Win Tickets ($80): MSG @ Wildwood | A Playful experiment in Chinese-American Food & Drink

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Wildwood’s MSG cocktail party on May 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn on Friday, May 24.

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From our sponsors:
MSG @ WildwoodMSG – A Playful experiment
in Chinese-American Food & Drink

May 25, 2013
4-6 p.m. | $35 ADV/ $40 Door | All Ages

Wildwood Restaurant & Bar
1221 NW 21st Ave Portland, OR 97210
(503) 248-9663 | More

After watching a TED Talk by former NY Times journalist Jennifer 8. Lee (and eating a few of Chef Dustin Clark’s more inspired staff meals), the Wildwood team was moved to embark upon a playful experiment in American – Chinese Food. And then we thought, what a great excuse for a cocktail party!

1. Cocktails and Chinese Food are inextricably linked. Ask our Barman Ryan Csanky his favorite hangover meal in the neighborhood; we’d have to agree on Ling Garden.

2. Dustin has told of his homemade fortune cookies (but we have yet to try them). We hear he hand-letters all the fortunes, and if you haven’t seen his lovely handwriting, you are in for a treat.

It required quite a bit of R&D, but in the end, Ryan’s come up with some surprising, interesting and fun ways to combine familiar flavors like szechuan pepper, hot mustard and plum sauce into a lighthearted match for Dustin’s adventures in global cuisine.

Join us Saturday, May 25th, for Mix.Sip.Grub., a two-hour cocktail event in the Wood Room celebrating our guilty pleasure–American Chinese! Starting at 4pm, enjoy six of Ryan’s campy cocktails paired with 6 of Chef Dustin’s themed appetizers. $35 Advance ticket includes Mixed Sips, Grub, and gratuity. $40 door.

PS. We’re totally kidding about the MSG. Like all our favorite Chinese restaurants, we are all natural, baby.


char siu steam buns of steel
ginger, hoisin, five spice
ancient chinese secret
shochu, mao feng shui, combier peach

is it crab or raccoon?
pollock rangoon, rhubarb sweet & sour
shiso gangsta
choya, house made acid soda

general dustin’s chicken***
jolokia peppers, ginger, caramelized garlic
mao tse drink
szechuan-infused bourbon, passion fruit

shrimp fried rice
oregon bay shrimp, basil, edamame
belching dragon
vinn vodka, yuzu, plum sauce

mongolian beef tartare
soy-ginger glaze, grilled green onions, toasted rice cracker
way of the panda
vinn baiju, black pepper sesame syrup

crispy crispy yum yum*
shiitake beef eggroll, chinese mustard sauce
shanghai sunset
bourbon, tamarind, hot mustard

***you’ve been warned.

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55 Responses to Win Tickets ($80): MSG @ Wildwood | A Playful experiment in Chinese-American Food & Drink

  1. Amy Brennan May 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh man, just reading the menu is making my mouth water. But isn’t a belching dragon a cast extra from Game of Thrones? I really need to win this one!

  2. Ronlouie May 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I’m a natural sucker for playful experiments. Hard to pass one by

  3. Mari May 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    This sounds like my dream come true! Please?!?

  4. Julia May 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Way of the panda? Is Jack Black going to be there? Crispy crispy yum yum indeed!

  5. Oliver May 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    My favorite hangover spot too! I’d love to go!

  6. Kim May 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    The menu sounds to die for. I am always interested in Asian-fusion because home cooked straight forward asian is so amazing, so i’d love to see these amazing menu items come to life and executed. Pick me, pleeeeeease! I am already salivating thinking of this.

  7. Bill W. May 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    This would be a special night, a chance to celebrate recent life success.

  8. Amy May 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Bourbon, tamarind, hot mustard… I don’t know how these three go together but lord do I want to find out!

  9. Laura May 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to finally try Wildwood!

  10. Michelle May 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    You had me at buns of steel!

  11. Tamara Colpitts May 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    This sounds absolutely exquisite. I would love this experience. Pick me! Pick me!

  12. Lisa Satin May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I love to eat!

  13. Donna May 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    The menu sounds incredible – lots of things that I have never heard of
    but would like to try!!

