Welcome to EventWire, Eater PDX's rundown of upcoming local dining and drinking events. Published at the start of each week, EventWire has all the happenings most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next week, as well as upcoming dinners you'll want to make reservations for ASAP, before they sell out.
As with most things, pop-ups and festivals today look very little like those hosted back in 2019. Many annual events have been canceled or restructured, often moving online. However, there are a few things you can do this week, especially when it comes to food and beverage:
Beaverton Restaurant Week
When it is: September 23 to October 3
What it is: Portland’s neighbor to the west, Beaverton, is celebrating its ever-growing restaurant scene with an extended week of specials and events. More than 40 restaurants are participating with menu specials and parties, and a number of them will be donating 10 percent of their proceeds from the week to organizations benefiting frontline workers in medicine, the grocery and food service industry, education, and first response.
Why you should go: If you live in Beaverton, it’s a chance to celebrate and explore your community; if you don’t live in Beaverton, it’s a good excuse to go check out some new places or old favorites you haven’t visited in a while.
Details: Find the map of participating restaurants here.
Solera: A wine social for women, trans, and non-binary people
When it is: Tuesday, September 28
What it is: Wine expert Dana Frank is welcoming women and non-binary people to her wine bar Bar Norman for an evening exploring wines in a safe, judgement-free community space. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy some wines and snacks, ask questions of Frank and her team, and relax.
Why you should go: Beyond the benefit of Frank’s expertise and a safe space, all of the proceeds go to Cristina Baez and Jose Chesa, who recently closed their last restaurant, Ataula, and who have been dealing with crisis after debilitating crisis.
Details: 6 to 9 p.m. at 2615 SE Clinton Street. Suggested donations are $20, and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend.
Olympia Oyster Bar at Function
When it is: Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3
What it is: Chef Maylin Chavez’s fabulous Olympia Oyster Bar returns to the city, this time as a collaborative pop-up for three weekends at the industrial-chic event center Function PDX. Olympia Oyster Bar will provide a seasonal, oyster-focused seafood menu alongside Wolves and People beers, wine from Gonzales Wine Company, and a dessert flight from Palmira Obeso of the gluten-free, dairy-free bakery Here for the Cakes.
Why you should go: Chavez’s brick and mortar restaurant has been closed for almost two years now, but it’s always a good idea to try some of her seafood cooking when given the opportunity.
Details: Friday and Saturday are 3:30 to 8 p.m. and Sunday is 1 to 6 p.m. at 919 NW 23rd Avenue. Reservations are available only for parties of six and up by texting (619) 977-0293.
When it is: Saturday, October 2
What it is: Move over beer and wine festivals — the time is now, apparently, for hard seltzer festivals. Seltzerland comes to the Colwood Golf Center in Northeast Portland for an event all about hard seltzer, with 100 different seltzers along with snacks, photo shoots, games, and swag.
Why you should go: It’s a chance to taste a lot of different hard seltzer; if that’s what you’re into it will probably be a blast.
Details: Tickets range from $39 to $59 depending on level of entry, with time allotments throughout the day starting at 12:30 p.m. and going to 5 p.m. at 7313 NE Columbia Boulevard.
Celebrating Hispanic Roots
When it is: September 15 to October 15
What it is: Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, six Oregon winemakers of Hispanic descent are coming together to share their stories and wines and to give back to the Spanish-speaking communities in Oregon with Celebrating Hispanic Roots. For the month, wineries including Alumba Cellars, Atticus Wines, and Valcan Cellars will have special releases and events, including an event at Beacon Hill Winery on Sunday, October 3. The six wineries will be there pouring 15 different wines all paired with food.
Why you should go: It’s an opportunity to try some Oregon wines from a diverse set of winemakers while supporting local communities.
Details: Find the list of participating wineries and their events here. Sunday’s event is $50 for wine and food, with tickets available for noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 22070 NE Ridge Road in Gaston, OR.
When it: Monday, October 4
What it is: The national tour of Taste America from the James Beard Foundation comes to Portland with a multi-course dinner at Oma’s Hideaway. Mariah and Tom Pisha-Duffly, owners and chefs of Oma’s Hideaway and Gado Gado, will team up with pastry chef Maya Okada Erickson of Langbaan for a dinner that includes beef rib satay with chickpea fritters; an assortment of small plates including roti and curry, cabbage stuffed with seafood or mushrooms, and wok-fried Brussels sprouts with sambal; and a coconut and squash dessert. Each course comes with vegetarian options (save the beef rib appetizer) and paired drinks. Plus, each guest will take home a swag bag.
Why you should go: The Pisha-Dufflys always create something special, and Okada Erickson is a dessert expert — it should be a creative, exciting menu.
Details: Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at 3131 SE Division Street. Tickets are $300 per pair, with one two-person seating and one four-person seating currently available. Ticket sales close on Wednesday, September 29. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required to attend.