Eat Beat Weekly Planner: Jan 30–Feb 22, 2014

Super Bowl sundaes, Chinese New Year celebrations, a chowder smackdown, and more of Portland’s upcoming food and drink events.

By Kristin Leigh January 29, 2014

Dig into a Super Bowl sundae at What's the Scoop this weekend!

Image: Allison Jones

Bazi’s Second Annual Gluten Free Pairing Dinner

What: Indulge in a three course, gluten free feast paired with ale and cider, while participating in a educational seminar detailing the bevy of beverage options available sans gluten. At the second annual three course pairing dinner at Bazi Bierbrasserie off Hawthorne, partake in sweet potato tortellini with sage cream and braised bacon, chicken sausage with creamy polenta and kale, topped off with a Salt and Straw beer float finale. After a night imbibing, walk away armed with recipes, gluten free know how, and a souvenir Green’s beer glass.
When: Thursday, Jan 30 at 7 pm
Where: Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave
How Much: $29 per person (including gratuity). Call 503-234-8888 for more info and purchase tickets at

Flight Dessert Bar Hosted at Bluebird Bakers

What: Be one of the first to experience the new pop–up dessert bar, Flight, as it unfurls the first of six course prix fixe dinners (complete with drink pairings). Taste Chef Nate Hamilton's seasonally inspired, locally sourced desserts and expect experimental twists blurring lines between sweet and savory at this unique food event.
When: Saturday, Feb 1 at 8 pm.
Where: Bluebird Bakers, 2390 NW Thurman St.
How Much: $41 per person. Upcoming menus and additional information available at

Via Chicago Turns One! 

What: Grab your fork and celebrate deep dish pizza as it was meant to be enjoyed in honor of Via Chicago’s first anniversary. Midwest transplants Tonya Mayhew and Kevin Reynolds transitioned from their PSU farmers market booth last February, and they’re saying “thanks” to Portland with a day of live music from local bluesman, Bob Shoemaker, food and drink specials, and giveaways celebrating their first year as a brick and mortar in NE Portland.  
When: Saturday, Feb 1 from noon to 11 pm.
Where: Via Chicago, 2013 NE Alberta St.
How Much: Special prices vary. Reservations and more information available at the Via Chicago Facebook page.

Kells Brew Pub kicks off Stout Month

What: Start off a month-long celebration of the darker side of ales at Kells Irish Stout release party. This NW 21st brewpub has produced a traditional dry stout with oats and flaked barley, and is rolling out the plaid carpet for a day of revelry. Dance to the tunes of a live bagpiper, enjoy complimentary appetizers, tour the brewery, and try out the newest beer at this two-year-old brewery.
When: Saturday, Feb 1, from 2–5pm
Where: Kells Brew Pub, 210 NW 21st St.
How Much: Special prices vary. Call 503-710-7175 for more info.

Angela Estate Open House in Dundee 

What: Head out to the rolling hills of wine country and tour sprawling wineries, sampling wines from Evening Land Vineyards, Le Cadeau, Tertulia Cellars, and Angela Estate at Inn at Red Hills. While exploring the west end of Dundee, peruse the new menu at Babica Hen Cafe (in the former Paulee space) and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres.
When: Jan 31st and Feb 1, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Angela Estate, 1326 N Hwy 99 in Dundee
How Much: Free. For more information, call 503-522-6972.

Pisco Sour Day at Las Primas

What: In honor of National Pisco Sour Day, Las Primas will offer happy hour prices on their eight pisco cocktails all day long—upgrading them to top shelf Porton pisco while they're at it. This white grape distilled brandy is just one of the delicious things Peru has given the world, so knock a few back over flavorful Peruvian street food and dance to live musica criolla by Luciana Proano.
When: All day Saturday, Feb 1
Where: Las Primas, 3971 N Williams Ave
How Much: Specials prices vary. Check out for more information.

Super Bowl Sundae at What's the Scoop?

What: Watch Super Bowl XLVIII on a 70–inch TV screen with a super-big bowl of ice cream! Pony up to the counter and swear allegiance to your team, choosing from Orange Chip for the Denver Broncos or Coffee for the Seattle Seahawks. Crumpled waffle cones serve as chips for your game day noshing or bring home a pint to share at your Super Bowl festivities at home.
When: Sunday, Feb 2 from noon–10 pm
Where: What’s the Scoop?, 3540  N Williams Ave
How Much: Special prices vary. For more information, call 503-957-6613.

