Win Tickets ($90): Summer’s End Block Party! @ Cafe Castagna | Lamb Skewers, Honey Soda, Mead Cocktails, Live Music, Honey Ice Cream & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Summer’s End Block Party! @ Cafe Castagna on August 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 28.

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block party castanga cafeSummer’s End Block Party!
August 30, 2015
5-9 p.m. | $45 Adults, $30 Kids | All Ages

Cafe Castagna
1758 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214

Join us for a block party on August 30th out on our patio! We’ll be grilling lamb skewers on the sidewalk and hosting a demonstration from our neighbors Bee Thinking! Inside we’ll be serving up honey soda and mead cocktails as well as beer and wine.

One adult ticket ($45) gets you a plate of chef Wesley Johnson’s middle eastern inspired food and one drink (though more will be available for purchase on site)! One child’s ticket ($30) gets one plate of food.

There will be live music, homemade honey ice cream cones, and good times!

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111 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): Summer’s End Block Party! @ Cafe Castagna | Lamb Skewers, Honey Soda, Mead Cocktails, Live Music, Honey Ice Cream & More!

  1. Cathy August 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    I simply adore Mead. And as we get close to the end of Summer I realize I’ve been so busy with volunteer work that I really haven’t had any relaxation time. Going to this Summer’s End Block Party would be a wonderful treat to me, especially since I won’t have to do the cooking, serving, dishes, event set-up or break-down.

  2. Peter Talbott August 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    I’ve always admired Margaret Mead, would wnjoy the opportunity to meet her

  3. Sandi August 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    This would be a fantastic end to a summer, and lamb skewers sound delicious!

  4. Gregory August 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Considering the lengthy, warmer than usual and abundance of sunny days we have had this summer, I cannot imagine anything more refreshing, more exciting and enjoyable than an end of the summer block party! Definitely would enjoy that with a guest at my side and a cocktail in hand while we mingle and “chill” as we approach the coming of fall.

  5. Kelly Gappmayer August 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    What a wonderful way to celebrate another beautiful Portland summer. With one of Portland’s best restaurants, enjoying great food, great beverages, live music and some amazing people, I’m sure. Sounds like the perfect setting.

  6. Matthew Lee August 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing way to end summer. Live music, drinks and food. Sound perfect to me.

  7. ryan August 20, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    mead is the nectar of the gods and thusly, I’d love to be (drunk) at this event.

  8. Courtney August 20, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    My boyfriend and I just moved here from Montana and we’re dying to explore new restaurants and spend time just soaking up Portland. We’re huge foodies and very into live music, but didn’t have access to much over the past two years. Thanks!

  9. Karen Gillis August 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Mead AND Lamb! Count me in…

  10. Sara Ward August 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    I have always wanted to try Cafe Castagna, and this seems like the perfect opportunity!

  11. Neil August 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    I’m a honey enthusiast. I would like to mead like-minded individuals at this event.

    Also, it sounds like a great way to end the summer.

  12. Kristy Alberty August 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    You know if there’s ONE person (okay, two people….) who are gonna rock the house and love toasting summer with honey mead and lamb skewers, it’s me.

    Not just because of my dazzling smile and outgoing nature. Summer this year, while admittedly feeling at times like it was a Death Valley weekend, has been great! Portland has been blessed with some great events, and the Hawthorne District is a great place to relax and chill with great food.

    And people have to treasure the gifts that bees bring us all. I think we’re getting there, but the great impact these amazing insects have on our lives is scarcely understood.

    I would love to sit underneath a sunhat and a sundress on the patio, toasting a fond farewell to Summer 2015! Have an awesome event!

  13. Aurelia August 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    You had me at lamb & honey! Please pick me!!

  14. April August 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Perfect way to wind down the summer. Also I’ve never had mead so I’m curious.

  15. Laurel August 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Love mead, and would like to try one of the cocktails!

  16. Christina August 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    Party with mead! And I’m assuming there will also be Vikings.

