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Food and Crafts Combine at Elder Hall and Quin Candy

Don't just sit there and eat.

Andrea Patricia Photography

When most people go out to eat they, you know, sit down and eat. But Portlanders are an active sort. And they like to make stuff. So now there's a set of lunch and dinner events that combine making crafts with dining out.

Elder Hall, the special event space next to Ned Ludd, recently kicked off a series of Creator Workshops pairing expert "makers" with food-loving, DIY-minded guests. On Saturday Feb. 21 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., Rachel Corry of Rachel Sees Snails Shoes will teach you how to make your own sandals. At midday, you get to sit down to lunch prepared by chef/owner Jason French. Cost is $350 and includes supplies.

Then on Saturday March 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., food writer and stylist Ashley Marti of the blog Local Haven will teach a food styling and photography workshop. You'll get to style your own scene, she'll photograph it for you and send you the hi-res images. You'll also leave with a Mazama mug and Kiriko linen. No camera necessary. Cost is $125. Call 503-477-4725 or email to reserve at spot at either event.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jami Curl, mastermind behind Quin Candy and all-around creative superpower, is letting Portlanders inside the doors of her Eastside candy factory for a taste of "Project Breakfast," a popular event series that started in Los Angeles in December and will pop up in Austin and New York, as well. You can drool over pictures here. Once again she's partnering with Boo Simms of Wylie West Creative and Sarah Hendrix of La Femme Epicure to host a collaborative crafting workshop that culminates with a meal (breakfast for dinner perhaps?). Not sure what the craft will be, but with Curl involved you know it'll be fun. Cost is $95, including wine. Tickets here.