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Happy Hour at Moulton Falls Winery

Have you made plans for the long weekend? Well, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy at Moulton Falls Winery and in the surrounding countryside. How about a beautiful drive, for starters, followed by a nice hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River? Then, when you’re all thirsty and hungry, come to Moulton Falls for wine and cider tastings. On Friday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the tasting room is introducing new Happy Hour pricing: $5 pints of cider and draught beer and $9 wood-fired pizza. Enjoy Red Mountain grape-made wines, the 2015 Lemberger, Red Blends, Old No. 10, and Siouxon Red. Current ciders on tap include the Gristmill Gold, Yellowstone, Ripsaw Raspberry, and Chelatchie Cherry. Current beers include Transcend IPA, Old Timber Nut Brown Ale, R.I.P. Porter, and Heathen Blonde Ale.

On Friday, May 26, enjoy live folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. Come back on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the Neil Young tribute band, Harvest Gold. The Moulton Falls Kitchen will be cooking up its tasty wood fired food including its legendary Moulton Melt: deli roast beef and ham piled on house-baked focaccia bread and topped with sautéed veggies and melted white cheddar, served with au jus and a crisp salad, for $9.95.

To learn more about this beautiful winery in a bucolic setting, visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery offers live music most Fridays and Saturdays and hosts several large outdoor concerts every summer. They are located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. Click here for directions.

Patio Time & Trivia Night at Burnt Bridge Cellars

To celebrate the arrival of sunny weather, Burnt Bridge Cellars has spruced up its outdoor patio and they’re pouring their new spring releases: the new Carte Blanche, Semillon, Rose, and Reserve Merlot. The Burnt Bridge Cellars tasting room will be open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and will be pouring special $6 glasses of the new Carte Blanche and Semillon. These new white wines are a perfect compliment to sunshine! After your first glass of wine, you may feel bold enough to compete in Trivia Night: Science Edition. This month, the questions are all about wine science. (Hint: they will be tough! So fortify yourself with extra wine.) The winners will be entered in a drawing for big prizes. BIG PRIZES, I TELL YOU!

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the Southwest Washington Winery Association is holding its Memorial Day event, when local wineries will release their spring wines. It’s also the beginning of the Summer Passport Challenge: visit all 10 participating wineries before Labor Day to earn prizes. The participating wineries include Burnt Bridge Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heathen Estate Winery, Confluence Vineyards & Winery, Stavalaura Vineyards, Emanar Cellars, Heisen House Vineyards, Olequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, and Pomeroy Cellars. See swwawine.com for details.

Bread & Butter Day at Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Freshly baked bread is always a cause for celebration at our house…the rising dough, the waiting while it bakes, and the mouthwatering fragrance as it comes out of the oven. We slice it while it’s still warm and slather plenty of butter on it. Although it may have taken all day to make, it lasts only a few minutes. What if you could make that moment last all day long?

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill—a working museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only a few remaining 1800’s-era grist mills in the world—is offering just such an event, “Bread and Butter Day,” on Saturday, May 27, starting around noon. But wait, there’s more: they are upping the ante and also providing gallons of freshly churned, sweet cream butter. (Editor’s note: drool.)

From around noon to 4 p.m., families and especially kids will get the chance to churn cream into butter and spread it on freshly baked bread, baked from flour ground right on the premises, using the creek-powered mill wheel and state-of-the-art 1876 technology. Guests are invited to take home free samples of flour (although donations are appreciated, as the mill is a non-profit operation) as well as Cedar Creek Grist Mill recipes so you can recreate Bread and Butter Day at home.

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located deep in the woods east of Woodland, at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road. (Visit the Grist Mill’s website at www.cedarcreekgristmill.org for directions.) The mill is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m., showing guests the inner workings of an old-time grist mill with huge pulleys and spinning belts turning the heavy grindstones, all powered by the mill wheel. No gas or electricity are used—just the water in swift-running Cedar Creek. The mill produces flour, corn meal, and even apple cider. The mill hosts family-friendly events all year long, like Strawberry Shortcake Day, Cornbread Day, Blueberry Pancake Day, and the incredibly popular Cider Press in October. To learn more, visit www.cedarcreekgristmill.org.

