On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
NORTHEAST—Tomorrow, Northeast Portland's DOC is welcoming Italian winery Le Vigne di Alice for a Prosecco pairing dinner. Chef Jobie Bailey will prepare four seasonal Italian dishes to accompany the four sparkling wines offered. Cuisine is stark yet luxurious — think delicate scallops with olive, orange, and celery; rabbit terrine with brioche and blueberry; and sturgeon caviar with Brussels sprouts and celeriac. For a $75 reservation, call DOC.
E. BURNSIDE—This Thursday, October 11, Southern Oregon Brewing invades gastropub EastBurn for a Beer Belly Dinner. Chef Joe Doherty will showcase five autumnal courses alongside Southern Oregon Brewing's distinctive microbrews. Dinner begins with grilled pumpkin bread with local honey butter and Woodshed Red Ale, followed by appetizers like savory bread pudding with cured ham and organic mushrooms, served with Na Dravi Pilsner. Attendees will be hard-pressed to cram dessert (a chocolate-dipped, bacon-wrapped banana with caramel) into their beer guts, but they'll probably manage. Get a $40 reservation here.
NW/ALPHABET DISTRICT—Local liquor haven House Spirits Distillery will present an Aquavit-spiked dinner at the Bent Brick this Thursday, October 11. Chef William Preisch is preparing four courses for the taking, all either infused or paired with the spicy Scandinavian caraway liqueur. A starter of Aquavit-marinated anchovies ushers in two more seafood dishes, a roasted and braised lamb dish, and finally, a rootbeer float —all paired with intensely herbal Aquavit cocktails. For one of the $75 reservations, call the Bent Brick.
— Taylor Thompson
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