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Top Chef's Adams and Tanabe Throw Cinco de Mayo Party at Portland Penny Diner

Party with the dynamic duo.

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Imperial restaurant has become the de facto place to get a real world Top Chef experience. Not only has executive chef and former contestant Doug Adams put several dishes from the show on his menu, he and chef-owner Vitaly Paley have begun hosting "alumni dinners" with other contestants including Departure's Gregory Gourdet. Of course, it was inevitable that Katsuji Tanabe of L.A.'s Mexikosher would make a visit, considering the oddball friendship he and Adams forged over the course of the season. And, of course, the Japanese-Mexican chef is timing his visit for Cinco de Mayo.

First up, at 5:30 p.m. May 5, is a collaborative, five-course, Mexican-inspired dinner from Paley, Adams and Tanabe. Cost is $125 per person including beverage pairings (gratuity not included). There are still seats available; call Imperial for reservations.

But perhaps even better is the after party, because you know with Adams and Tanabe there's always an after party. At 9 p.m. they'll head next door to Portland Penny Diner to cook up street food like tacos, ceviche, and churros, along with slushy margaritas. All food and drink is available a la carte for under $10 each. No need to make a reservation, but you must be 21 or older.


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Portland Penny Diner

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