Weekend To-Dos

If your street looks like mine, you’re probably planning to spend the whole weekend with Mister Rake and approximately 4 billion soggy sycamore leaves. If you decide to take a break, or realize the futility of your efforts, give up raking, and hope for an early snow to conceal your slothfulness (my favored method of yard maintenance), here are a few fun weekend food events.

Drink Oregon-made Belgian-style beer at Bailey’s Taproom’s BelgianFest, sample obscure beer-tails at Brewing Up Cocktails, indulge in a four-course James Beard-inspired cocktail brunch with din din, sample artisan cheese and charcuterie at Foster & Dobb’s anniversary party, dress up in your Saturday best and hit the NW Food & Wine Festival, eat and learn at the latest Open Kitchen dinner, and EAT FREE POK POK WINGS at Pok Pok’s birthday party. (I know you think I just dreamed that last one, but it’s REAL! I promise!)

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baileyssnifterBailey’s Taproom’s BelgianFest 2010
Sat. 11/13 4pm-midnight
213 SW Broadway
Cash-only event, Admission $15, includes 5 tokens + souvenir snifter glass

Help downtown’s Bailey’s Taproom celebrate their first annual Belgian style beer festival spotlighting Belgian styles brewed by Oregon breweries, including Deschutes’ Marooned Belgian, Astoria’s Blueberry Lambic, 10 Barrel’s Dubbel Woody Cabernet, Ambacht’s G++Barley Brown’s Trappist Strong AleBeetje Blonde BeetjeBend Brewing Co.’s Wicked Medicine, Cascade’s Sour Bain de Brugge, Fort George’s ’08 North II, Laurelwood’s TripelLompoc’s ’08 Brewdolph, Roots’ Brune “O”Seven Brides’ Abbey Dubbel, and Upright’s Barrel-Aged Seven. I’d honestly go just to sample Caldera’s Vas Deferens Ale.

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openkitchenThe Open Kitchen Series
Sat. 11/13, 7pm
Abby’s Table, 609 SE Ankeny St.
$40 per guest, buy tickets here

The Open Kitchen is a new weekly dinner series that brings local chefs, local food, and local food industry movers ‘n shakers together to eat, drink and be educated. Chef and culinary arts teacher Jason McCammon will discuss his unique high school cooking program at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center in Milwaukie and prepare a dinner featuring a locally-sourced braised lamb. Courses will be paired with Fausse Piste Winery’s ’09 Viognier, and ’08 and ’09 Syrahs, and Fausse Piste owner Jesse Skiles will be on hand to talk wine.

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brewingupcocktailsBrewing Up Cocktails
Sat. 11/13 6-10pm
Hop & Vine,  1914 N. Killingsworth St.
Free Admission, Drinks individually priced

Should you have a beer, or a cocktail? It’s a difficult decision. But local writer, mixologist, and magician Jacob Grier and beer blogger Ezra Johnson-Greenough are of the mind that you can have your beer and drink a cocktail too. Join them at Brewing Up Cocktails, an event that joins craft beer and cocktails and spirits in holy liquid matrimony. Beer drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts stand side by side at the The Hop & Vine Bottleshop, drinking unique concoctions like the Hot Scotchy, made with the first runnings of un-fermented beer wort (er, yum?), and the Wassail–a hot cocktail featuring Deschutes Brewery‘s Jubelale winter ale stewed with roasted apples, rye whiskey, sherry and spices.

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dindintableDin Din & House Spirits Distillery’s Autumn Cocktail Brunches
Sat-Mon 11/13-15 11am-2pm
The Chef Studio, 2818 SE Pine St.
$60, includes brunch and cocktails
Email courtney@dindinportland.com or call 971-544-1350 for reservations

Inspired by James Beard’s love of pasta and alcohol at breakfast, delightful din din Chef Courtney Sproule has teamed up with House Spirits Distillery to bring you a mind-boggling brunch menu–salmon St. Germain mousseline on beet chips paired with an Aviation Gin Fizz, brandied French toast with crab and saffron cream and a House Spirits Coffee Liqueur cocktail, egg yolk mushroom raviolo with whole grain mustard hollandaise, braised greens, and ham paired with a Krogstad Aquavit cocktail, and finally, a quince Dolin Blanc sorbet and hazelnut tuile with a House Spirits White Dog. Background music will run along the lines of ska and 80′s tunes, local artist Ruth Shively is in charge of table decor, and episodes of hilarious British sitcom Ab Fab will be projected on the wall. This trumps your current plans to eat Rice Krispies and watch cartoons alone in every way.

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nwfoodwineNW Food & Wine Festival
Sat. 11/13, 4-8pm
1400 NW 15th Ave.
$75 General Admission, $95 w/ pre-show Grand Tasting

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If you’ve been complaining that you never get to dress up in Portland, this is your chance. The suggested dress code for the annual NW Food and Wine Festival is cocktail attire for ladies and slacks and sports coats for men, so try not to spill pinot noir on your white ballgown. Held in the swanky new Pearl District PureSpace event hall, the festival features live music, 600 wines, plenty of local liquors, and eats by 50 restaurants like A Cena, Allium, Aquariva Aquariva, Bluehour, Chez Joly, Davis Street Tavern, Red Star Tavern, Simpatica, The Original, Toast, Typhoon, and Urban Farmer.

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fosteranddobbsextFoster & Dobbs 5th Anniversary
Sat. 11/13 2-5pm
2518 NE 15th Ave.
Free

It’s hard to believe, but for the past five years, Irvington specialty shop Foster & Dobbs has been supplying us with gorgeous cheeses, charcuterie, chocolate, wine, Ploughman’s lunches, Tasmanian Leatherwood honey, goose rilletes, and bergamot marmalade. In honor of their half-decade mark, proprietors Tim Wilson and Luan Schooler are holding an anniversary bash with complimentary samplings by local deliciousness-makers like Bergström Wines, Cocoa Velvet Chocolates, Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Little Forest Pickles, Pholia Farm, Sahagun Chocolates, and Sineann Wines. Even super cute salumist Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions will be there. So should you.

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pokpokextPok Pok Anniversary
Sun. 11/14 5pm-midnight
3226 SE Division St.
Free

It seems like everyone is turning five lately. Even mighty Pok Pok, which has spent those five years blossoming from a shack in Chef Andy Ricker‘s driveway into the culinary powerhouse and media darling it is today. In honor of Pok Pok’s birthday, they are throwing a bash at nearby Whiskey Soda Lounge, where you can indulge in some of your Pok Pok favorites, like Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Grilled Pig Parts, Papaya Pok Pok and Miang Kham, and wash them down with cold brews from Double Mountain Brewery and Beerlao. It’s Andy’s way of saying, “to all who have eaten, waited in line to eat, ordered out from, told their friends about, written about, worked at, and in any way supported Pok Pok over the first five years, THANK YOU!!