On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
PEARL DISTRICT—The Portland Culinary Alliance teams with Irving Street Kitchen to host a one-off dinner honoring nationally known barbeque expert Steven Raichlen. On Monday, April 30, ISK chef Sarah Schafer and guest chef B.J. Smith (of NW's barbeque spot Smokehouse 21) will each prepare two dishes from Raichlen's latest book Best Ribs Ever — as well as a rib recipe of their own — with Raichlen acting as guest of honor. The $59 reservation (or $49 for PCA members) includes a dinner of these six kinds of ribs, plus beer, wine, and an ISK signature cocktail. More information here.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—clarklewis chef Dolan Lane pairs with Crowley Wines and Evesham Wood for a five-course dinner featuring seven pours of Crowley, Evesham, and Haden Fig wines. Expect courses like asaparagus and sorrel (with a 2010 Evesham Blanc du Puits Sec) pasta with braised duck (served with two Crowley Pinot Noirs); and lamb with stewed white beans and lamb sugo. Reservations are $95, all-inclusive, and available by calling the restaurant.
DOWNTOWN—Kenny & Zuke's chef Ken Gordon branches away from Jewish deli and returns to his Queens, NY roots with a "Married to the Mob" Italian-themed dinner on Sunday, April 29. The four-course dinner (available during two seatings) includes homey dishes like a traditional seafood cioppino, garlic bread, and chicken cacciatore with spaghetti. Reservations are $37.50, with alcoholic beverages available a la carte; secure seats by calling the restaurant.
ON THE COLUMBIA—As per annual tradition, Salty's on the Columbia throws a celebration dedicated to local Pinot Gris: Panoramic Pinot Gris will fete on Thursday, April 26, with more than 15 wineries (from Eyrie to Four Graces to Sokol Blosser) pouring tastes of their Pinot Gris. Chef Josh Gibler will prep hors d'oeuvres to pair with the wine, including bites like steelhead medallions with blood orange vinaigrette; smoked salmon; and honey pistachio filo rolls. Tickets are $29 including all tastings, and some wineries will be offering wine by the bottle at deep discounts. Reservations are recommended and available by calling the restaurant.
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