Portland Dining Month

    Are you hungry? Is expertly prepared cuisine your idea of Heaven? Does your palate crave change, diversity, and scrumptiousness?

    Yes? Then you are in luck, my friend because March is just around the corner, and, in 2014, March is Portland Dining Month. From March first through thirtieth, more than ninety of the finest PDX restaurants will be participating in the ultimate foodie extravaganza. Culinary masters from all over Portland offer three course dinners for a mere $29 per person.

    Portland, Oregon, the greatest city in the United States—and perhaps the world—will be just a little tastier for the next thirty days. In magnificent Downtown, restaurants such as Mucca Osteria, Punch Bowl Social, Imperial, Departure, and Bistro 921 await your patronage with open arms and full platters—arms that will serve those platters with a plethora of goodness. From the Roasted beet salad with arugula, butternut squash, spiced pecans, figs, feta and cider vinaigrette as a first course option at Bistro Marquee, to a second course option of Braised lamb with fruited Israeli cous cous, crispy winter greens and mint pesto from Gracie’s, to decadent Oregon marionberry cobbler topped with Tillamook vanilla bean ice from DEN….the food that will be presented would make Emeril Legase, Guy Fieri and Ted Allen turn Collard Green with envy.

    Organized by the Downtown Marketing Initiative, restaurants all over the city from Mt. Tabor, to Laurelhurst, to Downtown, to Hollywood, to the Alberta Arts District, to Kenton, the Pearl, Goose Hollow, and the Industrial District, are participating in the month long event. Explore the city and its various haunts or check out that neighborhood eatery you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit. For $29, you will be treated to a three course dinner that lets you stay within your budget and, perhaps best of all, help someone else fill their plate.

    You see, Portland Dining Month isn’t just about gorging ourselves on delectable cuisines and entertaining our palate—it’s also about helping the less fortunate. With each reservation made online, a donation will be made to the Oregon Food Bank. It’s a win-win for bellies all over the great state of Oregon.

    The Portland Dining Month is about to enter its fifth year and if you have not yet participated, now is the time. Vegan, Vegetarian and kosher options are also available. For a complete listing of restaurants and to make a reservation, visit http://downtownportland.org/dining-month/. See you there and may your March be bursting with full bellies, good company, and warm hearts.

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