NORTHWEST—For the second straight year, the Portland Korean Food Festival will go down at the Pearl District's Ecotrust building, where attendees will have the chance to sample eats from a dozen chefs, including Kim Jong Grillin's Han Ly Hwang, Han Oak's Peter Cho, Koi Fusion's Bo Kwon, and Departure's Gregory Gourdet and Rachel Yang. Tickets run $70 and include a full-sized dish from each chef, which you'll be able to sample on Sunday, August 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. If you pay $30 more, though, you're entitled to enter an hour earlier to mingle with the chefs while sipping on a soju cocktail, too.
NORTHEAST—Pono Farms Soul Kitchen has a new chef: Vincent Tien, (Miami's Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill and New York City's (Morimoto), who's bringing to the farmers market-inspired menu the flavors of Japan. In addition to the restaurant's sushi, sashimi and nigiri menu, expect new dishes like grilled peaches, mushroom congee, and miso ling cod.
NORTHWEST—On August 7, representatives from pFriem are traveling to Portland to pour beers at a paired dinner courtesy of Hamlet's Devon Chase. The five-course meal runs $50 per person and includes pairings like blueberry salads (with a saison), stuffed pork belly with mascarpone potato salad (with a Belgian strong ale), and tiramisu (with a Flanders blonde). To reserve your tickets, dial 503-241-4009.
NORTHEAST—Starting tonight, the Spanish restaurant Chesa will offer what it's calling a "vermut happy hour" every Wednesday in the bar, from 5 to 7 p.m., where diners can enjoy tapas and cocktails. Also starting tonight, the restaurant will host live flamenco dancing, complete with live musical accompaniment, on the last Wednesday of every month.