And now, in this week's event-planning EaterWire:
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NORTHEAST: On Sunday, February 26, NE's Tabla Mediterranean Bistro will pair with infamous cheesemonger Steve Jones for a one-day tasting event dubbed the Ultimate Cheese Challenge. During four separate two-hour tasting sessions, guests will sample up to 36 cheeses hand-picked from Cheese Bar's selection, and the fromage will paired with wine, cider, and beer to determine which makes the best bedfellow for cheese. Tickets are $49 and available here.
DOWNTOWN: The Heathman teams up with Evening Land Vineyards for a five-course pairing dinner on Tuesday, Feburary 21. Burgundy winemaker Dominique Lafon will also be on-hand as a special guest and co-host for the dinner, which sees eight pours of both Evening Land and Domaine Dominique Lafon wines (paired with courses like diver scallops, Arctic char, and a lamb loin main course). Reservations are $175 and available by calling the restaurant. More information here.
NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT: Forest Grove sake brewery SakeOne drives into town for the first dinner of its Momokawa Supper Club series, scheduled for Friday, February 24 at Wildwood. Wildwood chef Dustin Clark cooks up a four-course dinner — featuring courses like sake-braised pork belly and bay leaf panna cotta — each paired with a Momokawa sake. Reservations are $55 and are available by calling the restaurant.
ON THE COLUMBIA: Salty's on the Columbia celebrates American bourbon with a five-course pairing dinner on Thursday, February 23. Bourbon will be served both neat and in cocktails — a baked venison dish gets paired with a Kentucky mule, while an olive-oil-poached sea scallop is served with a straight pour. Reservations are $55 and available by calling the restaurant.