Bent Brick Libations of Love Cocktail Class 

What: Celebrate Valentines Day early and practice crafting expert cocktails to woo your darling at this cocktail class taught Bent Brick’s Bar Manager, Michelle Ruocco. Discover how to whip up your valentine’s favorite martini or mix up a hot toddy that will keep you warm through the chilly winter nights at this inventive libation workshop. 
When: Wednesday, Feb 5 at 6:30 pm
Where: The Bent Brick, 1639 NW Marshall St
How Much: $45 per person. Call 503-688-1655 or email [email protected] to save your spot to this event. 

Chinese New Year Menu at Smallwares

What: Commemorate the Year of the Horse with a traditional Chinese New Year menu at Smallwares. Special dishes like Chinese sausage with flowering chives, steamed branzino, confit duck leg with corn cake, and Dungeness crab yu sheng salad will be served family style at this special night marking a new lunar year.
When: Wednesday, Feb 5 from 5–10 pm
Where: Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont St
How Much: $45 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. Reserve your place at the table by calling 971-229-0995. 

THIRST Fest: First Annual LGBTQ Wine, Beer, and Spirits Event

What: Sample newly released spirits and weigh in on the latest trends in mixology at this two day festival benefiting Cascade AIDS Project, supporting the LGBTQ community. Find your new favorite drink, taste a lineup of local and national labels, or support your favorite mixologist at “Battle of the Bartenders” where contestants whip up original cocktails for a jury of celebrity judges.
When: Friday, Feb 7 (5 – 10 pm) and Saturday, Feb 8 (4 – 10 pm)
Where: The Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St
How Much: $20 per person and includes 10 drink tokens. For more info or to score your ticket, book online at

Firehouse Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Ippolito 1845

What: Imbibe some flavorful southern Italian wines, and enjoy the outdoor inspired cuisine of NW Portland’s Firehouse at the winemaker’s dinner series kick-off event, featuring Vincenzo Ippolito from Calabria, Italy. The oldest wine producer in Calabria, the Ippolito family cultivates ancient grape varietals near the Ionian Sea with a focus on biodiversity and sustainability. The dinner consists of four courses paired with Ippolito wine, including the Ripe del Falco and Res Dei.
When: Monday, February 10.
Where: Firehouse Restaurant, 711 NE Dekum St.
How Much: Visit for more information; call 503-954-1702 to reserve a spot.

Pinot 365 Wine Tasting 

What: Get in the mood for Valentines Day this year and pick up a local pinot noir from one of the wineries in Pinot365—the fourteen destination wineries in the Willamette Valley open 365 days a year, 7 days a week. Sample wines from wineries like Sokol Blosser, Montinore Estate, Adelsheim, and Elk Cove and enjoy a laid back evening imbibing with live music, snacks, and goodies at downtown Lake Oswego’s scenic Foundary.
When: Thursday, Feb 13 from 5–8 pm
Where: The Foundry, 320 Oswego Pointe Drive in Lake Oswego
How Much: $20 per person. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Lompoc Black out Beer Fest

What: Experience the full range of dark, heady brews in a festival all about these deep hued beers. Showcasing breweries like Alameda, Breakside, Cascade, The Commons, Ecliptic, Laurelwood, Lucky Lab, pFriem, Lompoc, and Widmer find your favorite while you groove to Leslie Lou and the Lowburners at this rollicking festival celebrating wintery ales.
When: Friday, Feb 21 from 4–11 pm
Where: Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave
How Much: $15 per person tasting package (10 tickets) with $1 per additional ticket. 

8th-Annual Chowder Challenge at Lompoc Brewing 

What: Will Ice Axe Grill take home another championship or will a new restaurant unseat the chowder champion this year? Witness a dozen restaurants go head to head for this year’s Chowder Cup at Lompoc’s Fifth Quandrant. Sample contenders’ New England–style clam chowders, enjoy live music from Leslie Lou and the Lowburners, and support the Portland’s Community Transitional School at this rollicking, family-friendly benefit.
When: Saturday, Feb 22 from 12–4 pm
Where: Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave
How Much: Free to attend, chowder sample trays are $10 per person.

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