Welcome to the new and improved EventWire, Eater PDX's rundown of upcoming local dining and drinking events worth checking out. EventWire has all the happenings most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next few days. Have an event you’d like us to consider? Let us know via the tipline.
Nordic Northwest is celebrating Julbord, a Scandinavian Christmas feast, with the help of Portland restaurant Broder Soder. Dinner starts with passed appetizers like meatballs with lingonberry jam, before guests sit down to a spread of lox, poached prawns, beet and potato salad, and more. After a soup course of either red borscht or braised lamb stew, diners can stroll through a hot buffet of dishes like honey-orange glazed spiral ham, beer-basted turkey, and red-wine-braised cabbage. Desserts range from pepparkakor, Swedish ginger snaps, to Swedish visiting cake with almond and vanilla.
When it is: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, December 17 and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 18
Details: Tickets are $100 per person or $80 for Nordic Northwest members, available online. The dinners take place at Nordia House, located at 8800 SW Oleson Road.
10 Barrel Brewing’s 5th Annual Pearl Ball Holiday Party
This noteworthy Northwest brewery will throw a circus-themed holiday party, complete with aerial dancers, stilt walkers, acrobats, and carnival games. When it comes to food and drink, the brewery will offer an oyster bar, a buffet, sparkling wine, and — of course — plenty of beer.
When it is: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, December 17
Details: Tickets are $50 presale and $65 at the door; all food is included with the price of the ticket. The event will take place at the brewery, 1411 Northwest Flanders Street.
Cafe Olli Holiday Market
Holiday shopping season has yet to dissipate: This restaurant and bakery will throw a “last chance” holiday market, selling things like ceramics, panettone, vintage clothes, wine, and more.
When it is: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 18
Details: Cafe Olli will hold the market at its event space, 3929 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Learn more about it here.