(Pdx.eater) – Plus, Ringside Steakhouse celebrates 75 years of service and a Japanese cookbook author visits town
Welcome to EventWire, Eater PDX’s weekly rundown of upcoming local dining and drinking events. Published at the start of each week, EventWire has all the happenings most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next week, as well as upcoming dinners you’ll want to make reservations for ASAP, before they sell out.
This week, Olympia Oyster Bar heads to Function for a cocktail pop up, CraftPDX puts burgers on doughnuts, and a renowned cookbook author comes to town. Let’s get into it.
What: Cozy, casual Italian restaurant Burrasca will celebrate a Tuscan fall favorite ingredient, the chestnut, with daily food specials all November. Diners will find special dishes like chestnut pasta with fennel sausage and béchamel, savory chestnut tarts with pecorino sauce, and sweet chestnut flan with persimmon sauce throughout the month.
Details: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (closed Mondays) and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2032 SE Clinton Street. Just drop in.
What: In honor of Movember, chef Chris Cosentino’s bustling wood-filled restaurant Jackrabbit will donate $1 from each Save The Stache cocktail sold to the men’s health nonprofit organization all month. The drink is a take on the whiskey sour, with whiskey, lemon, egg white, and a scotch-infused date syrup. The restaurant will also donate $1 for each Vittoria Coffee drink sold, with the coffee roaster matching it up to $500.
Details: Just drop in to 830 SW 6th Avenue.
Monday, November 4
What: Cookbook author Nancy Singleton Hachisu of Japan: The Cookbook will come to the bright, minimalist event space Fora at Ava Gene’s for a reception for her new book, Food Artisans of Japan. Attendees will receive signed copies of the cookbook, which feature recipes from many Japanese chefs, as well as bites from the cookbook, including cedar two year barrel–fermented shoyu and miso from Japan.
Details: 6 to 8 p.m. 2413 SE 34th Avenue. Tickets are $50 and include signed copies of the book, plus small bites.
Tuesday, November 5
What: CraftPDX, the sleek, industrial restaurant at the Hi-Lo Hotel, will celebrate National Doughnut Day, which apparently is recognized twice a year, with a $10 BLT Doughnut Burger. The quarter-pound smash burger comes with candied bacon, lettuce, tomato, maple aioli, and Tillamook cheddar cheese on a glazed Voodoo Doughnut, and come with a side of fries.
Details: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 320 SW Harvey Milk Street. Just drop in.
Wednesday, November 6
What: In celebration of its 75 years of service, the dark, old-school Ringside Steakhouse will have a number of special dinners, including one that pays homage to classic Ringside dishes throughout the years. The menu includes oyster stew, a take on liver and onions with seared foie gras and shallot onion rings, and Wagyu Eye of Ribeye Diane with creamed spinach. Dinner starts with a martini, and each course is paired with wine or a drink.
Details: 6 to 9 p.m. at 2165 W Burnside Street. Tickets are $175 and all-inclusive.
Thursday, November 7
What: Park Avenue Fine Wines — the elegant wine shop, wine bar, and event space — will host Evening Land Vineyards’ winemaker Sashi Moorman for a four-course wine dinner. The evening will feature dishes like celery root and truffle salad with oven-dried tomatoes and pickled chanterelles; chestnut pappardelle with goose ragout, quince, and fried sage; and pork loin with squash spaetzle and Brussels leaves. Each course is paired with wines from Oregon and California.
Details: 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 626 SW Park Avenue. Tickets are $125 and all-inclusive.
Thursday, November 7
What: The elegant boutique hotel at Cannon Beach, the Stephanie Inn is hosting a series of guest chef dinners with notable Portland chefs, the first of which is with Vitaly Paley of Imperial and Headwaters. Chef Paley will serve a seafood-focused dinnerwith dishes like razor clam ceviche, Dungeness crab cakes, celeriac-and-Cana-de-oveja-cheese dumplings, and a choice between King salmon with roasted squash or roasted mushroom-stuffed rabbit with spätzle for an entree. Each course comes with an optional wine pairing, as well.
Details: 7 p.m. at2740 South Pacific Street, Cannon Beach, OR. Tickets $189 for five courses with wine, gratuity not included. Reservations can be made by calling (855) 977-2444.
Friday, November 8
What: The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction returns this week; the annual auction that supports ¡Salud!, a nonprofit that provides health care, health care education, outreach, and support to Oregon vineyard workers and their families. Though the Big Board Auction is sold out, interested parties can register for an e-paddle to bid on cases of ¡Salud! Cuvée Pinot noir from 40 different Oregon wineries, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the organization.
Details: Register for a paddle here; instructions will be provided via email.
Friday, November 8
What: Seafood restaurant Olympia Oyster Bar will head to the chic, industrial event space Function PDX for a “speakeasy” pop-up with tapas, cocktails, wine, and, of course, oysters. The à la carte menu includes dishes like dressed oyster trios, deviled farm eggs, and oysters on the half shelf, as well as a “conserva board” covered in tinned fish, pickled veggies, and bread and butter to share. There will also be an array of seasonal cocktails, plus wines cultivated by Simon Lowdry of Sardine Head.
Details: 4 to 10 pm. 919 NW 23rd Avenue. Just drop in.
Sunday, November 10
What: Piper Davis, host of the deep-dive food podcast Mouthy, will head to the spacious event hall the Nightwood Society for a live episode recording. Davis will be joined by Brigette and Sean McConville of Salmon King Catering, for the episode titled First Foods: Indigenous Eating in Modern America. Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Nez Perce Tribe, the McConvilles will share their stories and experience, as well as salmon dishes — dried, smoked, and pulverized.
Details: 3:30 to 5:30 at 2218 NE Broadway Street. Tickets are $25 and include recording, a drink, and food.
Sunday, November 11
What: The ever-expanding Aquavit Week comes to Portland again for a week-long celebration of the herbaceous Scandinavian spirits. The kick-off party will go down at the stylishly modernist Broder Nord cafe, with Nordic snacks and over two dozen aquavits from visiting aquavit producers, as well as cocktails made with the spirits.
Details: 6 p.m. at 2508 SE Clinton Street. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door, and include a welcome cocktail, food, and Nordic toast, with additional drinks available for purchase.