SE HAWTHORNE—Pining for a rager this Friday night? Look no further than PIG OUT, a Feast Portland afterparty brought to you by the New School beer blog, Double Mountain Brewery, Upright Brewery, Lardo, and the Sugar Cube. Much to no one's surprise, beer takes center stage at this late-night dinner. For dessert, a scoop of vanilla custard ice cream made by Salt & Straw for the Sugar Cube floats and fizzes in a glass of Double Mountain Belgian Imperial Stout and is topped with house-made hot fudge. No reservations necessary — just show up at Lardo on Friday at 9p.m. More information here.
E. BURNSIDE—This Saturday from 3-6p.m., chefs from eight much-lauded Portland restaurants will offer signature small plates at Bar Vivant's "Concurso de Tapas" — this is the perfect event for foodies with ADD. For $30 per person, diners can sample several offerings, from pickled baby octopus, pig ears, and espelette potato puree from Beaker & Flask's Anthony Walton, to grilled lobster mushroom with green pepper glaze and tomato gel by June's Greg Perrault. For a reservation, call Bar Vivant.
NORTHEAST—On September 25, the meaty mecca that is Beast will become Rabbit for a night when chef Naomi Pomeroy hosts an all-vegetarian dinner. Being an herbivorous epicurean can be tough business, but dishes like shaved raw porcini with parmesan, crispy chanterelles and celery hearts with smoked honey vinaigrette demonstrate that multifaceted dining can indeed be cruelty-free. This six-courser includes wine pairings, and Beast will do two seatings—one at 6p.m. and one at 8:45. For one of these coveted $125 reservations, click here.
NW/ALPHABET DISTRICT—Wildwood pairs with House Spirits Distillery to host to a fancy cocktail dinner on September 28 at 7p.m. Concoctions with miracle elixirs like Aviation gin, Krogstad Aquavit, Stillhouse rum, and Stillhouse coffee liqueur feature alongside elegant plates. Highlights include a blend of Stillhouse rum, lime, cucumber, cilantro and Oregon coast sea salt paired with slow-roasted porchetta, fennel puree and roasted cherries. This four-courser costs $60, buzz included. Call the restaurant for a reservation.
FOREST GROVE—On September 23, Allium Bistro chef Pascal Chureau will team up with Apolloni Vineyards for a bucolic seven-course pairing dinner in the vineyard. The night commences at 5:30 with a tour of the vineyard and hors d'oeuvres, meandering into a sumptuous menu of the Northwest's late summer produce: 19th St heirloom tomato salad with purple basil, fig vinaigrette, and fresh mozzarella eventually gives way to an orchard pie filled with Bonnie's Farm pears and apples with clove crème anglaise. Reservations are $65 per person — click here to get one.
— Taylor Thompson
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