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Cocotte: Portland Dining Month & the PFA/Food Blogger Dinner

Cocotte: PFA/Blogger Dinner, Portland Dining Month, and In the Kitchen...

2930 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, Oregon 97211

Meal One: Portland Dining Month
Not too long ago, we went to the Live Wire! show at the Alberta Rose Theater and before, we went to Cocotte, which is where we always go to eat before Live Wire. I believe this is now a tradition.

And, as luck would have it, this was March 1, the first day of Portland’s Dining Month (3 courses for $29)! The dining menu at Cocotte is really very nice and set up with two choices for each course – so everyone doesn’t have to get the same thing. Regardless, jwa picked from the dining month menu, while I kind of did my own thing. We were both really pleased with our picks.

And if you haven’t tried the amazing Poulet En Cocotte there, you really should. It’s even one of the choices on the special Dining Month Menu (listed below).

First course:
Chicken liver mousse with pickled onion, date jam and whole-grain mustard.
Pickled seasonal fruits and vegetables, pickled egg and whole-grain mustard.

Second course:
Radicchio Treviso with Caeser dressing, pickled shiitake mushrooms, white bean and truffled croutons.
Salt cod brandade gratiné with Aleppo, . . . → Read More: Cocotte: Portland Dining Month & the PFA/Food Blogger Dinner

First Meal for Portland Dining Month: Paley’s Place

Portland Dining Month: Paley's Place

Well, I am actually a little bit embarrassed to admit this but, Saturday’s dinner at Paley’s Place was the first time either jwa or I had been there. I know, right? Crazy. And it’s totally been on our list of places we wanted to go to for like, uh, the last 10 years, but there you have it. I guess the main excuse is that we are lazy people and they are way over in the NW and we are way over in the SE (#firstworldproblems).

Well, no more! About a week ago, Downtown Portland offered me a gift certificate to go out and sample the dining menu at a participating restaurant and Paley’s Place was my first choice. So, we fought the Rose Parade traffic Saturday and were rewarded with a wonderful meal at a restaurant we should have tried many years ago!

The evening started (like most interesting evenings do), with cocktails — mine was this awesome pea shoot infused gin cocktail with lime and a little simple syrup. Wow. I loved that. So much so that I had two. And then I mentioned jokingly how it had a nice “pea-ness” to . . . → Read More: First Meal for Portland Dining Month: Paley’s Place

Portland Dining Month Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Oven and Shaker Dining Month Giveaway

So, yay! It’s Portland Dining Month in June! What’s that you ask? Well…”Beginning June 1, Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City for the fourth year, with restaurants offering three-course dinner menus – including an appetizer, entrée and dessert – for just $29.”

To celebrate, Portland’s Downtown Marketing Initiative has given me a gift certificate for a meal for two at Oven and Shaker, for the special dining month menu to giveaway! So exciting!

Here’s Oven and Shaker’s Dining Month awesome-sounding menu:

First Course: Focaccia panzanella – roasted summer vegetables, olives, red onion, champagne vinaigrette and Grana Padano.

Second Course: Squash pizza – ricotta salata, wild oregano, chili oil and cilantro.

Dessert: Fruit pie gelato – buttermilk, honey and pie crust pieces.

Want to win this meal for two? Just leave a comment on my blog by noon (Pacific time) on June 4th and I’ll randomly pick a winner, contact you, you’ll send me your address, and DMI will send you the gift certificate for Oven & Shaker to use during the month of June!

So, note: this really only works if you live in Portland, OR/will be visiting pdx in June 2013. WINNER HAS . . . → Read More: Portland Dining Month Gift Certificate Giveaway!