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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 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

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 To learn more about the Humane Society, visit

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 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

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

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 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 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 or visit 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.


Wine Tasting at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar brings the region’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the fourth Thursday of each month—and this month, that’s Thursday, Jan. 26. Come to Latte Da any time from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to sample and learn about local wines, including which wines are best for the season and what foods they’ll pair well with. Bottles will be available to purchase, as will wine by the glass.

Fourth Thursday Wine Tastings are held Latte Da’s beautifully remodeled Wine Room. There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $10. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s small plates menu. Latte Da is located at 205 E. 39th St. in the Lincoln neighborhood of Vancouver. To learn more, visit or check out Latte Da’s Facebook page.

Robert Burns Scottish Supper

“Go bring to me a pint o wine / And fill it in a silver tassie / That I may drink, before I go / A service to my bonnie lassie.” So said the beloved Scottish poet Robert Burns in his late 1700s poem “The Silver Tassie.” And now you can have your pint of wine—or glass, as the case may be on this more civilized occasion—at the Robert Burns Supper, a fundraising event that’s a partnership between the Wine and Food Society of Clark County and Clark College. This tasty event is a fundraiser for Clark College Foundation‘s Scholarship in Viticulture and Culinary Arts and the Wine and Food Society’s scholarship fund.

In Scotland, January is the season for a slew of Burns Nights honoring Burns with traditional Scottish food and drink, lively music, and good cheer—but on Saturday, Jan. 28, you will only have to travel as far as the Clark College campus at Columbia Tech Center to get a taste of Scottish culture. Guests will enjoy an authentic Scottish supper including a haggis (a savory pudding containing sheep heart, liver, and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and simmered for hours in the sheep’s stomach lining, in case you didn’t know—although perhaps you didn’t want to know) that will be ceremonially marched into the venue with a bagpipe procession by the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band. Ticket prices include a welcome cocktail, the full dinner, complimentary beer and wine, and a Scotch toast (we don’t know what that is, but we bet it’s good fun). Entertainment will include recitations of Burns’ poetry, live and silent auctions, and a Dessert Dash.

The event will begin with a 5 p.m. social hour at the no-host bar, and the program will start at 6 p.m. Clark College at Columbia Tech Center is located at 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in East Vancouver. Individual tickets are $75 and tables for eight are $550. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. To reserve a seat or table, visit or call 360-991-7333.

Above photograph: one of the more appetizing presentations of haggis.

More Happy Hours at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Although every hour spent at Burnt Bridge Cellars is technically a happy hour, this downtown Vancouver winery and tasting room is expanding to give local wine-lovers an “officially designated” Thursday Happy Hour, every Thursday night from here on out. The tasting room will now be open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and will offer discounted glass pours. The first Thursday Happy Hour is on Thursday, Jan. 26.

This expansion of hours is in response to demand from customers and part of a county-wide trend (case in point: this recent article by Corks & Forks writer Viki Eierdam about The Rusty Grape, the first tasting room in Clark County to be open seven days a week). Most wineries in other counties and states keep only daytime hours, but Clark County wineries and tasting rooms are setting the pace with customer-friendly evening hours, live music, and tasty small plates. Burnt Bridge Cellars offers all three, plus a rotating selection of art by local artists, as well as occasional events like its annual Holiday Craft Fair. They sometimes partner with local food trucks or caterers, but most often feature light meals and appetizers created by Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking, located right next door to the tasting room.

Burnt Bridge Cellars additional hours will remain the same: 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. To learn more, visit, check them out on Facebook, or better yet come to the tasting room at 1500 Broadway St. in downtown Vancouver.

Thai Time at Class Cooking

It’s Thai Time at Class Cooking! With its endless combinations of savory, spicy, sweet and tangy in dishes featuring the vibrant flavors of basil, lime, and cilantro, Thai food is the ultimate comfort food for many people. (When’s the last time you said to yourself, “I JUST NEED A GIANT PLATE OF PAD THAI AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE!”? Probably a couple hours ago, am I right?). Now you can make Thai food right in your own kitchen with recipes and techniques you’ll learn in Class Cooking’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen at 110 E 15th St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars.

