Thursday, July 28, 2016

Three New Feast Portland Events, Ticket Updates, and More for 2016

Last year was my first time to cover Feast Portland. I was overwhelmed with the number of events and foodie ops. Now, I hear that, this year, there is EVEN MORE!

Here’s what’s going on with Feast Portland. It’s coming up in 8 short weeks! We have some exciting updates to share, including details about three all new Feast events that tickets just went on sale today, the schedule for the culinary stage and book signings at Grand Tasting, and which Feast Portland events still have tickets available for purchase!

FUN SIZE EVENT: Cocktail Crawl: Drink like A Pro
You belly up to a bar, study the menu, and the bartender asks what you’re in the mood for. You freeze. Deciding on a drink can be a harrowing experience, don’t be that guy. Join Bon Appétit’s editors on a cocktail tour of Downtown PDX as we learn all kinds of bartender secrets – from cocktail ice to whiskey 101 – by the end you’ll be a drinking pro. Now, what are you drinking? On this crawl, you’ll walk to the following bars:  Shift Drinks, Pepe Le Moko, Teardrop and the Green Room. Featured Tastemakers: Andrew Knowlton, Carla Lalli Music, Julia Kramer, Claire Saffitz, Amiel Stanek, Alise Moffat, Sean Hoard, Daniel Shoemaker.

"No offense to traditional panel discussions, but if you’re going to listen to people discuss the finer points of drinking, where better to do it than in a bar, getting served, and getting schooled from actual bartenders? That was the thinking behind Cocktail Crawl: Drink Like a Pro. We want to give our guests the chance to drink and learn as they check out some of the best bars in Portland.” - Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief of Bon Appéti

HANDS-ON CLASS: Inside the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Ever wonder how recipes in the BA Test Kitchen make their way onto the pages of the magazine? Bon Appétit’s food editors offer guests a glimpse into the recipe process (lots of cooking—and tasting!) as they explore some of the dishes developed for their October 2016 Issue. Come for the grub; stay for the stories and tips. Featured Tastemakers: Carla Lalli Music, Claire Saffitz and Julia Kramer

DRINK TANK: Wine vs. Beer: This Time It’s Personal
Ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready to rumble! It's round three of Feast Portland's epic Drink Tank panel, Wine vs. Beer. In this corner, we have wine spirit animal, Bon Appétit contributor, blogger and social media superstar, Marissa Ross, representing team grapes! And in this corner, we have the man who's always on the Great American Ale trail, founder of the brand new Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, and esteemed beer journalist, Christian DeBenedetti, representing team hops! Marissa and Christian will each receive delicious cheeses from top Portland cheesemonger Steve Jones, and they will each pair wine and beer with said yummy, cheesy goodness for YOU, lucky Feast fans. The audience will taste both pairings and vote for the pairing they think is a knockout punch. Featured Tastemakers: Christian DeBenedetti, Marissa Ross, Steve Jones.

Feast Grand Tasting Culinary Stage Schedule 2016

FRIDAY, 9/16
       1:30pm-2:00pm - Natural Wines Panel Discussion
       2:30-3:00pm – What is Pacific Northwest cuisine – then and now? A discussion with chefs Vitaly Paley and Tom Douglass.
       3:30pm-4:30pm - Bon Appétit's Podcast - Live on stage!
       3pm or 3:30pm-4pm - An interview on Bon Appetit's Adam Rapoport
       4pm-4:30pm - An interview with BBQ master, Aaron Franklin

Feast Book Signings during Saturday Grand Tasting

Jeff Allworth, Beer Expert, signing“The Beer Bible” and Greg and Gabi Denton, OX signing “Around the Fire.”

Feast Portland 2016 Ticket Update:

In addition to the three all new events just added to the lineup, Feast Portland currently has tickets still available to Sandwich Invitational Presented by Portland Monthly Magazine on Thursday night at the Rose Quarter Commons, Friday Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Friday Drink Tank events Meet the Press, Washington Wines on the Rise and Aperitifs Ascendant: Understanding Vermouth, Quinquinas and Aperitif Wines 

#FeastFab5 Artisan and Chef Collaborations: In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Feast Portland has asked their top participating artisans and chefs to create Feast-inspired, one-of-a-kind items, available for purchase for a limited time only. The #FeastFab5 collaborations include Xocolatl de Davíd, QUIN, Wiz Bang Bar, Pok Pok Som, Stumptown, Franklin Barbecue, Sqirl, Olympia Provisions, and Pok Pok. Full #FeastFab5 collaboration details to come next week!

Arctic Raven Gallery in Friday Harbor: Northwest Coast Native Art

Taking a ferry to San Juan Island from Anacortes is a short, but scenic way to begin your visit to the San Juan Islands. We sailed into Friday Harbor for the day. There’s so much to see during a day trip, you might just miss this gem.

Not far from the harbor you’ll encounter a gallery filled with some of the most intriguing quality Native art outside of museums. The collection of Arctic Raven Gallery includes Northwest Coast Indian masks, jewelry, wood carvings and prints.

