Get crafty with Hattie's annual Peeps diorama contest!
Get crafty with Hattie's annual Peeps diorama contest!

Hale Pele Rum Dinner and Cocktail Tasting

What: Oregon Rum Runners will be gathering for an exclusive – 40 people max – night of rum cocktails paired with Polynesian fair. Guests also receive tickets to this year’s TOAST 2014 (see below).
When: April 9, 6–8 pm
Where: Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway St.
How Much: $75. Reservations can be made at halepelepdx@gmail.com.

4th Annual TOAST 2014: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting

What: Over 120 Northwest craft spirits from Whiskey and Rum to Absinthe and Aquavit will be on hand, as well as some of Portland’s favorite food carts.
When: Friday, April 11, 5 pm – 10 pm and Saturday, April 12 4 pm – 10 pm.
Where: World Trade Center, Sky Bridge Level. 121 SW Salmon St.
How Much: $25 per day, or $20 per day if pre-purchased online at Oregon Distillery Trail.

Hattie’s Sweet Shop 2nd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest

What: Hattie’s Sweet Shop hosts “Show us the best of Oregon!” themed Peeps Diorama Contest.  The top 3 entrants, chosen by a panel of judges, comprised of business owners and local celebrities, will win an Easter Basket of goodies from Hattie’s.
When: Now until April 12
Where: Hattie’s Sweet Shops, 4815 NE Fremont St or 7828 SW Capital Highway
How Much: Free. For entry details, visit Hattie’s Sweet Shop.

Riedel Glass Seminar & Oregon Olive Mill Olive Oil Tasting

What: In this two-part seminar, first discover why glasses really do make a difference in your drinking experience, hosted by Riedel Glass. Guests keep whatever glasses they taste from. An olive oil tasting follows where guests will learn how to best utilize olive oil to enhance food.
When: April 13, 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: Red Ridge Farms, 5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd in Dayton, OR
How Much: $90. For further information, visit Red Ridge Farms, or purchase tickets on Eventbrite. 

Gluten-Free Brassicas Dinner at Harvester Gastropub with Laura Russell

What: To celebrate the release of Laura Russell’s newest book Brassicas: Cooking the World’s Healthiest Vegetables, Harvester chef Neil Davidson (an alumn of Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc) will be preparing a seven-course gluten-free meal paired with Harvester’s killer selection of gluten-free beer. Menu highlights are set to include ale-braised beet short ribs with cauliflower rice, an Antipasti Platter with pickled veggies, smoky kale salad, smoked trout, prosciutto pizza, and hazelnut-crusted chocolate cake.
When: April 15, 7 pm
Where: Harvester Gastropub, 2030 SE 7th Ave
How Much: $65. Tickets available online.

Oyster Social Pop-Up at Upright

What: Toast the end of the Blazers home games with a flight of Upright beers, including their latest Oyster Stout, and freshly shucked oysters with your choice of dipping sauces: Deep Sea Chili, Red Jalapeno, and Ginger/Shallot Mignonette.
When: April 16, 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Upright Brewing Tasting Room, 240 N Broadway
How Much: $2 per oyster (cash only).

Willamette Valley Vineyards AVA Series Tasting & Pairing

What: The five wines in Willamette Valley Vineyards’ 2010 collection will be paired with food made by chef Eric Nelson. A discussion will be led by founder, Jim Bernau. Seating is limited to 40 people.
When: Friday, April 18 at 7 pm
Where: Willamette Valley Vineyards, 8800 Enchanted Way
How Much: $250 includes reservations for two for tasting, food pairing and 5 bottle collection of wines. Call 503-588-9463 or email info@wvv.com for reservations.

Pix Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza and Tea

What: Pix is giving away a $50 Golden Ticket in one hidden egg in their Easter Egg Hunt.  Sit down to Easter Sunday Tea to enjoy 30 types of sweet and savory treats, and a pot of Townshend’s tea.  Chocolate bunnies on motorcycles, Pix Surprise Eggs and house-made Tahitian Vanilla Bean Peeps are just some of the samplings you can expect.
When: Sunday, April 20, Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2 pm, Tea Time at 2, 3 and 4 pm.
Where: Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside
How Much: Entrance is free, reservations required for tea.  See Pix Patisserie Event Page for more details.

Easter Brunch at The Benson

What: Families are invited to indulge in a delicious array of food, sparkling wine, entertainment and photos with the Easter bunny.
When: Sunday, April 20 from 9:30 am – 2 pm
Where: The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway
How Much: $49 for adults and youth, $25 for children 6 to 12 

Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at Besaw’s

What: Besaw’s will be serving Easter Sunday brunch and hosting an Easter egg hunt in the garden where families can expect to find and take pictures with the Besaw’s Bunny, and decorate their own bags.
When: April 20.  Easter Egg hunt begins at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm
Where: Besaw’s, 2301 NW Savier St.
How Much: Menu prices vary. For further information, call 503-228-2619.

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