There are quite a few heavy hitters among the chef lineup for the 2013 Feast Portland. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 20th. Visiting chefs include:
Hugh Acheson – Top Chef, Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South – Atlanta, GA
Danny Bowien – San Francisco Mission Chinese
Floyd Cardoz – North End Grill, NYC
Jason Franey – Canlis, Seattle
Stephanie Izard – The Girl & The Goat, Chicago
Christopher Kostow – Meadowood, Napa Valley, CA
Matt and Ted Lee – The Lee Bros., Charleston, S.C.
Sarah Simmons – City Grit, NYC
Michael Voltaggio – Ink, Los Angeles, CA
Local Talent Including Greg Denton, Gregory Gourdet, Jenn Louis, Vitaly Paley, Naomi Pomeroy, Andy Ricker, Gabriel Rucker and Cathy Whims
PORTLAND, ORE. – May 17, 2013 – Like the chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers, and distillers who will appear at Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest has sown, watered, loved and nurtured a second epic year of events, September 19-22, 2013. Break out the handiwipes as tickets go on sale Monday, May 20 at www.feastportland.com with a schedule of more than 40 events around Portland, Oregon. Attendees will once again Feast to fight childhood hunger, with net proceeds from the festival donated to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.
In keeping with its founding philosophy of facilitating collaborations between local chefs and some of the world’s most renowned names as well as fresh faces, Feast Portland 2013 promises a lineup as unique to food and drink festivals as Portland itself — from large-scale tasting events like the The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines, The USA Pears Night Market presented by Snake River Farms, and High Comfort at The Nines, to intimate sit-down dinners, hands-on classes, live culinary demonstrations, thought-provoking speakers, and industry get-togethers. Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Jason Barwikowski (The Woodsman Tavern), Greg Denton (Ox), Patrick Fleming (Boke Bowl), Jason French (Nedd Ludd), Rick Gencarelli (Lardo), Benjamin Gonzales (Nuestra Cocina), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Christopher Israel (Grüner), Jenn Louis (Lincoln), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place), Trent Pierce (Roe), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), newly minted 2013 James Beard Foundation (JBF) award winner Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Scott Snyder (Levant), Erik Van Kley (Little Bird), Johanna Ware (Smallwares), Cathy Whims (Nostrana) and others welcome a roster of visiting chefs including Hugh Acheson (The National), 2013 JBF award winner Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), 2013 JBF award winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), Sean Brock (McCrady’s), Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill), Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants, Lola), Renee Erickson (The Walrus and the Carpenter), Jason Franey (Canlis), Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), 2013 JBF award winner Stephanie Izard (The Girl and the Goat), 2013 JBF award winner Christopher Kostow (Meadowood), Matt and Ted Lee, Matt Lightner (Atera), David McMillan and Frédéric Morin (Joe Beef), Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar), Michael Voltaggio (ink.) and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market).
Tickets, which can be purchased at feastportland.com, are for more than 40 events around Portland, Oregon, and offer a broad range, from the free Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off to individual event tickets starting at just $10 to “The Package,” which includes one ticket each to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, and High Comfort, at $465.
“Feast Portland was created to capture the current energy and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food renaissance in one of its epicenters, Portland, Oregon. We’re excited for another year of showcasing regional culinary talent and Pacific Northwest bounty alongside internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, influential media, and other top food-world influencers,” said festival co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch.
“I’ll just go ahead and say it: Portland has the most dynamic, delicious, and straight-up fun food scene in the country,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “And this is a festival that captures all those qualities. Just ask all the big-name chefs hungering to get on board with it.”
Sponsors and partners of Feast Portland include: Bon Appétit, Travel Oregon, Whole Foods Market, USA Pears, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Alaska Airlines, Lincoln Motor Company, Snake River Farms, KitchenAid, SagaCity Media, Travel Portland, King Estate, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Union Wine Company, Nicky USA, Oregon State University: College of Agricultural Sciences, Pacific Natural Foods, Archery Summit, Hawks View Cellars, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, William Grant & Sons, Chase Bank, Provenance Hotels, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tillamook Cheese, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Seafood Oregon, Bob’s Red Mill, Texas Pete’s Sauces, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Adelsheim Vineyard, Boedecker Cellars, Chehalem, Domaine Serene, Elk Cove Vineyards, Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Hotel Fifty, The Heathman Hotel, The Nines, Ecotrust, HOTLIPS, Le Cordon Bleu, Portland Art Museum, West Coast Events Productions, Young’s Market Company, KATU, Eater.com, The Oregonian, and Pollinate.
