OLD TOWN: Recent NYC transplant Ken Norris (who cooked at the West Village's August) has made no secret that he's looking to open a sustainable seafood restaurant named Riffle somewhere in NW Portland. But while the exact locale is still under wraps, he'll cook up a series of test dinners at downtown's KitchenCru space. The catch-inspired dinners will feature several courses for $20, and are scheduled for June 28, July 12, July 19, and July 26. Reservations required and available here.
N. PORTLAND: Because there's something magical about the phrase "illegal beer bus": Beginning at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, NoPo's Saraveza will act as the PDX pick-up site for "Bridge the Taps," a two-stop Brewvana bus tour that swaps Oregonians and Washingtonians to allow tipplers to sample hard-to-find beers in the other state. Saraveza bus riders will head to Vancouver, WA's By The Bottle shop for tastes of eight brews unavailable in OR. The $20 admission includes eight tastes (good at either location) and unlimited bus rides between the two locales. [EaterWire]
SEATTLE: In case you're looking for a taste of, uh, home during a trip to the Emerald City, Portland-based chain Mio Sushi has made official its long-planned expansion into Seattle. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the chain's first Seattle location is scheduled to open in the fall on Westlake Ave. N. [PSBJ via Eater Seattle]
Image of KitchenCru's dining room courtesy Facebook