Whether online or in public, Portland continues its food and drink events

With dining rooms closed indefinitely and large gatherings banned in the face of COVID-19, there’s a huge shortage on the Portland event scene. Gone are the wine dinners and oyster festivals. The only food-themed weeks are the ones that people make up at home in their own kitchens to pass the time, and the once-endless multitude of beer festivals in event halls and under tents has, for now, ended… mostly.

However, Portlanders are nothing if not creative and resilient, and there’s still some food and drink fun to be had, even if some of it is across a digital span, from the safety of one’s own home. Here are the six Portland food and drink events, online or in public, to hit this week.

Night Light Lounge Sandwich Pop Up

When: Wednesday, April 29
What it is: Night Light Lounge will is holding a sandwich pop-up event featuring ingredients from the local Vibrant Farms. The moody, vibrant lounge is still closed, of course, but will offer smoked porchetta and grilled chicken sandwiches to go, as well as truffle fries, mint and brownie ice cream sandwiches, and a Pono Brewing hazy IPA.
Why you should go: It’s a good way to support a local business, a local farm, and to grab an easy, safe, and satisfying dinner.
Details: 4 to 9 p.m. at 2100 SE Clinton Street.

Ask Vitaly Anything

When: Friday, May 1
What it is: Portland luminary chef Vitaly Paley has a live cooking show on his personal Instagram page each Friday afternoon. The chef and his wife Kimberly stream from their kitchen, and this week will be showing viewers how to prepare grilled lamb chops and potato gratin.
Why should “go”: It’s free, fun, informative cooking lesson from a Portland icon, and a friendly way to pass the evening and learn some new recipes.
Details: 5 p.m. at vit0bike.

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