In this week's event-planning EaterWire:
DIVISION/CLINTON—As part of this month's ongoing Wetlands Conservancy "Aqua Plate" fundraiser, St. Jack will dish up a special menu item starting tomorrow, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the local wetlands-saving effort. On Wednesday, February 20 and February 27, every order of chef Aaron Barnett's fish stew (with seared cod, mussels, and clams) will see one-quarter of its $25 price tag donated to the effort. An optional $15 wine pairing also benefits the Wetlands.
NORTHEAST—For Alma Chocolate's second installment of its chef collaborations (in which a lauded PDX chef invades Alma and crafts a chocolate-imbued dinner), Paley's Place veteran and pastry chef extraordinaire Kristen Murray will produce an "indoor picnic" at Alma's NE 6th and Couch production facility. The procession of plates includes parsnip deviled eggs with black truffle and cocoa, bastilla (a Moroccan pastry) with kid goat and almonds, and a banana cocoa puff tarte tatin. The dinner takes place on February 23 at 7p.m.; for a $65 reservation, click here.
N. WILLIAMS—On February 23, Lompoc Brewing hosts its seventh-annual Chowder Challenge, where restaurants and breweries like EaT Oyster Bar and the Green Dragon compete for the right to call their clam chowder the best in Portland. Admission is free, and a $10 blind tasting directly profits Portland's Community Transitional School. For more information, click here.
Image of St. Jack courtesy Avila/EPDX