Mi Mero Mole Brings the Tequila, Cooper’s Hall Brings the Champagne, and Division Street Brings the Beaujolais

November is shaping up to be a boozy month. Plus: gumbo flights at Acadia and Levant and Smallwares team up for the love of lamb.

By Rachel Grozanick November 9, 2015

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Gumbo Weekend at Acadia 

'Tis the season for warm hearty foods. At Acadia, that means an entire weekend of gumbo in honor of the famous New Orleans Treme Gumbo Festival. Acadia’s chef-owner Seamus Foran will prepare three different gumbos, available as a flight or à la carte, with classic seafood, a Cajun variety with chicken and Andouille sausage, and a Lent-approved version with collard greens. 

When: Friday-Saturday, November 13-14
Where: 1303 NE Fremont St
How Much: $16 for a flight

Champagne Dinner at Coopers Hall

France’s world-famous Champagne house, Krug, is teaming up Earl Ninsom (Langbaan), Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Roscoe Roberson (Coopers Hall), and Alissa Frice (Frice Pastry) for a special potato-themed Champagne dinner. Why potatoes? Why not? 

When: Saturday November 14
Where: 404 SE 6th Ave (Coopers Hall)
How Much: $175 per person. Reservations at [email protected]

Mi Mero Mole Guadalajara Dinner

Mi Mero Mole is throwing a dinner in honor of Carmen Villarreal, one of the only women in Mexico’s male-dominated tequila industry to hold a leadership role. The dinner features tequila from Villarreal’s distillery, San Matias, with a focus on the cuisine of Guadalajara, where the spirit is made. Expect tequila-based cocktails from guest bartender Tommy Klus (La Moule) to pair with a four-course meal that includes goat stew and bacon-wrapped shrimp in tequila sauce. 

When: Tuesday November 17
Where: 32 NW 5th Ave
How Much: $25 for dinner only, $45 with pairings. Email: [email protected] to make reservations.

Levant and Smallwares Unite 

Levant’s Scott Snyder and Smallwares’s Johanna Ware join forces for one night over their love of lamb. Combining their North African, Middle Eastern, and Asian cooking influences, the two will create an enviable four-course meal starring lamb tartare with lavash crackers, octopus terrine with crispy lamb’s tongue, and lamb ssam four ways (sausage, ribs, leg, and shoulder).

When: Tuesday November 17
Where: 2448 E Burnside St (Levant)
How Much: $60, $105 with optional wine pairing. Call 503-954-2322 for reservations. 

Nouveau Division Wine Crawl

Portland’s second annual Beaujolais Nouveau party (a local approximation of the Francophile tradition) is returning on November 19. Division Winemaking Company owners Tom Monroe and Kate Norris are organizing a “Beauj Cruise” along Division Street, starring the Woodsman Tavern, Salt & Straw, Sunshine Tavern, along with many others (see the full list here), where guests can sample the nouveau wines of the region, eat snacks, and listen to live music.

When: Thursday November 19, 5-8pm
Where: 2425 SE 35th Pl and various locations on Division St
How Much: $25. Tickets here.

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