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HOSFORD-ABERNETHY: New Castagna head chef Justin Woodward gets into the swing of things by unveiling a new monthly series of "wine and cocktail inspired" dinners. The first, scheduled for Thursday, October 6, features pours from Matello Wines, with winemaker Marcus Goodfellow in attendance to pair his favorites with courses like albacore tuna with onions and radishes, and lamb collar with roasted peppers. The $85, four-course dinner (plus Woodward's famous pre-meal "snacks") includes all wine pairings; reservations available by calling the restaurant.
NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT: As part of a recurring "Historic Dinner Series" combining historical Italian cuisine and a bit of academia, Bastas Trattoria will serve up three different family-style dinners inspired by the influential Italian eras of Renaissance, the Early Roman era, and the Jewish diaspora. The first event, focused on the spit-roasted meats of the Renaissance, is slated for Tuesday, October 4, with the $40 reservation non-inclusive of wine or gratuity. And chef Marco Frattaroli doesn't quit there: Less than a week later, he'll pair with Liner & Elsen Wine Merchants for a Fattoria di Felsina wine dinner on October 10.
DOWNTOWN: Chef Nick Yanes pairs with the Willamette Valley's Johan Vineyards for a five-course pairing dinner at H50 Bistro on Thursday, October 6. Courses include bites of Dungeness crab salad with brown butter cake, red curry, and arugula (paired with a 2008 Reserve Chardonnay) and venison with wild mushrooms, sherry, and rice pudding (served with a 2008 Nils Reserve Pinot Noir). Though dinner officially starts at 6:30, guests who arrive at 6pm are promised a "special surprise" of some sort. Reservations cost $75 and are available by calling the restaurant.
PEARL DISTRICT: The always-close-to-its-roots Peruvian spot Andina will hold a fundraising dinner on Monday, October 10 to benefit the FACES Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides cleft surgery to indigent patients in Peru. The $125, three-course family style dinner includes South American wine pairings, and $70 of the reservation cost is tax-deductible. More information available here.