The Chowder Challenge Returns, Foster's Craft Cooking Holds a Secret Supper, and More Portland Food Events

…including the spirit-forward Toast tasting, a five-course “dirt” dinner, and a weekend of wining and dining at Newberg’s Allison Inn & Spa.

By Alex Keith February 8, 2016

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A seductive invitation to EatDirt: An interactive art dinner

EatDirt: Interactive Art Dinner 

Dig in (literally) to this interactive five-course dinner based on the concept of “eating dirt.” Presented by artist Betsy Hinze and Authentique Wine Cellars, this charitable event takes place underneath sculptural light installations illuminating courses such as edible soil flavored with foraged nuts and mushrooms and roasted root vegetables baked in clay. You’ll also explore the role dirt plays in the terroir of wines as you taste pairings with each course. The dinner benefits the Portland YouthGrow Program. 

When: Feb 12, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Keeler Estate Vineyard (5100 SE Rice Ln., Amity)
How Much: $150

10th Annual Chowder Challenge

If your inner New Englander is fighting to get out, put on a blindfold for this chowder challenge from Lompoc Brewing benefitting the Community Transitional School. The competition sees a dozen regional restaurants and pubs—5th Quadrant, Burnside Brewing, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Farm House Café, and Produce Row to name a few—compete for the coveted Chowder Cup and a cash prize. Paying patrons will slurp blindly from a tray featuring two-ounce samples of New England-style clam chowders from each participating restaurant, voting for their favorite to name the People’s Choice Winner. Chowder-down, spectate, or just enjoy the live music, beer garden, and pub food.

When: Feb 20, 12-3pm
Where: 5th Quadrant (3901 N Williams)
How Much: $10 tasting 

Fire + Ice Secret Supper 

While the location for this super secret supper has yet to be revealed, you can bet on bringing a warm coat and an appetite. With the given theme of “Fire + Ice,” the dinner is meant to evoke the elements of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing local cuisine in a five-course menu prepared over a blazing open fire by Foster's Craft Cooking and the Secret Supper Team in some yet-to-be-disclosed Nordic locale.

When: Feb 27
Where: Location will be within 1 hour of Portland and disclosed to ticketed guests at least 1 week prior to the supper.
How Much: $99 includes 5-course supper with wine and spirits. Tickets here

The Cuvée Weekend

Spend a weekend of indulgence at the second installment of this wine-centric happening at the Allison Inn & Spa as it happily coincides with the fifth annual Oregon Chardonnay Celebration. Celebrating the bounty of the Northwest, The Cuvée Weekend brings together winemakers, mixologists, purveyors, brewers, and chefs. Kick things off Friday with an exclusive tasting event, the Cuvée Stroll, and enjoy four-course dinners each night from the region’s best chefs as they collaborate with Jory executive chef Sunny Jin.

When: Friday-Saturday, Feb 26-27
Where: 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg (The Allison Inn & Spa)
How Much: $25 Cuvée Stroll; $85 four-course dinner, $65 wine pairing available; email [email protected] to RSVP.

6th Annual Toast

Oregon’s original artisan spirits tasting event returns, showcasing over 40 local distillers, 120 spirits from across the Northwest, and eats from five of Portland’s top chefs. Whether you’re an aquavit aficionado, an absinthe advocate, or just looking to down some rums and whiskeys, there’s a distiller or producer to suit your spirit preference. Small bites from Bellino Trattoria Siciliana, Lechon, Swank and Swine, Pok Pok, and Smallwares help keep your food-to-booze ratio even throughout the event.

When: Feb 27, 4-10pm
Where: Really Big Video (539 NW 10th)
How Much: $45; $65 VIP; $15 DD.

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