6:30 p.m. Sat, Feb 2, 1632 NW Thurman St, $55
Olympia Provisions executive chef Eric Joppie is a major proponent of environmental health—and of his staff’s health. This dinner celebrates the charcuterie biz’s devotion to zero waste cooking (salami scraps end up in burgers; herb scraps in cocktail syrups) and employee sobriety, a trending, hot-button topic. For dinner, expect four courses made with kitchen byproducts (Matsutake Arancini) and a focus on non-alcoholic drinks, like one with matsutake, mixed grain teas, and lime.
Feb 2–9, around the city
Back for its second year, Shuck is an all-out oyster fest from some of Portland’s brightest seafood-loving minds, including Lyf Gildersleeve (Flying Fish) and Jaret Foster (Tournant). It kicks off with a major oyster party (thousands and thousands of bivalves) at Industrial Southeast’s Redd East, with music, booze, and oyster beer (!). There are events and dinners all around town the rest of the week, but don’t miss the Pacific Ocean Dinner at the Nightwood Society: seven courses from a very talented roster of female chefs and bartenders, Kristen Murray (Maurice) to Angel Teta (Ataula).
6:30 p.m. Fri, Feb 22, 105 SE Taylor St. $175
Cody Auger, chef at Nimblefish—one of Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants of 2018—puts on an omakase-style dinner centered around Mediterranean bluefin tuna imported from Spanish tuna producer Balfegó. Before you get up in arms about fishing ethics, this particular type of bluefin is sustainably farmed without bycatch. Plus, Balfegó donates profits to sustainable fishing research.
6 p.m. Sat, Feb 23, 3348 SE Belmont St, $15 cover
The most clandestine of Portland speakeasies throws a Prohibition era-themed party complete with cocktails, live music, and 1930s costumes (which will just look like normal Portland garb, at this point). Expect swingin’ jazz from the Libertine Belles and endless Corpse Revivers.
As this record-breaking government shutdown continues, EaterPDX has pulled together a list of Portland restaurants offering furloughed workers discounts, free coffee, and free tequila to help them get through the indeterminate shit-show.