  17. april August 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    My boyfriend would LOVE this! He is a lamb/mead kind of person :)

  18. Jen August 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Sounds like an opportunity for a lovely night.

  19. erica August 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    What, exactly, does the honey demonstration entail?!? Will our lives be in danger?

  20. Miranda August 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Well, I need to stop by Bee Thinking anyway, so if I can show my support for them *and* try Castagna, that’d be swell, just swell.

    Not “swell” like anaphylaxis, just like… you know… neat.

  21. Mark August 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Sounds amazing, love Castagna

  22. whitney August 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this! sounds rad. I’d love to attend & experience something new!

  23. Emma August 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    This sounds like a treat, I love mead and I want to end the summer with something memorable !

  24. Michelle August 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    If the summer has to end, this is the way I want mine to end!

  25. Kimi August 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    I love Castagna, and this would be so fantastic to get to attend!

  26. Mieshelley August 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    I would like to surprise my husband with this!

  27. miles August 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    This would be a sweet win

  28. Erin August 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    That sounds yummy

  29. Dan Bapst August 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    Hey I’m new in town and I’d love to celebrate the summer. Hook me up :)

  30. Lynn August 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    This sounds fun and exciting! What a way to end the summer!!!

  31. David August 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Cathy sounds so deserving (if not just a wee bit martyrish) but you, Mr. Talbott, should take the prize for wit!

  32. don August 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Honey? Yes, please!

  33. Claire August 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to end the summer!

  34. Yasmine August 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Well, August 30th is my BIRTHDAY!!! What a fun way to spend my birthday and I gotta tell ya, I am a real honey of a gal!!! Also, I’m poor and currently outta work so, this would really cheer me up and give me something to do…How old you ask…37


  35. Shannon Barber August 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    This sounds like fun!

  36. Nasheena August 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    This girl needs to win these tickets because I love everything summertime & all I want to do is party hard before its all over!!! Please pick me PDX Pipeline :-)

  37. Tim August 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Never been but sounds great

  38. Angela August 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    Shut the front door! This is a delightful event that you are presenting and mead is the bomb! Castagna brings back memories of summer, pregnant, a tremendous flat steak and having my mother here before she passed away to enjoy and a loving breeze flowing around the space. What an atmosphere…….My husband and I would only go their to the bar for date nights for the first year and no where else….good-times.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. Stacy August 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    I’m obsessed with mead. Please choose me!

  40. Guy August 20, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect evening I’m in!

  41. Ruth Parvin August 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    twice I have been lucky enough to have good middle eastern food in situ. I taught a psychology course in Saudi Arabia. One of my students invited me to a dinner honoring the top employees of Aramco. I was one of two women sitting on a beautiful woven carpet on the floor with my feet tucked under me (because it is rude and disrespectful to point the soles of your shoes towards another person in that culture). A whole lamb was brought out along with many dipping dishes. Being a good southern girl, I tried to make conversation with my fellow carpet mates…and just could not get a conversation going. (I learned later that talking at the table is not part of that culture–especially if initiated by a woman in a room full of men) I, as an honored guest was offered one of the eyes…which I demurely turned down. That was the spring that I learned to love hummous and lamb, and yoghurt, tea with rose water and everything lemony. My other experience was on the island of Korfu where a man who owned a bunch of cabins took me racing up and down the mountains…it was election time and cars flew the colors of their party and men made aggressive signs with their fists and honked and yelled at each other. We went to night clubs and watched men dance to the tune of thrown plates, bought flowers from women in gowns walking around the restaurant, ate under ancient olive trees and prayed in a church for lost sailors. And it was the first time I got my face licked–actually the last time too. Oh my, how I run on–the thought of the lamb kabobs and the mead bring back the smells and flavors and tastes of that part of the world.

