In this week's event-planning EaterWire:
CENTRAL EASTSIDE: The Portland Mercury and Oregon Brewers Guild are teaming up for an event that combines PDX hipsters' two favorite pasttimes: bands and beer. The first-annual Malt Ball will fete in E. Burnside's Bossanova Ballroom this Saturday (March 24), featuring a dozen local bands and more than 16 breweries pouring tastes — with some breweries, like Breakside, Fort George, and the Commons, collaborating with specific bands to create one-off beers inspired by the music. Tickets are $20 in advance (inclusive of all performances — stretching from 2pm to midnight — and four tasting tokens) — head here for more information.
NORTHWEST: The newly renovated Meriwether's teams with Scott Laney of Eat Oregon First for the next installment of its recurring "Sunday Supper" series. This Sunday (March 25), chef Earl Hook will cook up a four-course, family-style dinner featuring proteins from Basque Ranch. Reservations to the $38 dinner (with optional wine pairings) are required and available by calling the restaurant.
NORTHEAST: Pour Wine Bar rummages through its cellar to pull more than 100 bottles deemed the "Best of the Best" — during a one-off tasting event on Sunday (March 25), ticket-holders will get to taste owner Robert Volz's top picks (including 27 Oregon Pinots and 33 selections from California), served with bites created to complement the wine. Tickets are $100 and available by emailing here.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL: The SE location of Olympic Provisions celebrates its Italian-influenced salami of the month with a Tuscan-inspired wine dinner on Sunday (March 25). The five-course prix fixe menu features dishes like a finocchiona-based charcuterie board (served with chicken liver pate, toasted Tuscan bread, and fennel crudite), and an entree of beef cheeks braised in Chianti. Reservations are $55 (with an optional wine pairing for an additional $40), and are available by emailing here.
Image of Bossanova Ballroom courtesy Visual Karisma / Official site