Welcome to this week's installment of the event-planning EaterWire:
N. WILLIAMS—This Saturday, dozens of Portland's most lauded chefs will fight for glory with sausage, seafood, and spices. From noon to 3p.m., NoPo oyster bar EaT will host its annual Gumbo Cook-Off, where chefs from Bunk, Free House, Acadia, Beaker and Flask, Lucky Strike, and more will offer their preparations of the hearty Cajun stew. The $12 tickets (available at the door) include gumbo tastes from each chef, as well as a Trumer pilsner. More information here.
NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT—NW 21st's Smokehouse 21 is celebrating its first birthday this Sunday with a gaudy yet rowdy cowboy-themed party. Chef-owner BJ Smith, clad in spit-shined boots and a pearl-buttoned shirt, will lead the festivities from 11:30a.m. 'til11 p.m. After filling up on discounted smoked meats and craft beers, stick around for Cowboy Bingo at 9p.m. sharp, where you'll have the chance to take home gift certificates and gear.
PEARL DISTRICT—On Tuesday, November 13, Oven & Shaker will host author and sodium junkie Cynthia Nims for the launch of her new cookbook, Salty Snacks. From 3p.m. to 6p.m., Nims will be shelling out her favorite savory puffs, chips, crackers, veggies, and meats from the book. If all that salt doesn't sound deliciously dehydrating enough, cocktails will also be on deck. The reception costs $35 and includes a copy of Salty Snacks. RSVP here.
SOUTHEAST—Chef Ben Meyer, the man behind Northeast Portland's Francophilic burger joint Grain & Gristle, will migrate south to Chef Studio to participate in the culinary school's last installment of its Mentor Dinner series. This Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Meyer will serve three courses and wine pairings with the assistance of Chef Studio's current students. A reservation is $55, and donations to the Chef Studio Scholarship Fund are gladly accepted. Make reservations online here.
— Taylor Thompson
Image of EaT: An Oyster Bar courtesy Facebook