Plate & Cup

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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.”

Happy Birthday, C’est la Vie!

C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie is celebrating its fifth birthday this month! Five years ago, on March 17, 2012, Chef Keri Buhman—who also owns Soirée Supper Club & Catering at the same location—set up her tent at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market (also making its seasonal debut this weekend) and the rest is delicious, delicious history. C’est la Vie graduated from a tent to a brick-and-mortar store, and then a couple years ago she expanded at her Hazel Dell location and opened Soirée Supper Club, which hosts monthly prix fixe, limited seating, RSVP-only dinners. Most recently, Buhman has opened a small marketplace next door to C’est la Vie, where customers can purchase high-quality, super-yummy French wines, cured meats, cheeses, baguettes and other goodies.

So now it’s time to celebrate! Drop by C’est la Vie any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 17, when all food, desserts, glasses of wine and mimosas will be $5. C’est la Vie and Soirée Supper Club are located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For more information, visit www.cestlaviebistro.com or www.soireesupperclub.com. You can also call 360-553-5836 or e-mail Buhman directly at keri@soireesupperclub.com.

Above image: fresh raspberry crêpes with crème fraîche and lemon curd at C’est la Vie. Photo courtesy of www.foodcouverusa.com.

The Ides of March at Niche Wine Bar

What’s an ides, and why is there one in the middle of March? Ides—as I found out when I just Googled it—is what the ancient Romans called the day that falls roughly in the middle of the month. While it’s not necessary to “beware the Ides of March,” as a soothsayer once warned Julius Caesar in one of Shakespeare’s oft-quoted plays, it is necessary to drop by Niche Wine Bar on Wednesday, March 15—yup, that’s the Ides—any time from 4 to 9 p.m. for some wine and games.

The Romans enthusiastically celebrated this day with picnics, drinking, and revelry—and so Niche offers a nod to the Romans and invites guests to bring their own games, as well as a friend or two, to their Ides of March Celebration. Niche will supply the wine and the small plates—be sure to get some advice from Leah Jackson, the owner, about what wines to pair with nibbles like speck-smoked prosciutto, salted dates, or one of the seasonal tartes flambées.

Niche Wine Bar is located at 101 Main St., right next door to the Kiggins Theatre. To learn more, visit www.nichewinebar.com or “like” them on Facebook. (…and to find out what’s playing at the Kiggins, visit www.kigginstheatre.net.)

 

Spring Brewfest

The Vancouver Spring Brewfest puts beer from all the best local craft breweries right in one place: at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. The Spring Brewfest will feature beers, ciders, and meads from 36 local producers. Many Vancouver-based breweries will be showcased, including beers from local faves Heavy Metal, RailSide, Heathen, Ghost Runners, Mill City Brew Werks, Beerded Brothers, Trusty, Trap Door, Brother Ass, Fortside, Old Ivy, Victor 23, and Ethereal Meads. A list of all Spring Brewfest breweries, and the beers they’ll have on offer, can be seen at http://vancouverbrewfest.com/the-brewers/.

The Spring Brewfest will be held in Propstra Square, within a large enclosed and heated (HEATED, PEOPLE!) tent. There’s also food on-site from FireBox Foods, The Beautiful Pig, Foody Blues BBQ, Mario’s Salsa, and Northwest Bierhaus Jerky. Brewfest hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Non-refundable tickets range from $7 to $30 for a weekend pass, and are available online at Ticket Tomato at https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4576/vancouver-brewfest-spring-edition/. Entrants must be 21 and over. Here’s the price breakdown:

  • $30/Brewfest All-Star (only sold online): entrance (both days), pint glass, 20 event tokens, and a free raffle ticket for a big screen TV. Event tokens are good for beverage samples, Whiskey Bar, food, and vendors at $1.25 = one token.
  • $22/Brewfest Starter: entrance (both days), pint glass, 10 event tokens, and a free raffle ticket for a big screen TV. Event tokens are good for beverage samples, whiskey bar, food and vendors at $1.25 = one token.
  • $7/Point Guard: “à la cart,” pay-as-you-go Brewfest fun, includes entrance (both days). For designated drivers, this includes free non-alcoholic beverages all weekend at the Whiskey Bar (must wear DD wrist band).

