This week, we've got another restaurant opening for you, and beer events for a good cause. Plus, we have our pop-up recommendation of the week, and where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Read on for our picks.
Rangoon Bistro opens March 10
One of our favorite Burmese places, Rangoon Bistro, started as a farmers market takeout spot, later upgrading to a takeout-only kitchen. On March 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., it’ll celebrate its first day as a restaurant within the Breathe Building (2305 SE 50th Ave). Hours going forward will be Wed-Fri 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Favorite dishes from previous menus have included Burmese chickpea tofu with ranch, pickled ginger thoke, and pork and pickled mango curry.
Snack Fest, a free food festival, runs March 12-13
A new festival from the folks who run Portland Night Market features snacks, drinks, and home goods. Vendors include bakery Fat Cupcake, hot sauce maker HAB Sauce, pistachio butter maker Chio, Aimsir Distilling Co, and many more. It runs March 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and March 13 from noon to 10 p.m. at 100 SE Alder St, and entry is free.
Chef Luna Contreras returns to Magna (2525 SE Clinton) for another Chelo pop-up on March 13 from 4 p.m. until sold out, this time focused on antojitos including ceviche rojo, mushroom flautas, and duck enchiladas, plus red velvet cake for dessert. Plus, sip on wines from local winemaker Cristina Gonzales of Gonzales Wine Company.
Baerlic Brewing is matching up to $10,000 in Ukraine donations
Baerlic Brewing is accepting donations for Ukraine at all three of its taprooms, and will continue matching those donations until they’ve tallied $10,000. Proceeds will be split between World Central Kitchen, the International Rescue Committee, and Razom for Ukraine.
Threshold Brewing raises funds for Ukraine on March 16
Threshold Brewing (403 SE 79th Ave) is hosting a fundraiser called Rise for Refugees on March 16 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., supporting Ukrainian refugees in Poland. One of the brewery's owners, Jarek Szymanski, is Polish, and the fundraiser is a celebration of both cultures. Enjoy music from local Polish band Zabavva, grab Ukrainian painted Easter eggs, eat Polish paczki and cakes, and enjoy Threshold’s usual menu of Polish-style beer and snacks. Proceeds benefit Union for Ukrainians, which is assisting Ukrainian refugees with transportation, legal services, food, and supplies in the Polish border city of Suwałki.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at T.C. O’Leary’s
The festivities begin promptly at 7 a.m. at 2926 NE Alberta St on March 17, with Irish dancers at 12:30 p.m. and live music throughout the evening. Cover is $5 after 4 p.m. Can’t make it on Thursday? The celebrations span March 11 through 19; see the bar’s site for a full schedule.