  42. Leonard August 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    Summer is not over!

  43. Melissa August 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm #


  44. Jessica August 21, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Fingers crossed!

  45. DH Strongheart August 21, 2015 at 5:13 am #

    I’d like to go because this event sounds UBER bourgeoisie, and I would never go unless I got free tickets….(It would also score me big points with my NEW wife, Jennie, who deserves first class treatment!!!)

  46. corey August 21, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    best way to end the summer

  47. lori August 21, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Would love to attend this event!

  48. Lucinda Tran August 21, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    My boyfriend and I just moved to Portland from Los Angeles and would love to kick off our new adventure with this end of summer event! This would be a great way to get to know this new city! We are huge foodies and love to discover new places to dine.

  49. Allison August 21, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    The one news report I remember on NPR was something about honeybees. And I’ve never had mead before so altogether I think it’d be a spiffin’ sweet event to go to!

  50. Yume August 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    Castanga? Mead tasting? Middle eastern food? Sounds like a trifecta, and I’m always looking for new events to write about.

  51. Heather August 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    My husband wooed me with his homemade mead 20 years ago. He brought it to Austin, seduced me with it, then brought me back to the Northwest many years later with the promise of fountains that flow 24-hours a day with mead. August 30 is his birthday.

  52. Abby August 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Honey soda alone sounds wonderful! I think it would be a great event to enjoy new cuisine!

  53. Greg August 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    I’m down for an awesome block party!

  54. Naomi August 21, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Honey on my moon.

  55. Amy Carrick August 22, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    I would love to enjoy the Summer’s End Block Party for my birthday- I haven’t actually celerated my birthday ,or even gone out to do anything that wasn’t free, for the past 3 years due to do finances so this would be a really exciting way to commemorate my birthday.

  56. Stephanie O'Brien August 22, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    This would be a great way to celebrate a birthday!

  57. Donielle August 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing way to close out summer, I would love to win these tickets!

  58. Rachel August 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Cafe Castagna is making some stellar food these days. Would love an opportunity to attend this great event!

  59. Sarah August 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    What a great way to end the summer!

  60. Olivia August 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    I would love to attend this event! I am a gyro enthusiast and love anything with lamb! I also think Bee’s are very underrated and that we should raise awareness for how much Bee’s contribute to our society by showcasing their one true talent MAKING HONEY! I love honey and I love bee’s!!

  61. Marie August 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Love me some lamb send me

  62. Gina August 24, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    My wife and I just moved to Portland and the transition has left us too broke to really enjoy the city yet. We could really use an event like this to get out and meet new people.

  63. Lauren August 24, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Would love a fun date night!

  64. Steve Witbeck August 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  65. Jade Webster August 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    What a fun event this sounds like! I’d love to try a new restaurant! :)

  66. Nestor Flores August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Count mead in!!!!

  67. Grant August 25, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Have heard amazing things about this place. Would def be an awesome way to end the summer!

  68. Fernanda August 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Sounds tasty! =P Love trying new stuff!

  69. ryan August 25, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    yes, sir. i would love this.

  70. Audrey August 25, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    please please me

  71. Hannah August 26, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Oh do pick me! I would love to spend one of the last nights of summer drinking mead and eating lamb skewers. Also, my fiancé and I could use a date night!

  72. Amy August 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    This would be a BOMB end to the summer! I would love to attend this evenet!

  73. Terri August 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Would love to end summer with a nice cold glass of that honey soda, or delicious mead, please pick me ohh please

  74. Gaby August 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Yum! Just recently discovered mead and who can say no to Cafe Castagna or a block party?!

  75. Kimberly August 26, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Oh wow! All the wonderful things made from the gifts of bees, count me in…I hav. Quite the garden this year and have brought in all kinds o. bees and even some bright green frogs. I would absolutely love to enjoy the gifts of the bees and all the wonderful artisan honey delicacies! Mmmmmmm!

