In this week's event-planning EaterWire:
MILWAUKIE: The Portland Food Adventures dinner series hosts its next event — dubbed a "Vernal Equinox Adventure" at Pascal Sauton's Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine on Tuesday, March 20. Sauton and din din Supperclub's Courtney Sproule will collaborate on the six-course menu (including wine and cocktails), and as per usual, guests will leave with gift certificates to the chefs' favorite spots: In this case, Kir Wine Bar, Ristretto Roasters, KitchenCru, and Milwaukie's French candy store Enchante. Tickets available here.
HUMBOLDT: On Saturday, March 10, Better Life USA will sponsor a "culinary showcase" and fundraiser for a local, soon-to-launch Iraqi food cart. N. Killingsworth's Center for Intercultural Organizing plays host to the event, which will have the chefs/proprietors on-hand to showcase several Iraqi dishes. Tickets are $10 for one or $15 for a pair, with proceeds benefiting the food cart project, which in addition to serving up authentic food, aims to function as "a microenterprise project and cultural exchange, creating jobs and opportunities for recent Iraqi refugees." More information here.
DOWNTOWN: Downtown's East India Co. celebrates Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, with a spring-inspired three-course festival menu available through March 10. "Colorful" dish options include handvo (a savory cake of lentils, rice, zucchini, and apple jelly), saag corn (spin and corn served with ginger, cumin, and chiles), and komdi chili milly (a chicken, garlic, and peanut dish). Reservations are suggested (but not required) for the $25 special menu; the restaurant's regular a la carte menu will also be available during the festival celebration.
E. BURNSIDE: The EastBurn's monthly "beer belly" series teams up with Hopworks Urban Brewery for a five-course pairing dinner on Thursday, March 8. The prix fixe menu features courses like rabbit terrine (served with HUB lager), German-style sausage and spatzle (paired with the Cultivator Dopplebock), and an entree of Kobe top sirloin and risotto, served with Hopworks' imperial IPA. Reservations are $40 and are available here.
Image of Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine courtesy Matthew W. via Yelp