Spotlight: Cheap Eats at the Oregon Culinary Institute

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Black Rock Coffee Bar Walker Road (by the Nike campus) Grand Opening offers free drinks all day this Friday.

OSU Marching Band Concert, 12:00pm – 1:00pm this Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, free.

Shredtober Film Festival this Friday with a double feature at the Clinton Street Theater for just $2 for one show, $3 for both beginning at 7:00pm. There will be prize giveaways and all proceeds to benefit Kevin Nimick’s battle with cancer.

Free Family Friday Concert Series, 7:15pm at Community Music Center features the Whistlin’ Rufus. (Suggested donation: $5 for individual, $15.00 for family)

Art in the Burbs, Friday – Sunday at Alberta Rider Elementary School in Tigard. From web site: “For one October weekend, Alberta Rider Elementary will be transformed into a fine art gallery with original works from over 80 juried artists available for sale. The Foundation’s Art in the Burbs brings a diverse range of art. Explore the juried artist page to view who’s in our show this year. A highlight – you will also be awed by talented Tigard-Tualatin students as you stroll through the student art gallery and entertained by student musicians performing throughout the weekend.”

– The Portland Actors Ensemble presents “The Life and Death of King Richard III” this Friday and Saturday at Concordia University Fine Arts Building, 7:00pm curtain, and on Sunday at 3:00pm. Minimum donation of only $5!

– The Home Improvement Remodeling Show takes place this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. See website to print out a $2 off coupon (general admission is $7); better yet, “if you are ready to remodel, bring a picture of your project and pay no admission!”

– Portland REI — Member’s Only Used Gear Sale, 8:00am – 2:00pm this Saturday at the Pearl District location.

9th annual Community Action Energy Fair, 9:30am – 2:00pm Saturday at Lincoln Street Elementary in Hillsboro. From web site: “Join Metro toxics reduction educator Caran Goodall and many other experts at the ninth annual Community Action Energy Fair. The event is free and open to the public, and showcases energy saving tips and tools. Workshop topics are varied, covering energy, safety and health topics in sessions such as safety kid training, furnace basics, eating for good health, and mold control. Goodall will lead a workshop on green cleaners. Information will be available in English and Spanish.”

Grateful Dead Musical Tribute by Northbound Rain, performing at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium this Saturday from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, free.

– Portland Community College annual Harvest Festival this Saturday at PCC Rock Creek, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free admission includes family activities, food, music and more. In addition, the Washington County Museum will be free from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Portland Financial Planning Day, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Portland Building. From web site: “Portland Financial Planning Day is a free event where you’ll have an opportunity to address specific financial questions to professional financial planners who are volunteering their time and expertise to provide unbiased financial planning information tailored to your unique situation.” There will also be a series of free classroom-style 50-minute Educational Workshops. Please see web site for full schedule.

Washington County Artists Open Studios this Saturday and Sunday. From web site: “Please join us for a free two-day self-guided tour of the private studios of 37 Washington County artists and two galleries. This is an exceptional opportunity to meet artists and to experience art in an extraordinary way.”

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s costume and clothing sale this Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the OBT Warehouse.

Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Park this Saturday and Sunday, $5 per vehicle entry fee to the park.

– Smart Saving lecture series presents “Credit Score Got You Down?,” this Sunday at the St. Johns Library beginning at 2:00pm.

– For more ideas on things to do this weekend, please check out the listings from Aroundthesunblog and PDXPipeline!

Daily deals in Portland


For a super cheap and great value lunch, take the time to check out the restaurant run by the students at the Oregon Culinary Institute. Located one block away from the Goose Hollow MAX stop, you’ll find on-street parking (no meters!) and public transportation makes it very easy to get to.

The restaurant is open Monday – Friday for lunch (12:00pm) and dinner (7:00pm) and features a menu that is rich on food but low on price. For $9 you get a three-course meal at lunch, and for $18 you get a four-course meal at dinner. It’s a great value overall, even more so with the buy one / get one free coupon inside the Portland edition of the Chinook Book (expires in 10 days for the 2011 edition!).

Your servers are current students from the Restaurant Management Course, whereas the food is prepared and made by the students in the culinary and pastry/baking program. Additionally, all gratuities go to OCI Student Awards, so tip accordingly. This is a learning environment, and invevitably there will be some mistakes made with the food or service. No big deal! Knowing this beforehand is key to enjoying the experience and you just can’t beat the price. We were seated immediately for lunch and our glasses quickly filled with water. A bread basket is also provided shortly after ordering. Service was fine, portions were just right and the food options were varied and all sounded delicious. Call ahead to make reservations. Check out their current menu here for lunch and here for dinner. Drinks are very reasonable at $1 for hot drinks and soda pop, $2-$3 for beer and $5-$8 for a glass of wine.

In addition to the Oregon Culinary Institute, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (formerly Western Culinary Institute) runs the restaurant “Technique” (aka Restaurant Bleu) inside downtown Portland’s Galleria with lunch and dinner seatings every Tuesday-Friday. Lunch is only $10 for three courses, dinner around $30 for five courses. Check out the reviews on Yelp! and Open Table for more insight. We haven’t eaten here (yet), but the reviews are mostly positive and like the OCI, you just can’t beat the price! Bon Appetit!

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