On this week's event-planning EaterWire:
NE ALBERTA— Aviary invites four guest chefs for a rock 'n roll dinner inspired by booze produced by onetime rockers. (Yes, former bandmembers of Queensryche, Whitesnake, and Warrant all have their own wine labels.) Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15), Jason French, Gabriel Rucker, Aaron Barnett, Kir Jensen, and Aviary's own Sarah Pliner will each prepare a course paired with a different "Heavy Metal Wine" (Pliner's own plate features braised oxtail, octopus, broccoli raab, molten ricotta pudding, red wine, and cherries). Reservations are $85 and available by calling 503-287-2400.
NW/ALPHABET DISTRICT— Amateur bakers are invited to throw-down in the third-annual pie contest at the Pacific Pie Co., held this year at the Aussie spot's NW 23rd location. On Sunday, January 19, participants are welcome to drop off their pies for judging between 11a.m. and 1p.m. (no pre-registration necessary); those who just want to eat can sample the pies and vote for the people's choice award starting at 2p.m. More information here.
NORTHEAST— Tiki aficionado Blair Reynolds will lead a dozen rum-drinkers in a rare-rum tasting event on Sunday, January 19. The $80 tickets gets noontime drinkers access to some of Hale Pele's rare bottles and soon-to-be-unveiled new rum list; more information here.
CENTRAL EASTSIDE INDUSTRIAL— As part of its ongoing "Food Luminary" event series, OMSI welcomes Lincoln chef Jenn Louis for a four-course dinner/food demonstration on Wednesday, January 22. Louis will team with saltmaster Ben Jacobsen for the food-science portion of the evening (paired with wine and hors d'oeuvres), then collaborate on the meal with OMSI chef Ryan Morgan. More information (and tickets) available here.