Wine Passport Challenge Starts Memorial Day Weekend

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below) or download a passport from www.swwawine.com. Step two: visit 10 wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Step three: leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Everyone who completes the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after the Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by the Southwest Washington Winery Association over Labor Day Weekend.

On Memorial Day Weekend, participating wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and food pairings, art by local artists, and live music. Wines from the 2016 harvest will be released, including locally grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as Alvarino, Cayuga, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Marechal Foch, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvedre. For more information, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the wineries that will be participating in the Memorial Day Weekend event:

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Southwest Washington. Member wineries host four region-wide events throughout the year. More information about the Association and member wineries is available at www.swwawine.com.

 

 

 

Moms Sip for Free at Heisen House on May 14

What does Mom REALLY want for Mother’s Day? A nice glass of wine—maybe two—in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Heisen House Vineyards can supply both things on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Come to this beautiful rural winery in North Clark County any time between noon and 5 p.m., when Heisen House will be celebrating motherhood and honoring all moms with complimentary wine tastings.

While you’re there, check out Heisen House’s full roster of spring and summer events, such as live music every Friday evening from noon to 5 p.m. starting Friday, May 26; a spring wine release on Memorial Day Weekend, the Wedding Showcase and Open House on Saturday, June 10; and the Eighth Annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 17. Heisen House also offers a great line-up of Summer Craft Sundays, held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from May 28 thru September. Choose from workshops as diverse as glass fusing, wine cork crafts, rock mosaics, succulent planters, fairy houses, wine bottle bird feeders, and lots more. Each class includes instruction, all supplies, and a flight or glass of wine. To see a list of all upcoming classes and events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/heisenhousevineyards/events/.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Bleu Door Bakery

Bleu Door Bakery—which is the home of absolutely legendary brunches in its chandelier-decked, French-inspired, brightly lit café—is offering a scrumptious Easter Brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular bakery and café—located at 2413 Main Street in downtown Vancouver—is taking reservations for parties of five or more. Even if you have fewer people in your party, Mom will thank you when you finally sit down to eat. Plus, there will be pomegranate mimosas! In the meantime, here’s a tantalizing sneak peek at the Mother’s Day Brunch menu; to view the full menu, visit the Bleu Door Bakery website at bleudoorbakery.com:

  • Beignets (six) with house-made lemon curd
  • The “Bleu Lady”—a twist on the Croque Madame—a ham a Gruyere strata with bechamel topped with two eggs
  • House-cured wild gravlax served with toasted Black Russian bread, cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, capers, and red onion
  • Maple-brined pork chop and two eggs with Swiss cheese, leek, and potato gratin, with a mini butter croissant
  • Crab cake Benedict featuring a house-made English muffin topped with crab cakes, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce
  • Ham Florentine featuring an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, tomato, wilted spinach, poached eggs, and Hollandaise
  • Seasonal omelet with sundried tomatoes, portabello mushrooms, spinach, sweet onion, and goat cheese
  • Corned beef hash featuring house-roasted corned beef, crispy potatoes, red bell peppers and sweet onions, topped with two eggs and finished with a drizzle of creamy horseradish sauce
  • Garden vegetable hash with crispy potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, sweet onions and red bell peppers topped with two eggs
  • Roasted beet tart featuring house-made puff pastry filled with roasted beets, caramelized onions, kale, Brie, and white Cheddar
  • Bleu Door bacon-Cheddar biscuits smothered with double-sausage gravy

Above image: Bleu Door Bakery’s famous beignets

Mother’s Day Train Rides, Dinner & Wine Trips

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will be pulling out all the stops this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 & 14. The deisel-powered train runs south about seven miles to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot tunnel through solid rock, with a pause at Moulton Station for a mini-hike to visit beautiful Yacolt Falls (about a 13-mile round trip). Excursions depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt, located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, especially on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. (…because seriously, who doesn’t love a train ride?)

