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Valentine's Eventwire: Din Din Gets Sexy; Woodblock Chocolate Pops Up Dinner

Plus eight Portland favorites donate V-day proceeds to charity, and Zwickelmania rides again.


There's something for every craving this Valentine's Day.

CHOCOLATE — Karl Holl and James Serlin, the former Perbacco San Francisco chefs now part of the LETumEAT collective that's farming and cooking its way around Portland, have launched a new pop-up dinner series that kicks off with a Valentine's Day dinner at Woodblock Chocolate's factory and tasting room Feb. 14. Woodblock supplies the cacao husks they use in the pig feed at the LETumEAT Farm, and the pork, as well as single-origin chocolates, will be the highlight of the five-course dinner. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $115 per person including beverage pairings from Soter Vineyards, Brooks Winery, Commons Brewery's Chocolate Stout, and Ransom Spirits. Reservations available online or by calling 503-893-8303.

LINGERIE — Din Din supperclub is hosting its 6th annual Sexy Valentine's dinner at 7:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 13, Saturday Feb 14 (and a smaller version Saturday Feb 21).  For the "naughty & nice" theme this year, artist Fredrick H. Zal will be "hyper-stylizing" the servers with professional hair, makeup and wardrobe (the promotional pics look steamy). And the 8-course menu alternates between naughty and nice, as well (e.g.: cuttlefish spaccatelli with mussels, uni sabayon, and fried bone marrow, followed by rose petal sorbet). Cost is $100 per person, which includes wine but not gratuity. To reserve, call 971-544-1350 or email

GOOD KARMA — Eight local hotspots are donating a portion of their Valentine's Day proceeds to the Children's Cancer Association. Stop by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Pine State Biscuits, Salt & Straw, Bunk Sandwiches, Whiskey Soda Lounge, Por Que No, Floyd's Coffee, and Albina Press on Feb. 14 and a percentage of what you spend will go to MyMusicRx, a CCA program that brings music to kids and teens with cancer and other serious illnesses.

AND, OF COURSE, BEER — Zwickelmania is on Valentine's Day this year. What the heck is it? It's the one day a year when over 100 breweries across the state open their doors for special tours, tastings, and talks. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can pub crawl your way through the city, visiting with brewers, getting a peek behind-the-scenes, and slurping down special pours. Check the website for a list of participating breweries and to see what they've got planned.