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Desai at Simpatica; Events at Wildwood, Metrovino, Etc.

On this week's event-planning EaterWire:

PEARL DISTRICT—On August 15, Metrovino chef Dustin See and wine director Todd Steele will serve a Spanish-inspired dinner to complement the sherries of Emilio Lustau. Once an esoteric underdog of the wine world, sherry is steadily increasing its fanbase with nuanced expressions of salty minerals and savory flavors. Drake McCarthy of Europvin will be in attendance to showcase the wine alongside Metrovino's “rustic yet refined” cuisine. For an $85 reservation, call the restaurant.

CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—As previously reported, Chicagoan ex-pat Radhika Desai plans to open an Indian restaurant in Portland, influenced by the lighter flavors of her family's native Goan region. In preparation, she’ll be showing off her chops at her pop-up at Simpatica Dining Hall, starting with an August 10 dinner. One of the $48 reservations yields an eight-course tasting menu, which includes ginger and mint-grilled lamb chops, brown butter cauliflower, and turmeric mashed summer squash. Reservations available by calling Simpatica.

NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT—Wildwood sommelier Savanna Ray has brought together purveyors from Love and Squalor, Walter Scott, and Patricia Green Cellars to illustrate how their wines have been honed by their mentor, Patricia Green. At Wildwood's Mentor/Mentee Dinner, the wine purveyors will present first vintage Pinot Noirs inspired by Green, followed by current Pinots and whites reflecting their identities as mentees. Chef Dustin Clark will complement the wines with four courses. The dinner is tonight, and costs $120 to attend. Call the restaurant to snag a reservation.

FOREST GROVE—Saffron-infused couscous, grilled Charlton Farms pork rack, and upside-down olive oil cake with roasted peaches and lavender syrup are just three of the offerings at "Dinner in the Vineyard" this Saturday. Allium chef Pascal Chureau will present seven courses alongside wines from 2011 Winery of the Year, Willamette Valley Vineyards. For a $75 reservation, call Willamette Valley Vineyards at 503-588-9463. (Note: dinner will take place Tualatin Estate Vineyard in Forest Grove.)

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1139 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Simpatica Dining Hall

828 SE Ash Street, Portland, OR 97214