BOOK TOURING — Journalist, three-time James Beard Foundation Award-winner and kitchen experimentalist Janet Fletcher is leaving behind the sunny climes of California for a quick book tour through the City of Roses. Hear her read from and sign copies of her new book Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery (May 12), Ned Ludd (May 15) and New Seasons Market headquarters (2004 North Vancouver Avenue, noon to 4 p.m., May 16). At each signing, you'll also have a chance to sample some of Fletcher's yogurt dishes, provided by her and her hosts.
IMPERIAL'S BEEF DINNER—The Multnomah Athletic Club's Philippe Boulot joins Imperial's Vitaly Paley for a collaborative mid-month dinner that revolves around everything beef, including steak tartar, beef carpaccio, grilled beef tongue and braised short ribs with blackened New York strip. The event, which is sponsored by the Oregon Beef Council, take place on May 18, at 6 p.m., in the Monterosso Room at the Imperial-adjacent Hotel Lucia. The two James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs have both been honored by the Council as Chef of the Year—Boulot took home the honors last year, Paley brought it home this year. Each course comes with a drink pairing and the whole thing costs $75. To RSVP, email Imperial's Shelly Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL DAY GETAWAY—Planning on getting out of town this Memorial Day weekend? If you find yourself near Newberg, you should hit up Ruddick/Wood's block party. On Sunday May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m., proprietors Paul Losch and Kyle Lattimer are blocking off Edwards Street in front of their tavern and turning it into party central. They're inviting their favorite brewers (Deception Brewing, Long Brewing, Fire Mountain Brew House) and food suppliers, including Storr's Smokehouse, representatives of which will be on hand to pass out scoops of ice cream. Everything edible will run no more than $8, and tickets to the party will run you $10 — or bring four non-perishable food items and it's free. Tickets can be purchased here.