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Events at Gilt Club, Aquariva, Bar Avignon, MORE

In today's mega event-planning EaterWire: Restaurants, bars, and breweries around town team up for pairing dinners out the wazoo. Hang on tight:

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OLD TOWN: Gilt Club chef Chris Carriker gets boozy with a five-course "Hog & Rye" dinner scheduled for this Saturday, January 14, featuring an all-pork menu paired with rye whiskey cocktails. After a three-item starter (spicy Thai ribs, orange-smoked foie gras, and pork rilettes) paired with a R1 Rye, Aquavit, and Cynar cocktail, expect follow-up courses like pork crackling salads and braised pork cheeks. Reservations to the $55 pairing dinner required, and are available by calling the restaurant.

SOUTHWEST: Waterfront Italian spot Aquariva pairs with NE's Breakside Brewery for the latter's first-ever brewer's dinner this Friday, January 20. The $45, four-course menu features dishes like wild boar sugo, polenta, and fried pig ears (paired with Breakside's boozy Aztec), and obviously highlights the fruit of Aquariva and Breakside's recent in-brewery collaboration (the restaurant's special brew will be paired with a poached albacore tuna). Reservations available by calling the restaurant.

DIVISION/CLINTON: With the arrival of Dungeness crab season, Bar Avignon revisits its annual "Crab Night" feast on two evenings this January: Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 11), and a fortnight later, on January 25. As per usual, crabs will be sold by the whole and half (at $24 and $13 respectively), with an array of available side dishes cooked up by newish chef Eric Joppie. Get in early if possible: On both evening, crabs are only available while supplies last.

ON THE COLUMBIA: Hood River brewery Full Sail heads down the gorge on Friday, January 20 for a four-course pairing dinner at Salty's on the Columbia. Courses include a Tuscan onion soup (paired with Full Sail's Amber Wild) and salmon Saltimbocca (paired with Wassail); the $65 reservation also includes a souvenir pint.

E. BURNSIDE: The EastBurn plays host to the second-annual Buckman-Kerns Brewfest on Sunday, January 15, which celebrates the multiple breweries within the Southeast district: Lucky Labrador, Coalition Brewing, Natian Brewing, Migration Brewing, Buckman Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and Burnside Brewing. Like brewfests of always, admission is $10, which includes a pint glass and four tasting tickets. More information here.

Image of Gilt Club courtesy MookieLuv via Flickr

Gilt Club

306 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209 503 222 4458

Bar Avignon

2138 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97214 Visit Website

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