In this week's event-planning EaterWire:
NORTHEAST— Grain & Gristle chef Nathaniel T. Price teams up with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing to host a beer-fueled dinner at the brewery this Thursday, May 17. Six pours will take center stage straight from the barrel, from in-progress Berliner Weiss to Late Harvest Manhattan. Mediterranean dishes from Price will star alongside each pour, including smoked pork belly with spring succotash. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased here.
NE ALBERTA—On Tuesday, May 15, Aviary partners with Breakside Brewery for its first beer dinner of the season. This union marks the unveiling of the Ginger Wit, a collaborative effort by Breakside and Aviary — a summery, ginger-infused white beer with traces of lemon. For the occasion, co-chefs Jasper Chen, Kat Whitehead, and Sarah Pliner have composed a four-course menu: dishes like steak tartare with fried quail eggs and pickled cauliflower will feature alongside Breakside's nuanced brews. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the restaurant.
DOWNTOWN—Portlanders in need of a summer vacation can stop by Departure for the next best thing: the restaurant's "Tiki Week." $10 will get you tropical cocktails like the Hello Saylor, where whiskey, aquavit, triple sec, cherry, and mint come together in a traditional tiki glass. Chef Greg Gourdet's tiki-inspired small plates, like grilled Vietnamese sausage with green papaya salad, are also available all week except for late night. Tiki Week lasts through Saturday, May 19.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—On Sunday, May 20, Olympic Provisions' southeast location hosts a five-course dinner that will showcase Spain's most famous wine: sherry. Diners will see multiple styles of sherry paired with chef Alex Yoder's Andalucian-inspired fare, from a savory tapas selection to smoked apple ice cream. Bonnie Crocker of PDX Wines will also be in attendance to explain all of sherry's sweet subtleties. Tickets cost $55 (plus $35 for optional pairing) and can be reserved by either calling the restaurant emailing here.
SOUTHEAST—With the Olympics creeping up on us all, din din supperclub hosts a timely dinner of healthy competition this Friday and Saturday. In its Italy vs. France dinner, Courtney Sproule whips up dishes like foie gras quenelle with consommé and slivered ramp, while bartender Kelley Swanson pairs them with Italian wines that work. Lucky for us, it looks like this battle will end in a delicious stalemate. $95 plus gratuity will get you eight courses and wine pairings. For reservations call (971) 544-1350 or email here.