Portland's first major restaurant tasting event returns this Tuesday, May 7 to the downtown McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom. Last year's unexpectedly windy version at JELD-WEN field has thankfully led to a smaller, less-drafty venue choice, which will gather together samples from more than 40 of Portland's finest restaurants and enough wineries to leave you stumbling despite an inevitably bursting belly. General admission begins at 6:30 pm and will put you out $85 - steep, but worth it - benefiting organizing nonprofit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry, which works to feed kids across the country (each of its events benefitting primarily local efforts).


We have two free tickets to give away to a lucky Blogtown fan courtesy of the awesome board at Share Our Strength, so e-mail your name to the decider with "TASTE" in the subject line by Thursday, May 2 at NOON for your chance to win an amazing Tuesday evening. And buy a ticket if you don't win - it's a great time and a great cause.

McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom is located at 1332 W Burnside.

UPDATE: And we have a winner! Thanks for playing!