Sunday, August 5, 2018

#FeastForLifeFlyPDX Get in on the Feast Portland Social Media Contest and Get Life Passes

 Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland, the Pacific Northwest's flagship food and drink festival taking place Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16, 2018, is partnering with the Port of Portland at Portland International Airport (PDX) for a “Feast For Life FlyPDX” campaign and social media giveaway of two Feast Portland “The Package” passes for life.

Starting Friday, August 3rd, the month-long Feast For Life FlyPDX campaign will showcase collaborative Feast-inspired items available from top food and beverage vendors located inside Portland International Airport. Participating tenants include The Country CatKenny and ZukesDeschutes Brewery, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Each week in August, the following exclusive Feast-inspired items will be available for purchase at the participants’ PDX retail space:

·      Friday, 8/3 – Thursday, 8/9The Country Cat will feature a special BLT sandwich with their newly packaged house-made bacon and local tomatoes.
·      Friday, 8/10 – Thursday, 8/16: Kenny and Zukes deli has created a Bahn Mi sandwich featuring their pastrami, country pork pate, Asian pickled cucumbers and spicy wasabi mayo on a hoagie roll.
·      Friday, 8/17 – Thursday, 8/23: Deschutes Brewery will serve a Backyard BBQ Burger featuring a two quarter-pound Painted Hills beef patty topped with a piece of pork belly confit, Havarti cheese, a house made BBQ sauce and crispy onion straws, all atop braised collard greens. They’ll be pairing the burger with their Black Butte Porter beer.
·      Friday, 8/24 – Thursday, 8/31: Stumptown Coffee Roasters will debut their new Stumptown Coffee Roasters x Feast Portland Mora Mora Ethiopia Heirloom canned cold brew.

On the first day of each product launch, the chef or artisan ambassador will host a tasting of their product at the Portland International Airport’s pre-security Clocktower Plaza from 11:30am – 1:30pm, offering travelers and locals alike a chance to experience their delicious Feast For Life FlyPDX item. Attendees of these special Clocktown Plaza events will have the opportunity for additional entries in the Feast For Life FlyPDX social media contest.  
The #FeastForLifeFlyPDX social media contest for will take place on Feast Portland’s Instagram (@feastportland) during the month of August. Contestants will enter for the chance to win two Feast Portland “The Package” passes for life, valid for entry into the main events of Feast Portland every year from 2018 and beyond. The winner will be announced on August 31st

For all contest entry details for the #FeastForLifeFlyPDX social media giveaway, please visit

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Feast Portland 2018 Launches New Feast Fab Collab Products

Fabulous Collaboration Products from Feast’s Artisan and Chef Participants Hit New Seasons Market Shelves Starting July 25

Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland announces the return of the “Feast Fab Collab” series for the third year, teaming up several of the festival’s top participating artisans and chefs and retail partner New Seasons Market to create limited edition, one-of-a-kind Feast Portland-inspired items. These collaboration items will be available for sale exclusively at New Seasons Market locations in Oregon and SW Washington, hitting shelves throughout the summer leading up to Feast Portland 2018, September 13-16. 

Feast Portland 2018 Feast Fab Collab participants include: New Seasons Market10 Barrel Brewing Co., Olympia ProvisionsRuby JewelOregon Fruit ProductsBob’s Red Mill, Chef Maya Lovelace of Yonder (Portland, OR), Chef and Salumist Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions (Portland, OR), Chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s (Portland, OR) and Chef Abe Conlon of Fat Rice (Chicago, IL).

So here's what to look for:
Feast Mode Lager with 10 Barrel Brewing Co. - Launching Wednesday, July 25
This is the most thirst-quenching beer you could ever hope for. Feast Mode is a premium lager featuring pilsner malt, flaked rice and a subtle hopping for an ultra light and refreshing beer. Perfect for pounding on the porch or while grubbin’ out with friends.
Price: $7.99 / 4 pack

Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches with Maya Lovelace and Ruby Jewel - Launching Wednesday, August 22
Maya’s Southern Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich: Featuring cornmeal from Bob’s Red Mill and strawberries from Oregon Fruit Products, these chewy cornmeal cookie, and strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwich represents the best of the Appalachian pantry - the preserved corn that serves as the backbone of every meal, the buttermilk giving richness and tang, and strawberry jam pulling us right back into the warm and sunny days of late spring.
Grandma Mae’s Sweet Molasses Ice Cream Sandwich: These ice cream sandwiches are inspired by the molasses and apple butter sandwich cookies found in Chef Maya’s grandma's secret cookie stash – the cookies were soft and chewy, and her apple butter seeped into them to create a surprisingly luxurious texture and a combination of farmhouse flavors she only ever tasted in her Grandmother’s home. 
Price: $2.99

Olympia Provisions Chef Sausage Series with Salumist Elias Cairo – Launching Monday, September 3rd
Ava Gene’s Owner-Chef Joshua McFadden was motivated by his love of Roman-inspired food when creating this specialty Italian sausage stuffed with kale and provolone cheese, poached to perfection. Grill and pair with fresh pasta, olive oil and some garden cherry tomatoes to elevate your pasta game.
Chef Abe Conlon of Chicago’s Fat Rice collaborated on this Goan-style pork sausage heavily spiced with turmeric, garlic, chilies, cinnamon and other spices, then smoked. Try this sausage in a new twist on paella, served with fresh shrimp and mussels.
Price: $8.99
A portion of gross sales from all Feast Fab Collab products will be donated to Feast Portland’s 2018 charitable partners, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Urban Gleaners. Since 2012, Feast has raised more than $372,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and is proud to continue supporting this important cause through its charitable partners.

