NORTHWEST—Clear Creek Distillery, the oldest artisanal distiller in Oregon—and the second oldest one in the U.S.—turned 30 this month, and to celebrate your years of support, they're popping up at a handful of parties, including one at Punch Bowl Social (340 SW Morrison Street in the Pioneer Place). The party, which goes down from 4 to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, April 27, will feature five different cocktails that you can pair with complimentary eats courtesy of PBS chef Cory Chunn. Think of sipping on a Douglas Fir liqueur, Genevere, and lime cordial Collins while snacking on sunflower risotto, made with leeks, mushrooms, and fir tips.
METRO PORTLAND—Cracker Barrel is coming to the Portland area. Three of them, in fact. Per The Oregonian late last week, the first Old Country Store will open in a 10,000-plus-square-foot site in Tualatin's Nyber River shopping center in the spring of 2017. Two other locations are also in the works. The first should pop up in the Jantzen Beach Center, followed by one in Beaverton on Canyon Road. [The Oregonian]
PDX AIRPORT AREA—After a scandal in which investigators found thai IKEA's famous Swedish meatballs contained trace amounts of horse meat (though not in the U.S.), the furniture supplier did some soul searching. The result of that erupts in a three-day menu relaunch at many of its stores, including Portland's, where you sample new items like veggie balls, gravlax, salmon filets, chicken and spinach salads, and chicken Florentine. The three day relaunch (April 29 to May 1) also features giveaways and gift cards for people who don't mind queuing up at given times. Event details can be found here.