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Portland Dining Month features 100-plus restaurants

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Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Travel Portland is hoping patrons are drawn to the likes of Laurelhurst Market for Portland Dining Month.Think you can’t afford to eat out in Portland?

Now’s your chance to try those places everyone’s been talking about.

For the sixth year in a row, Portlanders will be spoiled with $29 three-course meals at dozens of participating restaurants during the month of March.

Portland Dining Month this year will feature more than 100 restaurants, including icons and newcomers.

Among them: Paley’s Place, Higgins, Departure, Laurelhurst Market, Levant, The Country Cat, Mother’s Bistro, Saucebox, Zeus Cafe, Trader Vic’s and Smallwares.

New this year, in addition to the appetizer, entree and dessert for $29, many of the restaurants will feature a local beer either as a menu ingredient or as a recommended pairing.

In collaboration with sponsor Columbia Distributing, featured breweries will include BridgePort Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Rogue Ales.

“Portland Dining Month is back and bigger than ever,” says Jeff Miller, president of Travel Portland, which is presenting the event as part of its larger “Portland Is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign.

“Portland’s acclaimed food scene includes some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country, and this year we have more participation than ever before,” Miller adds.

The “Portland Is Happening Now” campaign highlights three of Portland’s top tourism draws: tax-free shopping, food and beer.

The campaign kicked off in Seattle in November with the unveiling of a giant handcrafted cuckoo clock featuring chainsaw-carved Portland icons such as Mount Hood, salmon, beer, bikers, Portlandia, Sasquatch, roses and rivers, among others.

The tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in the United States at 24 feet tall and 9 1/2 feet wide, it’s meant to represent the fact that something interesting is happening in Portland every hour of every day.

The clock is on display at Portland International Airport until the end of March.

(For more on the promotion, including giveaways at Bunk sandwiches, Columbia Sportswear and Hopworks Urban Brewery, visit travel www.portland.com/article/deal-wheel.)

Portland Dining Month, meanwhile, will make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank for every reservation booked through OpenTable.

For a list of participating restaurants and other details, visit: www.travelportland.com/diningmonth.

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