WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: APRIL 2018

WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: APRIL 2018

Starting this month, Travel Portland has teamed up with over 18 local hotels, restaurants, and bars to launch the Portland Charity Cocktail Program where one dollar from each speciality cocktail's sale will benefit our local charity Transition Projects. This program will go through the month of June while Travel Portland will track donations and distribute the funds donated to support Transition Projects' Mobile Engagement Program, which connects people experiencing homelessness to the services they need. 

Partners include:

Kachka

Pok Pok

For a complete list of participants and to learn more please visit Travelportland.com/charitycocktail


SUNDAY DINNER WITH RALLY PIZZA

Sunday, April 29th

My favorite pizza eatery in Vancouver, Rally Pizza, will be hosting the second installment of their "Sunday Dinner" series, this time highlighting the Food and Wine of Rome. Come taste and learn about the local food and wine of Rome in Rally Pizza's upcoming dinner featuring an optional regional wine pairing. The five-course dinner is $45 with the optional four-course wine pairing for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended and menu listed below:

WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: MARCH 2018

WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: MARCH 2018

Events happening this weekend and OMSI is unveiling their newest exhibit!


PADDY'S SAINT PATRICK'S FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th

Paddy's Bar & Grill, the oldest Irish pub in Downtown Portland, Oregon will be hosting their annual two-day St. Patrick's Day Festival fundraiser on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th. 

The festivities will kick-off with a tented, family-friendly street party on Saturday, March 17th starting at 11am. Guest can enjoy St. Patrick's Day favorites from the pub, including corned beef and cabbage, Guinness lamb stew, shepherd's pie, and other classic Irish dishes, Guinness and Kilbeggan drink specials. Paddy's signature Irish coffee, and premium Whiskey from Paddy's legendary whiskey wall with more than 600 spirits. Seven live bands, traditional bagpipers, and Irish dancers will serve as the weekend's entertainment. There is a $15 cover fee for guests entering after 2pm (kids 12 and under are free). The event is family friendly until 6pm.

The celebration continues on Sunday with Paddy's opening its pub at 8am, serving up an Irish breakfast to participants of the Shamrock run. The Murray School of Irish Dancing and local band will be the day's entertainment. There will be no cover fee for guests on this day.

visit http://paddys.com/st-patricks-day/ for a full event lineup and additional questions.


OMSI'S NEWEST EXHIBIT:

ROBOT REVOLUTION: THE COOLEST ROBOTS EVER!

Opening day is March 17 at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Robot Revolution, supported by google.org, explores how robots will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how e play, live and work together. 

Guests will have the opportunity to interact with robots that are rarely seen by the public, as they step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset. In attendance will be Yume Robo, the climbing robot that traverses up and down a ladder, to the Recon Scout Throwbot XT that can be thrown into a dangerous situation to collect vital information. Guest will see firsthand the capabilities of these machines.

Robot Revolution will run from March 17 - September 3. Tickets to this exhibit which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth ( ages 3 - 13), and $15.75 for seniors ( ages 63+ ). Prices for OMSI members are $5 for adults, $3.25 for youth, and $4.25 for seniors. Guest can purcahse tickets online at www.omsi.edu or in-person at the museum.


SPEND THE NIGHT AT OMSI

Tour OMSI's basement, exhibit shop, and collections at the first ever Adult Sleepover

OMSI is hosting its first-ever adults-only museum sleepover in Portland on April 13. OMSI All Night is a science-fueled evening (and morning) filled with behind-the-scene tours, wacky science demos, laser shows and more, Plus, explore OMSI's latest featured exhibit, Robot Revolution, and enjoy a midnight snack before falling asleep in the darkened halls of one of Portland's most beloved museums. 

Admission includes:

  • Heavy appetizers and drinks at evening reception
  • laser night show
  • Museum tours
  • Trivia
  • Breakfast
  • Admission to the museum on the following day

 

Space is limited and the event is 21+ only. Tickets are $130 for OMSI members and $150 for non-members. Get Tickets now!


WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: FEBRUARY 2018

WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: FEBRUARY 2018

February might be a short month but that doesn't mean we are short on ways and reasons to drink and eat this month. To get this month going we have a wine-paired dinner to benefit local charities supporting families and children,  a collaboration with Tony's Chocolonely and Nomad to raise awareness on the ethics behind chocolate, a fun ice cream brand launching on valentines day with a free pint giveaway, and some fun drinking adventures at OMSI's Empirical Theater. Check back often as this will be updated as I learn about new events!


