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CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL: The supperclub at Caprial and John's Kitchen (run by Caprial and John Pence) pairs with Big Bottom Whiskey this Saturday, November 5 for a special four-course bourbon dinner — complete with cocktails by Metrovino bartender Jacob Grier. The comfort-food-influenced menu features courses like white bean and roasted butternut squash soup served with duck breast, and porchetta filled with onions, bourbon, and sweet vermouth. Reservations are $65, include a cocktail with each course, and are available here.
PEARL DISTRICT: Teardrop Lounge's popular cocktail pairing dinner returns on Sunday, November 20, and as the event (reserved for the bar only) usually sells out, here's the early word: Five courses cooked up by chef Chris Degenhardt are paired with off-menu cocktails created especially for the evening. Expect courses like a buffalo brisket served with roasted beets and horseradish gremolata, paired with tastes of two libations: A Laird’s bonded applejack, tea, and infused-Carpano Antica concoction, and a sip of maple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and Pacifique absinthe. Reservations are $100 and available here.
N. WILLIAMS: Local author Ashley Gartland continues to celebrate the recent release of her book Dishing Up Oregon with a dinner at Lincoln on Friday, November 11. Chef Jenn Louis will serve five courses (including malfatti with squash and sage brown butter and roasted quail with orange and sage) with beverage pairings, and the $85 cost also includes a signed book. Reservations available by calling the restaurant.
SOUTHEAST: House Spirits Distillery teams with the newly pairing-dinner-happy Castagna for a dinner this Thursday, November 3. Just 10 spots are available for the five-course meal, which sees a pork roast with turnips paired with House Spirits' aged rum, and chef Justin Woodward's "cauliflower in various textures" paired with an Aviation gin martini. Reservations are $75 (not including gratuity) and are available by calling the restaurant.
PEARL DISTRICT: Serratto head chef Tony Meyers visits the Pearl's In Good Taste culinary space to give a one-off course about cooking wild game. The "Game for Entertaining" class, scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, provides guests with some gamey recipes, as well as a five-course meal featuring bites of braised elk tartlet, venison osso buco, and stuffed quail. The $95 fee includes instruction, food, and wine pairings; more information here.