The art represents local peoples including the Coast Salish, Kwaguilth, and Makah nations as well as the more northern Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian.

While the day trip from Anacortes, we stopped in to Arctic Raven and realized we were in a special place with amazing collections. In one corner was the stunning “Multiple Ravens” by Jason Hunt, a mask-headpiece with intricate carving that brought the layered ravens to life.

At the price of $12,000, we thought the mask should be left for the serious collector.

I was drawn to Greg Henderson’s (Weiwaikum) colorful “Box of Treasures,” a yellow cedar box with a serious eagle perched on top. ($1,800).

If you have traveled in Alaska, British Columbia or the Pacific Northwest, you may have had the opportunity to visit Native cultural centers or museums to see the native art of the local people. If you ever have the chance to see a ceremony such as a pole raising or a social dance in full regalia, you will begin to understand and recognize the symbolism depicted in pieces such as found in this gallery. The symbols are part of the culture and heritage of the Northwest. You’ll find the staff at the gallery knowledgeable and well-connected to the Native artists.

I suggest that visitors stop in to see the collections at the Arctic Raven Gallery. They have sterling jewelry, more inexpensive items suitable for souvenirs and two stories of amazing Northwest coast and Arctic Native art. You might just be enticed to start your own collection.

More Information

130 1st St S
Friday Harbor, Washington
(360) 378-3433

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vancouver's WareHouse '23 Opens to the Delight of Vancouverites

Vancouver, Washington (you know, the city across the Columbia River from Portland) is up to big things.

Vancouver’s historic waterfront will soon be home to jobs, restaurants, shops, housing, a hotel and a park as new development reconnects 35 acres along the Columbia River to the city’s historic core. The Waterfront Development Project began with demolition of part of the Red Lion and the building of streets through the area linking with downtown.
In the hallway were posted old photos of the original port.
Yesterday, we experienced part of the development. Where the aging Red Lion at the Quay once welcomed travelers, a new restaurant and night spot, WareHouse '23 had opened at Terminal 1. The motel was still being re-purposed by the Port of Vancouver. 
The new WareHouse '23
The management of Beaches Restaurant, a riverside restaurant farther east, revamped the old Quay restaurant. After opening for dinner last week, WareHouse ’23 is now open 11 a.m. to midnight every day, with plans to add a Sunday brunch starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 7th. Minors are allowed before 9 p.m. (Source: Columbian)
There are still things you'll remember from the old Quay
There are still nautical vestiges of the old Quay. The mast and sails still loom over the bar. But the look is more simple and the menu, certainly an upgrade.
Simple decor and great views
We went for lunch. The vibe was fresh and new with a more bar-like feel. The view of the Columbia River and the I-5 Bridge was certainly the draw as diners asked for window tables. The restaurant, even though new, was full by noon. We arrived at 11:30 and were seated right away by the attentive staff.
Intriguing take on chowder
I wanted to try their Northwest-inspired cuisine so noticed a chowder. But this was different... it was a "Kife and Fork Chowder." It sounded hearty so I didn't add a salad. When the dish arrived, it was nicely presented in a bowl. Not the usual chowder, the bowl contained fried deep sea clams, yukon gratin and cured bacon in a creamy lobster sauce. The crisp clam strips were plated over small cubed vegetables. I couldn't really taste the bacon and the chowder was only lightly spiced but it was delicious and different. That dish alone was filling as a lunch option.

My friends enjoyed sampling the rich Double Baked Sweet Potato, the unique 1923 Fries, the Quinoa Kale Salad and the Shrimp Banh Mi sandwich. 
Kale Salad

Shrimp Banh Mi

Sweet Sweet Potato

1923 Fries

We concluded that the offerings were intriguing, delicious and filling. The pricing was reasonable.  The view was wonderful (how can you not love the mighty Columbia) and the staff did an excellent job. Perhaps a bit more zip to the sauces would enhance the dishes for those yearning for a more stimulating experience.

We're pleased that WareHouse '23 is open and decided to return one evening for a drink and appetizers and to watch the boats on the river and the traffic on the bridge. And, as WareHouse '23 moves forward, I'd love to see music during Happy Hour. I'm just not a late night person when it comes to entertainment!

A great step in the development of the waterfront area!

When You Go
100 Columbia St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 Oregon Polo Classic Photo Album

This past weekend I enjoyed covering the Oregon Polo Classic at the beautiful Hidden Creek Polo Club in West Linn, Oregon. I am writing an article for Wander With Wonder, a luxury food, wine and travel e-zine. I don't have room for all the photos so will share them here. It was a lively and colorful event... all for charity.

If you are in one of these photos, feel free to "grab." If you would like a photo for other reasons please contact me. All photos are copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Canyon Road: One of the Top Three Things to See in Santa Fe

Canyon Road Christmas Eve
People come to Santa Fe for the big events such as SWAIA Indian Market and Christmas Eve on Canyon Road. But Canyon Road is a draw year 'round with gallery openings and both natural and historic beauty. The old adobes are picturesque and always are camera-worthy. Canyon Road is a must-do when visiting Santa Fe. In fact, I tell people to spend time around the Plaza, go to Museum Hill and enjoy the beauty of Canyon Road. Once you have done those three things, you have had a wonderful taste of what Santa Fe is all about.

