On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
SE BELMONT—On June 11 at Hokusei, you'll eat what chef Ishii tells you to eat, as next Tuesday marks the first private omakase event at the sushi house. As part of the Portland Food Adventures dinner series, guests will enjoy a minimum of six courses and pairings, all chosen by Hokusei's Nobu-trained sushi chef. To top it off, Ishii will give guests gift certificates to his favorite Portland restaurants — Chiang Mai, Levant, and Sok Sab Bai — at the end of dinner. Click here for a reservation.
DOWNTOWN—Vitaly Paley's casual outpost Portland Penny Diner will collaborate with Hopworks and Laurelwood breweries for a beer pairing dinner this Friday. Expect rich meats from Paley — braised goat, oxtail, grilled duck leg — and a broad spectrum of bespoke beers. Dinner starts at 5:30p.m. with spiced and smoked New York sliders with Laurelwood's Free Range Red. For a $55 ticket, email here.
HAWTHORNE—The Belgian beer nerds at Bazi are inviting four local breweries to vie for the "Mussels from Brussels" title this Sunday, June 9. Each brewer will craft one Belgian-inspired beer and a corresponding secret sauce for a pound of mussels. Seatings will take place at the top of each hour between 4 and 8p.m., and diners will vote on the superior pairing. After votes are tallied, the winner will be announced at a 9p.m. awards ceremony. A seat costs $25 and includes a pound of mussels, secret sauces and four beer pairings. Get your ticket here.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—This Friday, five soul-warming courses from Simpatica Dining Hall will unfold alongside beer pairings from Base Camp Brewing. Highlights include an assemblage of grilled watermelon, ham, blue cheese and basil, and slow-smoked baby back ribs with potato salad. The $55 dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Call (503) 235-1600 to secure a reservation.
— Taylor Thompson
Image of Hokusei courtesy Avila/EPDX