ash wines.
Friday, March 8th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Road in Newberg
How Much: 
$55 per person for cellar club members, $65 per person for non-cellar club members. TO save your spot on the dance floor, call 503-554-5545 or purchase tickets here

Metrovino’s 1980s Dinner with The Eyrie Vineyards

What: Rescheduled event! Metrovino will unearth rare wine gems from The Eyrie Vineyard’s 1980s vintages at this once-in-a-lifetime dinner featuring four courses of eighties-inspired dishes. The menu will be inspired by the great food thinkers of the decade, such as Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, and Marco Pierre White. Among other delights, Eyrie’s 1983 Chardonnay will be highlighted by Marco Pierre White’s famous Oysters and Tagliatelle, with the modern twist of uni-butter and cucumber pearls.
When: Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30 pm
Where: Metrovino at 1139 NW 11th Ave
How Much: $135, not including gratuity. For more information and reservations call Metrovino at 503-517-7788 or go to If wine lovers are unable to attend, all four of The Eyrie’s 1980s vintages will be available by the glass for a limited time after the dinner.

Oregon Distillers Guild 3rd Annual TOAST Craft Spirits Festival

What: The largest craft spirits tasting in North America returns to Portland, with over 150 local and international spirits from over fifty distillers. This year's event will feature a Food Cart Court, spotlighting some of Portland's favorite mobile kitchens.
Friday, March 22nd from 5 to 10 pm and Saturday, March 23rd from 1 pm to 10 pm.
The World Trade Center, sky bridge level, 121 SW Salmon St
How Much:
$20 advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets available here. Proceeds from TOAST support the Oregon Distillers Guild.

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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