←“Return of the King” Elvis Tribute at Salt and Straw

What: In honor of Elvis’s birthday, Salt and Straw is rolling out the red carpet to the King of Rock and Roll with a rollicking evening of performance and the release of their own ice cream interpretation of Elvis’s legendary peanut butter–banana–bacon sandwich. Imagine savoring banana custard ice cream laden with candied bacon bits and peanut butter cookie dough with marionberry jam ribbons while enjoying a bejeweled Elvis impersonator crooning nostalgic favorites.
When: Wednesday, Jan 8th. Elvis will make it to all three Salt and Straw locations, performing at 6 pm (Division location), 7:30 pm (Alberta), and 9 pm (NW 23rd).
Where: Salt and Straw locations– 2035 NE Alberta St, 838 NW 23rd Ave, and 3345 SE Division St.
How Much: Free. Check out saltandstraw.com or call 971-271-8168 for more information.

Pazzo Ristorante’s Chef John Eisenhart Celebrates 10 Years

What: Pazzo unleashes a limited edition menu for the month of January featuring Chef John Eisenhart’s biggest Northern Italian hits from the last decade, marking Eisenhart’s 10th anniversary at this downtown eatery.
When: The entire month of January
Where: Pazzo Ristorante, 627 SW Washington St
How Much: Special menu prices vary. Select 2004 wines are $10 per glass, and Amarone, and Brunello wines $20.04 per glass. Call 503-228-1515 or check out pazzo.com to book your reservation.

Las Primas Two-Year Anniversary Party

What: Raise a glass of Inca Borrachos in honor of Las Primas second year in business serving North Portland. Enjoy killer drink specials and pan con asado (slow roasted beef sandwich) while grooving to live, dance worthy Latin tunes performed by Martin Zarzar (formerly of Pink Martini) and his band.
When: Saturday, Jan 11th from 6 – 9 pm
Where: Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen, 3971 N Williams Ave
How Much: Free. Pan Con Asado $5 per person and special drink prices vary. Check out lasprimaskitchen.com for more information.

Multnomah Whiskey Library Celebrates Whisky’s Authenticity with Stuart Ramsey

What: Don your Highland plaids and head out to the Multnomah Whiskey Library to hang out with Scottish born Keeper of the Quaich, Stuart Ramsay, and learn all there is to know about whisky. Blind taste six whiskies, and discover first–hand the nuances of regional variations. Sit beside a peat fire while you sip a wee dram, learn old Scottish toasts, and give Stuart’s favorite, haggis, a try in a night of education, banter, and whisky tasting. 
When: Monday, Jan 13th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Multnomah Whiskey Library, 1124 SW Alder St
How Much: $55 per member, $65 per non–member. Reserve your spot on whiskeylibrary.com.

Mushroom Extravaganza at Fireside

What: This west side eatery is celebrating one of the Northwest’s quintessential foraged food: mushrooms! Fireside is spotlighting these seasonal forest gems in an evening of mushroom loving indulging, complete with beer and wine pairing. 15% of sales for the evening will be donated to the Friends of Children Portland.
When: Sunday, January 15, 5 – 9:30 pm
Where: Fireside, 801 NW 23rd Ave
How Much: Special prices vary. Call Fireside at 503-477-9505 to reserve your spot.

Brew Masterpiece Theatre Series present rock film The Last Waltz

What: Hop on the train and let down your hair, Lompoc Brewery and Hollywood Theatre have combined forces to host a classic rock themed evening screening the legendary concert film, The Last Waltz, with The Parson Redheads performing live covers of The Band. Do your best not to get as drunk as Van Morrison as you imbibe Lompoc’s classic rock themed IPAs (Every Rose Has A Thorn, Ramble On, White Album, Satisfaction, and Saaz, Nuggs, and Rock & Roll) in the latest installment of Brew Masterpiece Theatre series.
When: Friday, Jan 17th at 7 pm
Where: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd
How Much: $8 per person admission, plus the price of beer. For more information, check out hollywoodtheatre.org.

Pacific Pie’s Third Annual Pie Bake–Off

What: Pacific Pie is calling all bakers to step up to the plate show off their best lattice crusted, pastry laden stuff at their third annual Bake–Off commemorating National Pie Day. Register your sweet or savory pie to be judged by a jury of pie aficionados for your chance at the 2014 PDX Pie Champion, and the People’s Choice Award. Not a baker? Skip the competition and stop in to Pacific Pie on National Pie Day (Jan 23rd) to celebrate with pie specials all day long.
When: Sunday, Jan 19th from 11 – 2 pm
Where: Pacific Pie, 1668 NW 23rd Ave
How Much: Free. National Pie Day (Jan 23rd) pies are $3.50 a slice. For more information call 503-894-9482 or email at info@pacificpieco.com.

Gramercy Tavern and Le Pigeon Collaborative Dinner 

What: Le Pigeon welcomes Michael Anthony, NYC’s Gramercy Tavern chef/partner, author, and James Beard award winner for a five course, collaborative dinner with the Le Pigeon team. Celebrating 20 years in NYC, this farm to table eatery has just released its first cookbook and the two restaurant are far from strangers. Andy got his start in the Gramercy kitchen, and Gabe Rucker collaborated with Gramercy on occasion. The menu is still in the works, but, with these chefs at the helm, it’s a dinner you won’t want to miss.
When: Monday, January 20th with a 5:30 and 8:15 seating.
Where: Le Pigeon, 738 East Burnside St
How Much: $125 per person (includes beverage pairings, and gratuity). Signed copies of Gramercy Tavern cookbook will be available for $50.

Author Diane Morgan teaches two Food Writing Workshops

What: Spend an afternoon gleaning food writing wisdom from James Beard award–winning author, Diane Morgan. Learn how to write, pitch, and market your next food writing project at her “Food Writing that Sells" workshop or hone your recipe writing skills with her Recipe Writing Intensive. Whether you are a chef, writer, home cook, or just want to sharpen your skills, spend an afternoon with the pro and walk away armed to tackle your next food writing project.
When: “Food Writing that Sells” workshop held Saturday, Jan 25th from 9 to 2 pm, and Recipe Writing Intensive workshop help Saturday, Feb 1st from 9 – 2 pm.
Where: Good Keuken, 5031 NE 42nd Ave
How Much: $125 per person, per workshop. For more information and to reserve your spot check out dianemorgancooks.com or call 503-799-4994.

Culinaria Dinner Series at Disjecta featuring John Gorham

What: Artistic and culinary minds come together in one expertly curated evening supporting Disjecta’s Curator-In-Residence program. Rub shoulders with artists, Disjecta curator, and director in Disjecta’s intimate exhibition space over a deliciously crafted menu by Toro Bravo’s John Gorham.
When: Monday, Jan 27th
Where: Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave
How Much: $100 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, check out disjecta.org.

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