Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Gear up for summer with offal dinners, Negroni Week, and an entire month of Chinese cuisine.

By Rachel Davidson May 27, 2015

Kimchi at Smallwares.

The Fun Bits Dinner at Smallwares

What: For adventurous eaters only: Chef Johanna Ware is throwing an all-offal (organ meat) dinner. Expect unusual pairings like sea urchin with cinnamon quinoa cereal and cashew milk and sweetbread tikka masala with naan.
When: Wednesday May 27, 5 - 10 pm
Where: Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont Street
How Much: $50. Reservations at 971-229-0995

Third Annual Negroni Week

What: One part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari. That’s the formula for the third annual world Negroni Week. Imperial, Nostrana, and Oven and Shaker are just a few of the 56 Portland restaurants participating with their own unique twist on the classic Italian cocktail. Proceeds will be donated to a charity of the restaurant’s choice.
When: June 1-June 7
Where: All across Portland. Locations can be found online.

Cuisines of China at the Lan Su Chinese Garden

What: Feed your inner Zen…literally. Join the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in celebrating China’s vast culinary delights for the entire month of June. On the roster: the history of dumplings, Lanzhou-style noodle pulling seminars, and an inside look at tea roasting. Also keep an eye out for cooking demonstrations and a dexterity-defying “Chopstick challenge.”
When: June
Where: Lan Su Chinese Gardens, 239 Northwest Everett Street
How Much: Demonstrations are free with membership or admission, no registration required.

Beers Made By Walking

What: The fifth annual Beers Made By Walking returns to Oregon with a new batch of hikes (and beer). Accompany Ecliptic Brewing and Hopworks Urban Brewery for a sunny, four-mile stroll through Springville Hill for the first in the Portland-based summer series. Later in the season, purchase their hike-inspired beer with proceeds benefitting the Forest Park Conservancy.
When: Saturday June 13, 9 AM
Where: Forest Park. See website for details.
How Much: Free. Registration starts on Friday, May 29.

25th Anniversary Farm Dinner Nicky USA

What: In celebration of a quarter century of specialty game and high quality meat in the Pacific Northwest, Nicky USA is holding a special anniversary dinner. Expect a carnivore’s paradise with a menu of rabbit, quail, goat, venison, and elk courtesy of Seattle chef Jonathan Sundstrom (Lark) and 23 Hoyt’s Chris Carriker. Proceeds from the dinner and a portion of the meat sales will go to nonprofit organization The Portland Kitchen.
When: Saturday June 27, 5 PM
Where: Nicky Farms, Aurora, Oregon
How Much: $125, Registration online

Holdfast Vegan and Vegetarian Dinners

What: Portland Monthly’s recently reviewed, new-and-improved Holdfast is dipping a toe into the world of meatless fine dining. June 12 marks Holdfast’s first-ever all vegetarian dinner, with vegan juice pairings based around Portland’s farmers market haul. On Sunday, they are going strictly plant-based, with an all-vegan 9-course tasting menu.
When: Vegetarian: June 12 an June 13; Vegan: Sunday, June 14
Where: Holdfast, 537 SE Ash #102
How Much: $90, Reservations online

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