If you haven’t had okonomiyaki, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Happy Valentine’s Day! 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.
5th Annual Chocolate for Congo Benefit
Until Wednesday, February 28, 2018; various times
“All month long, thirteen Portland restaurants and bakeries will be serving up chocolate desserts made with Theo Chocolate. One dollar from the sale of each dessert will go to Eastern Congo Initiative, a non-profit working on grant-making and advocacy with and for the people of eastern Congo. Theo Chocolate, which now sources more than 70% of its chocolate from the Congo, has generously donated the chocolate for the benefit.”
Participating restaurants and bakeries include: Baker & Spice, Bar Avignon, Bistro Agnes, Coquine, Le Pigeon, Little Bird Bistro, Måurice, Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant, Ox, Pacific Pie, Pie Spot, Tusk, and Quaintrelle. More information.
Bob’s 89th Birthday Party
Thursday, February 15, 2018; 11am-2pm
Whole Grain Store & Restaurant- Bob’s Red Mill,5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie
Celebrate Bob’s 89th birthday with birthday cake. The first 500 guests get a special free product, too. Family friendly and FREE. More information.
Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner
Thursday, February 15, 2018; 5pm-midnight
Danwei Canting, 803 SE Stark Street, Portland
Danwei Canting has put together their Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner:
Steamed Fish 清蒸鱼
Vegetable Jiaozi 蔬菜饺子
Beef and Onion Jiaozi 洋葱牛肉饺子
Jiu Cai and Chicken Hezi 韭菜鸡肉盒子
Egg Roll 春卷
Lion’s Head Meatballs 狮子头
Tang Yuan 汤圆
“On New Year’s Eve (Feb 15th) Aunties Chen and Xi will be showcasing their jiaozi skills in the dining room and our friends from Mo Cha Tea House will be serving their signature Tea Drinks and Desserts.” More information.
10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursdays, February 15 and 22, 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 February 15 is Ridgewalker; for February 22 it’s Vertigo. More information.
Sao Noi Sauce Sampling
Friday, February 16, 2018; 3pm
Barbur World Foods, 9845 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland
“Enjoy some little bites as we demo our chili oils and peanut sauces—there’ll be plenty to go around!” More information.
Saturday, February 17, 2018; 11am-4pm
Various locations in Portland
“Breweries, big and small, will open their doors to casual and hardcore beer fans. All participating breweries offer events like meet-the-brewer, beer tastings, brewery tours and food & beer pairings.” FREE. More information.
45th Annual Sausage & Kraut Dinner
Saturday, February 17, 2018; 4-8pm
Resurrection Catholic Parish, 21060 SW Stafford Road, Stafford, OR
Hosted by the West Linn Lions—great food and fun for the whole family. There will also be live entertainment from the Oregon Polka Beats. Tickets are available for $14 (purchase at the door); kids 8 and younger, FREE. More information.
Basic Sausage Making
Sunday, February 18, 2018; 10am-1pm
The Nightwood, 2218 NE Broadway, Portland
Learn how to prepare French, Spanish, and Italian-style links, as well others. Also learn how to select the right kind of meat/trimmings for your sausage product, how to grind it up, flavor it, and stuff it into casings. At the end of the class, you’ll get to enjoy a meal together, then take home about 5 lbs of links to cook up at home, along with recipes. Experience required: none. Class tuition is $165 (buy here). More information.
Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sunday, February 18, 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.
83rd Annual St. Ignatius Italian Dinner
Sunday, February 18, 2018; noon-6pm
St. Ignatius Parish, 3400 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland
Enjoy a great meal for a little dough at this long-standing Portland tradition. There will be spaghetti, ravioli and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Adults $13, seniors $10, child 6-12 $6 and 5 & under FREE! More information.
Drink Beer ~ Eat Pizza ~ Make a Difference
Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 4-10pm
Widmer Brothers Brewing, 929 N Russell Street, Portland
This is a fundraiser for the Oregon Brewshed Aliiance—a pint of beer and all the Chicagoland Food Cart Deep Dish Pizza is on special for $15. Local musician Ronnie Carrier will also be performing. More information.
Pancake Night At Daruma
Monday, February 19, 2018; 4-9pm
Daruma Sushi+Saké, 1640 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland
Okonomiyaki is the name of the game tonight—Daruma will be preparing some of the best in town along with sushi, izakaya, sake and cocktails. A basic pancake is $9 (Scallion, Cabbage, Carrot, Kewpie, Okonomayaki Sauce, and Katsuoboshi) with the following add-ons:
$1 Each- Nori, Dried Shrimp,
$2 Each- Mochi, Cheese, Kimchi, Asparagus
$3 Each- Bay Scallop, Squid, Shrimp
Reservations are recommended. More information.
Stacked First Anniversary Mash-Up Dinner
Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 6pm
Stacked Sandwich Shop, 1643 SE 3rd, Portland
“Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi is teaming up with Guest Chef Doug Adams for a one night celebration of Stacked Sandwich Shop’s 1 year anniversary! With desserts by CDC Denali Whaley & Sous Chef Megan Reed. This will be a casual counter service affair with excellent food and beverages, bring your best company and help us celebrate!” More information.
Pint & Pastie Hump Day Special
Wednesdays, until March 7, 2018; noon-10pm
Portland Cider House, 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
“All-day hump day food special! $10 for a pint of Kinda Dry (we’ll swap for a Sorta Sweet if you ask sweetly) and an English pastie—three flavor options available! Vegetarian, chicken or pork.” More information.
Dinner at Citizen: an evening with Kristen Mico
Wednesday, February 21, 2018; 7-10pm
Media Institute for Social Change, 3636a N Mississippi Avenue, Portland
Join Kristen Mico, creator of brave alice productions, for an “intimate dinner conversations on the future of media and its role in social change.” Dinner will be provided by ¿Por Qué No?, with wine from Winderlea. Tickets are $25 each (buy here). More information.
Foie Gras + Champagne Dinner
Thursday, February 22, 2018; 5-9pm
Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland
“Hotel deLuxe is teaming up with Provvista and Moët Hennessy USA to host a Foie Gras + Champagne dinner featuring foie from Hudson Valley Foie Gras and champagne pairings from the Moët Portfolio.” There will be a Hennessy Cocktail Hour from 5-6pm and that includes $5 cocktails for those attending the dinner. After that, dinner is six courses prepared by Chef Juan Zaragoza.
Tickets are $125 per person; make your reservations—which must be made in advance—with General Manager, Kaitlin Dover, via email or phone: kaitlin.dover@hoteldeluxe. com or 503-820-2072. More information.