Portland Area Food Events, January 11-18

Our love of winter squash will never die.

Welcome to a new year! We took a few weeks off for the holidays, so we hope you didn’t miss us too much. Just like in 2017, in 2018 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.

Tapas Thursday
Thursday, January 11, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

“Happy Hour all night! FREE TAPAS – One tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase while supplies last. $5 Tinto & Txakoli. 10% off all Wine Bottles.” More information.

The Versatility of Squash! with Lauren Chandler
Thursday, January 11, 2018; 6-8pm
Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School, 5000 Southeast International Way, Milwaukie

Learn how to get out of your “squash rut” with Lauren Chandler, who will prepare Warm Spiced Wild Rice + Roasted Delicata Squash Salad, Smoky Steamed Squash with Crispy French Lentils + Greens and Coconut Cardamom Braised Kabocha Squash. Tickets are $25 (buy here). More information.

Hamtopia
Friday, January 12, 2018; 11am-2pm
Elephants Delicatessen, 115 NW 22nd Ave, Portland

“Have you seen the ham case at NW 22nd lately? Come taste the many hams that populate our charcuterie case, including Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto Biellese, Jamon Serrano, Jamon Iberico, Jambon de Bayonne, La Quercia Tamworth Ham, Speck, Prosciutto Cotto, Tails and Trotters Smoked Ham, Barrel-Aged Hams from Smoking Goose and a limited supply of Olympia Provisions Landrauchschinkin.” FREE. More information.

Foods by Nature Expo
Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14, 2018; 10am-6pm
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland

This consumer show, inspired by the Weston A. Price Foundation, is geared toward individuals interested in and who support a traditional foods lifestyle. You’ll find organic, nutrient-dense food, some of which is gluten-free or aimed at those who follow Paleo, LCHF, and Keto diets. Grass-fed/pastured products will also be available. Sally Fallon Morell, among others, will speak. Advance tickets are $10/day and $16/both days and must be purchased online before January 12; tickets are $12 at the door (buy here). Free admission for children 10 and under. More information.

Oyster Pop-Up
Saturday, January 13, 2018; 1-6pm
Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont Street, Portland

This is the first Oyster Pop Up event at Cascade Brewing Barrel House that features fresh Hama Hama Oysters. Event will go as long as there are oysters. They’ll present them as oysters in the half shell, a seafood chowder, oyster paté, and Oysters Rockefeler. Look for sour beer mignonettes, too. More information.

OMSI After Dark: Bourbon & Bacon Fest 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018; 6-7pm VIP, 7-10pm general admission
OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland

Enjoy some of the best bourbon and bacon in the PNW, prepared in unexpected ways. On top of that you get to play with science—water rockets, chemistry, physical sciences, and also learn the science behind beer, chocolate and more. 21+ only. Tickets are $7 VIP, $40 General Admission, $15 for Safe Driver ticket (no drinks but 2 food tokens)—buy here. More information.

Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sundays, January 14, 21, and 28, 2018; 10am-2pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

Stop by the Portland Mercado to experience a range of Latin American brunches—Colombian Bandeja Paisa, huevos rancheros from Mixteca, Chilaquiles from Tierra del Sol. More information.

The Lost Table
Monday, January 15, 2018; 6-8pm
The Side Yard Farm, 4800 NE Simpson Street, Portland

“The Lost Table” is “a table that is resilient, strong and safe for those who have experienced a significant loss—partner, parent, sibling or friend. We took our farm grief group and turned it into a dinner party. Take a seat, bring a dish and feel free to talk about your loss in good company. How do you deal with your grief when you are struggling to understand it? I lost my Dad 6 years ago to pancreatic cancer. I know there are so many of you out there going through what I am, you’re not alone.” RSVP to thesideyardpdx@gmail.com to reserve your seat. More information.

Vegan Nigerian Cuisine
Tuesday, January 16, 2018; 6:30-8:30pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

Chef Salimatu Amabebe prepares food she grew up with during her childhood—oven roasted plantain rolled in toasted coconut; mashed black-eyed peas topped with chili sauce; palm fruit stew cooked with bitterleaf; and chocolate puff puff (a sweet fried dough). Tickets are $40 (buy here). More information.

All You Can Eat Pizza Party
Wednesday, January 17, 2018; noon-10pm
Natian Brewery Taproom, 1306 E Burnside Street, Portland

Enjoy all you can eat Chicagoland deep dish pies for $15, which includes a free pint. Happens every third Wednesday for the foreseeable future. More information.

Claypot Chicken Dinner
Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 5-10pm
Aviary PDX, 1733 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Chef Sarah Pliner prepares a dinner that will feature “a day long braised whole poussin prepared with shao xing (fermented rice wine), brown sugar, szechuan peppercorn, fermented chile bean paste, presented all together in a clay pot with oyster mushrooms, steamed rice, a soy marinated egg, and scallions.” Also look for a shaved lotus root salad and mango ice cream for dessert. Dinner is $35 per person; call Aviary at (503) 287-2400 to book your table any time between 5pm and 10pm. More information.

Paris in Portland at Bergerac Bistro
Wednesday, January 17, 2018; 6:30-9pm
Bergerac Bistro, 5520 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland

The first Paris in Portland Dinner of 2018 launches January 17, featuring an authentic French menu inspired by southwest French cooking. Chef Joris Barbaray, who is from Bergerac in La Dordogne, France will prepare three courses:

  • Salade de poire et fromage bleu: Blue cheese cream, hazelnuts, poached spiced warm pear, arugula, spiced red wine reduction, French dressing;
  • Cassoulet: Duck & pork confit, white beans, garlic, white wine, dijon, bacon, breadcrumbs
  • Mousse au Chocolat et Crepes: Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel sauce, crêpes.

Tickets are $42 for members, $52 for nonmembers, which includes gratuity and a French aperitif; other drinks sold separately (buy here). More information.

JASO 2018 New Year Celebration “Shinnenkai”
Thursday, January 18, 2018; 6-9pm
Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland

This traditional new year’s celebration from the Japanese-American Society of Oregon (JASO) features “an authentic Japanese Osechi, Ozoni (Japanese New Year soup) and dessert by Chef Naoko, sushi by Syun Izakaya, Sapporo and Portland beer and sake, traditional music, fukubukuro, kimono, calligraphy, and more.” More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursday, January 18, 2018; 6-10pm
North 45 Pub, 517 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Each Thursday evening until March 29, North 45 will feature one of 24 different brewers, complete with smoked ribs and other menu pairings from Chef Ashley. The featured brewer for January 18 is Great Notion. More information.

Tazón! Pozole!
Thursday, January 18, 2018; 5-9pm
Tournant, 920 NE Glisan Street, Portland

Stop by Tournant to enjoy pozole, a traditional hearty Mexian soup made with hominy, stewed meat, and vegetables. “In many regions of Mexico, pozole is served only on Thursdays and is a wonderful excuse to gather friends and family around the table. We’re continuing this tradition at Tournant with Tazon (which means “bowl” in Spanish) on the Third Thursdays of each month–until it gets too hot for soup!” Bowls of pozole start at $12 and you can opt for pork rojo, chicken verde or verduras (vegan), plus tasty add-ins. No reservations necessary. More information.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.
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