Tickets are $16 per person, $15 for seniors, $11 for children ages five to 12, and $9 for little ones ages two to four. Babies up to age two are free! To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

The railroad is offering another “steamy” option from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, in conjunction with Moulton Falls Winery, 30901 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. After some yummy appetizers served at the winery at 4 p.m., the steam locomotive will pick up passengers at 5 p.m., then continue on its scenic route through Heisson and on to a bridge across the East Fork of the Lewis River. (…and yes, you can enjoy your wine on the train!) On the return trip, the train will drop passengers back at the winery for dinner and festivities.

Tickets for the Wine Train package are available at Moulton Falls Winery during business hours or online at www.tickettomato.com. The price per person is $45, and includes appetizers, wine and cider tasting, the train ride, dinner, and live music by Chris Carpenter & the Collective from 6 until 9 p.m. This is another super-popular event, so purchasing tickets in advance of the day, while not required, is enthusiastically recommended.

Brunch for Mother’s Day (and Every Weekend) at Roots

Roots Restaurant and Bar is offering its annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14, and we can personally attest to this brunch’s ability to please and delight. Roots will open at 10 a.m. so that you can bring your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or other significant woman in your life to enjoy such dishes as seared sea scallops with spring vegetable risotto, favanade, and parsnip crisp. There will also be perennial favorites like French toast with local berries and maple syrup, eggs Benedict with Dungeness crab, or local wild mushroom and herbed goat cheese omelet with farm peppers and breakfast potatoes.

Brunch will be served until 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended for this popular meal; call 360-260-3001 to reserve your spot, or you can make reservations online now by clicking here. If you can’t make it for breakfast, no worries! Roots will also be serving a special Mother’s Day dinner starting at 5 p.m. To see the dinner menu, visit www.rootsrestaurantandbar.com. If you have a large party and would like to reserve the private dining room, e-mail rootsprivatedining@gmail.com.

But wait, there’s more! Roots is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the Southern-style chicken and waffles with jalapeño syrup; Fork & Knife biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, Nueskes bacon, Jack cheese, egg, and country gravy; or bacon omelet with Tillamook Cheddar and Jack cheese, smashed avocado and breakfast potatoes—or take a walk on the savory side with a house made pastrami sandwich on rye with sauerkraut and mustard aioli or halibut fish and chips with house made coleslaw.

Noir Nights at the Kiggins: Asphalt Jungle

The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up for the next series of Noir Nights films starting on Monday, May 8, with “The Asphalt Jungle.” This film series pairs film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films. Niche proprietor Leah Jackson will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will also be available for purchase during the movie, and by the bottle as customers leave.

Tickets to individual films are $10 and include the wine tasting and collectible ticket. If you’d prefer not to see the film, you can enjoy just the wine tasting for $5. If you’d like to attend the whole series, $40 gets you admission to all three films and wine tastings as well as a collectible Noir Nights wine glass. Additional glasses are available for $10.

The pre-show tastings begin at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Niche Wine Bar is located in the same building at 1013 Main St. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net. All seats are normally $9, except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.

Above image: a scene from Asphalt Jungle with Jean Hagen and Sterling Hayden

A Weekend of Wine, Music, Art & Coffee at Cellar 55

There’s a lot going on at Cellar 55 Tasting Room this weekend, starting with First Friday, May 5, when you can hear live music with Rachel Wong, who’ll be performing her original, soulful songs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can also check out the Clutch Coffee Roasters gourmet product tasting from 5 to 8 p.m., where you can sip this Portland company’s delicious coffees and try their new line of coffee-infused culinary products—like the coffee-infused barbecue sauce or coffee-infused maple syrup.

Starting May 5 and continuing through the month of May, you can see the absolutely amazing collage art of Reid Trevarthen, who meticulously creates portraits and abstract art out of thousands of strips of National Geographic and other magazine pages. His new works are inspired by impressionist painters. Everything that’s displayed at Cellar 55 is available for sale.

