Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Livin' in the Blurbs: Live and Learn

Everyone's heard of pairing wines with cheeses. But here in the vortex of Beervana you can learn about pairing your favorite beer with an artisan cheese product. All you have to do is call Foster & Dobbs and reserve your seat for an informative evening with Chris Hodge of Columbia Distributing, who will present a survey of beer styles and ideal cheesy companions for your delectation.

Details: Beer and Cheese Pairings with Chris Hodge. June 18, 7:15 pm; $20, reservations only. Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods, 2518 NE 15th Ave. Phone 503-284-1157.

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Monique Dupre is brilliant. Not only has she figured out how to feed her family on a budget, she's done it organically and sustainably. Meaning she's eliminated the need to go to the grocery store so often, simplified her cupboards, and purified her home by eliminating plastics and chemical-based products. She started Sustainable Living on a Budget to teach you how to do the same, and she's giving a class at Kookoolan Farms in June. Check it out!

Details: Sustainable Living on a Budget with Monique Dupre. June 20, 7 pm; $35 per person. Register on her website.

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Imagine a summer evening strolling through one of the best nurseries in the area, sipping a glass of wine or a HUB microbrew, every once in awhile coming across a table of noshes from the Oregon Culinary Institute, then watching a demonstration of container gardening. Not to mention it all benefits Growing Gardens, an organization that's fighting hunger by helping low income households build raised bed gardens.

Details: An Evening in the Garden: A benefit for Growing Gardens. Sat., June 21, 6-9 pm; tickets $15 at the door with gift bags to first 100. Farmington Gardens, 21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton. 503-649-4568.

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