Deschutes’ Texas Hold’em Poker fundraiser is tonight

Dechutes Brewery Texas Hold'emThe poker fundraiser event I wrote about last month for two of Deschutes Brewery’s employees (both diagnosed with cancer) had been postponed and tonight is the new night. A refresher:

Two employees from our Deschutes Brewery Family have been diagnosed with Cancer. In order to help Chris [Steavens] and Misael [Molina], we are having a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Fundraiser & Silent Auction. All proceeds will go towards Chris and Misael’s growing medical expenses.

Buy-in is $50 and includes dinner, (3) beer tokens, & (2) raffle tickets. Also, there will be sweet Deschutes Brewery swag raffled throughout the night!

Tickets are pre-purchasable here, though it looks like the main $50 buy-in tickets are sold out—however, you can still participate for $25 which gets you dinner and two pints (though no poker).

Prizes have been changed as well. First place now wins a stand-up paddleboard ($800 value), a case of beer every month for a year is second place, and third place wins $100 cash.

Go Donuts is giving away free samples today

Go DonutsThe new Go Donuts, which took over the space formerly occupied by Papa John’s Pizza on the southwest corner of Greenwood and Eighth, is giving away free doughnut samples today until 3:30pm.

They’ve been busy remodeling the location for their doughnut shop and it’s only the past few days they’ve actually been making doughnuts it looks like. So today you can be one of the very first to sample their wares!

McMenamins Friends and Family Night benefiting Summit High

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolTonight is McMenamins Old St. Francis School’s Friends and Family Night where 50% of the evening’s total sales (“burgers, beers, wine, cocktails, salads, sandwiches, tater tots, the day’s specials and more”) are donated to the beneficiary of the month—this month is Summit High School’s Life Skills Class.

Please join us for Friends and Family Night. This night’s event benefits the Summit High School Life Skills Class. The Life Skills Class is comprised of students with disabilities who are raising money to participate in community activities that help them to become independent.

Proceeds from sales start at 5pm and last until closing. This is a great cause so if you’re feeling like dinner and/or drinks out tonight, consider heading over to McMenamins.

First Friday fun tonight at Spring Art Hop

Downtown Bend Art WalkIt’s the First Friday Spring Art Hop in downtown Bend tonight (the bigger version of the monthly Art Walk), taking place from 5 to 9pm. Downtown Bend’s description:

Sensational local & national art at dozens of businesses on the first Friday of every month. Shops are matched with artists, musicians, and performers. Many businesses stay open late and will serve food and wine as they welcome you in to enjoy their space and this wonderful evening.

The Downtown Bend site has also been revamped and you can browse their events page for all the April Art Walk events they’ve got posted, listing participating times and artists for each location.

Not on that list is Deschutes Brewery’s First Friday, taking place from 6:30 to 10:30 in their upstairs Tap Room, with art from David Lang and music by GBots and the Journeymen. And of course, beer.

April Fools Brewers Dinner at Broken Top Bottle Shop

Broken Top Bottle ShopNo foolin’: Broken Top Bottle Shop is teaming up with 10 Barrel Brewing to host their “April Fools Brewers Dinner” tomorrow night, Thursday the 3rd. It’s a five course dinner paired with five beers, “with surprising & unexpected beer pairings in honor of April Fools’ Day” and a surprise beer.

Here’s the menu:

  • SWEET POTATO GNOCCI with Sage and Beer Butter Sauce + paired with Pilsner (Pub Beer)
  • FLATIRON SHAVED CHARD PORK SLIDER with a Siricha Slaw, Avocado Cilantro Aioli, Smoked Gouda and Blue Potato Chips + paired with Apricot Crush Apricot Sour
  • GRILLED LAMB, ROASTED GARLIC & MINT SAUSAGE with Cada Dia Feta Yukon Whipped Potatoes, Seared Greens, Pale Ale Infused French Onion Sauce + paired with Violet Lavender Baltic Porter
  • ARUGULA, FENNEL & BACON SALAD with Maple Cured Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Tumole Chevre, Balsamic Roasted Cipolini Onions, Brioche Croutons, Apple Cider Vinaigrette + paired with BREWERS SURPRISE!
  • CHOCOLATE PORTER TART with a porter infused whipped cream + paired with Night Ryed’r Rye Porter served in a commemorative 10 BBL tulip glass

Vegetarian options are available too (you need to let them know when you make your reservation). And it’s a family-style plated dinner as well.

Cost is $50 per person and tickets are limited; call 541-728-0703 to reserve them, or visit the Bottle Shop in person. You might be able to get in the day of the dinner, though they posted on the event page that there will only be a very limited number at the door.