Lastly, Cellar 55 is hosting a benefit for the National Federation of the Blind from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Tickets are $20 per person and include live entertainment from the Sun City Players, a complimentary wine tasting, appetizers, and a silent auction. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Spring Brunch at Class Cooking

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for brunch! Actually, it’s time for brunch in every season—and, in my opinion, every hour of every day—but Class Cooking is offering two seasonally appropriate Spring Brunch classes: at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 11 ($60, includes coffee) and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 ($80, includes yummy adult beverage).

“I love brunch, so for me cooking brunch is always special,” says instructor and Class Cooking owner Chef Kim Mahan. “This class is great for all brunch lovers, a special menu to share with friends.” Wine mimosas will be served with the evening class. But enough about the cocktails. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Orange scones with lime curd
  • Chicken breakfast sausage
  • Candied maple pepper bacon
  • Poached eggs on a bed of asparagus with lemon Hollandaise
  • Spiced blueberries

Are you hungry yet? Good. Call 360-600-8006 or visit www.class-cooking.com to get signed up. Class Cooking is located in downtown Vancouver at 110 E. 15th St.

Derby Day Tea at the Marshall House

It’s a race for the roses on Kentucky Derby Day at the Marshall House, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful spring-themed tea. If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby in person, no problem; just don your loveliest spring hat and come to the historic Marshall House, located at 1301 Officers Row, near Fort Vancouver. There will be two seatings at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. These seasonal teas at the Marshall House sell out rather quickly, so why not purchase tickets in advance by clicking here? You’ll be ahead by a nose!

There are few American sporting events with the history and popularity of the Kentucky Derby. The rich traditions— sipping a mint julep, donning a beautiful hat, and singing “My Old Kentucky Home”—make it more than just a horse race. The Kentucky Derby has grown into an American cultural event unlike any other, and remains the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875. In a sea of bright colors, feathers, and frills, the crowd that gathers at the track is always dressed to the nines. For ladies, an elaborately adorned hat is customary—so “embrace the lace” and dress like your horse is going to win.

The $36 price per person includes a selection of Harney & Sons fine teas as well as seasonal sweet and savory treats. (Sorry, no gluten-free options are available.) For more information about this and other events hosted by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, visit http://fortvan.org/.

Spring Brunch at C’est La Vie

Tickets for Soirée Supper Club & Catering‘s monthly supper clubs sell like hotcakes—but this month, chef/owner Keri Buhman is shaking things up (deliciously, of course) with a Spring Brunch on Saturday, April 29, at C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, also owned by Buhman and located at the same address. The scrumptious three-course meal celebrates the arrival of spring with a bevy of classic brunch selections. To whet your appetite, here is a peek at the menu:

  • First course: French croissants and house made scones with fresh fruit and Devonshire cream
  • Second course: Choice of a brunch crêpe, Monte Cristo crêpe, or Frenchie crêpe; French toast bread pudding with Battle Ground produce bacon; frittata with black forest ham, Gruyere and Dijon crème; or fritatta with asparagus, roasted tomato, and goat cheese
  • Third course: Choice of chocolate mousse with salted caramel; lemon curd and berry tart; or two artisan cheeses with accompaniments

The cost is $30 per person with coffee or juice, or $35 with a classic mimosa. The price doesn’t include tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com. C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie / Soirée Supper Club is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell are of Vancouver.

Above image: French toast bread pudding

Easter Brunch at Bleu Door Bakery

Bleu Door Bakery, repeatedly voted “Best Brunch in Clark County” by readers of The Columbian, is offering a scrumptious Easter Brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular French bakery and café—located at 2413 Main Street in downtown Vancouver—is taking reservations for parties of five or more. Even if you have fewer people in your party, it will be worth the wait when you finally sit down to eat, because the “Best Brunch” award is richly deserved. Here are some things you can expect; to view the full brunch menu, visit the Bleu Door Bakery website at bleudoorbakery.com:

  • Beignets (six) with house-made lemon curd
  • Trio of deviled eggs (dill, bacon and smoked paprika, and crab)
  • Maple-brined pork chop and two eggs with Swiss cheese, leek, and potato gratin, with a mini butter croissant
  • Thick slices of bone-in ham and two eggs with Swiss cheese, leek, and potato gratin, with a mini butter croissant
  • Ham Florentine Benedict featuring a house-made English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, tomato, wilted spinach and poached eggs, finished with classic Hollandaise sauce
  • Poached King salmon omelet with tender spring asparagus and melty slices of double-cream Brie, served with house potatoes and a mini butter croissant
  • Corned beef hash featuring house-roasted corned beef, crispy potatoes, red bell peppers and sweet onions, topped with two eggs and finished with a drizzle of creamy horseradish sauce with with local greens and a mini butter croissant
  • Garden vegetable hash with crispy potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, sweet onions and red bell peppers topped with two eggs, plus local greens and a mini butter croissant
  • Belgian-style vanilla waffles topped with mixed berry compote, powdered sugar and warm syrup
  • Roasted beet tart featuring house-made puff pastry filled with roasted beets, caramelized onions, kale, Brie and white Cheddar, served with fresh fruit and a mini butter croissant
  • Bleu Door bacon-Cheddar biscuits smothered with double-sausage gravy

Above image: hot cross buns, fresh out of Bleu Door’s oven

Easter Brunch at Roots

After rising in the wee hours for sunrise Easter services at your local church, followed by Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, and other important Easter traditions, Easter Brunch at Roots Restaurant and Bar is sounding like a veeeeerrrrrry good idea. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, and below you’ll find a tantalizing teaser listing just three of the many seasonal specials that will be on the menu. Reservations are available by calling 360-260-3001.

  • Fresh strawberry crêpes with mascarpone
  • Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and breakfast potatoes
  • Monte Cristo with ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and preserves

…and there’s plenty of other things to choose from on the regular brunch menu, such as local wild mushroom and herbed goat cheese omelet with farm peppers and breakfast potatoes, Southern-style chicken and waffles with jalapeño syrup, or a Fork & Knife biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, Nueskes bacon, jack cheese, egg and country gravy. Round it out with a glass of Champagne or a Lillet Fizz (Lillet Blanc and grapefruit topped off with sparkling wine) and you’ve got a real celebration.

Easter Brunch, Egg Hunt at Camas Meadows

Camas Meadows Golf Club is offering a scrumptious Easter Brunch in its clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 16, plus two family egg hunts at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The brunch is $35 for adults, $19 for kids ages five to 12, and free for little ones ages four and under. (Tax and gratuity will be added to the final bill.) Call 360-833-2000 for reservations. Afterword, stick around for a leisurely game of golf!

Here’s what will be served—in addition to bottomless $10 mimosas:

  • Smoked Dungeness crab quiche
  • Cranberry Monte Cristos with turkey & Gruyere
  • Sweet orange tea-glazed pit ham
  • Chef-attended omelet station & egg bar
  • Build-your-own-Benedict station
  • Slow-roasted “Baron of Beef” carving station
  • Dessert and candy buffet
  • Orange juice and coffee

IPA Fest at Caps N’ Taps

C’mon, get hoppy…at Caps N’ Taps, for the third annual IPA Festival, happening from noon to close on Friday, March 24. Hopheads of the North Bank, warm up those taste buds now because it’s going to be a day of IPA overload, featuring a bevy of hops-forward, hops-heavy, and hops-on-hops craft brews. It’ll be, in short, totally hop-some, dude.

We can’t list the featured breweries here, because the IPA Festival involves a blind taste test of Clark County’s top eight IPAs. You can get a taster tray of all eight—unlabeled and marked only A to H—and then rate your top three. The winning breweries will be announced Monday.

Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit Caps N’ Taps Facebook page, see its website at capsntapscamas.com, or call 360-210-7244.

Anne of Green Gables Tea at Pomeroy Farm

Pomeroy Living History Farm is hosting two Anne of Green Gables Teas at noon on Saturdays, April 8 and 15, in its beautiful Gathering Place tea room. The seasonal menu will include assorted tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and two varieties of tea. The cost is $24 per person (including tax) for the tea luncheon and a tour of historical Pomeroy Log House.