Custom 2017 Brewfest pint glasses are available for $5. Additional tokens are four for $5. Four-ouncebeer samples are one token and a 16-ounce pour is four tokens. Vancouver Brewfest tokens never expire and may be used again at the Summer Brewfest on Aug. 11-13, and at the Fresh Hop festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Cash may not be used for alcohol beverage samples, although cash and tokens may be used at all food and craft vendors. Additional tokens may be purchased at the event using cash or credit cards. There will be an ATM onsite and some vendors also take credit cards.

If you need a ride home, event sponsor Vancouver Cab is standing by ready to transport you safely. Your wrist band gets you $5 off your ride home and your e-ticket gets you $5 off your ride to the Vancouver Brewfest. Call Vancouver Cab at 360-737-3333 for rides (then you won’t even have to find parking!).

Drink This! St. Practice Day

Drink This! St. Practice Day on Saturday, March 11, is an opportunity to get ready for the main event, St. Patrick’s Day, on Friday, March 17. (You don’t want to get caught NOT practicing for St. Patrick’s day, do you? Take it from the professionals: it’s all about training.)

Visit participating establishments in downtown Vancouver and Uptown Village between 4 and 9 p.m. on Saturday wearing your favorite green attire, and you’ll get some delicious drink specials and have some fun discovering new places to quench your thirst. There’s no charge to participate in this event—although the beverages aren’t free, ha ha!—and it’s open to anyone who loves craft cocktails, fine wine, microbrews, locally roasted coffee, and high-end teas. No RSVP is needed, just show up at one of the locations, get your free map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance, and you can win prizes along the way. And if all that sipping and sampling makes you hungry, try some small plates, appetizers, or entrées; there’s a reason that Vancouver is being hailed as “Portland’s newest foodie destination,” and it’s because the Couve is bursting with seriously good eats. Anyhow, in a nutshell, here’s how it works:

  1. Start by getting your map from one of the locations
  2. Show off your leprechaun attire to receive special drink prices
  3. Get a stamp or business signature in one of the four boxes
  4. Turn in your map to any of the participating locations with your email address to be eligible to win prizes

Participating locations (some are 21+, but many do allow children):

For more information, visit www.drinkthisvancouver.com or www.facebook.com/drinkthisvancouver.

Winter Wine Dinner at The Grant House

The Grant House Restaurant is hosting a special Winter Wine Dinner featuring award-winning local winemaker Burnt Bridge Cellars at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. The meal features five courses especially prepared to pair with Burnt Bridge Cellars’ wines. Tickets are $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 360-906-1101; seating is limited. The Grant House is located in one of Vancouver’s oldest, grandest homes at 1101 Officer’s Row in Vancouver. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Blood orange and frisse salad, toasted pine nuts and cherry white balsamic reduction, paired with Burnt Bridge Carte Blanche
  • Prosciutto, Gouda, currants and apricot honey with pear balsamic, paired with Burnt Bridge Grenache
  • Grilled salmon, blackberry wine sauce, whipped sun chokes and spinach, paired with Burnt Bridge Tempranillo
  • Grilled four-ounce filet, oven-roasted potatoes, butter-poached chanterelles, cipollini and onion demiglace paired with
  • Burnt Bridge Blend X
  • Salted caramel, sparkling strawberry, and lemon Earl Gray macarons paired with Burnt Bridge Sparkling Wine

To learn more about Burnt Bridge Cellars, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com. Better yet, visit their tasting room at 1500 Broadway St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: from Burnt Bridge Cellar’s Facebook page. See more yummy pics at https://www.facebook.com/BurntBridgeCellars/

Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners

2017walkrunfeaturedimage_375What do you get when you cross dogs and beer? (No, not deer, or bogs. Nice try, though.) You get Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners Brewery! This local craft beermaker is teaming up with the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for a once-a-month promotion to get local animal lovers geared up for the 2017 Walk/Run for the Animals, which is happening on May 6. Yappy Hour at Ghost Runners will increase awareness about the event and give people a chance to register early with a $5 discount off the regular registration price. Yappy Hour guests will also enjoy discounts on selected Ghost Runners Brewery items. It’s a win-win-win for people, dogs, and award-winning, locally made craft beer.

