Portland Area Food Events, March 8-15


Nothing says lovin’ like a plate of tasty Venezuelan food.

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 8 and 15, 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.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursdays, March 8 and 15, 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 March 8 is Fearless; for March 15 it’s Ordnance. More information.

Bululú: Cuisine and Culture of Venezuela
Thursday, March 8, 2018; 6:30-8:30pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

This is the first popup dinner from the folks at La Arepa, the spot for Venezuelan food and culture in PDX. Partners Antonio Gutierrez and Elsy Rodriguez will offer three courses and a cocktail at the popup: arepas, Pabellon Criollo, and Quesillo; the cocktail will be made with passionfruit, pineapple juices, and Venezuelan rum. NB: “Bululú is the Venezuelan expression of the sound a large crowd makes.” Tickets are $33 (buy here). More information.

Growler Fill Friday
Friday, March 9, 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.

Winter Farmers Mercado
Saturday, March 10, 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.

Cider Rite of Spring

This annual cider tasting event welcomes the return of spring and the blossoming of the NW cider industry. Taste over 100 ciders from over 30 cidermakers. There will be a special VIP hour from noon-1pm. Tickets range from $5 (Safe Driver) to $50 (VIP)–buy here. More information.

Geisha Tasting & Coffee Pairing
Saturday, March 10, 2018; 2-3pm
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom – Alberta, 2006 NE Alberta Street, Portland

Take the opportunity to taste “the loftiest sour beer ever crafted” alongside a cup of Geisha coffee brewed by Proud Mary Coffee. The Geisha bean won first place in the Best of Panama Auction from 2004 to 2010 and has established itself as the “pinnacle bean in the coffee world.” The pairing includes a 4oz sample of the beer alongside an 8oz cup of Geisha coffee from Proud Mary’s. The cost is $20 (buy here). More information.

4th Annual Collabofest
Saturday, March 10, 2018; 2-8pm
Base Camp Brewing, 930 SE Oak Street, Portland

“Sixteen rad local craft brewers.  Sixteen rad collaborative beers.  Only at Collabofest.” These breweries have been paired up and together created some new brews. The event benefits the Nature Conservancy. Tickets are $25 General Admission, $40 VIP (buy here). More information.

Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sunday, March 11, 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.

4th Annual Bakers Dozen
Sunday, March 11, 2018; 10am-1pm
Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook Street, Portland

This event focuses on three of Portland’s best foods: coffee, beer, and doughnuts. The beer brewers have use coffee beans from different roasters; 13 brews will be available, as well as tastes of 13 donuts. Admission gets you the brews, donuts, and a souvenir glass. Tickets are $28 (buy here) and can also be purchased at the door. 21+ only for the beer, the rest is family-friendly. More information.

Sunday Suppers
Sunday, March 11, 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 11, 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.

J-Dog Night!
Monday, March 12, 2018; 4-9pm
Daruma Sushi+Saké, 1640 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland

Also known as the Koboyashi Dog (or Hotto Dogu), these are hot dogs with unconventional and tasty toppings—things you might find in a Japanese restaurant, like bonito fish flakes, Kewpie mayo, soba noodles, and pickled ginger. Daruma is offering five combinations created by Chef Devin; DJ Sappho will also be on hand, spinning sweet tunes. Happy hour menu available all night, too. Here are some of the dogs you can expect (plus more information):

  • The Daruma—Curry Ketchup, Kewpie, Wasabi Mustard
  • Kimchi—Kewpie, Kimchi, Fried Onion
  • Yaki—Teriyaki Sauce, Pickled Daikon, Fresh Cabbage
  • Curry—Kimchi, Fried Onion, Green Onion, Wasabi Mustard, Curry Ketchup
  • Nori—Tsukemono, Pickled Daikon, Fresh Cabbage, Kewpie, Nori

PAW Team Fundraiser!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018; 4:30-9pm
Red Sauce Pizza, 4935 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland

Red Sauce is raising money for the animals. “Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team provides vet services for the pets of people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Their valuable services alleviate suffering and save the lives of these pets.” Eat pizza, eat a salad, drink some cider, savor an incredible ding dong and 15% of your bill will be donated to support this important cause. More information.

Pie Cider for Pi Day
Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 4-10pm
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, 1813 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland

Pie-infused ciders for Pi Day, served in a flight:

  • Pacific Pie Company: Salted Caramel Apple Pie
  • Pie Spot: Gluten-Free Lemon Vanilla Bean
  • Lauretta Jean’s Pie: Blackberry Raspberry Streusel
  • Sizzle Pie Randall: 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon (Canadian bacon & pineapple)

21+ only. More information.

Pi Day Party!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018; 6-9pm
The Nightwood, 2218 NE Broadway Street, Portland

Annie of AnniePies, a new partner with The Nightwood, will be preparing pies with The Nightwood’s Kitchen Queen Sarah, both sweet and savory. Some possible pies include chicken pot pie, GF shepherd’s pie, chocolate mint pie, s’mores, and more. All you can eat pie buffet at $20 (RSVP here, pay at the door). Beer and wine available to purchase at the bar. 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.

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.

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