November 13, 2018 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Holiday Dinner and a Show

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Few evening plans can instantly elevate your night more than dinner and a show. While traveling or hosting family during the holiday season, that sentiment increases tenfold. From Christmas classics to cheeky reinventions, find your festive spirit with a holiday dinner and a show in Tualatin Valley.

Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub handcrafts 10 beers on-site. Each brew can meet its match on the expansive menu of pasta, pizza and paninis. The friendly watering hole is an easy pre-show stop along the very cute Main Street, Tigard.

After comforting food comes comforting tunes. The Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol (November 21 to December 23). In the show, the classic Dickens story intermixes with favorite holiday tunes.

Hillsboro’s Bag&Baggage Productions

Clark’s Bistro and Pub offers a friendly, yet slightly moody vibe that seems tailor-made for a dinner and a show itinerary. The versatile menu has something for every appetite, from sensible salads to half-pound burgers with house-made sweet potato chips (do not miss those!). The seasonal cocktail menu is especially impressive. Clark’s take on a sugar plum fairy is the Pacific Plum Sour, which includes a house-made plum liqueur and cinnamon bitters.

With a happy belly, you’ll be ready for Bag&Baggage Productions’ Bell, Book and Candle (November 29 to December 23). With this show, the holiday spirit is charmed with a bit of witchcraft. Fun fact: this play inspired the tv show Bewitched.

Bonus: Also nearby, HART Theatre is another great option with its production of Holly Jolly Family Christmas Show (November 30 to December 16). The cast recreates the golden era of classic Christmas variety shows of the 1960s and 1970s.

Forest Grove’s Theatre in the Grove

Have a pre-show bite at Bites in Forest Grove. The Asian fusion dishes are as surprising and delightful as the show you are about to see. We promise you’ll have your pick of dishes that you’ve never tried before—and that you’ll be tempted to lick your plate clean. Thai coconut risotto, udon carbonara and alfredo sen yai are just a few of the inventive, have-to-try-it plates.

Just down the street, Theatre in the Grove presents Nuncrackers (December 7-23). Described as a “nunsense Christmas musical,” follows a covenant of lovable characters as they turn their basement into a makeshift TV studio for their first “live TV special.”

Bonus: A Tualatin Valley tradition, Ballet Forest Grove hosts its annual Nutcracker Ballet (December 8-9). With an early show time, watch the enchanting show and allow your appetite to wind up like a music box ballerina for a post-show dinner.

Beaverton’s Civic Theatre

The First Street Taqueria is primed for your pre-show snacking. In our book, tacos and margaritas are a festive way to start any evening. Shared plates of nachos, loaded guacamole, ceviche, and queso fundito adds some new flavors to the flavors of the holidays.

Amidst the lineup of holiday classics, we veer away from the Christmas theme with the Beaverton Civic Theatre’s production of Silent Sky (November 30 to December 15). The show travels back to the early 1900s to follow a female astronomer navigating the stars, as well as a woman’s place within the scientific community.

We hope the hearty food and quality performances warm you up during these holiday season nights.

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