Around Town

With Portland's restaurant scene burgeoning at the seams, it's a wonder how so many places stay top-of-mind with those looking to fill their growling appetites. Below are two unique programs that would catch any foodie's--or pet lover's--eye from a couple of female chefs on Portland's long list of "Ones to Watch" that I wanted to share.

Jenn Louis and her team at Lincoln are at it again. Louis recently launched a series of three-course dinners that range from $25 to $30 per plate and puts 12 lucky diners on 12 plush stools around her kitchen table for an up close and personal, and I'd say special, dining experience amongst the magic that happens behind the scenes.

Diners can call ahead and reserve a single spot at the table, or reserve all 12 spots for a group of their most favorite foodie friends.

From Lincoln:
To make a reservation, please call 503-232-4675. Here's this week's dinners.

Thursday, March 5: $25

Arugula with blood oranges, pear, almonds and citrus vinaigrette
Pork shoulder with soft polenta and roasted onions
Chocolate slumpcake with nibs and crème fraiche

Friday, March 6: $30
Roasted beets with fromage blanc and salsa verde
Bourride of clams, mussels, true cod, potatoes and fennel
Chocolate espresso cake with maldon salt and crème fraiche

Saturday, March 7: $30
Fried fennel with lemon aioli
Puree of cauliflower soup with porcini charlotte
Braised flank steak with olives, red onion and potato gratin
Almond cake with poached pears

Sunday March 8, $25
Chicken curry with chickpeas and garam masala
Green cabbage with mustard seeds and ginger
Apple and carrot raita
Basmati rice
Vanilla ice cream with butterscotch

Did she say braised flank steak with olives, red onion and potato gratin? I think I also saw two of my favorite words used together: lemon + aioli? Sign me up!

Dinners start at 7 pm. Please call 503-232-4675 for reservations.

Space is limited; if you find yourselves without any dinner plans late in the day, they may have some last minute cancellations.

"TLC" Pet Mingle
The second special event I recently came across was from chef Courtney Sproule, mastermind behind Portland's din din dining series of intimate dinners hosted at a variety of the city's venues. Sproule has joined forces in a collaborative effort with local photographer Tim Gunther, Liz Kay, owner of I Walk the Vine wine t-shirt company and Will West, a local singer-songwriter.

The collaboration is a benefit for Dove Lewis, Portland's nonprofit emergency animal hospital.

What's more? You get to bring your pet and have your picture taken--with your pet--by Tim himself. And this mingle comes at an unheard of cost--just $10! Ten dollars to bask in food and wine pairings from Sproule, have your pic taken with your best friend and get exclusive access to Liz's designs? I need to borrow a pet!

Further information from Sproule and team:

Pet Mingle
March 14th
3:00 – 6:00 PM

an afternoon of good food, wine,
live music & photography

· Portland photographer Tim Gunther will capture you & your pet.

· Wine & food pairings by din din's Courtney Sproule.

· Live music by singer-songwriter Will West.

· Silent auction – music, food, wine, vet packages.

· Trunk show with I Walk the Vine apparel.

Ticket proceeds will benefit Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.
Tickets are $10 - this includes all of the above!
Limited amount will be sold so buy early.

Tim Gunther Studios
917 NW 19TH, suite E
Portland OR, 97209
½ block south of Lovejoy

Purchase tickets by clicking here
Or call 503.547.5833

Get out and enjoy what's going on around town!


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