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If you saw our mouth-watering video from Akadi last month and thought “I wanna try that,” then you’re going to like what’s coming next.
On Feb. 27, we’re partnering with head chef and co-owner Fatou Ouattara to host a private dinner at Akadi, where we’ll taste some of the best-selling dishes and hear Fatou describe the inspiration behind Akadi’s West African cuisine.
Ready to join us? Here’s everything you need to know:
WHAT: A special menu tasting at Akadi, one of Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants of 2018
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Akadi’s restaurant in Lower Albina
COST: Tickets are $15 for Bridgeliner members or $35 for non-members. Not a member yet? Let’s change that! Start your Bridgeliner membership today to unlock your discount code and support your favorite local newsletter.
Despite laws that prohibited black people from settling in Oregon, a small number of black pioneers still came here, drawn by the same booming industries that attracted white settlers: mining, shipping, and farming.
Some were also brought as slaves, despite slavery being outlawed in the 1840s.
A new documentary from OPB called “Oregon’s Black Pioneers” follows the stories of people like Letitia Carson, a former slave who fought back when a white neighbor stole her land, and Robin and Polly Holmes, who successfully sued their former master to gain custody of their four children.
In other news…
The snowpocalypse may have been a dud here in Portland, but Mt. Hood is expected get more than three feet of snow by Tuesday. (KGW)
The dream of the ‘90s is alive in Woodlawn, where a new bar pairing old-school video games with nostalgic decor will open next month. (Eater)
Neil Young is coming to Portland this spring, but you’ll have to sign up for Young’s (paid) personal streaming platform to snag early tickets. (Portland Mercury)
💖 Thursday: Show the Willamette River some love on Valentine’s Day (Downtown)
🗣 Thursday – Sunday: Catch live podcast shows on everything from true crime to cannabis at the Listen Up Festival (Multiple locations)
🚁 Through Sunday: Lift off from a downtown helipad and take a private helicopter flight over Portland with your Valentine (NW | Chinatown)
💯 Tuesday, Feb. 19: Head over to Oregon Public House for a “non-trivial” trivia night (NE | Woodlawn)
🎶 See Jesse McCartney at Roseland Theater (NW | Chinatown)
🍿 Watch the Oregon-made film “Coraline” (NE | Hollywood)
📖 Hear a story about 1990’s gay culture (NW | Pearl)
✍️ Learn from local women in business (Downtown)
🤔 Explore what it means to “be good” (SE | Powell)
⚖️ Join City Club to discuss our system of government (NE | Alberta)
🎻 Hear a rockstar string quartet (Downtown) 🆕
🏀 Welcome the Warriors to town (NE | Rose Quarter) 🆕
🎶 Go to a Soul’d Out concert (Downtown) 🆕
THURSDAY – VALENTINE’S DAY
💎 Find diamonds in your dessert (NE | Kerns) 🆕
💃 Fall in love with flamenco (NW | Alphabet) 🆕
😋 Score a special dinner deal (Multiple locations) 🆕
🎺 Swing dance to a live band (NE | Albina) 🆕
🍷 Eat truffles and taste wine (Newberg) 🆕
🎙️ Hear Kate Brown’s “State of the State” speech (Downtown) 🆕
🍺 Go to a Witches and Wizards Beer Festival (NW | Slabtown) 🆕
🎸 Rock out for a good cause – through Sunday (Multiple locations) 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #bridgeliner on Instagram to be featured.
We’ll see you tomorrow. 👋