SOUTHEAST—It's official. Garden Bar, the healthy eating signature and build-your-own salad restaurant is softly open in the old Son of a Biscuit space at 2045 SE Division Street. The 20-seat space will offer the usual roster of salads, as well as glasses of beer, wine, and cider. The grand opening will go down on April 11.
NORTHEAST—Everyone can agree that arbitrarily chosen food holidays need to go—unless it's one that celebrates drinking beer on a rooftop patio. Starting at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7 (National Beer Day), Altabira City Tavern will host Culmination Brewing's Paul Francis, who'll be on hand to talk about four of his beers which will be paired with specialty dishes from Altabira's kitchen. Note: The forecast that day calls for at least 70 degree weather, and possibly even 80-plus degrees, making it ideal outdoor beer-drinking weather.
NORTHWEST—Annie Novak, the Brooklyn rooftop gardener will be flying into Portland to give a talk about her new book, The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm, atop the rooftop garden at Leather Storrs' Noble Rot. The talk lasts from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 10. Tickets, which can be purchased here, run $35 and $25 a pop. Both tickets include wine and starters, but the one that's a little more gets you a copy of the book.