Cookbook Socials, IKEA Julbord Blowouts, and More Portland Food Events

...including festive tap-takeovers, holiday party planning from the experts, and turkey nachos.

By Rachel Grozanick November 23, 2015

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Cookbooks appearing at at Imperial's Holiday Cookbook Social

Southeast Wine Collective Thanksgiving Party 

After the Thanksgiving chaos, a stiff drink (or two) is in order. Southeast Wine Collective is hosting its fourth annual Thanksgiving party, sampling 20 fall releases from eight local wineries, all resident winemakers of the collective. Just in case you haven’t had enough turkey come the weekend, they’ll be serving turkey nachos as the wine pairing.

When: Saturday November 28, 3-6pm
Where: 2425 SE 35th Pl
How Much: $25

Lardo Tap Take-overs 

Holiday ales are here, complete with their own festival during the first week of December. Lardo is celebrating the advent of festive brews by featuring local breweries Block 15 and Barley Brown’s at their east and west locations. The tap take-overs will showcase some of the breweries’ specialty and rare brews. Really, what could go better with a side of dirty fries?

When: Wednesday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 9
Where: 1205 SW Washington St and 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd 

Feast of the Table Workshop

Local stylist Ashley Marti (see our Scandinavian holiday spread) is joining Ned Ludd’s Jason French at Elder Hall for a workshop on setting the ultimate holiday table. Together, they’ll share favorite recipes for the holidays and offer up essential styling tips on how to stage an envious dining room, compete with flowers, hand-lettering, and plating.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 6-10pm
Where: Elder Hall (3929 NE MLK Jr Blvd)
How much: $120. Tickets here

Beer Gets Graphic at Powell’s

Writer Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Aaron McConnell present their comprehensive history of beer in a comic book format, chronicling 9,000 years of beer history in action-packed episodes, ending with the present day explosion of craft brewing. 

When: Friday December 4, 7:30pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books (1005 W Burnside St.)
How Much: Free 

Imperial’s Holiday Cookbook Social

Over 20 local chefs, bartenders, and writers will hole up at Vitaly Paley’s Imperial for a Portland cookbook extravaganza. Everyone from Mark Bitterman (Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters and Amari) to Jim Meehan (The PDT Cocktail Book) will be on hand to chat about their past tomes and offer a signature.

When: December 6, 1-3pm
Where: Imperial’s Pettygrove Room at the Hotel Lucia (400 SW Broadway)

Beer Bites Tasting 

Portland beer expert Christian DeBenedetti and local food writer Andrea Slonecker are hosting a release party for their new cookbook, Beer Bites: Tasty Recipes and Perfect Pairings for Beer Lovers. The authors will be teaming up with The Commons Brewery to prepare the abovementioned beer bites alongside a special four-beer tasting flight.

When: Thursday, December 10th, 5-7pm
Where: The Commons Brewery (630 SE Belmont St.)
How Much: $12

Julbord Buffet at IKEA

If our holiday julbord is too much to tackle at home, you can always turn to furniture mainstay Ikea for an all-you-can-eat Christmas smorgasbord, which includes such classics as poached salmon, meatballs with lingonberries, jansson’s temptation, and glögg.

When: Friday December 11
Where: 10280 NE Cascades Pkwy
How Much: $16.99, $4.99 for kids 12 and under

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