Portland Area Food Events, January 18-25


Tapas to love.

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. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometimes happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

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.

Dinner & Artisanal Tasting: Mezcales de Leyenda
Thursday, January 18, 2018; 6-8pm
TEOTE Mezcalería, 2700 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Get to know Mezcales de Leyenda, “only mezcal company that has obtained 4 certifications,” hosted by Paul Lee. Along with the tasting there will be a build-your-own arepa bar. There will be four pours of mezcal:

  • MDL Durango: A. Durangensis (aka Cenizo)
  • MDL Oaxaca: A. Angustifolia (aka Espadín)
  • MDL Puebla: A. Potatorum (aka Tobalá)
  • MDL SLP: A. Salmiana (aka Verde)

Tickets are $45 (buy here), and that includes the tasting and dinner. 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.

Pozole to the People
Friday, January 19, 2018; 6pm
Broth Bar, 115 NE 6th Avenue, Portland

Pozole to the People are popping up at Broth Bar! They use local ingredients in their pozole and are ready to serve it to you, the people. More information.

Bonnie Frumkin Morales In Person
Friday, January 19, 2018; 7:30pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Portland

Russian restaurant Kachka’s chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales will read from her new cookbook,  Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, which chronicles her chronicling her family’s journey from Belarus to America. She shares “the secrets behind the unique approach to Russian cuisine that has made her restaurant one of the city’s most celebrated culinary institutions.” FREE. More information.

McMenamins Wassail Cider Fest
Saturday, January 20, 2018; 2pm
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro

18 cider producers will come together for the second annual Wassail Cider Fest. Along with the cider tasting (35 of them), there will be live music, entertainment, and a parade to the orchard—wassail costumes are very much encouraged, too. Admission is FREE, tasting is 21+; admission includes a tasting glass and tokens. Limited presale tickets: $21 includes a keepsake glass and 10 tokens (buy here); $24 day of event. More information.

Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sundays, January 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.

2018 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration Grand Tasting
Sunday, January 21, 2018; 1-4pm
DoubleTree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland

The 3rd annual Oregon Tempranillo Celebration is exactly what it says it is—it celebrates Oregon Tempranillo wines, and for the first time it is happening in Portland. The Grand Tasting allows you to sample some of the best Tempranillo in the state along with tapas and dessert. Tickets are $75 (buy here). More information.

Sunday Supper
Sunday, January 21, 2018; 5:30-10pm
Parkside, 2135 N Willis Blvd, Portland

“Joel and Chris will be making tacos at Parkside!!! Don’t put these tacos in a box. Expect some very interesting takes on the classic taco. For those that do not wish to adventure too much don’t fret, there will be a couple classics on the menu too.” More information.

Black Feast: A Raisin in the Sun
Sunday, January 21, 2018; 6:30-8:30pm
Feastly PDX, 912 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

“Black Feast is a monthly vegan pop-up celebrating black artists and writers. This month we are celebrating Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin In the Sun. A play that follows the lives of black American family living in segregated Chicago. Hansberry completed this work at 27 and two years later received the New York’s Drama Critic’s Circle Award, making her the youngest playwright to do so. “A Raisin In the Sun” has been translated into over 35 languages and was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. The title of the play comes from Langston Hughes’s poem Harlem – ‘What happens to a dream deferred?/ Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?'”

The menu includes four courses that feature hazelnut mushroom arancini, hot milk soup, grits with charred greens, and almond pound cake. Tickets are $60 (buy here). More information.

Brew Bash: January Edition
Monday, January 22, 2018; 6:30am-6pm (6am start time at NW Vaughn Street location)
Groundwork Coffee Co., 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland and 2355 NW Vaughn Street, Portland

Happening once a month only, get yourself a free cup of drip coffee and draft cold brew, all day. They drinks are on them. More information.

Calling on PDX Foodies for 42 Grams
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23 and 24, 2018; 7pm
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland

“42 Grams is an intimate portrait of how chef Jake Bickelhaupt evolved from running an illegal restaurant out of his home to being a culinary celebrity in less than a year and the toll it takes on his personal life.”

You can purchase a general admission ticket ($8) for the movie at 7pm, or purchase the special Cocktail Party and a Movie ticket ($35)—buy either here. Regarding the package ticket: “Come to La Moule (right down the block from the theater on 25th and Clinton) between 5-7, have a delicious cocktail, enjoy some amazing hors d’oeuvres, and then head over to see the film!” More information.

Tapas Thursday
Thursday, January 25, 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.

Bar Muselet
Thursday-Saturday, January 25-27, 2018, 4-11pm
Function PDX, 919 NW 23rd Ave, Suite A, Portland

“The first of Bar Muselet’s tenure back at Function meshes Pinoynoirpdx pop up Wine dinner & Events founder Ron Acierto’s love for French food with his Filipino heritage. Come celebrate this beautiful marriage of cuisine and drinks. Menu will include Pandesal, Oysters, Long Beans, Roasted Hen, Freschette, and more!” More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursday, January 25, 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 Ninkasi. More information.

Oaxaca de Mis Amores
Thursday, January 25, 2018; 6:30-8:30pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

Amalia Vasquez’s food cart Tierra del Sol features Oaxacan cuisine and has been described as an “edible hug.” Her Oaxaca De Mis Amores is a way to present Oaxacan food with a cultural perspective—folklore, dance, and tortilla making. The meal will include Sopa Tortilla, Ensalada de Nopales, Mole Tradicional, Arroz y Frijol, & Tortillas, Nicuatole con Fresa (corn pudding), and Almond and Cantaloupe Seed Horchata. Tickets are $42 (buy here). 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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