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The Food and Drink Events to Hit in Portland This Week

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Chicken pop-ups, cooking classes, and another Holy Trinity pop-up fill the week

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 have started to return to town, though many continue to remain outside on patios or requiring proof of vaccination. Here are a few ways to celebrate a relative return to normal:

Chicken Party 3

When it is: Monday, May 16
What it is: Ramon Navarro — a chef known for his roast chicken pop-up on Instagram — is headed to Mid City Smash Burger for another installment of his chicken pop-up party. This time the menu features Chamorro barbecue chicken with red rice and cucumber finadene, a la carte drumsticks, and latiya for dessert, a coconut custard with vanilla pound cake.
Why you should go: Navarro’s chicken and rice dishes are always a treat, and this time he’ll have some fun dessert options as well. Plus it’s usually something of a party at the Mid City Smash Burger lot.
Details: 7 p.m. until sold out at 1015 SE Stark Street.

Outdoor Cooking Class

When it is: Wednesday, May 18
What it is: Lauren Chandler, a local cooking instructor and recipe developer, is headed to the Finex Cast Iron Cookware factory for a hands-on class all about outdoor cooking. Chandler will walk attendees through cooking flatbreads, veggies, and meats on cast iron outdoors, and the event will conclude with a shared dinner that includes beers and non-alcoholic offerings.
Why you should go: To learn some new cooking techniques from a specialist and enjoy a community dinner.
Details: 6 to 8 p.m. at 2236 NW 21ST Avenue. Tickets are $125, all-inclusive.

Jackalope X Ricochet Trunk Sale

When it is: Wednesday, May 18
What it is: Two local winemakers — Corey Schuster of Jackalope Wine Cellars and Erich Berg of Ricochet Wine Co — will head to the spacious wine taproom Coopers Hall for a tap takeover. Additionally, they’ll be parking a pickup truck in the dining room itself and will sell bottles of their wines directly to visitors.
Why you should go: Along with the tap takeover, Coopers Hall will have food specials like Narragansett burrata with brioche and strawberries, grilled kosho prawns with sorrel aioli, and chicken liver mousse.
Details: 4 to 7 p.m. at 404 SE 6th Avenue. Just drop in.

Holy Trinity at Culmination Brewing

When it is: Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21
What it is: The wildly popular barbecue cart turned pop-up Holy Trinity is returning to the city for another weekend of barbecue, this time at the innovative brewery Culmination Brewing. On Friday, May 20, Holy Trinity will serve meats and sides from its classic menu, including Texas style brisket, ribs, and sausage. On Saturday, May 21, it will serve barbecue sandwiches, like a brisket chopped cheese.
Why you should go: To enjoy the return of one of Portland’s most celebrated barbecue restaurants, along with Culmination’s excellent beers.
Details: Noon until sold out both days at 2117 NE Oregon Street.

Clams and Cocktails

When it is: Sunday, May 22
What it is: Olivia Starkie of the pop-up dinner series Last Supper will invite diners to the chic and rustic Italian-inspired Cafe Olli for a night of clams, vegetables, wines, and cocktails. The a la carte menu includes steamed clams with green garlic and spring onion, roasted cabbage with shallot oil, braised spring greens with leeks, Caesar salad, and new potatoes with anchovy, herbs, and capers. Cocktail specials include a split-vermouth negroni and an olive oil-washed martini.
Why you should go: Starkie describes the pop-up as “No big names or wild chef stuff, just a relaxed opportunity to eat simple clams and drink a cocktail or a glass of nice wine,” which sounds like a great way to close out the week.

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