Portland Area Food Events, December 14-21

Peking Duck at Departure Lounge
Photo credit: Departure Lounge

Peking Duck is the most wonderful duck.

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.

Peking Duck Month
December 1-30, 2017; times vary
Departure Portland, 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland

From the Departure staff, this special month features:

  • The Peking Duck is cured in 5 spice, blanched in honey and Chinese wine, hung to air dry for 5 days, honey glazed and roasted daily, and served with a house-made cherry sauce, candied kumquats, scallions, hoisin, and cucumbers. It is also served with mandarin pancakes, encouraging guests to make mini sandwiches out of the feast.
  • The bits of meat and roasted skin left on the bones are removed and a savory duck fried rice is made with plenty of scallions and rendered duck fat.
  • To ensure 100% usage of the bird, guests start the meal with a cup of clear duck broth made from the ducks’ roasted bones.
  • For a final sweet note, a rich taste of creamy duck fat-coconut milk ice cream with marionberry sauce and buckwheat crumble closes the feast.

Call the restaurant at 503-802-5370 to reserve your delicious duck. Each meal is $106. More information.

The Taste of Division and Clinton
December 1-31, 2017
Op-Wurst, 3384 SE Division, Portland

“OP-Wurst Hot Buttered Rum and The Hound Dog—a frankfurter with apple butter, peanut butter sauce, bananas and lardons.” Available all month. More information. More information.

Schnitzel Night
Thursday, December 14, 2017; 5-9pm
Occidental Brewing Company, 6635 N Baltimore Avenue, Portland

Schnitzel and beer weather is here! “We will have three variations of Schnitzel all on special for the evening. We will be serving the classic schnitzel, schnitzel with a mushroom gravy, and schnitzel with sautéed onions.” More information.

Pok Pok: The Drinking Foods of Thailand
Thursday, December 14, 2017; 5:30-7:30pm
Providore Fine Foods, 2340 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

“James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic Karen Brooks (Portland Monthly) will lead a conversation with Andy Ricker about his favorite drinking snacks and his late-night travels through Thailand. We’ll also have salty snacks and special Pok Pok Som cocktails (plus recipes) for you to enjoy. And, of course, Andy will sign copies of his great new cookbook—a perfect addition to your library or a gift for the culinary traveler in your life!” FREE to attend. More information.

Sweater Weather 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017; 6-10pm
Townshend’s Tea Company, 2223 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Townshend is turning their tea house into a cocktail bar, with four bartenders serving up warm cocktails, the profits from which will go to a nonprofit they believe in:

  • Kate Bolton, Mint & Mirth—supporting ECO (Ecology in Classroom and Outdoors
  • Jessica Braaschley, The Bible Club—supporting The Q Center
  • Freedom Ciavarello, Circa 33—supporting EPHC (El Programa Hispano Católico)
  • Camille Cavan, Quaintrelle—supporting Animal Aid

“Sweaters are optional (we will notice though).” 21+ only. More information.

Star Wars Wine Experience
Friday, December 15 to Sunday, December 24, 2017; noon
Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar, 455 NE 24th Avenue, Portland

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

“It is a period of great thirst. Rebel wine enthusiasts, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil wine snobs. Little does Portland know that PAIRINGS PORTLAND has secretly begun construction on a new Star Wars-themed wine flight even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star!

That’s right: Pairings Portland is your only hope . . . of tasting eight wines paired to eight characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for just $25!”

More information.

Build-A-Box Holiday Gift Event
Saturday, December 16, 2017; 10am-2pm
Olympic Provisions NW, 1632 NW Thurman Street, Portland

This is a chance to create a custom gift while while enjoying beverages and charcuterie—and you can pick a selection of OP products for your box, as well as variety of additional products by Portland artisans. Alma Handmade Chocolates and Briar Rose Creamery will be sampling and selling their locally-made treats. Admission is $10 (buy here). Advanced reservations required—please sign up by Wednesday, December 13th! More information.

Third Annual Holiday Pop Up and Makers Market
Saturday, December 16, 2017; noon-3pm
Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave, Ste 200, Portland

“Fill your table and check everyone off your list with gifts crafted by Portland’s finest food & drink makers.” FREE to enter. More information.

Holiday Spirits Fest 2016
Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 2017; 11am-4:30pm
Portland Saturday Market, 2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland

“Have a drink, catch a show, and shop local. ” The local crafted spirits community will offer free tastings and you can purchase cocktails and bottles, too. FREE, 21+. More information.

Vegan Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 17, 2017; 6-9pm
Sweet Hereafter, 3326 SE Belmont St, Portland

Get to know some of Portland’s most talented creatives selling 100% Vegan products. The Sweet Hereafter will provide all vegan drink & food specials, DJ SPF 666 will be on the decks spinning holiday classics, disco and soul. All ages until 8pm. FREE. More information.

Taco Fight: An Odyssey of Flavors
Tuesday, December 19, 2017; 11am-2pm
Alto Bajo, 310 SW Stark Street, Portland

Taco Fight is back! This time it’s Chef BJ Smith of Smokehouse Tavern, Smokehouse Provisions and Kim Jong Smokehouse taking on Alto Bajo’s Chef Chip Barnes. $12 gets you two tacos (one from each chef) and a specialty margarita from Lunazul Tequila. More information.

Hanukkah-ish Supper & Benefit Dinner
Tuesday, December 19, 2017; 6-9pm
Handsome Pizza, 1603 NE Killingsworth, Portland

Lepage Food & Drinks will take over Handsome Pizza and present a farm-driven dinner to raise money for Ori Gallery in North Portland, an art gallery with a mission to “amplify the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color via community organizing and mobilization through the arts.” There will also be a raffle that evening. Tickets are $45 in advance (buy here), $55 at the door.  YOUR TICKET INCLUDES: a variety of festive & seasonal appetizers, a food ticket for your entree, snacky desserts, and a raffle ticket.  More information.

Pop-Up Hanukkah PDX
Wednesday, December 20, 2017; 7-10pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

Gather together on the final night of Hanukkah with wine, latkes, gelt, dreidel games, and more. Tickets are $55 and includes gratuity (buy here); Mazel Tov Cocktail and wine for purchase on-site. More information.

Tazón! Pozole!
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 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.

Phat Santa
Thursday, December 21, 2017; 6-9pm
Alameda Brewing Co., 4765 NE Fremont Street, Portland

“We proudly present to you Phat Santa – a Holiday Beer & Cheese Pairing Party! There will be Artisan Cheeses from Steve Jones’ Cheese Bar and prizes galore. This is a holiday event you’ll forever forget!” 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.

5 Replies to “Portland Area Food Events, December 14-21”

  1. That peking duck sounds amazing. Haven’t been there yet but want to. Haven’t been to Occidental’s Schnitzel night but hoping to make it to the raclette night. Want to go?

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