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Eat up for a cause; PDX porks out for the superbowl


COURTESY: HAMLET  - Hamlet will prepare specialty ham and cheese platters to-go for the big game.  
It's a smorgasbord of meats and cheeses (and chowder) this month as Portland food artisans get charitable and look to please porky palates for Superbowl 50 on Feb. 7.

Here's a roundup of just a few of the special events and offerings coming up in the next month.

The nonprofit Portland Kitchen, a yearlong after-school culinary program for low-income and at-risk teens, will host a Hawaiian-themed benefit event this week hosted by Portland sustainable meat distributor Nicky USA.

Nicky Farms’ wild Hawaiian venison will be on the menu, as well as their free-range chicken.

Pupu (appetizer) platters will be prepared by two top Portland chefs: Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common and Aaron Barnett of St. Jack.

The tiki bar will include Cruzan Rum craft drinks, as well as beer by Salem-based Gilgamesh Brewing and wine by Coopers Hall.

All proceeds will benefit the Portland Kitchen, which offers free after-school culinary classes to teens at local high schools.

The event is not open to the public.

For more: theportlandkitchen.org.


COURTESY: LOMPOC BREWING - Can the New Old Lompoc keep its chowdet title or will it be another bar's turn to win? A dozen regional restaurants and pubs will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 10th annual Chowder Challenge on Feb. 20.

This year’s participants include the 5th Quadrant, Burnside Brewing, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, D’s Bar, Farm House Cafe, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Produce Row, Saraveza, Sports on Tap, StormBreaker Brewing, Uptown Market and Widmer Brothers Brewing.

Attendees age 12 and up may pay $10 for a tasting tray featuring a dozen 2-ounce samples of New England-style clam chowders.

After blind-tasting the entries, people will vote for their favorite. The People's Choice Winner will take home the coveted Chowder Cup and a cash prize; awards will also given for second and third place.

The New Old Lompoc is the reigning champion.

The event will features live music, a beer garden, a raffle with gift cards from the participants and pub food for purchase.

The family-friendly is open to all ages.

All net proceeds will be donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, for children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.

The event is set for noon-3 p.m. at Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N. Williams Ave.

For more: facebook.com/LompocBeer.


COURTESY: OLYMPIA PROVISIONS  - Football summer sausages are $16 each. In pigskin snack news, Portland-based Olympia Provisions is hoping to score big with a football-shaped summer sausage they hope will be the hit of the Superbowl party.

The sausage casing is the color and design of a football, made with pork sausage, tangy and mildly spiced with mustard and garlic.

The product is $16, available at olympiaprovisions.com or at either restaurant location, 1632 N.W. Thurman St. or 107 S.E. Washington St.

A newer Portland ham-forward restaurant is also prepping for the big game with gourmet ham and cheese boards to go.

Chef Cathy Whims and her team are preparing platters fit for a host gift, pre-party appetizer or party centerpiece.

The boards include a selection of prosciutto or cheeses from a variety of producers, each of which feed five to seven people and include a solid wood cutting board.

The ham platters include sustainably raised Iberico, Tamworth or La Quercia, ranging from $35 to $59.

The cheese platters include a variety of sustainably produced cheeses from Portland's Ancient Heritage Cheese, priced at $50.

For full descriptions, visit hamletpdx.com. To order: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 503-241-4009, or place an order with 24 hours advance notice at Hamlet, 232 N.W. 12th Ave.

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