Win Tickets ($120): Scotch & Cigar Dinners @ McMenamins | Single-malt & Blend Scotches, Multicourse Meal, Fine Cigars

We are giving away a pair of tickets to attend the McMenamins Scotch & Cigar Dinner on August 15th at the Kennedy School. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5.

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From our sponsors:
 Scotch & Cigar Dinner @ McMenaminsScotch & Cigar Dinners
August 7, 9, 15, 16 & 23, 2013
7 p.m. | $60-$75 | Reservations required | 21+
Reservations can be made by emailing or by calling (503) 249-3983
More info:

Taste an outstanding selection of single-malt and blend scotches, paired with an elegant multicourse meal, and followed by fine cigars.

Scotch selections include Dalwhinnie – Highland 15 year and Glenkinchie – Lowland 12 year, among others. Each night will be hosted by Breck Taylor, Master of Whiskey for Crown Royal.


Featured Food at Kennedy School Dinner

Amuse Bouche
Beemster XO Aged Gouda, bacon wrapped dates, lavender honey

Charred Onion Bisque
shaved parmesan, smoked paprika oil

Oyster Tartlet
Buckley Bay Oysters, sweet onions, crème fraîche

Morel, Asparagus, and Farro Salad
pickled radish seed pods, mache

Smoked Duck Breast
Huckleberry Glaze, roasted garlic-celeriac puree, asparagus

Peach Cheesecake
pecan nut crust, caramel sauce, chocolate tuile cookie

Featured Scotch
Lowland: Glenkinchie 12 yr.
Highland: Dalwhinnie 15 yr.
Coastal Highland: Clynelish 14 yr.
Speyside: Cragganmore 12 yr.
Island: Talisker 10 yr. (Isle of Skye)
Islay: Caol Ila 12 yr.

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118 Responses to Win Tickets ($120): Scotch & Cigar Dinners @ McMenamins | Single-malt & Blend Scotches, Multicourse Meal, Fine Cigars

  1. James Martin August 1, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Cragganmore?! Yes! Please!

  2. Rachel August 1, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    This event is the epitome of class, just like me. I have to go.

  3. Rich August 1, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Why would I comment on this? Oh, right, free stuff.

  4. Phil Mills August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    This would be super cool. I’ve just reached the age where I appreciate scotch!

  5. Michael Israel August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    my Father would be so excited to go to this with me and it would be a great excuse for him to drive into town

  6. Rizza August 1, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Caol Ila and Clynelish, pretty please!

  7. Alex Ponder August 1, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    YES! I can’t wait to hear some folks mangle the pronunciation of Caol Ila and Clynelish!

  8. Michael N. August 1, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    The glass says
    its about the scotch and the beer
    and the table says
    its about the dinner and the camaraderie
    but the bench says
    its about the asses don’tcha see??

  9. Josh K. August 1, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I’d like to go because I know that I can still fit in with the Oregon definition of elegant. Which is to say, I’ve got a clean polo shirt and pair of jeans waiting to smell like cigar smoke and I have never been one to turn down a good belt of scotch.

  10. Alex August 1, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    cuz all my friends would think I’m the classiest

  11. Katie August 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I could use a good scotch!

  12. David August 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Scotch, cigars, meal, and at the Kennedy School – PERFECT! Please pick me – we’d love to go to this!

  13. Jen August 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    My boyfriend and I have just started smoking cigars and we both love scotch!

  14. Patrick August 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I want to go! Who could say no to Single-malt & Blend Scotches, Multicourse Meal, and Fine Cigars!

  15. Amber August 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I can’t think of a better 30th birthday present for my best lady pal and I to enjoy together.

  16. Sam August 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    The detention room at Kennedy School is my favorite place to take outta-towners. Would love to check out this event and enjoy three of my favorite things.

  17. Anna August 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    My husband totally needs this!

  18. Clayton August 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    To win this would be a dream! So happy to be in a city full of McMenamins and would love this opportunity. Please, Please?? YES, YES!

  19. Yaz August 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    What fun…Sounds like a bit of old school class! Hey…I used the word school and class in the same sentence…It is at the Kennedy School after all!!! :)

  20. Billy Butkovich August 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    CAN I GET A STEAK WITH THAT ? cuz that would be beyond words. If i dont win i encourage who ever does to surrender to the event. Try some nice cigars enjoy some good scotch’s and cleanse you palate with a nice rare steak. It is the perfect combination, your mouth with thank you . granted I WANT TO WIN THESE TICKETS ; But whoever does please write a little something here for those of us who could not.