The first Yappy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Ghost Runners Brewery, located at 4216 N.E. Minnehaha St., Suite 108. Dogs are, of course, welcome! Ghost Runners is offering $1 off pints, plus they are donating $1 to the Humane Society of Southwest Washington for every 22 oz. bottle purchased. To learn more about Ghost Runners, visit www.ghostrunnersbrewery.com. To learn more about the Humane Society, visit southwesthumane.org.

Friday Night Meltdown at Soirée Supper Club

What could possibly be better than an evening centered around cheese? The specific type of cheese being tasted and celebrated at Soirée Supper Club on Friday, Feb. 17, is raclette—a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese originating from the Swiss Alps. “Raclette” is from the French word “racier,” meaning “to scrape,” and this is why: the big wheels of raclette cheese are traditionally cut into quarters, melted on one side, and then the melty bits are scraped onto a pile of roasted potatoes. At the moment I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather be eating.

Raclette parties are all the rage at the moment—just search for it on Pinterest, and you’ll see what we mean—but the raclette party at Soirée is a perfect way to get familiar with this popular European dish. In addition to the delicious, delicious cheese and roasted potatoes, Soirée will provide bread, arugula salad, prosciutto, cornichons, and pearl onions. The plate of goodies is brought to your table, and then you take your plates up to the “cheese lady” when you are ready, and she will scrape the melted cheese onto your plate. (Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes! I want to be the cheese lady!) Wine, beer, and dessert will be available. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations are recommended for parties of six or more. The first seating begins at 4 p.m. and the last seating begins at 7 p.m.

Soirée Supper Club (which doubles as C’est la vie French café and crêperie) is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For reservations, call 360-258-1403 or 360-553-5836.

Chef’s Night at Niche: Feb. 14

Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver is offering something tantalizing for those who like a little food with their wine: Chef’s Night. It happens every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. and features a special menu, different and delicious every time. The first Chef’s Night, in a wonderful coincidence, happens to fall on Tuesday, Feb. 14—that’s Valentine’s Day, in case you live in Timbuktu.

Niche Wine Bar’s Chef David Higginbotham will prepare a romantic dinner with delectable dishes that pair well with some of the many wines that Niche offers from its broad wine list, which includes both international and domestic wines as well as a few local varietals. Stop in and enjoy an evening of exceptional food in an intimate atmosphere, and who knows where the night will lead? With enough wine, anything is possible. Ha, ha. But seriously, drink responsibly.

Reservations are recommended by calling 360-980-8352. Niche Wine Bar is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main St. To take a look at the regular menu—which includes everything from salted dates and speck-smoked prosciutto to cheeses, salads and a classic tarte flambée with Gruyere—click here.

Above image: roasted cherry and rosemary shortbread. See more pictures and keep up-t0-date with what’s happening at Niche on Niche’s Facebook page.

Valentine’s Day at Three Sixty Kitchen & Lapellah

Here are two more local options for a delicious Valentine’s Day: Lapellah in Vancouver and Three Sixty Kitchen, its sister restaurant in Camas. Both feature thoughtful menus with fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared craft cocktails, and a contemporary yet comfortable atmosphere. (Plainly speaking, these are two of this editor’s favorite restaurants on the North Bank.) If you want treat the one you love to a meal where you can have absolute confidence in its romance-making effects, look no further! To pique your desire, here’s a glimpse at the special Valentine’s Day entrées being offered at both establishments, along with the regular dinner menus:

Three Sixty Kitchen (call 360-260-3605 for reservations):

  • Seared scallops with blood orange, endive, watercress and spicy herb vinaigrette
  • Baked polenta with broccolini, wild greens and Gorgonzola dolce
  • Braised pork shank with corona bean and kale ragu

