On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
DOWNTOWN—Downtown's Departure will host cookbook author Allison Adato tomorrow, April 11, during a celebratory dinner for Smart Chefs Stay Slim, Adato's new cookbook that happens to feature Depature chef (and marathon runner) Greg Gourdet. Like the book itself, the three-course prix fixe menu will highlight healthy recipes like a butter lettuce and mango salad; herb-marinated wild salmon with roasted root veggies; and a spice-roasted pineapple with coconut milk ice cream for dessert. The $60 reservation includes dinner, face time with the author, and a copy of the book; call the restaurant to secure a spot.
OLD TOWN—Culinary duo Caprial and John Pence, best known for their cooking classes at their SE Ankeny Kitchen space, have recently been throwing pop-up dinners at Old Town's happening KitchenCru — and the pair, inspired by a recent trip to Spain, will focus on Spanish tapas during a supperclub pop-up scheduled for this Saturday, April 14. Dinner will include at least 10 different kinds of tapas (artichoke hearts braised with ham; meatballs and goat cheese fondue; porcini mushroom croquettes), and guests are invited to bring their own bottles of wine. Reservations to the 6:30 dinner are $50 (not including gratuity) and are available by contacting Caprial + John the kitchen.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE— Keeping the Easter theme going, Southeast's weekly supperclub Abby's Table has announced an all-Greek inspiration for this week's Wednesday and Thursday evening dinners: The four-course menu features courses like grilled lamb skewers with charmoula; glazed beets with lemon and sweet basil shoots; and chicory, spinach, and asparagus served with a hazelnut "feta." (For the ingredient-allergic, the dinner is completely gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free.) Reservations are $24 to the family-style dinner, and are available here.
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