On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
DOWNTOWN—For the third consecutive year, Departure chef Gregory Gourdet toasts the end of summer with an all-vegan dinner, set for September 25. Blossoming Lotus's Russell Van der Gunegton will team with Gourdet to took up five (also gluten-free, Paleo-friendly) courses, featuring dishes like a vegan charcuterie board (broccoli and tomato terrines; vegan "brie" and pear mostarda) and tamari-glazed Lobster Mushrooms and potato dumplings in a truffle-coconut broth. Reservations are $65 and available by calling 503-802-5370.
DIVISION/CLINTON—Xico's Kelly Myers welcomes guest chef Abel Hernandez for a mole-and-mezcal themed dinner on September 24. Hernandez, a onetime Delegate of Mexican Cuisine for the Cultura Gastronomica Mexicana, will serve (and provide history about) five "essential" moles (Chichilo Negro, Mole Blanco de Novia) alongside flights of mezcal. Reservations are $75 and available by emailing here.
BEAUMONT/ALAMEDA—Timed to attract out-of-town Feasters, chef Johanna Ware will resurrect lunch service at Smallwares, serving the full dinner menu from 11:30a.m. to 3:30p.m., September 19 through 22.
DOWNTOWN— More mezcal! Filmmaker Pedro Jiménez brings his documentary Viva Mezcal to downtown's Red Star Tavern on September 23, combining film screening, mezcal tasting, and Q&A in an evening dedicated entirely to the agave spirit. Food will be provided by Red Star's Kyle Rourke and Xico's Kelly Myers; reservations are $50 and attendees must pre-register online here.
Photo of Departure courtesy Avila/EPDX