Lapellah (call 360-828-7911 for reservations):

  • Coal roasted grilled artichoke with red pepper aioli, marinated chickpea and herb salad
  • Dungeness crab raviolis with Irish brown butter, hazelnuts, micro greens and citrus
  • Beef filet or dry-aged ribeye with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, brick oven baby carrots and mushroom Bordelaise

IPA Beer Dinner with Grains of Wrath

Join Grains of Wrath brewer Mike Hunsaker and friends for a special IPA Beer Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15. It will be a three-way brewer’s dinner and your chance to get the first taste of Grains of Wrath craft brews and food—a preview of things to come once the punk-rock-themed brewpub opens later this summer. The featured brewers are El Segundo, Fat Head’s, and of course Grains of Wrath. Executive Chef Fabiola Ponce Wyatt has prepared a five-course, beer-friendly dinner that will make you want to scream and shout, punk rock-style. Here’s a peek at the menu:

  • Snack: oyster, Meyer lemon, mint, and cilantro paired with El Segundo Citra Pale
  • Two Ways, Two IPAs: crostini with chicken liver and pickled vegetables and crostini with ricotta, mushrooms, lemon, and rosemary paired with El Segundo Mayberry IPA and Fat Head’s Call Me Big Hoppa IPA
  • Vegetable: celery root, pickled celery hearts, pomegranate, almonds, and Meyer lemon poppy seed dressing paired with El Segundo Power Plant IIIPA
  • Main: braised pork in adobo, beans, crispy rice, and herbs paired with Level 1 (a collaboration between El Segundo and Grains of Wrath)
  • Sweet: bergamot olive oil cake made with cornmeal, bergamot, orange curd, and pistachio ancho chili crunch paired with Fat Head’s One for the Road IIPA

Tickets are $60 per person ($63 with service fee), available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Grains of Wrath isn’t yet open, but will eventually be serving in downtown Camas. The IPA Beer Dinner will be held at Fat Head’s Brewery at  131 N.W. 13th Ave. in Portland. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

“Food Is Love” Dinner at the Slocum House

16298996_1241934885921522_4917624773165202843_nHow’s this for romance on Valentine’s Day: a specially prepared meal in the beautiful and historic Slocum House in downtown Vancouver featuring Herb N’ Roots catering and wine from VanArnam Vineyards. This exclusive “Food Is Love” dinner is hosted by the Wine & Food Society of Clark County and will offer five courses, each paired with a different VanArnam wine. Kent and Allison VanArnam, in fact, will be on hand to pour their wines with each course. Intrigued? Here’s a tempting peek at the menu:

  • Crab and artichoke croquette with beet horseradish mostarda and fresh herbs paired with 2015 Riesling
  • Chicory salad with walnuts, orange, dry cherry, cocoa vinaigrette, and pink peppercorn-dusted chèvre paired with 2014 Merlot
  • Bacon tomato bisque with crème fraîche and fried cornbread croutons paired with 2013 Syrah
  • Braised beef shortrib with fresh chive gnocchi, seared asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc paired with 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chai panna cotta with housemade graham cracker, candied apple, and caramel crème Anglaise paired with 2015 Magelica from Perennial Vintners

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and will not be available at the door. Tickets are available online at Ticket Tomato by clicking here. You can also get tickets in person at Cellar 55 Tasting Room at 1812 Washington St. Tickets are non-refundable. The Slocum House is located in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St.

