FOREST GROVE— As previously reported, chef Cathy Whims is collecting a group of chefs for a day's worth of hands-on cooking, butchering, and eating during Maialata 2014. And there's an update to report: unfortunately, Italy's Francesca Tori is unable to attend, but Whims bolsters the line-up by adding Rick Gencarelli (of Grassa and Lardo) and Mark Doxtader (Tastebud) to the mix. Tickets to the February 16 event — which takes over Forest Grove's Montinore Estate at noon — are still available here.
SOUTHEAST— The San Francisco expats behind Southeast's upcoming Italian restaurant Renata continue with their ongoing pop-up, Project Grace. This week, owner Nick Arnerich and crew will offer two dinners — on February 13 and 14 — featuring a five-course tasting menu. Expect dishes like grilled lettuce hearts with preserved lemon; cavatelli with manila clams and pork belly; and a surf-and-turf of strip steak and Dungeness crab. Reservations are $47 and available by calling 503-805-1342.
NW/ALPHABET DISTRICT— The NW outpost of Bamboo Sushi will celebrate crab season next Sunday, February 23 with a four-course crab and wine dinner. Crab comes into play in each course: Jonah crab claw with chili daikon, lime, and black sesame; a king crab and foie gras roll; and Dungeness crab with ginger, lemongrass, and fish sauce candied cashews, served atop a marrow bone. Reservations are $85 (including pairings for each course) and two seatings are available. More information here.
NORTHEAST— The recently revamped Migration Brewing Co. will celebrate its fourth anniversary this Saturday, February 15 by offering free beer tastings, brewery tours, and live music throughout the day. The event — timed to Portland's Zwickelmania festival (more on that later) — will also see the soft launch of Migration's new food menu. More information here.
Photo of Maialata 2013 courtesy John Valls/Watershed