Portland Area Food Events, March 15-22

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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 sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Tapas Thursday
Thursdays, March 15 and 22, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

On Thursdays during the month of March, head over to Bar Vivant for great food and drink deals. You can get free tapas (one tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase, while supplies last), $5 Tinto & Txakoli (a Basque wine), and 10% off all wine bottles. Happy Hour all night, too. More information.

Tazón! Pozole!
Thursday, March 15, 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.

Se habla Español!
Thursday, March 15, 2018; 6-8pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

Improve your Spanish language skills while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. All levels welcome. More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursdays, March 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 for March 15 it’s Ordnance; for March 22 it’s Leikam. More information.

Vegan Nigerian Cuisine
Thursday, March 15, 2018; 6:30-8:30pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

Chef Salimatu presents vegan dishes that are influenced by her childhood. Menu includes Banga Stew with Fufu (a Palm fruit stew; fufu is a warm soft dough made with plantain and cassava flour), Ewa Agoyin (mashed blackeyed peas), and Mango Cake with Cashew Lime Cream. Tickets are $33 (buy here). More information.

Growler Fill Friday
Friday, March 16, 2018; noon-6pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

$12 and $6 growler/growlette fills of some of the best gluten-free beer you’ll ever taste, every Friday. More information.

3rd Annual Irish Craft Ale Fest
Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 2018; Friday 3-11pm, Saturday noon-1am, Sunday noon-11pm
Feckin Irish Brewing Co, 415 S McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City

Sample Irish-style beers from over 15 small, local breweries. While you’re drinking, enjoy watching axe throwing, arm wrestling, and Irish dancing, and listen to live music, including pipers. Traditional Irish food, too. Parking is limited; use this Lyft promo code of “feckin18 to receive a $5 discount on your ride to the event. More information.

Hog and Rocks Cocktail Party
Friday, March 16, 2018; 6-10pm
Olympia Provisions NW, 1632 NW Thurman, Portland

Olympia Provisions NW joins Jacobsen Salt to celebrate Oregon seafood with a cocktail party. There will be a tasting of Chef Eric Joppie’s menu that highlights local PNW ingredients, as well as a flight of Muscadets. Tickets are $65 (buy here) and 10% of that goes to support the Wetlands Conservancy. More information.

Winter Farmers Mercado
Saturday, March 17, 2018; 10am-2pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

“Support local growers, artisans and entrepreneurs in our indoor/outdoor farmers market. Kids activities, live music, food demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.” More information.

Distillery Row Cocktail Crawl
Saturday, March 17, 2018; noon-6pm
SE Portland

This month’s Cocktail Crawl focuses on the Old Fashioned, and you can see how each distillery in the Row makes it their own. This event also helps support the Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project, “a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.” More information.

Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sunday, March 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.

Jackfruit Popup At Culmination Taproom
Sunday, March 18, 2018; noon-8pm
Culmination Brewing Company, 2117 NE Oregon Street, Portland

“Jackfruit Kitchen will have a popup every Sunday at Culmination starting at 12pm and cooking until 8pm. They serve delectable plant-based food items on their menu. Enjoy!” More information.

Tender Table: La Vang-Herr, Letty Chichitonyolotli, Yuriko Zubia
Sunday, March 19, 2018; 3-5pm
High and Low Art Space and Gallery, 936 34th SE Street, Portland

“Tender Table is a storytelling platform featuring femmes of color and nonbinary people of color and their stories about food, family, and identity.” La Vang-Herr, Letty Chichitonyolotli, Yuriko Zubia will present stories about food. Tickets are $5-20, sliding scale (buy here). Walk-ins welcome, No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but if you can contribute, please do. Online donations can be made via Squarecash: $TenderTable or Paypal: tendertable@gmail.com. More information.

Sunday Suppers
Sunday, March 18, 2018; 4-9pm
DOC, 5519 NE 30th Avenue, Portland

DOC’s menu changes weekly, and is sometimes updated on the website. This is a chance to hang out with your fellow Porlanders over a delicious family-style meal, shared stories, and laughter. Wine paring available with each meal. $35 each. More information.

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Supper
Sunday, March 18, 2018; 4-9pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

Every Sunday night in their small kitchen, Ground Breaker makes gluten-free fried chicken with sides. Although they dredge the chicken in buttermilk you can reserve a dairy-free version if you call by 9pm the night before. More information.

Persian New Year Dinner
Sunday, March 18, 2018; 5-9pm
Rally Pizza, 8070 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA

Celebrate Persian New Year with a special menu full of Persian-influenced dishes, cocktails and wine pairings. Menu includes fried fish, beef stewed with green herbs, mezze platter with herbed omelet, and baklava. Reservations recommended, call 360-524-9000. More information.

Portland Mercury’s Highball
Monday-Sunday, March 19–25, 2018; various times
Various locations

“At each of Highball’s locations, you’ll find specially crafted cocktails that are available only to Highball participants. Even better? Each of these fantastic, sanity-saving cocktails will be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour!) and cost you a mere $5!” Here’s the cocktail list, and more information.

Pancake Night At Daruma
Monday, March 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.

Spring Patio Party
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 11am-7pm
Han Oak, 511 NE 24th Avenue, Portland

Celebrate the first day of spring on Han Oak’s patio with food from Gado Gado PDX. Menu includes smoked lamb wrapped in grilled bread, pea fritter sandwiches, shrimp chips & dip, and ice cold beer. They’ll play a movie on the big screen around 5pm. No tickets, no cover. Proceeds benefit Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. More information.

McMenamins Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 5-11pm
McMenamins Broadway Pub, 1504 NE Broadway, Portland

50% of sales for the night will go toward supporting Blueprint, an organization that helps people access choral music performances regardless of ability to pay. More information.

And It’s Portland Dining Month!

For the month of March, Portland will be celebrating Portland Dining Month, presented by Travel Portland. As of this writing, 127 restaurants are participating, offering three courses for $33. Check out the roster here, and this great guide from local blogger Pech. Portland Dining Month is a great way to get to know new-to-you restaurants for a good price, and a favorable way to return to your favorite spots, too.

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

10 Replies to “Portland Area Food Events, March 15-22”

    1. I had some of Chef Salimatu’s food at a blogger event last year. It was very tasty and I’ll have to make it to one of her dinners via Feastly this year. I’m eating more vegan food right now, so that’s really appealing. The meat dishes in many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa are intriguing, but I know what you mean about not worrying too much about what’s in a broth. I feel similarly about scrapple – tasty, but the backstory may not be the prettiest one. It would be interesting to research what traditional meatless/vegetarian and vegan dishes are a natural part of various African cultures’s diets, especially ones that tend to be meat-heavy. Wow, thanks for the inspiration, Catherine!

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