In case you haven't heard, Feast Portland is this weekend, which means celebrity chefs will be swarming into town, media people will probably gain ten pounds, and if you were lucky and/or had the foresight to get a ticket before many of the events sold out, you'll get to be there. If not, don't cry... there are actually several great non-Feast-related events happening this weekend, some of them at a fraction of the cost.

Brewer's Dinner at Brasserie Montmartre: The fourth of its kind in a series of five, this meal will showcase pFriem Family Brewers from Hood River over a five-course meal (see the menu here—it looks awesome). Brasserie's chef Johnny Nunn and brew master Josh Pfriem will be there to welcome guests for cocktails at 6 and talk about their professions while they serve good food and beer. Dinner will only put you out $45 including featured drinks, and reservations are required and available by calling the restaurant.

Brasserie Montmartre is located at 626 SW Park, and reservations are available at (503) 236-3036.

Guest chef dinner at Market: Friday, September 21st, will see the jolly Pascal Sauton of the now-closed Carafe and current SE favorite Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine return to his former restaurant to cook a meal with Market's own Troy Furuta. At $40 a head for a unique four course collaborative dinner, it's a steal of an opportunity to savor Sauton's incredibly tasty French cooking. Reservations can be made here.

Market is located at 200 SW Market #101

Bar Vivant's Concorso de Tapas: Six chefs from around town will participate in a seriously promising tasting-style event at Pix's new joint on E Burnside. From 3-6 on Saturday, September 22nd, you may enjoy tapas and wine pairings from Beaker and Flask, EaT/The Parish, June, Nicky USA, Viking Soul Food, The Woodsman Tavern, and De Maison Selections at Bar Vivant. Only $30 a head for a token to each chef's offering (tickets to be sold at the door only).

Bar Vivant is located at 2225 E Burnside.

Portland's Polish Festival: The 19th annual Polish Festival will be rocking North Portland this Saturday and Sunday (the 22nd and 23rd) with music, Polka competitions, history exhibits, and pierogi aplenty. Also, beer! Portland's Polish community celebrates the best of its heritage this time every year, and it's a lot of fun (and free) to watch.

The Polish Festival takes place at 3900 N Failing on September 22nd (from 11 am to 10 pm) and 23rd (from noon to 6 pm).

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