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Eat Fancy Poutine for a Good Cause

French fries topped with gravy and cheese. You know you want some.

Five Portland chefs are putting their take on poutine, that classic French-Canadian belly-buster made by topping french fries with gravy and cheese curds. And on Monday Oct. 27 you can try them all in one sitting.

From 6 to 8 p.m. at Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl, Rick Gencarelli of Lardo, Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, Kevin Atchley of Pine State Biscuits, Ben Grossmann from Dig A Pony, and Jill Ramseier from Deschutes Brewery will compete to see who makes the best poutine. They'll all use Face Rock Creamery's award-winning Vampire Slayer (garlic and cheddar) cheese curds, but other than that the sky's the limit.

The poutines will be judged by a panel that includes Portland Trailblazers Dorell Wright, Wesley Matthews, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard, and Will Barton. During the event, the judges will be tested on their trivia knowledge.

If you can't make it to the evening event, you can stop into Deschutes anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday to order a sample plate of the competing dishes for $10, and cast your vote for the People's Choice winner, which will be featured on the menu through Halloween. All proceeds from the Oct. 27 poutine sales go to Dorell Wright's D. Wright Way Foundation, a nonprofit that funds academic and leadership programs for inner-city youth.

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