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Mian Serenade

  • The Nightwood 2218 Northeast Broadway Street Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)

Kick off 2019 with Serenade on Sunday, March 24th, for a celebration of Year of the Pig!

We’re excited to feature Mian, the creative brainchild of Chef Connor Martin and Bartender David Sigal, who’ve recently returned from China to share their intensely flavorful food paired with fun, delicious cocktails. Mian, meaning noodle, is considered to be a lucky food in Chinese culture promoting longevity. This Year of the Pig celebration will be filled with noodles, dumplings, and oh so much pork to bring you good fortune this year!

David spent years studying and working in Northern China, which infused in him a deep love of Chinese flavors and culture. Connor’s travels in far away places exposed him to regional food traditions and inspired his meticulous attention to detail. His reverence for the food and its context paired with his time spent working in some of the best restaurants in SE Asia and Vancouver BC make him a force in the kitchen. Together they make Mian; drawing heavily from traditional Chinese flavors while using modern techniques and higher quality ingredients to make their food memorable.

We are bringing the party vibes to our New Year celebration by featuring the one and only Swatkins and The Positive Agenda!! Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.

Serenade is a pop-up series featuring chefs and musicians in unique settings to create a sensory experience unlike anything else. Equal focus is placed on both the chefs and musicians to break down barriers and foster participation and community.

Tickets Include

  • Multi-course Year of the Pig feast from Mian

  • Live concert from Swatkins and The Positive Agenda

  • Complementary drink with pre-sale ticket purchase


  • Pork and Ramp Kimchi Dumplings, Chili Crisp Vinaigrette

  • Crispy Rolls with Vermicelli Noodles, Thai Style Fish Salad, Carrots, Lemongrass, Bean Sprouts, Nuoc Cham

  • Stir Fried Rice Cakes, Radish and Greens, Anchovy, Shaoxing, Peanuts

  • Bay Shrimp, Citrus and Chicory Salad with Meyer Lemon Kosho Dressing

  • Fried Noodles, Scallion, Soy Sauce

  • Blanched Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce

  • Salt and Pepper Pork Riblets

  • Whole Roasted Fish, Vinegar Pickled Chilis, Garlic Oil, Wilted Herbs

    Menu subject to change

Join us, and fill your new year with good fortune!

Earlier Event: October 27
Savannah Serenade
Later Event: April 18
Spring Serenade