CLASSIC WINE AUCTION EXPANDS SPRING WINEMAKER DINNER SERIES WITH ADDITIONAL NIGHTS, BRUNCH, AND LOCAL CELEBRITIES

The Spring Winemaker Dinner Series will feature an expanded schedule in 2018 with dinners hosted on the following evenings: Feburary 20-22, 27-28, and March 1. In addition, Class Wines Auction will host its first-ever Spring Winemaker Series Brunch on Sunday, February 25 with The Nightwood Society featuring Division Winemaking Co.

Each Winemaker Dinner offers guest a one-of-a-kind, multi-course menu with curated wine pairings. Top chefs from local restaurants including Dame, Kachka, Can Frong, Headwaters, St. Jack, and Urban Farmer are paired with some of the region's top winemakers including those from Brooks Wine, Crowley Wine, Col Solare, and Owen Roe to created an exceptional menu and pairings. 

Classic Wine Auctions has been consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, the Classic Wines Auction has raised more than $43 million for local nonprofit partners since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, Oregon, Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local organizations benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Unity Center for Behavioral Health. More at www.classicwinesauction.com.

While some dinners have already sold out, reservations remain for the following events. Tickets can be purchased at WinemakerDinnersPDX.com or by calling 503-972-0194.

Tuesday, Feburary 20:

  • The Nightwood Society with Analemma Wines
  • Urdaneta with Helioterra Wines

Wednesday, Feburary 21

  • Chef Kenny Giambalvo with Anne Amie Vineyards at Hotel Vintage Portalnd
  • Headwaters with Goodfellow Family Cellars
  • Swank Restaurant with Adelsheim Vineyards

Thursday, Feburary 22:

  • Cellar Z at Zupan's Market with Ken Wright Cellars
  • Olympia Provisions NW with Crowley Wines

Sunday, February 25:

  • The Nightwood Society Brunch with Division Winemaking Co. 

Tuesday, February 27:

  • Dame with Vincent Wine Company
  • St. Jack with Montinore Estate
  • Tournant with Brooks Wines

Wednesday, February 28:

  • Verdigris with Illahe Vineyards

Thursday, February 29:

  • Crown Paella with Timothy Malone Wines
  • Chef Carlo Lamagna at Feastly with Golden Cluster and Minimus Wines

OMSI Events:

Science Pub Portland: Urbanism Next: How emerging technologies will change the city as we know it

February 20, 7 p.m.

Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI

$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats: $5 suggested donation at the door. 

with Nico Larco, Associated Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initative and Becky Steckler, AICP, Program Manager for Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon. 

Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open to all ages. No scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


TONY'S CHOCOLONELY CAN BE FOUND AT NOMAD 

For the month of February Tony's Chocolonely has teamed up with Nomad for the latest "Not Just Dessert" collaboration series featuring recipes inspired by their delicious, slave-free chocolate in raising awareness of the issues surrounding human slavery in the cocoa industry.

During February you can expect to find a delightful lavender infused dark chocolate ice cream with poached blood orange and a sprinkle of heather flowers. 

 


VICE CREAM LAUNCHES IN OREGON WITH A HUGE 500 PINT GIVEAWAY 02/14 AT 11A

Vice Cream is the unapologetically indulgent premium ice cream brand based out of Boston and launching in all Safeway and Albertsons grocery stores across Oregon. Available in six flavors with punny names including:

  • Breakfast in Bed: Maple ice cream with chunks of sticky bun dough, pecan praline, and a touch of cream cheese frosting.
  • Afternoon Delight: Creamy vanilla ice cream with chunks of cookie dough, salted caramel truffles, and swirls of chocolate fudge and caramel. 
  • Toffee Wife: Peanut butter ice cream mixed with chopped toffee bars, peanut butter cookie dough, and toffee ripple.
  • Choc of Shame: Rich chocolate ice cream with brownie dough chunks, and dark chocolate shavings.
  • Higher Grounds: Dark roast coffee ice cream with swirls of mocha fudge, crunchy chocolate cookie crumbles, and espresso.
  • Bourbon Mash: Vanilla ice cream with whisky bourbon-caramel swirl and chocolate chuk mix-ins.

To celebrate their Oregon launch, Vice Cream will be giving away 500 free pints of ice cream at five select stores in the Portland and Beaverton area on February 14th at 11 a.m.. The first 100 to come into each select store will receive the free pint of ice cream.

Safeway Locations offering free pints of Vice Cream february 14th include:

  • 14555 SW Teal Blvd, Beaverton, OR
  • 4515 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR
  • 13485 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR
  • 1303 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR
  • 2800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

Launched in 2016 to be the most decadent super premium ice cream brand to make fun-humor with eight tongue-in-cheek flavors, and also give back to the cancer community as a central park of its mission. Using decadent mix-ins to create its uniquely rich, creamy ice cream, Vice Cream is unapologetically indulgent for when it's time to indulge.

