Dia de Los Muertos Dinner with Hand Made Mexico

I love pop up restaurants because it allows chefs to have a life without the grind and debt of a brick and mortar restaurants with set daily hours, and these more intimate dinners always present an opportunity for a chef to come in front of the guests and talk about what inspired the food or how they made the food. The recent Dia de los Muertos Dinner with Hand Made Mexico series is a perfect example of how going to a pop up, even solo (you are sitting usually at communal tables and meeting people anyway!) is worth it for those backstories.

Dia de los Muertos Dinner with Hand Made Mexico with Chef Cynthia Vigil and Feastly

The dinner was a family affair, with references to food memories of meals by or with Chef Cynthia Vigil’s  mom or with her sister, and hearing the techniques (some time consuming, some causing blisters!) passed down through generations being used to make our dishes. Here’s a look at the dinner, which also served as a fundraiser – 10% of the total sales were donated to Pintando Esperanza (Painting Hope) to help build houses for those who lost everything on the 9/19 earthquake in Mexico City and Morelos.

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Portland Pop Up Restaurant List 2017

Updated August 1, 2017

It’s difficult to track pop-ups: they often change up when they are open and where they might appear. Depending on the season, they may close down for a while – and if you don’t pay attention to their social media you could miss when they come back from their sabbatical, while others move on to other ventures. All have limited capacity so if you don’t jump on reservations quickly you are out of luck until the next event.

That means following lots of things on social media or being on several mailing list to become informed immediately when an announcement for a meal event is made with the when, where, etc.  Despite the work, pop up restaurants are often your chance to try great cuisine and meet amazing chefs, as the lineage of pop ups alumni that have now settled into homes like Holdfast Dining, Nodoguro, Langbaan, Coquine, and Nomad PDX are proof.

Eater PDX has published my list of Best Portland Pop Ups and Supper Clubs and you can see it here: the only ones listed below are ones not on that published list or I have my own link so you can read my experience with it on a blog post as I removed those for the Eater article. [Read more…]

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Oyster Social a pop up to go with Beer!

What a weird coincidence that I have 3 beer related posts scheduled back to back. I promise you, I am still enjoying other beverages, it’s just the way this turned out in the blog calendar… Anyway.

Oyster Social is a pop-up raw bar that has been appearing at various brewpubs in Portland. Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot.

Oyster Social, a pop-up raw bar that has been appearing at various brewpubs in Portland. Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 a pop (cash only) Oyster Social, a pop-up raw bar that has been appearing at various brewpubs in Portland. Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 a pop (cash only) Oyster Social, a pop-up raw bar that has been appearing at various brewpubs in Portland. Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 a pop (cash only)
Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 a pop (cash only), and then you dress the oysters yourself with something as simple as a little horseradish or other condiments they may have such as

They will be at Gigantic Brewing today, Friday July 11, and every last Friday at Upright Brewing (so July 25 is the next one). They will also be at Wilder Bar on Wednesday July 16th.  Check their website Oyster Social to see where they may be popping up next! Also, how amazing would this be at a party…

Oyster Social, is a pop-up raw bar that has been appearing at various brewpubs in Portland. Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. This particular set of photos is when they popped up at Upper Lip for June PDX Beer week

What do you think of keeping cool as the Heat Wave starts today/the next week with beer and oysters? What are you drinking or eating to keep cool?

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