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Have Dinner With a Traveling Forager Chef this Weekend

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Iliana Regan

It looks as though the nightmarish haze that choked the city is finally lifting, thankfully. Hopefully we’ll have at least a few days of sun before the hellish smokes cloak our beautiful town again, but we’ll see. Meanwhile, we have the usual amount of restaurant openings, insane conspiracy theories, and new happy hours. Plus, today’s roundup includes some fundraising dinners, a return of an old favorite, and some chefs coming through town.

CROSS COUNTRY FORAGING — Chef Iliana Regan of Elizabeth Restaurant in Chicago has packed her wife and dogs up into an airstream trailer and is heading across the country foraging and throwing pop-up dinners. This weekend, they come to Portland for two nights, hosting a dinner made with foods foraged from Portland and along the way, including “quail eggs” filled with fermented berry juice and spices, lobster mushroom broth, and sourdough bread with iberico ham, the last of which doesn’t seem too foraged. Sunday night still has tickets, $200 each for ten courses inclusive of wine and tip. Interested parties should email her at for tickets and more details.

DINE FOR A CAUSE — The Sage Restaurant Group, which includes Departure, Urban Farmer, and The Original Dinerant, is putting their money where others’ mouths are—specifically, The Trotter Project, which provides culinary scholarships to students in under-serviced communities. Starting yesterday and going through to Sunday, a portion of the proceeds from those restaurants goes to the organization, so go dine in for a good cause.

JUICY NEWSSip, the organic juice bar outside of People’s Co-op in Southeast, is turning ten, and celebrating with a party this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The staff will be giving out vegan birthday cake with gluten free options, plus serving up some vegan milkshakes, with proceeds going to Out to Pasture Sanctuary. Sounds pretty hippie-dippie, which is just perfect for an organic juice stand outside of one of the city’s oldest co-ops.

LET THEM EAT HORSE — In some wild, wild news, Oregon Live penned an extensive story on Portland’s history of eating horse meat. Not a piece for fans of Black Beauty to read, but certainly an interesting tale of our city’s weird culinary history.

LIKE A PHOENIX — Good news for smoked chicken lovers—Big’s Chicken is back, proving that not even a fire can keep a good restaurant down. Plus, the restaurant has added fried chicken and burgers to its new brick and mortar space. Bad news for Portlanders averse to driving though—Big’s is in Beaverton.

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