  76. Katie August 27, 2015 at 3:29 am #

    Perfect way to sadly but deliciously way to end summer. Please let me win to stuff my face and end my summer fasting

  77. miles August 27, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Sounds way cool

  78. Anne August 27, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Mmm lamb, honey..send me to Greece! (Or Castagna)!! Sounds amazing and delicious. Would have a blast if we won tickets. Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  79. Andrew August 27, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    We would love to celebrate the last glimpse of summer with some mead and grilled meat!

  80. Malory August 27, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Lamb Skewers! Sounds like my kind of party!

  81. Chris August 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    This sounds wonderful. Great way to end the summer.

  82. Anna August 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Ooh, Ooh, Ooh! This is very close to me and I even have the block party in my calendar, but I don’t think we can afford the plated dinner part so I was hoping I could at least try the honey ice cream. Winning tickets would be so amazing! this place is so close to my home but I have never eaten there because it’s so expensive.

  83. Rachel August 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    I’ve always been obsessed with honey and ever since I’ve been able to drink (..legally…) I’ve really taken a liking to mead! I would love this opportunity to explore what the Portland honey scene has to offer, I’m new in town and really appreciate all of the cool events every week! This would be a wonderful cap to a fun (and HOT) summer!

  84. Karen Gillis August 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Please pick me!

  85. Jeff August 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Looks amazing! I’d love to go!

  86. alan August 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    My dude needs a pick-me-up, and this would be super nice.


  87. corey August 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    this is going to be amazing..can’t wait

  88. birdonit August 27, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Castagna is the first place I took my mom after I moved to portland six years ago, and she’s in town again. I want to pretend to be a big shot and eat lamb and drink special cocktails with her.

  89. Christina August 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Because it’s my birthday weekend!

  90. Yasmin August 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Block partyyyyy! My boyfriend and I just moved here from NZ and would love to go to something like this, because food and beer are our hobbies. Also any initiative supporting bee productivity has my support!

  91. Robin Wild August 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Mead and lamb would be the perfect way to bid farewell to summer 2015.

  92. emily durgan August 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    husband and i need a date night! yes please :)

  93. Ryan K August 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    I was being followed by a bee today. That’s natures way of saying I need to be around more honey! Hope to win some tickets to this awesome party!

  94. alison August 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Summer’s almost over?? Say it aint so!! Will Smith, on the other hand, says Ain’t nothin’ like havin’ a party When it’s out in the street

  95. Lauren August 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Yum! oh Yum!

  96. Sean August 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Mead, mead, magical mead

  97. Greg August 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    I haven’t had mead in forever, would love to introduce my girlfriend to it.

  98. ruta August 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Awww what a perfect formula for date night. Limbering ones lips whilst wrapping them around lamb skewers, washing it down sipping on sweet honey mead, and honoring the treasure of nature through the poetry of the bee dance. The simple implication? These last days of summer summon reflection and affection for one another and all the creatures who help sweeten it.

  99. Megan A August 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    This is one of the best way to enjoy the end of summer

  100. Dave G. August 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Skip the sugar, sugar! Pass me some honey, honey!

  101. Anna kraft August 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Oh honey…show me the sugar!

  102. Amy W August 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    I would love to have a night out

  103. Samantha August 28, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    This sounds so fantastic. My friend from California will be visiting me for the first time and we are both huge bee lovers. Would be so fun to attend with her :)

  104. Lynn Elsdon August 28, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    Great way to end the summer! A great summer! Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  105. Robin August 28, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    I’d love to go! I’ve never been! This summer has been a treasure trove of new experiences and I’d love to add this to the list!!!

  106. Tamara August 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Want to take my husband.

  107. Katie Rebman August 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I would LOVE to attend this and take my grandpa as my date for his anniversary. We just lost my grandmother last summer and I think it would be good :)

  108. sara August 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm #


  109. Chris Lopez August 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    CC and mead! Two of my favorite things all put together. This would make a birthday weekend to remember!!

  110. Rebecca August 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Sounds like a delicious way to end the summer! It would be a perfect dinner out before I go back to teaching this fall! Pick me, pick me!

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