Valentine’s Day at Roots

Roots Restaurant and Bar will be open starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, serving romantic meals for two…as well as its full menu featuring seasonal, locally sourced appetizers, entrées, desserts and cocktails with Northwest flair. Reservations are still available by calling 360-260-3001. You can also make reservations online at www.rootsrestaurantandbar.com. Two special Valentine’s dishes are:

  • Local oysters Rockefeller with Nueskes bacon, Hollandaise sauce and brioche crumbs
  • Cascade Natural filet Oscar with grilled asparagus, Dungeness crab, whipped Yukon potatoes and sauce Bearnaise

…but you might also want to try the cedar plank salmon with sweet potato leek hash, Meyer lemon butter sauce and corn-fried oysters, or maybe the winter squash and shiitake mushroom risotto with Grana Padano and truffled shoestring potatoes. For dessert, there’s New York cheesecake with mountain huckleberry preserves, or maybe Valrhona chocolate mousse cake with sour cherry compote. Enjoy it with a Clear Creek Pear Sidecar (Clear Creek pear brandy, orange and lemon juice, served up with a sugar rim) and you’ve got true love and a match made in heaven.

Above image: Oysters, as you probably know, are widely considered to be an aphrodisiac. Jus’ sayin’. 

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is ready to tempt your tastebuds with the most indulgently romantic partnership in the gourmet world: wine and chocolate. Wineries all over the North Bank will be hosting wine-and-chocolate pairings from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. Here’s a sample of what’s happening at these participating wineries:

For more information about all 12 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms that are participating in the Wine & Chocolate Weekend, click here for a printable map or visit www.swwawine.com.

Eat at Beaches for the Library

Here’s a sunny idea for a wintry day: eat at Beaches Restaurant to support the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (FVRLF). When you dine (and drink!) at Beaches Restaurant and Bar any time from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 50% of the cost of your meal (and drinks!) will be donated to the foundation. The “Cash Back Day” includes all meals, appetizers, and happy hour at both Beaches locations: the Vancouver Beaches at 1919 S.E. Columbia River Dr. and the Portland Airport Beaches in the Portland Airport. Just mention to your server that you’re there to support the Library Foundation. Reservations are encouraged for dinner; call the Vancouver Beaches at 360-699-1592  or the Portland Airport Beaches at 503-335-8385.

As you’re enjoying your lobster and red crab dip with artichokes, or your slow-roasted pork shanks in pomegranate sherry sauce, and sipping your Fireside Cider with Kraken black spiced rum, you can consider the FVRLF’s mission: to strengthen the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s value to the communities it serves through securing donations and endowments beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget, funding additional projects and services for children, teens, and seniors, and inspiring community interest and involvement. To learn more, visit www.fvrlf.org.

Valentine’s Dinner at Moulton Falls Winery

Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is ramping up the romance with a special reservation-only Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11. Appetizers will be served at 5:30, followed by a full dinner at 6:30. Savor delicious dishes like stuffed pasta shells, shrimp pasta primavera, fruit and greens salad, and freshly baked focaccia. While you nibble on a decadent dessert, you can enjoy the Grammy Award-winning guitar melodies of Doug Smith and Tom May.

Tickets are $70 per couple and include appetizers, a glass of wine per person, the pasta dinner, dessert and live music. All couples will also be entered in a drawing for a sweet Valentine’s Chocolate Basket! There are still some spots left but this event is proving to be very popular. To reserve your spot at the table, email moultonfallswinery@centurytel.net or call 360-686-4070. Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is located in scenic Yacolt at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave.

Pot Roast Dinner & Live Music at English Estate

English Estate Winery, Vancouver’s oldest vineyard, hosts “Good Times & Wine” every Friday night in the Loafing Shed Tasting Room, comfortably housed in the winery’s historic red barn. Wine-lovers will enjoy not only English Estate wine, but also a full meal and live music. Dinner is served starting at 6 p.m. and dinner service continues until 8 p.m. (or whenever the food runs out!). If you plan on attending, an RSVP to events@englishestatewinery.com would be most appreciated so that the caterer can make sure everyone is fed!

This week, the dinner menu is being provided by As You Wish NW Events & Catering. The featured dish is pot roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes, plus salad and dessert for $15. While you savor your warming pot roast and sip a nice, big glass of red wine, you can enjoy mellow vocals by singer Marianne Flemming.

To learn more, e-mail events@englishestatewinery.com or visit www.englishestatewinery.com. If you can’t make it on Friday night, but would like to come by for a tasting, the Loafing Shed is open on Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Game Night is held every Monday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the covered Bocce Court.