Taste of the Nation, a charity-event-cum-gourmet-extravaganza, is tonight at JELD-WEN Field, and tickets are still available at portlandtaste.org. A list of participating restaurants is here.

That's over thirty local restaurants, each offering samples. This makes for, let's say, an $85 thirty-five course dinner. If it's anything like Cochon555, it is truly the best deal in town.

If you want to say hi, I'll be the dazed guy with marinara and chocolate sauce dripping off the bottom of his face at all times.