Three Thai Time classes will be offered: Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. ($60); Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. ($80, includes wine); and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. ($80, includes wine). Thai dishes look and taste exotic, but many of them aren’t complicated. Here are the recipes you’ll be practicing in this class:

  • Pad Thai noodles with tofu and shrimp
  • Chicken Satay with peanut sauce
  • Ground pork on lemongrass skewers with sweet chili sauce
  • Green papaya salad with Thai chilies
  • Thai fried pineapple with vanilla yogurt

The fee covers all ingredients and tools, as well as a take-home recipe booklet. For more details or to register, visit

Above image: mmmmmm, Pad Thai

Butternut Squash at Class Cooking

No squash is more versatile or more beloved in American cuisine than the beautiful butternut. If you can get past the thick skin and put some muscle into the cutting, butternut squash are perfect for roasting, souping, dicing, pureeing and all-around eating. Chef Emilee Mahan of Class Cooking is going to give you new ways to enjoy this wonderful orange-yellow treat (have you thought of butternut mac & cheese?) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Emilee (Chef Kim Mahan’s daughter) is the chef at Fruit & Flower Child Care Center, where she cooks for 135 picky eaters every day. All her “Hidden Gourmet” recipes have been beta-tested and revised to appeal even to a kid’s palate.

This is a demonstration and tasting class, so the cost is only $40—including recipes for you to take home and try! This class is designed to help anyone who cooks for children, or who just loves butternut squash! Class time includes how to break down those tough uncooked squashes: peeling, seeding, cubing then puréeing. The dishes Emily will demo (and that you will taste) include:

  • Macaroni and cheese with butternut squash purée
  • Butternut squash spiced quick bread
  • Spiced glazed diced butternut squash
  • Butternut squash, ricotta, and spinach lasagna
  • Butternut squash turkey chili

To sign up, visit Class Cooking at

Blind Tasting at Burnt Bridge Cellars

It’s the perfect way to thaw out from Snowmageddon 2017: drink wine. Or maybe you already have been drinking wine, because you can’t leave your house and a glass of wine on a snow winter’s eve is so warming. Or maybe you’ve run out of wine and you need more. Either way, if you can safely make it out of your house and over to Burnt Bridge Cellars, they are offering one of their popular Blind Tastings on Friday, Jan. 13. Put your flavor-deciphering skills to work, impress your friends (or your date), and try to win a prize!

Drop by any time from 4 to 8 p.m., when—in addition to the usual selection of award-winning wines—you can challenge your palate to a blind tasting of four different red wines. Burnt Bridge Cellars will provide you with tasting notes (without identifying the wine, of course) and then you sample each wine. All four wines will be poured at once, so you can go back and forth between samples, “studying” with the tasting notes. Once you think you’re ready for the test, you can fill out the ballot. If you get them all right, you’ll get a special wine-related prize. If you DON’T guess them all correctly, you’ll still have a lot of fun!

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit

Chardonnay Tasting at Veraison

Chardonnay may have fallen somewhat out of fashion lately, but there’s a reason this golden, oakey, buttery and often fruity (think pears and pineapples) varietal has stood the test of time. Veraison Wine & Events in downtown Vancouver is hosting an event that will help you understand this eminently drinkable wine that pairs so beautifully with so many foods: a Chardonnay Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. For $10, you can sample five distinct styles of Chardonnay, including oak barrel, steel cask, and Chablis. If you aren’t a fan of Chardonnay, you just might change your mind after this tasting.

Veraison Wine & Events—a combination wine bar, wine shop, and private wine-tasting event location—is located in the old Sparks building at 212 E. Evergreen Blvd. For more information about Veraison—or how you can become a Stem Club Member—visit, call 360.952.3012, or email And just in case you’re wondering about the name: “veraison” refers to the onset of grape ripening and means, more or less, “when the grapes change color.”

Paella at Class Cooking

Mmmmm…paella, that beautiful one-pan ambrosia of seafood and rich, Mediterranean flavor. Maybe you’ve never cooked it before because it seemed complicated, or too loftily culinary for your work-a-day kitchen. Well, get ready to have paella demystified during Class Cooking‘s January paella classes, happening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.

This is one of Chef Kim Mahan’s most popular classes, and here’s why: Mahan lived in Spain for two and a half years, and got really, really good and making paella, and now she’s going to share her secrets with you. Students will be making a traditional Alencian paella with rice, chicken, shrimp, chorizo and clams; an ensalata mixta with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and mixed greens with a smoked paprika dressing; pan con tomate—toasted bread with garlic and tomato; and Torta di Santiago, an almond lemon cake.

The class is $80 and includes wine. To sign up, visit or call 360-600-8006. Class Cooking, a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, is located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars at 110 E. 15th St. in downtown Vancouver.