  21. Pete August 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Scotch runs through my veins, please make me a part of this amazing Tasting!! Super stoked about this amazing opportunity to try amazing scotch and delicious food!

  22. Roni Sue August 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I appreciate fine food and spirits. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy School, this would be an awesome opportunity!

  23. Lindsey August 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Fun date night!

  24. Beth August 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    What a delightful evening! Great menu! My bf would love this evening and I’d love to take him to it.

  25. Mary August 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    That’s my birthday weekend, and I love a good cigar.

  26. Bill Stewart August 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Love the Kennedy School, and this sounds like a blast!

  27. Ashley August 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I have 3 kids. My evenings do not often have the pleasure of ending with scotch, cigars, and adult conversation. Need I plea more?

  28. Adam August 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Man, McM’s always does it up!

  29. Shelly August 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Girls like scotch & cigars. Yes they do.

  30. Phil August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I’d like a big delicious scotch.

  31. Scott Worthington August 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I love Scotch & I love food, enough said! This sounds like a lot of fun

  32. Kirsten August 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Wow! This sounds amazing!! Would love to win tickets to surprise my boyfriend. Great food, great scotch, great cigars…and at Kennedy school…fabulous combination!!!

  33. Sarah August 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm #


  34. Siobhan August 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    You can’t do better than inviting a Siobhan to a celebration of Gaelic wonderfulness! I even had a cat called Uisge ;)

  35. Joe M. August 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Never been – would like to attend!

  36. FrigenOne August 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Well I do not like cigars thanks to my grandfather always smoking them in the car with the windows rolled up. BUT I would take one for the team to win free tickets for myself and my fiance. He would love to attend this event. His favorite things, Scotch, cigars, food, and ME!

  37. Lisa August 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch!

  38. Mike August 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I would love to attend because my father loved cigars and scotch and every time I smell both together I think of him.

  39. Carly August 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Loving some top notch scotch!

  40. Coral August 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I’d love to attend because the only other scotch tasting I have participated in was paired with a head cold. Not the best for tasting. Thank you PDX Pipeline for all the great freebie oppertunities!

  41. Kristen August 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    because girls that like cigars are bad-ass :)

  42. Mathew August 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    This even is about as classy as it gets. I’m a pretty classy dame so I think I should go.

  43. Julie August 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    If I won tickets, I would take my husband because he has been working his BUTT off the past few months to support us whlle I have been looking for work. He is the kindest, most generous man ever, and I would love to be able to surprise him with this!

  44. Kathryn August 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    “Language can’t describe reality. Literature has no stable reference, no real meaning. Each reader’s interpretation is equally valid, more important than the author’s intention. In fact, nothing in life has meaning. Reality is subjective. Values and truths are subjective. Life itself is a kind of illusion. Blah, blah, blah, let’s have another scotch.”

    ~Dean Koontz

  45. Renata August 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    “There is no such thing as a bad scotch, some are just better than others”- butchered from a W. Faulkner quote. I want to be able to taste the good and the better!

  46. Katie Robinson August 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Scotch is my favorite drink of choice. a good scotch and cigar is one of the best ways to relax.

  47. kay pelzner August 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    My son just graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He’s now applying for med school. The kid’s broke and he could really use a nice night out with a couple of buddies for cigars and scotch. He’s earned it and has many years to go before he’ll be in a position to buy his own. So lets give him a night to remember before he has to start studying for his mcats.

  48. Mary August 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    This would be the best date night ever!

  49. jimbobber August 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I’d like to attend because I’m hungry!

  50. Nathan August 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I would love to take my friend here for his birthday!! He would love this!!

  51. Yarnia August 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    This would be divine! Fingers crossed!

  52. Elissa August 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Perfect pairing for a summer night in Oregon. Would love the chance to join.

  53. Marilyn August 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I want to go, because I would truly win over my husband with a night of cigars and scotch! Then he would owe me a night of chick flicks and a pedicure maybe! ;)

  54. J Cooper August 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I’d love to take my husband to this event. He’d feel like one million dollars <3 :)

  55. Sita waters August 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I heard that one has to visit a Mcmenamins while living in Portland. This event is definitely reason for me to finally patronize this notorious establishment. Are you able to soak after you get all drunk on scotch?