“Feast Portland takes place in the ingredient epicenter of the world – Oregon,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “We invite visitors to come before and stay after the festival to see where the fresh, artisanal food comes from in Oregon, making it the premier culinary destination that it is.”
A complete listing of events and participants can be found on the Feast Portland Web site.
The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Lincoln Motor Company
Location: Director Park | Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $95
What happens when 15 of America’s top chefs convene to harness their culinary ambition between two slices of bread? Enter the Sandwich Invitational; Feast Portland’s killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef’d-up interpretations redefine everything you thought the lowly sando could be. Enjoy sandwich bliss under the stars at Downtown Portland’s urbane Director Park, an experience paired with craft brews from legendary local Widmer Brothers Brewing plus Northwest wines and cocktails.
Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented By Alaska Airlines: Friday and Saturday
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm | Price: $60/day
Portland’s “living room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square, transforms into the city’s dining room for two days as dozens of the region’s most celebrated wineries, breweries, chefs, and artisans take over Downtown Portland’s most prime real estate for the festival’s premiere daytime event. Experience the scene, meet the chefs you’ve read about, discover the best Oregon wines and craft beers, and enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Chris Cosentino, Jenn Louis, and Gabriel Rucker at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage.
The USA Pears Night Market Presented By Snake River Farms
Location: Ecotrust Building | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 | Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm | Price: $125
Join locally and nationally renowned chefs as they transform Portland’s historic Ecotrust building into the nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food. Called the nation’s best event of its kind by Food Republic, the Feast Portland Night Market is imbued with the spirit of the great bazaars of Southeast Asia and the Latin world. Enjoy a who’s who of craft beer, wine, and spirits to fuel an experience that embodies the sights, sounds, and smiles of a world culinary journey.
Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Location: Director Park | Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 11am-2pm | Price: FREE
After months of regional competitions at Whole Foods Market stores across the country, 12 butchers and fishmonger finalists are sharpening their knives to go head-to-tail for the glory of being named best in their craft. Come watch the sparks fly as the butcher and fishmonger finalists battle their way to the top. They will be judged by an expert panel that includes top chefs and media on presentation, craftsmanship and swagger in dazzling demos of knife work. Sample some surf-and-turf from Whole Foods Market’s meat and seafood partners, pause for live music, snap a picture in the photo booth, and even learn a thing or two about high-quality meat and sustainable seafood.
Whole Foods Market Speaker Series
Location: Portland Art Museum | Date: Friday September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Price: $10 each.
The Speaker Series showcases industry panels led by top culinary thought leaders in the world of restaurants, food, media, government, agriculture, business, and food policy.
High Comfort At The Nines
Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm | Price: $175.
What happens when comfort food gets pushed out of its comfort zone? What would grandmother’s food taste like if grandma had a Michelin star, an immersion circulator, and a pantry full of Iberian ham, foie gras, and candy bars? The answer: High Comfort, the most decadent culinary event around. Last year’s event saw meat cereal, caviar sandwiches, and a charcuterie hall of fame without rival. This year, some of the best chefs from the US and Canada are taking it to the next level. Get ready to be fed silly and sip Oregon wines and champagne. Don’t plan anything early the next day.
Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels
Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 20, 2013 – Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Price: $45-125
For those who want to bring home more than just a wristband from the festival, the Hands-On Classes offer a unique setting to learn the tricks of the trade from the experts themselves. The Tasting Panels explore how Portland is at the forefront of a myriad of culinary industries, from cocktail infusions and nostalgic chocolate desserts to the return of the ever-popular competition, Wine vs. Beer.
Location: Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 – Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
With each dinner combining the talents of a visiting chef and a Portland chef, the Feast Portland Dinner Series celebrates the spirit of culinary collaboration. These intimate dinners also feature selections from premier Oregon wineries and other local libations.
Location: Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Time: 10am | Price: $75
A new addition to the Feast Portland lineup, the Brunch Series will combine the culinary talents of a visiting chef and a Portland chef. Each duo will create a collaborative menu for Portland’s most beloved meal, Sunday brunch.
In addition, visitors and media are invited to expand their Feast experience by taking advantage of pre- and post-event options that will take them to Oregon tastemakers’ favorite mouthwatering spots. Travel Oregon’s “Trails to Feast” inspirational itineraries give a firsthand look into Oregon’s bounty – meeting the farmers, fishermen, winemakers, foragers and food artisans who contributed the ingredients for Feast. For more information or to plan your tasty trail, go to TravelOregon.com/see-do/eat-drink. For more information regarding Feast media credentials and a hosted trip, go to FeastPortland.com/press.
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ABOUT BON APPÉTIT PRESENTS FEAST PORTLAND
Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength. For more information visit www.feastportland.com and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).
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ABOUT TRAVEL OREGON
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