In this week's event-planning EaterWire: wine, veal, and chowdah.
DOWNTOWN: Downtown deli Kenny & Zuke's revisits its popular "family supper" series with a tapas-themed dinner scheduled for Sunday, February 26. Chef Ken Gordon promises at least 14 different tapas, like lamb meatballs, garlic prawns with sherry, tortilla espanola, and clams with green sauce. The $42.50 reservation includes pomegranate sangria (kids under 12 eat for $19.75), and spots for both seatings, at 4:30 and 7:15pm, are still available by calling the restaurant.
NORTHEAST: NE Killingsworth bistro Cocotte will host a nose-to-tail veal dinner for two nights this week (Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and 23), featuring a prix fixe menu that utilizes the entire calf. The $65 multi-course dinner will feature the animal (sourced through Eat Oregon First) used in charcuteries, braises, roasts, and sweetbreads, among other preparations, with an optional $30 wine pairing. Reservations recommended, and are available by calling the restaurant.
N. WILLIAMS: Lompoc Brewing's Fifth Quadrant hosts the brewery's sixth annual Lompoc Chowder Challenge this Saturday, February 25, with a dozen restaurants entering their New England clam chowder in a competition to crown the city's best. Guests can purchase a $10 tasting tray (with all proceeds benefiting Portland’s Community Transitional School) and cast their vote — participating spots include EaT: An Oyster Bar, El Gaucho, Deschutes Brewery, Rogue Brewery, and two Lompoc locations (the New Old Lompoc has won the blind tasting four of the last five years). The event, from noon to 4pm, is free and open to all ages; regular pub food and drink are also available for purchase.
DIVISION/CLINTON: Bar Avignon takes a brief detour from its usual Francophile offerings during a one-night-only "Taco Night" tomorrow evening (Wednesday, February 22). Three-taco plates (featuring smoked pork shoulder, braised lengua, and a seafood ceviche) will be available for $13, with appropriate sides like cabbage slaw, black beans and spicy rice also available for purchase.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL: The SE location of Olympic Provisions will welcome OPNW chef Erin Williams for a wine pairing dinner inspired by OP's Chorizo Navarre. The five-course prix fixe dinner features courses like salt cold brandade, braised rabbit with chorizo and rice, and flan for dessert, all paired with French and Spanish wines. Reservations (available here) are $55 without wine and $90 with wine pairings included.
Image of Kenny & Zuke's courtesy Andy Kiel via Flickr