On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
WEST END— The Multnomah Whiskey Library welcomes guests into its cozy private room during its new "Tasting Room Dinner Series," which kicks off this weekend with a "Cascade Versus Alpine" theme pitting Oregon wild mushrooms against imported white truffles. The five-course dinner by chef Derek Hanson features courses like truffles shaved over escolar with consommé and gnocchi; bison tartare with Oregon porcini; and roast partridge with juniper and chanterelles, each paired with either wine or whiskey. Reservations are $235 and are available for two seatings on Friday, December 13, and to the 6p.m. seating on Saturday, December 14. More information here.
E. BURNSIDE— Cheryl Wakerhauser's Pix Patisserie fulfills all kinds of Champagne dreams during this Sunday's Bubbly Spectacular!, featuring tastes of more than 60 sparkling wines culled from 14 countries. The evening, from 4-7p.m. on December 15, will also offer Champagne sabering demos, an oyster bar stocked by EaT, and an ongoing contest to find the best-dressed guest (the winner earns a stylish $50 gift certificate). More information here.
OLD TOWN— Remedy Wine Bar will cook up a special feast dedicated to the French region of Gascon during two dinners on Saturday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 18. The three-course prix fixe will highlight the region's signature dish — duck roasted in its own fat, obvs — in courses like a winter vegetable soup with duck fat croutons and the Confit de Canard, served with sorrel and onion panade and grilled radicchio. Reservations are $35 (with wine pairings available a la carte) and available by emailing here.
NORTHEAST— Newly minted Eater Bartender of the Year Blair Reynolds will serve a crash-course in cold-weather drinks during a cocktail class at Hale Pele on December 15. Guests will learn the how-to's behind warming drinks like the hot buttered rum and the rum Old Fashioned, and the $40 reservation includes a few take-home syrups for at-home experimentation. Tickets are available by visiting the bar.
Image of Multnomah Whiskey Library courtesy Avila/EPDX