2348 SE Ankeny, 236-4997
In celebration of their 10th year, Il Piatto is unveiling a new dinner menu all through November, with five featured pastas, including: a luscious butternut squash gnocchi with raisins, sage, prosciutto and white wine; a lighter pasta with diced Roma tomatoes, olive oil, and capers; spaghetti carbonara with house-cured parmesan cheese sauce; and spaghetti with oven-roasted Roma tomatoes, garlic, leeks, and artichokes. At a mere $6.95 a plate, this special has to be one of the best deals for high-quality eats in town. Celebrate! EJ
Anthony Bourdain reception and dinner, Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway, reception free, dinner following is $38.90 per person
In 2001, New York chef Anthony Bourdain catapulted himself to fame with his book Kitchen Confidential, which described the drug-addicted, insane sex-fiends that populate the world of four-star restaurant cuisine. Most recently he's come out with a cookbook based on his experiences at New York restaurant Les Halles entitled, Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking. Tuesday evening, Bourdain talks restaurants and recipes at the Heathman Hotel, and follows that up with a five-course dinner made up of recipes from his book. And while the price ($38.90) is pretty steep for dinner, it really isn't when you consider one of the most famous chefs in the world is whipping it up for you. KS
Bar Pastiche, 3731 SE Hawthorne, 236-4760 Cheryl Wakerhauser, pastry chef and owner of Pix Patisserie and John Taboada of Navarre restaurant are teaming up to open a late-night dining spot. They're sticking with small plates for both the savory and sweet delights, and of course, they'll have a host of alcoholic beverages. At present is set to open on Thursday, November 11, so mark your calendar and be first in line.