This Sunday, December 16th, from 1-4PM, 18 local authors of cookbooks and food-centric guides will be mingling at Vitaly Paley’s new restaurant, Imperial. The Portland Cookbook Social is a free event, complete with complimentary snacks and beverages (that reflect the content of the books) and a chance to purchase the books and get them signed directly from the authors. Some of the featured authors include Bakeshop’s Kim Boyce, The Sugar Cube’s Kir Jensen and Imperial’s Vitaly Paley himself. From craft beer and coffee to gluten-free Asian cuisine and artisan meats, this selection of cookbooks and guides perfectly represents the culinary trends of Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift for a loved one, or wanting to brush up on your own skills in the kitchen, this event is a must.
The Portland Cookbook Social is also a great excuse to check out the two new restaurants of critically-acclaimed restaurateur Vitaly Paley. Imperial and the Portland Penny Diner both recently opened in downtown’s Hotel Lucia, with Imperial being the slightly more upscale dining spot of the two. Paley’s restaurants source high-quality ingredients from nearby and rely on a laid-back, natural approach to preparing food. But don’t let that fool you into thinking the selection is bland; there are some ridiculously creative items on the menus. At Imperial, you can relish in the warmth of the wood-fired grill and rotisserie and sip on one of the craft cocktails, like the Iron Chef: Radish! (pimm’s no. 1 cup, radish sorbet with watermelon and cucumber, soda). At the Portland Penny Diner, which is inspired by the flip of a coin between Frances Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy that determined the name of our fair city, you can stop by for a gourmet bite to eat when the late-night munchies hit (they’re open until 1AM on Friday and Saturday). And when we say gourmet, we mean it. Try the Lil’ Elvis (chunky peanut butter, marionberry jam, fostered banana, milk chocolate and crispy bacon on GC white bread) or the PDXWT (duck bologna, sauerkraut, fried egg and spicy coffee mayo).
So make your way over to Imperial for the Portland Cookbook Social, then indulge in a meal and a drink at either (or both) of Paley’s new dining spots!
Portland Penny Diner
410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Written by: Lauren Kodiak
Photo credit: John Valls