And now, another EaterWire round-up of special dinners worthy of a spot in your iPhone calendar:
NOPO/OVERLOOK: Miho Izakaya celebrates its two-year anniversary this Sunday, September 18, with a luau-style, all-you-can-eat menu for just $12. DJs will also be on-hand to spin garage rock and soul.
PEARL DISTRICT: New Bluehour chef Thomas Boyce cooks up his first wine dinner in the Pearl next Friday, September 23, in a partnership with Peter Wasserman of Wasserman Selections. The four-course, Burgundy-heavy dinner features courses like an oyster and uni chowder; brown-butter poached lobster with sweetbreads (paired with two '09 Burgundys from Benjamin Leroux and Domaine Michel Lafarge); and braised beef cheeks with porcini and smokey bone marrow. Spots at the dinner cost $110 (not including gratuity); for those just wishing to sample the wines, a $20 pre-dinner tasting (at the Great Wine Buys shop on NE Broadway) from 5-7:30 features a Burgundy flight selected by Wasserman. Reservations here.
WEST END/DOWNTOWN: The now-officially-everywhere Aaron Barnett of St. Jack visits the kitchen at Gruner for the Alpine restaurant's latest installment of its family-style "Tuesdays on the Stammich" series. The six-course menu — set to be served this Tuesday, September 20 — features St. Jack favorites like escargot gratin and tete de cochon, with some Oktoberfest-inspired twists. Reservations are $75 and available here.
NORTHWEST 23RD: McMinnville's Heater Allen brewery picks 23 Hoyt as the site for the official Portland release of its annual Bobtoberfest brew: On Tuesday, September 20, brewmaster Rick Allen will be on-hand to talk beer as guests knock back pints of the malty Oktoberfest-inspired brew. $12 gets guests one pint and an hors d'oeuvre food pairing; reservations recommended.
Image of Miho Izakaya courtesy Facebook