Eat Beat Weekly Planner

TBA's opening night dinner at PICA, caffeine crawls, beer festivals in the Gorge, the unveiling of a new feminist food mag, and a few updates from Feast!

By Allison Jones, Anna Loh, and Sarah Ostaszewski September 9, 2014

Feast Ticket Update! A late addition to the line-up of celebrity chef dinners: Top Chef Masters 2012 winner Chris Cosentino joins new Bluehour chef Kyo Koo with Annie Amie, JK Carriere, and Chehalem wines at Bluehour. Tickets available onlineBrunch Village and Night Market are sold out, but tickets remain for the Sandwich Invitational, Ground Bounty Tasting, tasting panels, and High Comfort. Don't miss out! 

Olympia Oyster Bar Pop-Up at Yakuza Lounge

What: This pop-up is part of a casual dinner series celebrating oysters by Chefs Melissa Mayer and Maylin Navarro, who give the notorious bivalves unique treatments. The alluring menu features “raw, naked and dressed” oysters along with handmade torn pasta, smoked berries, steamy chilpachole with mussels, voluptuous albacore tuna with yolk emulsion, Stargazer Farms greens, grilled sardines with lemon mint oil and house-smoked goat butter with Grand Central bread. 
When: Tuesday, September 9 from 5 to 9 pm. No reservations required. Stay updated for future dinners here
Where: Yakuza Izakaya, 5411 NE 30th Avenue

TBA:14 Opening Night Dinner at PICA

What: More than a feast, this year’s Opening Night Dinner is a nomadic block party with a seed-to-plate concept crafted by Stacey Givens of The Side Yard Farm and The Nomadic Chef. In close collaboration with ranchers, farmers and artists, Givens sources as locally as possible for a very fresh DIY meal. Menu items include a toastie with quark, heirloom tomato jam and basil; a salad of grilled endive, lemons, “capers,” garlic crème and herbage; and an end-of-summer pickle jar of squash, okra, nectarines and bush beans. 
When: Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm
Where: 2010 SE 8th Avenue
How Much: $100, Reservations required by September 10. 21+ only

Besaw’s 111th Anniversary Garden Party

What:  An annual dinner event celebrating “eleventy-one” years this year in a casual, intimate setting. This year’s menu features elk burger sliders with cheese, pickled onion and Sriracha aioli, veggie skewers with seasonal produce, Zenner’s Park apple sausage dogs, sumer slaw, a slew of side dishes and a choice of watermelon sangria or Logger’s lemonade. There will be live music by Plum Hill & Rogue Blue Grass, face painting and balloon animals from 4-6 pm, a caricature artist from 6-8 pm, lawn games, and a charity raffle.  The raffle features local businesses Ataula, Betsy & IyaDragontree Holistic Day Spa and Popina Swimwear and will benefit Potluck in the Park. 
When: Saturday, September 13 from 4 to 8 pm  
Where: Besaw’s Garden, 2301 NW Savier Street

Hood River Organic’s Annual Harvest Farm Dinner

What: A great excuse for food lovers to trek out to the Hood River Fruit Loop this fall. Chef Ben Stenn of Celilo Restaurant will serve a four-course meal featuring trout, a beer keg from Double Mountai Brewery, cider by Hood River Valley Hard Cider’s Brian Perkey and wine by Luke Bradford. Vegetarian options will be available. Tickets include live bluegrass music, a farm tour and of course beautiful and great company.
When: Sunday, September 21 from 4 to 7 pm. Dinner at 5 pm
Where: Hood River Organic Orchard, 5541 Alder Road, Hood River, Oregon 97031
How Much: $80 per person. Tickets available online.

Outgrowing Hunger’s Benefit Fundraiser

What: A fundraiser to benefit Outgrowing Hunger, a non-profit increasing access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods. Dinner is a farm-to-table, five-course prix fixe and will feature produce grown in Outgrowing Hunger’s community garden. A portion of funds raised will help establish a scholarship for low-income refugee families so that they may continue growing and selling fresh produce at markets and to Portland restaurants.
When: Saturday, September 27 from 12 to 9:45 pm
Where: Brooklyn House Restaurant, 3131 SE 12th Avenue
How Much: $75, reservations required. Tickets for the Prixe Fix dinner are available on Outgrowing Hunger’s website or by calling The Brooklyn House Restaurant directly at 503-236-6761.

Urban Farmer’s “Under the Antlers” Dinner Series

What: This event is part of a series of collaboration dinners highlighting Bee Local honey, and will include four savory courses featuring fresh produce from The Side Yard Farm. Urban Farmer’s Chris Starkus and bar manager Tyler Voelker will present each dish and drink pairing.
When: Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm
Where: The Library Room, 8th Floor of The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison
How Much: $120 per person includes a five-course dinner with drink pairings and gratuity. Call Urban Farmer at 503-222-4900 to reserve your seat.

Render: Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly’s First Issue Release Dinner

What: The menu is inspired by the first issue’s theme (Flesh), and features Chef Kusuma Rao of Indian-Mexican culinary business Ruchikala’s adventurous dishes ranging from authentic Indian to rustic Italian, and artisanal regional wines from Helioterra Wines.
When: Saturday, September 27 at 7 pm
Where: Carver Dining Room at Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd Ave
How Much: $100 per person for a 6-course meal and pairings, includes print and digital subscription to Render. Email Danielle Knott at [email protected] for reservations.

St. Jude Autumn Harvest Fundraiser Dinner

What: Five top chefs (Aaron Barnett, Jason French, Gregory Gourdet, Josh McFadden, Sarah Schafer) led by 2014 James Beard Award recipient and event culinary chair Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST collaborate to create a unique dining experience to raise awareness and funding for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
When: Saturday, October 4 at 6 pm
Where: The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison
How Much: $150 for an 8-course meal. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Purchase your ticket at the website or by calling 1-800-954-5499.

Skamania Lodge’s Celebration of Beer Festival 

What: The annual beer festival’s lineup of taps includes signature and seasonal beers from more than a dozen local brewers such as Mt. Tabor Brewing, Double Mountain, Acadian Farms and Full Sail Brewing among others. Live entertainment and food vendors will be featured alongside brewery booths.
When: Saturday, October 11 from 12 to 5 pm
Where: Skamania Lodge’s front lawn, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA 98648
How Much: $25 per person at the door grants access to the festival and includes five tasting tokens and a commemorative beer mug. $199 for a Celebration of Beer stay package includes overnight accommodations for October 11 at the lodge, entry for two to the festival, 10 tasting tokens and two commemorative mugs. Call 800-221-7117 to purchase the package or visit for more information.

The LAB’s Caffeine Crawl Portland 

What: Visit six local coffee, tea, and chocolate establishments for an interactive presentation and a taste sample at each stop.
When: Thursday, October 16 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (Session 1) and 2:30 to 6:30 pm (Session 2); Friday, October 17 from 8 am to 12 pm (Sessions 3 and 4)
Where: Stops include Portland Roasting Coffee, Barista, Cacao and Stumptown Coffee Roasters among many others. A full list can be found here.
How Much: $30 per person, includes Crawl goodies and souvenirs, admittance to all stops on selected route which includes a drink or chocolate sample provided and determined by each stop, and a short presentation. Tickets can be purchased at the website.

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