  56. Jolene Nelson August 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    What a great gift/date for the fiance and I!! We did the Scotch dinner, now with cigars, how fun!!

  57. Jackie August 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    There once was a girl from Alaska

    Who loved to sip some Talisker

    And everyone knew,

    after having a few,

    she’d dance with whoever would ask ‘er!

  58. Joseph Keebler August 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    This would be a great way to toast to the many survivors after Sherwood’s Relay for Life 2013!

  59. noe August 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    What better way to assert refined masculinity?

  60. McKinzie Myszka-Foth August 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    My husband is long overdue for a man-date… what’s better than dudes hangin’ out with a cigar and some scotch? Nobody knows

  61. Allie August 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    This sounds like a tasty event! Thx for the giveaway! :)

  62. Tara Kennedy August 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Pick me please! Would appreciate attending this event, and free makes it even more wonderful.

  63. Amy Dennis August 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I would LOVE to go to this. I have been seeing the hype about McM’s scotch & cigar dinners since I worked at the Edgefield in the mid-90s, but in typically Marxist fashion, there was (and now after student loans, is–YIKES) no way I could afford to enjoy one of them. I could make it, but not make enough dough to enjoy it!

    I’d like to win this because it would really be the highlight of an economically-imposed “Staycation” this summer. I know the food is super fresh and clean during these tastings, and I adore scotch and the occasional tasty cigar. My partner would absolutely crap if I surprised him with this!

  64. Melissa Cook August 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this! I adore Mcmenamins and would like to learn more about scotch and if I win I will share the entire experience on my blog for all to see!!


    Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

  65. DJ August 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Would love to go, a group of us meet every first Tues for Cigars and this would be awesome to attend….cheers!

    • DJ August 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      Ps Birthday is August 13th…winning would be a great gift :D

  66. Todd B August 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    My girlfriend will be visiting Oregon, and I;d love to take her!

  67. Harry August 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    An elegant dinner in my neighborhood…sign me up please.

  68. JockJamz August 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I could try to conjure the words to fully describe how I feel about that sun-kissed bronze nectar and how well it pairs with a finely rolled cigar, but I would fail to truly elucidate the proper level of feeling needed.

    So in the now immortal words of one Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy,

    “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly”

  69. pj August 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    This month my husband turns 62. I would love to win this and surprise him. He and a friend could spend the evening in elegance! After 34 years of marriage there have been few extravagant events and THIS fits the bill! A birthday he would not forget!

  70. Ben August 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    This is too cool. I love it all! I also live quite near Kennedy School and have yet to do anything there other than watch cheap movies and eat expensive pizza.

  71. Sherry August 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Scotch and Cigars are two of my favorite things and after a personal 4 Months of hell this sounds like a nice night out on the town.

  72. seth francis August 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    The greatest gift to give a man, a fine evening of cigars and whiskey. I shall wear my nicest wastecoat and slacks, and show true elegance to your generous gift. Let me treat my best friend to the greatest night ever, on PDX pipeline, and I shall return the favor with great praise and happiness that shall spread to those around me :)

  73. seth francis August 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    The greatest gift to give a man, a fine evening of cigars and whiskey. I shall wear my nicest waistcoat and slacks, and show true elegance to your generous gift. Let me treat my best friend to the greatest night ever, on PDX pipeline, and I shall return the favor with great praise and happiness that shall spread to those around me :)

  74. Gordon August 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    My husband is a fantastic dad, baseball coach, and husband. he works hard and plays harder – I’d love to send him on a guys night out. Hope *we* win so he can take a buddy and enjoy it all… Edgefield + cigars + scotch = a perfect combination!

  75. d@Ve August 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    not sure what to say. near speechless. my girl would dig on this, smokin’ a cigar with her man, sippin’ on the good stuff. aw yeah!~)

  76. panda August 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    i feel enscotched already!

  77. Hols August 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    I need some schooling for sure.

  78. Martin Rodriguez August 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Because I can’t afford to go to Isle of Islay, but this should be the next best thing!

  79. Jenna Burke August 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing experience.

  80. Gary Roche August 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    My father-in-law in a scotch lover. He had me over to his house a few years ago to taste 8 or 10 of his fine scotches. I would like to repay his kindness by taking him to this dinner and getting to know him a little better.

