Tapalaya Hosts a Ramen Pop-Up, Dessert Theater “Healthy Lifestyles,” and More Portland Food Events

…including Morgan Street's dessert theater, charity dinners at Relish Gastropub, and a pozole pop-up at Verde Cocina.

By Alex Keith January 11, 2016

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Morgan Street Theater's brown butter and asparagus ice cream sundae.

Autentica Turns Ten 

A mecca for all things Mexican (and a killer brunch spot), Northeast fixture Autentica hits double digits this month. To celebrate this milestone, chef Oswaldo Bibiano is throwing a birthday party complete with a menu of past favorites and live music from local band Cilantro. Complimentary birthday cake and a champagne toast round out this food fiesta. 

When: Tuesday, January 12
Where: Autentica (5507 NE 30th Ave) 

Tapalaya Hosts a Ramen Pop-Up

Get a taste of Asian-Cajun as New Orleans-born, Vietnamese chef Anh Luu serves up steaming bowls of ramen and fermented side dishes at Tapalaya’s first-ever pop-up. Seeking to showcase the culinary background of its staff, the restaurant will offer two kinds of handcrafted ramen (including a vegetarian option), and everything from kimchi to spicy Cajun tuna hand rolls. 

When: Wednesday, January 13, 4-9:30pm
Where: Tapalaya (28 NE 28th Ave)

Tazón! A Late Night Pozole Pop-Up

Warm up with a big bowl of pozole at Verde Cocina’s late night pop-up in The Pearl. Chef Jaret Foster of Foster’s Craft Cooking has returned from Mexico after spending time perfecting his pozole, a traditional Mexican soup heaped with hominy and tender stewed meat. Choose from pork rojo, pollo verde, and verduras and wash it down with a selection of tequila and mescal.

When: Friday, January 15, 9pm-late
Where: Verde Cocina, Pearl (524 NW 14th Ave)
How Much: Bowls start at $12 

Dessert Theater “Healthy Lifestyles”

Healthy dessert? Morgan St Theater makes it a reality with its bi-monthly Dessert Theater, serving up a different theme each month. With January being the time for fresh starts, the series begins with an exploration of the myriad myths and misconceptions of healthy eating, as told through performance mediums from dance to puppetry. And, of course, there’s dessert—dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, guilt-free.

When: Wednesday, January 20
Where: Clay Pigeon Winery (815 SE Oak St)
How Much: $39

Bar Avignon's Abernethy School Fundraiser Dinner 

Seasonal fare stars in this fundraiser dinner at Bar Avignon benefitting Abernethy School’s Scratch Kitchen & Garden of Wonders programs. Chef and founder of the program, Linda Colwell serves a full dinner menu of dishes sourced from Ayers Creek Farm. Sibley squash makes its way into agnolotti pasta, Amish butter polenta pairs with glazed pork osso buco and roasted carrots, and fresh mustard greens and black radish are served alongside Painted Hills flat iron steak with barley-ricotta cavatelli. Twenty percent of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the school’s programs, providing children with a food-based education and garden space.

When: Wednesday, January 20 5-10pm
Where: Bar Avignon (2138 SE Division St)

Dine for Duniway at Relish Gastropub 

Relish Gastropub offers two chances to grub for good this month with Dine for Duniway. Choose from seasonal specials like hearty pot roast with red wine-braised celery, Cipollini onions, and potatoes, or a seafood bowl studded with shrimp, clams, oysters, and Linguiça sausage. A portion of all food and drink orders benefits the Duniway Foundation which aims to support enrichment programs and additional teaching positions at Duniway Elementary School.

When: Wednesday, January 20 & 27
Where: Relish Gastropub (6637 SE Milwaukie Ave)

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