BLINIS, VODKA, AND CAVIAR, OH MY!: CHEF VITALY PALEY LAUNCHES DANET, THE MONTHLY 5-COURSE RUSSIAN POP-UP STARTING IN JUNE

Starting the Middle of June, Imperial and Portland Penny Diner Will Host DaNet, A Monthly 5-Course Russian Pop-up Dinner at Portland Penny Diner

Get ready for a new monthly dinner! Imperial and Portland Penny Diner’s first Friday Night Pop-up Blini and Vodka Bar was such a success, that they are excited to announce that the pop-up will continue. This time, however, they will expand and improve the pop-up to offer an exclusive 5-course Russian dinner called DaNet. Starting June 12th, DaNet will return to Portland Penny Diner and continue popping up every second Thursday of the month, on July 10th and August 14th.

The night will feature five courses, with the first course mirroring the Pop-up Blini and Vodka Bar. Two different blinis—a traditional version and a potato version—will be served family style with a number of toppings, including house made caviar, sour cream, butter, jam, smoked fish and Chef Vitaly Paley’s family recipes, including fish under carrot marinade and garlic cheese spread.

Bar Manager Brandon Wise will offer a focused drink and vodka list, along with wine pairings, available for additional purchase. Guests can expect to enjoy infused vodkas such as Apple & Ginger Vodka, Beet & Carraway Vodka, Honeyed Pear & Spicy Pepper Vodka, and Black Truffle Vodka.

The courses will be served family style at communal tables, with one seating at 6:30pm. Cost for the 5-course Russian pop-up dinner is $65 per person plus gratuity. Bartender Tony Guardian, aka DJ Expensive Taste, will be spinning a mix of psych, hip-hop, pop, traditional and old world romance music at the event, all of Slavic descent.

Menu
1st Course: Zakuski (appetizers)
2nd Course: Dumplings
3rd Course: Rotating Soup and Piroshki
4th Course: Rotating Meat or Fish with Sides
5th Course: Rotating Dessert

About Imperial:
Imperial is located in the historic Hotel Lucia in Downtown Portland, showcasing chef-owner Vitaly Paley’s renowned cooking, which helped him earn Portland Monthly’s 2012 Chef of the Year and a 2012 Empire Builder Award by Food & Wine. Chef Paley also received the 2005 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific Northwest award, was nominated as a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, and was a recent victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America where he was paired with Imperial Executive Chef Ben Bettinger. Paley, considered the Dean of Portland Chefs for many years, rediscovers Pacific Northwest culinary pathways and follows the footsteps of Oregon’s own James Beard. At Imperial, Chef Paley explores menu ideas that have historic significance and uses cooking methods and ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty. The most prominent feature of Imperial’s kitchen is the impressive wood fire grill and rotisserie that incorporates use of native hard and fruitwoods, leading to Huffington Post choosing Imperial as one of the 11 Best Barbecue Restaurants of 2013. Bar Manager Brandon Wise’s cocktail program has also received accolades, with Food & Wine naming Imperial one of the Best New Bars in the U.S for 2013. Web: www.imperialpdx.com | Phone: 503-228-7222 | Location: 410 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205

Contact: 

Broussard Communications (@BroussardComm)
Melissa Broussard, 503-702-4620, Melissa@broussardcommunications.com