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DOWNTOWN—Suntory, the first-ever whisky distillery in Japan, will land at Raven & Rose for a whisky dinner on Monday, May 6. Three Japanese whiskys — Hibiki, Hakushu, and Yamazaki (plus a Umeshu plum-wine sour) — correspond to four courses derived from springtime French and Italian traditions, surely making for an interesting dialogue between food and drink. Tickets are $125 and benefit the Portland Japanese Garden; call Raven & Rose for more information.
E. BURNSIDE—Father-and-son winemakers from Provence will collaborate with Luce chef John Willis to host a dinner this Saturday. Pairings from Sainte Magdeleine include a Cassis Rose, Cassis Blanc Magnum, and a Muscat. Chef Willis will craft a menu of Provencal cuisine, imbuing traditional French flavors with breezy Mediterranean simplicity. Five course plus pairings are $75. Get your spot by emailing here.
PEARL DISTRICT—If you think you have a palate as nuanced as Ratatouille, test your chops at a game of Blind Tasting Bingo this Thursday. Blindfolded guests taste 15 distinct bites from James Beard award-winning chef Kim Boyce, which they try to identify on a bingo board of right and wrong options. The sharpest tongues take home free bottles of local booze. Tickets to this game of sensory deprivation cost $40 apiece. Buy them here.
SOUTH WATERFRONT—Punjabi chef and Food Network personality Maneet Chauhaun will be in Portland next Tuesday, May 7 to promote her new cookbook, Flavors of My World. The dinner and book signing will take place at waterfront steakhouse Quartet, where chef Adam Kekahuna will create a menu based on her recipes. A $95 reservation includes a signed and personalized cookbook and a three-course dinner. Call the restaurant for more information.
— Taylor Thompson
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