Behold this week's event-planning EaterWire:
NORTHEAST—Naomi Pomeroy's meat-focused Beast takes a 180-degree turn next Tuesday, April 9. An all-vegetarian meal will showcase a cornucopia of spring produce in six dishes: spring carrot curry veloute with fried leeks, morels, coriander flowers, and tarragon chive oil commences the dinner, which ends on an olive oil custard cake with banana ice cream and cardamom caramel. One dish has an optional halibut addition, so make sure to specify whether you eat fish when making a $125 reservation here.
PEARL DISTRICT—Reserve a seat now to tonight's culinary collaboration of Anne Amie Vineyards and Riffle NW. At 6:30 tonight (April 3), sommeliers from Anne Amie will release 2012 wines to pair with dishes like crispy gnochetti with spot prawns and venison loin in spiced filo dough — not to mention caviar service. Email here for one of the $85 reservations.
NORTHEAST—Breakside Brewery will invade Tabla for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink beer dinner on April 9. Unlike a binding dinner of consecutive courses, this event allows diners to drop by anytime between 5p.m. and 9p.m. to sample hors d'oeuvres and 16 beer offerings, including Breakside's brand-new bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. To reserve a $25 spot, call Tabla at 503-238-3777.
NORTHEAST—For the launch of Beer West Magazine's spring issue, Alma Chocolate is hosting five local breweries and five local chocolatiers for a beer and chocolate pairing. From 6 to 9p.m., each brewer-chocolatier duo (including folks from Alma, Hopworks and Double Mountain) will present their pairings, which are unlimited for the taking with $25 entry. Purchase your tickets here.
DOWNTOWN—The prohibition is having a moment in the restaurant world, mainly spawning the contradiction that is the "speak-easy" listed on Yelp. But there's still some mystery left, and that's where the Noble Experiment comes in. This free event on Saturday, April 6 is hosted by downtown's Red Star Tavern, but entry instructions are only available with a reservation. Once inside, attendees have access to food and drink, the proceeds from which go to the Oregon Humane Society. For reservations and entry instructions, email here.
Image of Beast courtesy Avila/EPDX