On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
SELLWOOD/MORELAND—The August days are dwindling, but Portland Monthly's not giving up without a fight. The mag's "Endless Summer Barbecue," scheduled for this Saturday, August 24, rounds up a half-dozen chefs — including the Country Cat's Adam Sappington, Lardo's Rick Gencarelli, and Biwa's Gabe Rosen — to cook up an outdoor barbecue at Southeast's iconic Oaks Park. In addition to bites hot off the chefs' grills, guests can sample sweets by several local bakeries (Pacific Pie Co., Whiffies) competing in a "best cobbler contest." BBQ tickets are $20; all proceeds benefit Willamette Riverkeeper. More information here.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL—Sommeliers David Speer (Ambonnay) and Michael Garofola (Genoa) will team up for a "Burgers & Barolo" event on Sunday, August 25, celebrating some of the best iterations of the Nebbiolo grape. The duo will set up at the atrium of the Olympic Mills Building, pouring six wines paired with burgers cooked up by Dulce Frommer. Tickets are $48 and available here.
PEARL DISTRICT—Herradura Tequila pays a visit to the Pearl's Oba Restaurante for a six-course pairing dinner on Saturday, August 24. After a cocktail hour featuring margaritas and passed appetizers, chef Scott Neuman cooks up dishes like pork belly confit with corn ice cream (paired with a reposado) and a surf-and-turf main course featuring steak and lobster tail (served with Herradura's anejo). Reservations are $85 and available by emailing here.
NORTHWEST/ALPHABET DISTRICT—NW institution Besaw's turns a jaw-dropping 110 years old this weekend, and plans to celebrate with a traveling circus of sorts: The "Grand Outdoor Bizarre" promises a Saturday full of contortionists, llamas, live music, mustache contests, and stilt-walkers (among other shenanigans). Obviously, there will also be food: proceeds from food and drink sales will benefit Friendly House.
Photo of Oaks Park courtesy Trevor Blake via Flickr