Portland Area Food Events, March 29-April 5

Photo credit: Claude Truong-Ngoc

A 19th century seder plate from the Rhine Valley.

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
Thursday, March 29, 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.

$1 A Shuck Pacific Oyster Pop Up Bar
Thursday, March 29, 2018; 5-9pm
Chill N Fill, 5215 N Lombard Street, Portland

Taylor Shellfish Farms XS Pacific Oysters from Totten Inlet will be featured in this edition of the oyster pop up bar. $1 a shuck and they go great with beer—pFriem Juicy and Triple IPA and/or Block 15 Mango Song and Sticky Hands Tropical Slam IPA will be available. More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursdays, March 29 and April 5, 2018; 6-10pm
North 45 Pub, 517 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Each Thursday evening until April 5, 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 29 it’s Grixsen; for April 5 it’s Blowout Party. More information.

Growler Fill Friday
Friday, March 30, 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.

Spring Beer & Wine Fest
Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2018; both days start at noon
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland

Enjoy tasting scads of local beer and wine, as well as artisan cheeses and local chocolates. Tickets are $10-25. More information.

Animal Aid’s Pop-Up Pub
Friday, March 30, 2018; 6-9pm
Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway Street, Suite 300, Portland

“It’s the return of Animal Aid’s Pop-Up Pub, a one-night event inspired by Portland and created for the animals. We’re once again bringing you trivia from ShanRock Triviology, board games (including everyone’s favorite jumbo Jenga set!), pizza, salad, breadsticks, beer, wine, and a pawesome selection of auction items. Plus, we’re adding a photo booth this year, so be sure to arrive camera-ready, and we’ll provide the props. Join us for an entertaining night of giving guaranteed to start your weekend off right!” $30-35 in advance (buy here), $35-40 at the door. 21+. More information.

Passover Seder—First Night & Passover Seder—Second Night
Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, 2018; 7-9pm
Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, 1038 SW Stark Street, Portland

“We will be hosting our annual Seders again this year! Join us for one of both nights. Presided over by the wonderful Ms. Heidi Yorkshire—complete with baritone ukulele, of course!” Tickets are $48.75 each including wine ($38.75 without), Kids under 12 are $27.75. Call the Deli counter at 503-222-3354 to make reservations. More information.

Kachka + Passover
Saturday, March 31, 2018; 5:30-10pm
The Nightwood, 2218 Northeast Broadway, Portland

Kachka Chef Bonnie Morales has  joined music teacher and Jewish/food justice activist Hannah Treuhaft for a Passover Seder. Chef Morales and Chef Sarah Schneider of The Nightwood will provide an “old-world- meets-new take on the classic Seder meal.” Treuhaft will lead the Seder “retelling the story of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt, reflecting on its modern implications, and coming together to explore some of the larger questions in our hearts.” There will be vodka. Tickets are $85 (buy here). More information.

Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 1, 2018; various times
Various locations

Open Table has a list of places serving Easter Brunch. More information.

Jackfruit Popup At Culmination Taproom
Sunday, April 1, 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.

Sunday Suppers
Sunday, April 1, 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.

Community Pints
Tuesdays, April 3 to April 24, 2018
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, 210 NW 11th Avenue, Portland

“Each Tuesday in April, $1 from every pint purchased at Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House goes to Store to Door!” More information.

Second Annual Spring Mushroom Dinner
Wednesday, April 4, 2018; 6:30-10:30pm
Bergerac Bistro, 5520 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland

This spring mushroom dinner is a collaboration with Rachel Zoller at Yellow Elanor featuring a four-course menu and education talk on—what else?—mushrooms. Look forward to pickled portobellos, sautéed Yellowfoot chanterelles, spring morels with rack of lamb, and a dessert that includes candy cap crème pâtissière. Tickets are $65 each (buy here), drinks & gratuity not included; optional wine pairing $22. Make your reservation at 503-777-6399. NOTE: “We require a credit card to confirm all bookings with a $30 charge per person in the event of cancellations less than 48 hours before the event or a no show.” More information.

And It’s Portland Dining Month!

For the next several days in March, Portland continues 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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