  81. Scott August 2, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    This would be an amazing night out for a late anniversary! Nothing beats great drink, great food and great company.

  82. Grant August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    This is why we are the best city– it’s only a hop, scotch and a cigar away. Couldn’t be more excited to possibly win tickets!

  83. Shannon August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my bell

  84. Jeff August 2, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    My 72 yo dad will be in town visiting, mostly to hang out with his grandkids. But I can’t thing of a better father-son bonding than to break away from our maddening, loud household to hang out with fellow food and scotch lovers. This would be tremendous!

  85. Stacey August 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Booze & cigars~~

  86. Urban Craft Uprising August 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this!!

  87. Heather August 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    We’re having a visitor from out of town then, so it would be a great treat to take them to!

  88. kyler August 3, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    This is where I need to be!

  89. Michele Goosen August 3, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    The only thing better than winning this is being with my Scotsman in a kilt and knowing exactly what isn’t under it.

  90. Erin August 3, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    That menu sounds amazing!

  91. Eric August 3, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Is there a better combination of luxury? And the menu sounds glorious and appropriate… I’d love to attend at your generosity

  92. Hillary August 3, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Yes please!

  93. Sheila August 3, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Yep, I’m in!

  94. Maggie Brees August 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I have a friend who would LOVE to go to this. Sounds like an excellent time!

  95. Kristin August 4, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Kennedy School…enough said!

  96. Tonez August 4, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    This event has my husbands name written allllllll over it!

  97. Lisa Satin August 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Great combination of pleasures!

  98. Amy Brennan August 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I love scotch, my husband loves cigars. What a wonderful date this would be!

  99. Six Dollars A Day August 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Now this is something I can fit within my budget! ;)

  100. David August 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    If I win, I intend to smoke cigars, drink scotch, eat some cashews and then go to bed.
    No whammies no whammies no whammies…

  101. Jesse August 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Let the great experiment begin!

  102. melissa reed August 5, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    my mom is visiting portland for the first time during this event!!! I want to give her a true portland experience!!

  103. Mollie August 5, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Would love to win this for my college friend and his girl. They need a night out and this is right up their alley!

  104. Lara August 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    If I win, I promise not to get this event confused with the Neon Run!

  105. Waldo August 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Scotch scotch scotch – I love scotch…

  106. Ristretto6 August 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    The only thing that could possibly top this would be an after-dinner soak!

  107. Aaron August 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm #


  108. Chris August 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Well hopefully you didn’t already draw for this… This would be awesome to take my son-in-law to!!!

  109. Dan Keicher August 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Scotch and Cigar Dinner at McMenamins……. closest thing to Utopia in the area

  110. Andelain August 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    My husband and I would have a great date with this!

  111. Garrett B August 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

  112. Sache August 10, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Love the Kennedy school.
    Love scotch.
    Love cigars.
    I would love to be part of such a classy and fun event.

  113. Andrea August 11, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    My father works long hours and has little time for his hobbies. He recently took up cigar smoking, but has no one to enjoy them with. This would be a great introduction to scotch for him and he will be able to meet other cigar aficionados.

  114. Gina August 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Just moved to the area! AND GOT ENGAGED My amazing hard working finace LOVES LOVES LOVES cigars! We’ve been wanting to go here!!!! OH THIS WOULD BE SO FUN!!!!!!! EEEE!!!!!!!! PICK US!!! :D

  115. Elan August 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Sounds like an absolutely divine evening! My 67 year old mother would think she had died and gone to heaven… She knows where the detention room at Kennedy School very well. Scotch and cigars are her thing. My mother and father need a nice evening out after caring for my 96 year old Grandmother every day for the past 3 months. He takes the day shift, she takes the evening shift and they haven’t had ANY time together in as long. They have their 46th wedding anniversary coming up December 16th, so they are very much in love and miss each other more then words can say.
    Please give my parents a well deserved evening out….

  116. Brin February 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    What fun to surprise a friend and Scotch fan with this indulgent evening, after being generously supported by their resources; including but not limited to emotional support, unwavering friendship, and a warm home and family when it has been of critical importance to me- Thank you!!!

  117. Tamara Eason March 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

    My boyfriend and I would LOVE to do this!!!

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