HALE PELE—Membership does have its privileges, especially if you belong to Portland's bartending community. If you possess an OLCC permit (or are a member of Hale Pele's "Fire Drinkers" team), then you're invited to a cachaça class today at noon for a lecture on the history of the spirit. Likewise, in two weeks, present that same permit when you swing by the tiki bar on Monday, June 29, to hear guest lecturer Humuhumu (a.k.a. tiki scholar Michelle Trott) school you on the history of Polynesian pop culture and the history of tiki bars, in general. The second one, is RSVP only, so make sure you get your free tickets here.
BEAST—Beast's Naomi Pomeroy is turning her attention toward this coast this month—twice, in fact—for a pair of "Fruits de Mer" dinners. The first one happens tomorrow and features six paired courses—think roe, crab, salmon, shrimp and seared mackerel—with a second one (menu, TBD) slated for Tuesday, June 30. Both dinners feature one 7 p.m. seating, and run $175 each per person. Want tickets? Just click on the link.
CIDER SUMMIT PDX—For the fifth straight year, the Portland Cider Summit returns to Portland, giving cider enthusiasts the chance to sample homemade ciders from more than 50 different makers. This year's festival goes down at the The Fields Park at the north end of the Pearl District, from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, and from noon to 6 p.m. the following day. Expect samples by local favorites, like Reverend Nat's, Anthem and Wandering Aengus, as well as up-and-comers like Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. Form more information on where to buy your on tickets ($35 at the door, $30 advanced purchase), follow the link.