January 28th, 2009 Samantha Herman | Special Section Stories
 

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House Spirits Distillery: Free tastings of House Spirits’ vodka, gin, aquavit and more 11 am-4 pm Saturdays. Free tours of the distillery at noon and 4 pm Saturdays. Email tours@housespirits.com for info. 2025 SE 7th Ave., 235-3174, housespirits.com.

Zupan’s Markets: Free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday from 3-7 pm. Go to zupans.com for info on all four Portland stores.

Fred Meyer: When the deli closes, the deals begin. Get half off any leftover hot items after 8 pm (3030 NE Weidler St.) or 9 pm (100 NW 20th Place). Call ahead to see what time the hot deli at your Fred Meyer closes. Go to fredmeyer.com to find phone numbers and addresses.

Uwajimaya: Every first Saturday of the month (11 am-4 pm), check out “Flavors of Uwajimaya.” There are free food samples available all over the store. 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, 643-4512, uwajimaya.com.

Whole Foods: Check the calendar often for free sampling events at your closest location. For example, on Saturday, Jan. 31, there will be free Honest Tea and snack samples at the Pearl location in preparation for the Super Bowl. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com for information about each location.

New Seasons Market: Free tastings 11 am-5 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Visit newseasonsmarket.com for store addresses and phone numbers.

Cacao: Walk in and ask for a free taste of any of the chocolate bars at any time. “Accommodating” is an apt descriptor for this joint. 414 SW 13th Ave., 241-0656, cacaodrinkchocolate.com.

Sahagún: Friday, Jan. 30, Sagahun is giving away a free scoop of Meyer lemon sorbet with any $5 purchase. 10 NW 16th Ave., 274-7065, sahagunchocolates.com.

Liner Elsen: Free Saturday-afternoon wine tastings, starting at noon. 2222 NW Quimby St., 241-9463, linerandelsen.com.

Urban Wineworks: Free appetizers at its First Thursday event on Feb. 5. 407 NW 16th Ave., 226-9797, urbanwineworks.com.

Portland Wine Merchants: Free wine samples every Saturday from noon to 6:30 pm, and again on Sunday from noon-5 pm. 1430 SE 35th Ave., 234-4399, portlandwinemerchants.com.

Thirst Wine Bar: Free tastings Tuesday through Saturday from 5-7 pm at the Lake Oswego location. Plus, the RiverPlace location has free wine tasting 5-8 pm Thursdays. 0315 SW Montgomery St., 295-2747. 149 A Ave. Lake Oswego, 697-1330, thirstwinebar.com.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy: Every second Saturday of each month, new products are on display and free vegan treats are provided from Blossoming Lotus Cafe. 13 NW 23rd Place, 226-6213, pharmaca.com.

Voodoo Doughnut: Pay for a Tex-Ass doughnut and eat the whole thing in under a minute and a half, and the purchase price is refunded. Ah, the lengths we will go to for a free Voodoo doughnut. 22 SW 3rd Ave., 241-4704. 1501 NE Davis St., 235-2666, voodoodoughnut.com.

The Melting Pot: Go to the Melting Pot website, sign up for its fondue club, and get free chocolate fondue for two. An email address seems like such a small price to pay. Corner of Southwest 6th Avenue and Main Street, 517-8960, themeltingpotclubfondue.com.

Rogue Distillery and Public House: Head over to Rogue at 2 pm Monday-Friday for a distillery tour. Your prize for being attentive? A free tasting at the end. 1339 NW Flanders St., 222-5910.

Dave’s Killer Bread Bakery: If you’re willing to buy day-old bread—or frozen bread returned from grocery stores—you can save $2 to $3 per loaf by heading over to Dave’s Killer Bread’s Milwaukie outpost. The Healthy Bread Store, 5209 SE International Way, Milwaukie, 335-8077, daveskillerbread.com.

Piece of Cake: Print one of Piece of Cake’s online coupons and save $5 on that vegan cake you were planning to buy. 8306 SE 17th Ave., 234-9445, pieceofcakebakery.net.

Lizard Lounge: Pop in, pour yourself a free cup of Stumptown coffee and take a load off on one of the clothier’s comfy chairs. 1323 NW Irving St., 416-7476, lizardloungepdx.com.

Vita Cafe: Kids eat for $1 every day from 5-7 pm. The organic, free-range, vegetarian, vegan, and wheat-free options beat the hell out of a Happy Meal. 3024 NE Alberta, 335-8233, vita-cafe.com.

Spring Creek Coffee House: On the third Saturday of each month, Spring Creek Coffee House hosts a Scrabble Challenge from 3-6 pm that gives everyone the opportunity to win a free 12-ounce coffee. 10600 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 496-5555, springcreekcoffee.com.

Corbett Coffee Plant: Bi-weekly coffee cuppings mean free coffee samples for everyone. The next one is scheduled for 2 pm Jan. 31. 5911 SW Corbett Ave., 293-3280, coffeeplant.net.

Ristretto Roasters: On the first and last Sunday of each month, Ristretto’s North Williams Avenue cafe holds free classes and workshops on everything from meet-and-greets with farmers to basic brewing and cuppings. And yes, that means free coffee. 3808 N Williams Ave., 288-8667. Check ristrettoroasters.com for details.

 
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