Things get a little woozy boozy in this week's event-planning EaterWire:
PEARL DISTRICT: As part of an annual tradition, Deschutes' Pearl District public house will host its Iron Chef-style Chefs Challenge Dinner, a fundraiser for Morrison Child & Family Services, next Monday, December 12. The event pits eight local chefs against in each other in a beer-pairing challenge (amounting to a seven-course tasting dinner for guests), and Jason French (Ned Ludd), Sarah Schafer (Irving Street Kitchen), John Eisenhart (Pazzo) and Deschutes' own Jeff Usinowicz are among the cheftestapants. Tickets are $95 and available here.
E. BURNSIDE: On Monday, December 12, Burnside Brewing hosts its first in-house pairing dinner, combining the talents of brewmaster Jason Mcadam and chef Ronnie Vance in a seven-course "Bones, Brews and Brown Spirits" dinner. The $75 reservation includes playful dishes like "Lemon Meringue Pie" (a leg of lamb, honey comb, and meringue custard paired with Burnside's oatmeal pale ale) and the "Peppermint Patty," a chocolate mousse pork tenderloin with mint jelly. Reservations required and available here.
NORTH PORTLAND: Spirited collaboration Brewing Up Cocktails returns to the Hop & Vine on Saturday, December 10, featuring a menu of seven beer cocktails (like the "Hot Scotchy," a concoction made with, unsurprisingly, hot unfermented beer and Scotch; and a "Smoked vanilla bean flip," which marries Stone Brewing's Smoked Porter with aquavit, cream sherry, and an egg). Cocktails are all priced a la carte, and also promised: an ugly Christmas sweater contest. Party starts at 6pm.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL: New Deal Distillery hosts its annual "Season's Eatings" holiday market this Saturday, December 10, which features samples and tastes from local artisans like Briar Rose Creamery, Unbound Pickling, Water Ave Coffee, and Xocolatl de David. The function — which will also see the release of New Deal's new coffee and ginger liqueurs — also doubles as a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank: Admission is free with one can of non-perishable food. More information available here.
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