And now, another EaterWire roundup of special dinners:
DOWNTOWN: Storied downtown spot Higgins will host a rare beer-and-wine pairing next dinner Wednesday, September 7 — featuring pours from both Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery and Washington's Alexandria Nicole Cellars with each course. Items on the $65, four-course menu include mussels steamed in ginger plum sauce; chanterelle and chevre dumplings with beets and endive; and ale-braised porchetta with chorizo and frikkeh. And for beer nerds: Dogfish founder/CEO Sam Caglione (also known as the guy from Discovery Channel's short-lived show Brew Masters) will be in attendance. Reservations recommended.
NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT: Bastas Trattoria chef Marco Frattaroli usually throws an annual Tuscan pig roast blowout, and this year, the demand was apparently so high that he's doing it twice. The second pig roast of 2011 will fete on Monday, September 12 — $40 buys your plate(s) of pig carved tableside, in addition to a slew of Tuscan-inspired side dishes. Reservations recommended and available by calling the restaurant.
ON THE COLUMBIA: Seafood spot Salty's welcomes 15 Oregon wineries to the floor during its annual Panoramic Pinot Noir Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, September 8. The $35 admission includes wine tastings, bites prepared by Salty's chef Josh Gibler (like roasted pork loin with raspberries; and duck breast with cherry compote), and in some cases, wine discounts for to-go imbibing. Reservations recommended.
Image of Higgins courtesy Forbes Travel Guide