Hello, figgy pudding, darling of English Christmases—learn how to make it now so you can have it boozed-up enough for the holiday.
Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6-10pm
ST. JACK restaurant & Bar, 1610 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland
Beaujolais Nouveau is a street festival of wine, food, and harvest, featuring food from local restaurants, local wines, brews, and spirits. All proceeds benefit Friendly House. Tickets are $45 each (buy here)—tickets are limited. More information.
Olio Nuovo Festival
Friday-Sunday, November 17-19 2017, 10am-4pm
Red Ridge Farms, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Road, Dayton OR
“Your first chance to taste and purchase this season’s fresh, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. Fresh Olio Nuovo is paired with complimentary seasonal appetizers and Durant Vineyards estate wine. Join us for a tour of our Olioteca (olive mill), enjoy live Italian music and experience some of Oregon’s top food producers in the Local Fare Tent. Shop holiday greens and décor at the Red Ridge Farms Shop & Nursery.” FREE. More information.
Figgy Pudding with Tash of Great British Bakery
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10am-noon
Collective Kitchen, 173 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 102, Hillsboro
Learn how to make “this most traditional of British Christmas desserts”—figgy pudding! This boozy dessert is quite the show stopper when you bring it to the table aflame (thanks to all the booze). Tickets include your pudding ready for Christmas, the recipe, instructions on heating and flaming plus a recipe for brandy butter. Tickets are $50 (buy here). More information.
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11am-4pm
Lee Farms, 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR
It’s pretty straightforward—head on over and sample their pies for Thanksgiving. FREE. More information.
5th Annual Chili Jamboree
Saturday, November 18, 2017, noon
Landmark Saloon, 4847 SE Division, Portland
“We’re bringing you spicy, savory, slow-cooked chili from Portland’s best chefs, and adding boot-scootin’ country music-and we mean the GOOD kind of country—for a party your mouth and ears won’t ever forget. Taste ’em all, then vote for the chili champ, who’ll be awarded the highly coveted Chili Belt. There’s also beer and cocktails! This is WHY you live in America.”
Chili will be made by:
- Anh Luu (Tapalaya)
- Anton Pace (LeRoy’s Familiar Vittles)
- Gabe Rosen (Biwa / Noraneko)
- Jenn Louis (Ray)
- Johnny Ricci (Dots Cafe)
- Keith Morris (Coopers Hall)
- Matt Vicedomini (Matt’s BBQ)
- Rick Gencarelli (Lardo PDX)
- Ricky Bella (Bit House Saloon)
- Ryan Day (Podnah’s Pit Barbecue / Wayfinder)
Book Release Party With Chocolate and Coffee
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1-3pm
Ranger Chocolate Company, 118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland
Join food writer Megan Giller as she celebrates the release of her new book Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution. She’ll be leading free guided chocolate-coffee pairings for the first 15 minutes of each hour, which will feature Ranger Chocolate Company andTrailhead Coffee Roasters. She’ll also be signing books. FREE. More information.
3rd Annual Cherry Festivus: A Cherry Beer and Cider Fest with Chocolate Pairings
Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1pm-midnight Saturday, 1-9pm Sunday
Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Avenue, Portland
The folks from Bazi Bierbrasserie and the Portland Fruit Beer Festival are in their third year of putting together this Cherry beer and cider festival (with chocolate pairings); there will also be cherry food and cocktails. More than 25 rare beers and ciders made with cherries will be on display. Local chocolatier Xocolatl de David will bring the chocolate. Choose from a pre-selected parings or beer and chocolate flights. General admission tickets are $20 and include a glass and 6 drink tickets (buy here). More information.
Holiday Tea Cocktail Class with Matt Mount from Merit Badge
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:30- 8pm
Smith Teamaker, 110 SE Washington Street, Portland
Learn how to use tea as a mixer for cocktails, using whiskey, gin, cognac, port, and more. These drinks are great for the holidays! Tickets are $50 (buy here) and include class admission, cocktails and a printed recipe book. More information.
Milk, Microbes & Reinventing the Wheel: Cheese Tasting & Book Signing
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3pm
Providore Fine Foods, 2340 NE Sandy, Portland
Authors Bronwen Percival (cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy) and wine and food writer Francis Percival “take readers on a global tour to meet the enterprising cheesemakers and scientists working to better understand the microbes that make our favorite cheeses.” Tickets include a guided cheese tasting, discussion, and a signed copy of Reinventing the Wheel by Bronwen & Francis Percival. This is a great chance for those fond of raw milk to see how it interacts with microbes to make cheese. Tickets are $40 (buy here). More information.
Thanksgiving Dinner Around Portland
Thursday, November 23, 2017, various times
The Oregonian has put together a list of local spots offering Thanksgiving dinner this year. Instead of listing them all here, head to their website for the details. Happy Thanksgiving!