  14. Ben May 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    This sounds amazing. Portland always has the unique flavor of life. Love it.

  15. Stephanie Hardy May 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I would like to win these tickets to inspire my husband to cook a larger variety of food. His specialty is soup, bean soup. As you can imagine, that can produce offensive side products. As a very creative person, I am sure he can understand Chinese food as well. It would be very good for our marriage. Thank you.

  16. Jason Fleming May 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Because MSG gets a bad rap.

  17. Emily May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm #


  18. Rick May 22, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    My girl friend would really love this Playful experiment in Chinese-American Food & Drink….

  19. Rick May 22, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    Playful experiment in Chinese-American Food & Drink would be great for my girl friend big celebration………..

  20. Melissa May 22, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Man, this sounds rad! Spicy Chinese food and cocktails at a restaurant I could not otherwise afford would be AWESOME!! Cheers..

  21. Kelsey May 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Well…. I’m playful, my boyfriend is experimental. His name is Dustin, and mine happens to be Mongolian Beef Tartare (thanks again mom). Seems like the stars have truly aligned on this one.

  22. Toby May 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    MSG…I mean OMG! I have never been and this looks amazing. THANKS for the opportunity PDX pipeline.

  23. Liza M May 23, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    chinese food is the best food! the Wildwood team is the best! drink are the BEST! but all together is the greatest!!!

  24. Grant May 23, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    This sounds great! sweet sweet yum-yums, ah yes.. Love me some culture.

  25. Max Woodcock May 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I am a huge foodie and would love to be a part of this unique experience. My girlfriend and i are new to the area too so this would be a great opportunity for us to make some friends. Thank you for the consideration and have a great day.

  26. Andy May 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Sounds amazing!

  27. Matthew May 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I salute my Chinese brethren. Xie Xie!

  28. Kimi May 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Because, holy yumminess, that sounds so incredibly awesome!!!

  29. Rizza May 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Mongolian beef tartare and steam buns, yes please!

  30. Jenny May 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm #


  31. Johnny May 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Zhōng​guó Měi​guó róng​hé or Chinese American Fusion, a tradition that is as old as the railways. This modern take is however far more advanced and closer to the space age than the railways of old.

  32. Lindsey May 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I’ve never gotten to go to a delicious foodie event like this, and it would be the perfect date night for me and my BF…we both love love love food and cocktails! ;)

  33. Brad Sun May 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    This sound tasty. I would be happy to compare my style of Chinese cuisine to Dustin’s.

  34. Phil May 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I like drinking and Chinese food.

  35. Frank Byers May 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    We want the Mongolian steak tartare.

  36. Destry Brown May 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Yum Yum Yum this would be an awesome way to end the weekend!

  37. Woody May 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Winner winner chicken dinner.

  38. Dana Wales May 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Wow I am getting hungry just looking at these descriptions. We would love to spend Sunday enoying ourselves and enjoying some amazing food and drinks!

  39. Lisa May 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Because my BUNS are STEAMING to go to this foodie event.

  40. Alex May 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    because it’d be the awesomest

  41. Yarnia May 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Wow, I would be so delighted to get to attend something like this. I read about these events all the time but never am able to attend!

  42. Urban Craft Uprising May 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to see a hand-lettered fortune cookie.

  43. Erin May 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    This menu sounds incredible. Please pick me!!

  44. Erin May 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    OMG, I love MSG :)

  45. Tristan May 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Woo! Pick me !!

  46. Mysti May 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Yum! This foodie would love to give this a try!

  47. Kimmer May 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    /me loves foodie events! :)

  48. Scott May 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Sounds so cool.

  49. Colleen May 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    This sounds so fun!

  50. anthony May 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Wow, fancy American-style Chinese with well-made cocktails? This sounds pretty incredible!

  51. Nora May 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Pick me, I’m drooling just reading the menu!

  52. Rick May 24, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    Eat.drink,and much love…my love and I would like to celebrate with you.

  53. Steve Colburn May 24, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Let’s get wild at Wildwood – a truly great and innovative restaurant.

  54. Rod May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I don’t believe the general dustin’s chicken is that spicy!

  55. Rachel May 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I love Chinese food!

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