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The Six Portland Events to Try This Week While Social Distancing

Whether online or in public, Portland continues its food and drink events

Kelsey Glasser of Arden drinking wine
Arden’s Kelsey Glasser enjoys some white wine
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With dining rooms closed indefinitely and large gatherings banned in the face of COVID-19, there’s a huge shortage on the Portland event scene. Gone are the wine dinners and oyster festivals. The only food-themed weeks are the ones that people make up at home in their own kitchens to pass the time, and the once-endless multitude of beer festivals in event halls and under tents has, for now, ended... mostly.

However, Portlanders are nothing if not creative and resilient, and there’s still some food and drink fun to be had, even if some of it is across a digital span, from the safety of one’s own home. Here are the six Portland food and drink events, online or in public, to hit this week.

Night Light Lounge Sandwich Pop Up

When: Wednesday, April 29
What it is: Night Light Lounge will is holding a sandwich pop-up event featuring ingredients from the local Vibrant Farms. The moody, vibrant lounge is still closed, of course, but will offer smoked porchetta and grilled chicken sandwiches to go, as well as truffle fries, mint and brownie ice cream sandwiches, and a Pono Brewing hazy IPA.
Why you should go: It’s a good way to support a local business, a local farm, and to grab an easy, safe, and satisfying dinner.
Details: 4 to 9 p.m. at 2100 SE Clinton Street.

Ask Vitaly Anything

When: Friday, May 1
What it is: Portland luminary chef Vitaly Paley has a live cooking show on his personal Instagram page each Friday afternoon. The chef and his wife Kimberly stream from their kitchen, and this week will be showing viewers how to prepare grilled lamb chops and potato gratin.
Why should “go”: It’s free, fun, informative cooking lesson from a Portland icon, and a friendly way to pass the evening and learn some new recipes.
Details: 5 p.m. at vit0bike.

Cooking with the Ruckers

When: Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3
What it is: Chef Gabriel Rucker, of the beloved Le Pigeon and Canard, has his own home cooking show, complete with his wife and kids. On Friday, Rucker and his family will be showing viewers how to cook duck a l’orange, and on Sunday, Baja-fried fish tacos for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo.
Why you should “go”: It’s a chance to learn from a top Portland chef and spend some time with a family.
Details: 6 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday at ruckergabriel. Recipes will also be posted on his account.

Holy Trinity Sausage Series

When: May 1 to May 3
What it is: Hot spot barbecue food cart Holy Trinity is teaming up with local chefs for a series of sausage specials. The first is with Han Hwang of the lauded Korean food cart Kim Jong Grillin’, a sausage made with a potsticker recipe from Hwang’s upbringing.
Why you should go: Potsticker sausages! Plus, all of the proceeds for the sales go to In The Weeds, a program that supports local farms and out-of-work industry employees.
Details: 11 a.m. to sold-out at 3582 SE Powell Boulevard.

Stay Home, Drink Beer Virtual Festival

When: Saturday, May 2
What it is: While beer festivals are basically done for the time being, the Oregon Brewers Guild is holding a virtual one via Zoom and Facebook. A fundraiser for the OBG, the Stay Home, Drink Beer Virtual Festival will see brewery tours, painting classes, history lessons, and discussions on upcoming releases with over a dozen participating breweries.
Why you should “go”: It’s a chance to celebrate one of the state’s most beloved cultural touchstones while supporting the whole industry. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about Oregon breweries.
Details: 1 to 5 p.m. on a private Facebook group and Zoom. Tickets are $5 and are available here, along with the schedule and swag.

Virtual Wine Tastings

When: Sunday, May 3
What it is: The modernist dining room at Arden is closed like all the others, but the the wine bar and restaurant is selling wine for delivery and pick-up, as well as hosting a virtual wine tasting every Sunday. Co-owner and sommelier Kelsey Glasser acts as host, guiding viewers through tasting notes, discussing the regions and grapes, and just generally chatting. This Sunday features a local rosé and an orange wine from Greece.
Why you should “go”: It’s a fun, easy going way to learn about some interesting wines and chat with others via social media.
Details: 3 p.m. at Instagram and Facebook. Wines are available for pick-up Friday and Saturday