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Soup Dumplings, Cassoulet, Raclette and More

TGIW? Events on Wednesday, Oct. 29, are making the journey to Friday a lot more delicious.

Wendi Nordeck

Portland Meat Collective's Art of French Butchery demo and dinner:

French charcuterie experts Dominique Chapolard and Kate Hill have traveled all the way from Gascony to lead a French butchery demo at Ned Ludd's Elder Hall event space. Watch, learn and sip wine as they work through a side of pig, then sit down to a meal of French charcuterie and rich cassoulet prepared by the restaurant. Event starts at 6 p.m. and costs $130 including wine pairings. Tickets here.

Aviary's Xiao Long Bao Pop-Up:

The Northeast Alberta restaurant is once again transforming itself into a den of Chinese comfort food for just one night, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The star of the show are the tender, made-to-order, pork and crab soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), but the pork and shrimp wontons in chile oil and hangzhou eggplant are just as crave-inducing. The meal is served family style and costs $35 per person. Drinks and gratuity are extra. Reservations are highly encouraged: 503-287-2400.

Raclette Night returns to Cheese Bar:

Cheesemonger Steve Jones knows few things are quite as comforting on a chilly fall night than a plate of warm gooey cheese and a bunch of things to dip in it. So he's reserved Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Raclette Night. Small  plates are $6 each and include ham, potatoes, cornichons, and broiled raclette cheese. Pair it with one of the wines, ciders, or beers from his well-curated list.

Talk and book signing with Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin:

How often do you get to meet a true food-world luminary? Get yourself out to Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing location in Beaverton at 7 p.m. to meet Dana Cowin, who has been leading Food & Wine Magazine's masthead for more than 20 years. She'll be in conversation with Liz Crain, author of "Food Lover's Guide to Portland," and will sign copies of her new book "Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes."


2110 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 916-4445 Visit Website

Ned Ludd

3925 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, , OR 97212 (503) 288-6900 Visit Website

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005 (503) 228-4651 Visit Website

Cheese Bar

2925 Ingersoll Avenue, , IA 50312 (515) 277-7828 Visit Website