And now, please welcome this week's event-planning EaterWire:
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—Burnside Brewing Company will play host to a raucous Halloween rager this Friday night in the form of Night of the Living Ales, complete with rare craft beers, burlesque dancers, a costume contest, and live music. The $10 admission lets you sample exclusive brews like Lompac Brewing's rosemary stout or Burnside Brewing's almond, coconut, and chocolate-infused porter. Show up at the big tent on 7th and E. Burnside at 8p.m. to get spooky.
E. BURNSIDE—This Saturday (October 27), Bar Vivant will welcome wine producer Augusti Torello Mata for an evening of tasting cava, a Spanish sparkling wine. Free admission (excepting special prices on glass pours and bottles) not only lets you sample a handful of cavas, but also includes a lesson on how to saber a champagne bottle. This event is open to the public and starts 4p.m., with the sabering lesson beginning at 5:30.
OLD TOWN—Tonight at 6p.m. Ping will host a soul-warming dinner with food writer Pat Tanumihardja, who will be preparing dishes from her new book, The Asian Grandmother's Cookbook. After savoring healing pork and shrimp rice soup, Korean BBQ beef short ribs, and three-bean coconut milk parfait, diners will depart with a copy of the cookbook. Reservations are $65 per person or $115 per couple, and can be made at pingpdx.com. At 8p.m., the restaurant will open for walk-in guests to enjoy the menu a la carte.
DIVISION/CLINTON—If you, like most of Portland, have found the transition from summer to winter rather jarring, let Industry Fare supperclub ease you into it. This Sunday, October 28, the culinary crew will host a dinner at Broder featuring four in-between-seasonal courses. The third course, a confit of pork cheeks and rosemary with potato hash, salbitxada, charred scallions, and 13-minute egg, is the kind of dish that could assist in the perfect hibernation. For one of the $40 reservations, call (971) 340-3468.
— Taylor Thompson
Image of Burnside Brewing Co. courtesy Facebook