The Art of Canyon Road
Nowhere else in the world can one find such incredible diversity of art and fine art galleries than on Canyon Road. In less than one mile, there are one hundred galleries featuring art that ranges from contemporary, abstract and modern to multicultural, expressionistic and figurative. Galleries showcase paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic; along with sculptures in stone, bronze, marble, clay, and wood. And all can be found in the century-old buildings and historic gardens of this magical old road. 

Art Walks and Gallery Openings
Artist during Paint Out on Canyon Road
On any given Friday of the year, it’s likely that openings and shows are scheduled after 5:00 PM on Canyon Road during weekly gallery crawls. However, treasures await discovery every day of the year behind Canyon Road’s adobe walls, carved, wooden gates, in open studios and in wonderful old buildings from the early 1900’s.

Explore History
The Historic Santa Fe Foundation located at El Zaguán, a historic property and garden at 545 Canyon Road, is open weekdays and features an incredible collection of photos and information on Santa Fe and Canyon Road’s early days.

In addition to its architectural preservation efforts, the foundation supports the art community with its Artists’ Residency Program – an artist’s community of 5 working artists who live at El Zaguán. 

The foundation’s annual Sunday afternoon tour on Mother’s Day is often held during the same weekend as Passport to the Arts. More information is available at

This sculpture of a dog looks perfect in the
gallery garden on a sunny day.
Canyon Road Merchants Association
The Canyon Road Merchants Association is an organization run by volunteers and fueled by the support of 100 Canyon Road businesses, industry, community, and government partners. The association members host numerous individual and group events throughout the year for Santa Fe visitors and the community. Canyon Road is located in a historically protected, carefully preserved neighborhood and is home to 100 fine art galleries and active artist studios, restaurants, boutiques, and shops.

Visit  and  for more information.

North of Phoenix, Visit Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot

Just north of Phoenix, Arizona, traveling north on I-17,  you'll find the Verde Valley. While many go there to enjoy the Verde Valley Wine Trail or take the Verde Canyon Railway excursion train, there are mysteries to be discovered in the remnants of the ancient cultures of the area.

The people that settled this valley came for the water and the abundant rich soil along the river. Visitors today can enjoy the massive "Montezuma Castle" cliff dwellings, drive a little farther north and hike in to see Montezuma Well and take a side trip to Tuzigoot National Monument with some great ruins to explore and a visitors center for information.

This is the way to get a sense of how these early people lived and, perhaps, why they moved on.

Visiting Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle isn't a castle at all. It's an impressive collection of ancient Sinaguan cliff dwellings. It is easy to see why ancient people stayed awhile to farm this land. What isn't clear is why they left. It is interesting that the people have been named the Sinagua (without water, in Spanish). You'll first stop at the Visitors Center where you'll learn about the ancient Sinaguan people.

The construction of Montezuma Castle began around 900 years ago and was abandoned about 600 years ago. The paved trail will take you to great places to view and photograph the cliff dwellings high up on the face of the cliff.

There are plenty of sycamore trees to shade you as you walk the short path to view the impressive dwellings.

As you continue on the path, you'll be able to visualize where the Sinaguans farmed and where they were able to draw water. And yes, there was water when they lived there. The name was given to them by archaeologists who noted, at the time of their work, that there was not much water in the valley.

You can no longer climb into the cliff dwellings as they are much too fragile and have had to be partially reconstructed. But the view from the pathways is striking.

Montezuma Well
Just north of Montezuma Castle is Montezuma Well, a fascinating sinkhole with some smaller cliff dwellings visible in the rock wall that surrounds the well. Formed long ago by the collapse of a limestone cavern, over one million gallons of water a day flows continuously into the Well. This constant supply of warm (74 degrees), fresh water provides an aquatic habitat like no other in the world, and has served as an oasis for wildlife and humans for thousands of years. If you look into the caves at the bottom of the path, you'll likely find some bats.

Not far from the well, follow the water to a lovely, grassy park. It is a quiet place to read a book in the shade.

Montezuma Well's outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved at the picnic ground.

Tuzigoot, not far from Montezuma Castle is an ancient village or pueblo also built by the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. It is not a cliff dwelling.

The Sinagua were farmers with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. As you walk the trails and along walls, you can see the area where the ancient people farmed and it is easy to imagine corn, beans and squash being grown and stored in rooms of the pueblo.

This site is closest to Cottonwood.

When You Go
Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well can all be visited in a day.

Take a picnic and plenty of water. The best place to picnic is at the grassy area near the trailhead and parking for Montezuma Well. There are picnic tables and shade.

Avoid visiting in summer as it is just too hot.

Phone: (928) 567-3322 x221
Montezuma Castle Visitor Center phone line. Answered by a ranger during normal business hours.