The teas are extraordinarily popular—because (and I speak from experience) they are DELICIOUS and AMAZING—and sell out quicker than you can bat an eye. Call 360-686-3537 to reserve your spot. If you find that the tea seating has already sold out, you can add your name to a waiting list—or better yet, make your reservations now for the Mother’s Day Teas on May 6, May 10, and May 13.

Pomeroy Living History Farm is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road about ten minutes northeast of Battle Ground. To learn more, visit www.pomeroyfarm.org or call 360-686-3537. You’ll also want to mark your calendar for the popular (and free!) Country Life Fair at Pomeroy Farm on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

 

Beer & Cheese Pairing at Ben’s Bottle Shop

Two things that were inarguably created to go together are beer and cheese. Ben’s Bottle Shop—a beautifully contemporary tap room, restaurant, and bottle shop featuring hundreds of unusual and hard-to-find alcoholic goodies—is putting those two things together in a way that will make both things taste even better (if that’s even possible). The Artisan Beer and Cheese Pairing is happening at Ben’s Bottle Shop at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, and will feature five thoughtful courses of artisan pairings, such as the world-class Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo paired with a wonderful aged Gouda, and a Brasserie Lebbe l’Amalthée Saison paired with Garrotxa a Catalonia goat cheese.

Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited but we understand there are a few spots left. You can purchase tickets in person at Ben’s Bottle Shop by talking to your “beertender,” or you can call the bottle shop at 360-314-6209. Ben’s Bottle Shop is located at 8052 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver, just next door to the excellent Smokehouse Provisions and Rally Pizza.

Above image: photograph courtesy of www.foodcouverusa.com.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Couve

Are you ready to lift a pint or two in memory of ol’ St. Pat? Well, there’s a cartload of local places where you can get your Irish on, eat some Irish-inspired food, and—most importantly—drink beer. Here’s a brief (but by no means exhaustive) list of what’s happening in your neck o’ the woods:

Brickhouse Bar & Grill,  109 W. 15th St.: a full-on, Old School St. Patrick’s Day celebration with bagpiping by the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Irish dancing with the Yeats Academy Molly Mallone Dancers, a performance by Northwest Stomp, live music with Tony Smiley at 10 p.m., corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and other Irish stouts, Irish red beer, and Irish whiskey from open on March 17 until 2 a.m. on March 18.

Shanahan’s Irish Pub and Grill, 209 W. McLoughlin Blvd.: party starting at 10 a.m. March 17, and lasting until the wee hours of March 18, featuring lots of Guinnes Irish stout and corned beef and cabbage.

Doomsday Brewing Safe House, 1919 Main St. in downtown Vancouver: party from 4 to 11 p.m. with a limited five-gallon batch of Irish stout. Each pint of the special release will get you a raffle tickets to win Doomsday gift cards. Live music by A Foot Ahead from 8 to 10 p.m., and $4 pints of Killbox Keylime Kolsch. Wear leprechaun gear and get $1 off pints.

Loowit Brewing, 507 Columbia St.: Irish-style beers are $3.75 per pint. Three Irish-style beers will be on tap, including MacManus Irish Stout on nitro, Durry Quill Irish Cream Ale on nitro, and Two-Sixteen Irish Red. You can also snap a pic at Loowit’s St. Paddy’s Selfie Station (see the adorable example above).

The Grocery Social & Cocktail, 115 W. 7th St.: open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m with $10 Grasshoppers (green Chartreuse, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and vanilla ice cream), $10 Redeye Whiskey (Double V Distillery’s Irish-style whiskey), and corned beef and cabbage.

Low Bar, 1013 Main St.: a Low Bar-style St. Paddy’s Day celebration with Irish whiskey flights, Irish beers, and Irish stews, from open until close. “No dyed green stuff,” (according to Low Bar’s Facebook page), just “stuff for the adults.”