Vice Cream Instagram / Twitter /  #EFIC - eat freaking ice cream


Come back often or follow my other social trails to learn about new events as they pop up!

WHAT'S ON MY RADAR: JANUARY 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I've got some fun food events up on the horizon. AND. Loads of activities at OMSI!

Let's get straight to the point.


Thursday, January 11th + 18th

RAY RESTAURANT SPECIAL DINNERS FOR JANUARY

Ray Restaurant, formally known as Lincoln Restaurant on North Williams a restaurant from Portland cookbook author and previous Top Chef Master's competitor, Jenn Louis. Jenn's newest creation, Ray, celebrates the diverse cultures and culinary traditions of Israel. Part of that celebration is highlighting all of the many cultures that reside inside of Israel.

For the month of January Ray will feature two special dinners aside from the regular menu. 

  • 01/11 Lincoln old-school pasta dinner
  • 01/18 Israeli Russian dinner

The dinners will cost $40 for food courses with beverage pairings available separately. 503-288-6200 for reservations. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian options are available, please note at time of reservation. 


Sunday, January 21st

RALLY PIZZA SUNDAY DINNER SERIES

Rally Pizza is launching a quarterly "Sunday Dinner" series, each dinner with a different regional Italian-inspired theme. The first dinner of this series will take place on Sunday, January 21st 5-9pm, with the theme "Volcanic Wines of Italy"

The dinner is 5 courses at $40 for food and an additional $20 for a four-course wine pairing and optional dessert wine. The regions represented are Campania, Sardinia, and Sicily. Chefs Alan Maniscalco and Shan Wickham's menu is inspired by these regions, with wine from each region to pair.

Volcanic Wines of Italy Menu:

Amuse: Chickpea fritters with smoked chile aioli

Antipasti: Frito misto -or- house made burrata with artichokes, citrus, and avocado.

Pasta: Handmade saffron pasta with slow cooked chicken and tomato sauce -or- tomato, soffritto, and ricotta salata

Entree: Meat course (either lamb or porchetta) -or- choice of pizza: Margherita, Marinara, or Amatriciana (tomato sauce, red onions, guanciale, pecorino). Entree comes with contorni (veggie sides): rapini, roasted carrots, and cipollini agrodolce.

Dessert: Cannoli sundae

This menu will be served in place of Rally Pizza's usual dinner menu from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 21st. Reservations are recommended: (360) 524 9000.

above photos courtesy of Little Green Pickle.


Thursdays starting January 11th

"BREW HOG" BEER TASTING AND BBQ EVENT EVERY THURSDAY AT NORTH 45 PUB

Every Thursday from 6-9 p.m., now through April 5th guests are invited to North 45 Pub to meet local brewers, enjoy free tastings, $4 pints, and delicious BBQ specials.

During the Brew Hog series, North 45 Pub will host a different local guest brewery each week to showcase their brews with free tasting. Chef Ashley Waechtner will prepare smoked ribs and pork specials to pair with that week's beer selection. 

North 45 "Brew Hog" Series Schedule:

P.s. the 4/5 Blowout party is benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Also, while there, check out the North 45 Pub's newly renovated large year-round patio, complete with a new domed tent and high-efficiency duct tent heaters! Possibly your next destination for a pub crawl?!

www.north45pub.com


Tuesday, January 16th and various events dates

OMSI SCIENCE PUB

OMSI science pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open to all ages. No scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland: Building Grand

Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI

When: January 16, 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 

With Raymond “Paul” Giroux, Dist. M. ASCE, Senior Estimating Manager at Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

OMSI After Dark

Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is typically held on the last Wednesday of every month. Special tasting editions are presented by Entercom and may be held on different days of the week.

Bourbon and Bacon

January 13, 7-10pm

Experience the science of intoxicating flavors and smoky pairings as we enter the sphere of Bourbon and Bacon at OMSI After Dark.

 

Now You See It

January 31, 6-10 p.m.

Step into the mysterious realm that Houdini once called home and explore the science behind the curtain.

OMSI Contact Info

Phone: 503.797.4000

Website: www.omsi.edu

Pricing

Museum General Admission: $14.50 (adults) | $9.75 (ages 3-13) | $11.25 (ages 63+)

Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $5.75 for members

Empirical Theater: $7-$8.50 (adults) | $6-$6.50 (ages 3-13) | $6-7 (ages 63+) | $1 off for members Planetarium/Laser Shows: $5.75-$7.50 non-members | $4.75-$7.50 members

OMSI Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Special Open Mondays: Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 19, Mar 26