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Portland restaurant critic Karen Brooks tells all, Peruvian Independence Day feasts, a collaborative dessert pop-up, and more edible events around the Northwest

By Erica Iannitti July 21, 2014

← “Foodlandia: How Portland Cooked Up America’s Most Original Food City” at Kennedy School's History Pub Monday

What: Portland Monthly food critic and author Karen Brooks (the first to identify the “Portland food school,” a scene of spirited chefs, dogged farmers, plucky innovators and adventurous diners all in it together) will chronicle the rise of a city that defied the gods of gastronomy and why it matters. Portland restaurant tips and secrets will be shared, followed by a book signing of Brooks's latest book The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through America's New Food Culture.
When: Monday, July 28, 7 pm
Where: Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave.
How Much: Free!

Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day with Food, Drinks, and Dancing at Andina

What: To celebrate Peruvian Independence day, head to Andina’s award-winning event space, Tupai, to see a two-set performance by special guest artist Santiago “Coco” Linares as well as dance performances by renowned Peruvian dancers. Throughout the performance, guests may order a la carte menu options from Andina’s full tapas, dinner, drinks, and dessert menus.
When: Monday July 28, 6 pm.
Where:  1314 NW Glisan St., Portland OR.
How Much: $20 cover charge for the performance and $20 food and drink minimum per person. Space in Tupai is limited, so reservations are recommended (call 503-228-9535).

Morgan St. Theater Collaborative Dessert Pop-Up

What: For one night in July, Morgan St. Theater is collaborating with pastry chef Mindy Keith to create a tasting menu devoted to creative ice cream desserts. Drawing inspiration from seasonal ingredients and whimsical imaginations, this menu brings summertime to the foreground, playing with the infinite possibilities of frozen desserts. This 24-seat performance at Xico will include a flight of three frozen desserts served with storytelling and flair.
When: Thursday, July 31. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Dessert from 8-9:30 pm.
Where:  Xico (upstairs), 3717 SE Division St., Portland OR
How Much: $25 (not including gratuity). To make a reservations, email [email protected].

Alliance Francaise 7th Annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits

What: Celebrate the season’s freshest flavors with tarts from the region’s top pastry chefs at the 7th Annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits, coming to the Multnomah Athetic Club in August. The nonprofit Alliance Française of Portland has partnered with the Multnomah Athetlic Club and the Oregon Culinary Institute to sponsor this culinary competition of seasonal inspiration.
When: Thursday, August 7, 5:30-7 pm.
Where:  Multnomah Athetlic Club, 1849 SW Salmon,
How Much: Alliance Française Members may reserve tickets with the organization directly for $25. Nonmembers can purchase tickets for $30 either online or by phone at 503-223-8388.

Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers' Origin '14 Tasting Event

What: ArborBrook Vineyards, located at the foothills of the Chehalem Mountains, is hosting 26 wineries and acclaimed regional restaurants to celebrate Oregon’s bounty of exceptional food and wine. This will be the summer event for Portlanders and tourists looking to educate themselves about the Chehalem and Ribbon Ridge AVAs’ Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Gewürztraminer, all while enjoying the natural setting where these grapes grow and ripen. The winemakers of ArborBrook will be offering tours of the vineyard, explaining how the cataclysmic floods, tumults, winds, earthquake, and volcanic eruptions have shaped the soil type and microclimates. Chefs from The Bent Brick, Bamboo Sushi, Cha Cha Cha, The Painted Lady, Storrs, and SubTerra will all be pairing the fruit of the Chehalem terroir with their culinary creations.
When: Saturday, August 9, 4:30-8 pm.
Where: ArborBrook Vineyards, 17770 NE Calkins Ln, Newberg, OR 97132.
How Much: $60—tickets may be purchased online.

Deschutes Brewery Hop Harvest Hoedown

What: Are you a fan of hoppy brews? Then join the folks of Deschutes Brewery for a Hop Harvest Hoedown—they’ll even transport you down on a fun bus ride from the heart of Portland and back. Catch a glimpse of the fresh hops on their vines, enjoy a full BBQ dinner with Deschutes beer pairings with live music by The Hollerbodies and World’s Finest. There will even be hayrides throughout the hop fields with a brewer.
When: Saturday, August 16, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Where: Goschie Farms, 7365 Meridian Rd, NE Silverton, OR.
How much: $75 per ticket includes transportation, and all festivities listed above. Tickets may be purchased onlineProceeds to benefit the Meals on Wheels People and Silverton FFA.

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