Select Feast Fab Collab items will also be featured at Feast Portland’s main daytime events Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting Presented By New Seasons Market. Tickets are available at

More information and updates about the Feast Fab Collab items can be found at and by following #FeastFabCollab on Instagram.

Photos and Information Courtesy: Feast Portland

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

11th Annual Savor the San Juans: Wine, Beer, Farms and Whales

Wine, wheat, and whales! Join in as the gourmet archipelago celebrates over a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor the San Juans has grown to encompass film festivals, farm tours, harvest dinners, workshops, a bike-and-brew and much more. Ease into a slower time of year while indulging in the culture, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and the San Juan Islands. Sample the artistry of chefs like Food & Wine Best New Chef Jay Blackinton on Orcas or Nick Coffey at Ursa Minor on Lopez.

 Take advantage of lodging, dining and transportation specials during harvest season.

Here’s your chance to open the barn door to see behind the scenes at some of the islands’ most beautiful farms, creameries, wineries, flower gardens, shellfish farms and more. Taste Island Grown foods and wine, beer, cider, and spirits, during a selection of farm-to-table dinners by local chefs.

A sampling of events:

  • All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours that include activities such as sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, cider pressing, and great local snacks. The San Juan Island Farm Tour takes place on September 9th, Lopez Island on September 29th, and Orcas Island on September 30th. More details coming soon.
  • Coho Restaurant and Doe Bay Wine Company pair up on October 12th to provide an unforgettable wine dinner featuring wines from the Orcas Project -- small-production, limited release wines made in collaboration between acclaimed winemakers and vineyards in the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Friday Harbor Film Festival will honor Captain Paul Watson, one of the founders of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, with the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award during the Opening Night Gala on October 26th.  The gala will include a screening of the film, Chasing the Thunder, a high-seas documentary that follows the eco-warriors as they engage on an epic chase of the notorious poaching vessel, the Thunder.
  • The 2nd Annual Hops on the Rock festival is literally shutting down the streets of Eastsound on November 10th to host a weekend of drinking, dancing, and NovemBEER events all across Orcas Island. Live music, local food, and 20+ local breweries from around the region will be featured.

For more details and a complete list of events, visit the San Juan Island Visitors Bureau Savor website and watch for information on the Visit San Juan Islands Facebook Page. It will be a Medley of Food, Farms & Film, September 9th – November 10th, 2018.

Pacific Crest Trail Days in Cascade Locks, Oregon Slated for August

Pacific Crest Trail Days is a 3-day summer festival that celebrates and promotes outdoor recreation, with a focus on hiking, camping, and backpacking.  It will be held August 13th - 19th, 2018. Attendees get to participate in activities, games, classes & presentations, win awesome gear at the raffle, watch a series of films, and get great deals on the latest outdoor products from exhibiting sponsors at the Gear Expo.  Whether you’re into car camping, day hiking, or long distance hiking, the gear and info you are looking for will be there!

All raffle proceeds are donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West.  PCT DAYS is free to attend, with a fee for overnight camping on Thunder Island.  Don’t miss out on being a part of a great time at the 12th annual PCT DAYS, located in Cascade Locks, Oregon, the heart of the Columbia River Gorge!

For more info, visit

Twitter: #pctdays @pctdays
PCT DAYS Official Video:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We Are The Seeds Event Slated for August in Santa Fe, New Mexico

As I mentioned in my article, August in Santa Fe: SWAIA Indian Market and So Much More, there are events and markets throughout Santa Fe during the Indian Market Week. We Are The Seeds is held in the Santa Fe Railyard, walkable from the Plaza if you like walking!

We Are the Seeds is a 2-day event at the Santa Fe Railyard Park that highlights Indigenous fine art. It’s a festive celebration that includes music, dance, fashion, literary arts, and traditional Native foods.

The event will host approximately 60 artists representing a diversity of cultures and regions. Artists include renowned painter Baje Whitethorne, Sr. (Navajo), innovative potter Brenda Hill (Tuscarora/Choctaw), master jeweler Fidel Bahe (Navajo), award-winning basket weaver Sally Black (Navajo), and high fashion jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw). During the event, four featured artists will share their art by demonstrating techniques and artistry for visitors.

The Seeds Stage includes Master of Ceremonies Sherenté Harris (Narragansett) and performances by singer songwriter Zachariah Julian (Jicarilla Apache), DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit), Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Euchee/Muscogee-Creek) with modern flute music, and Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers.

Seeds Santa Fe will feature a variety of interactive experiences for visitors including an “Art Creation Station”, a youth workshop, a social dance and dinner, and “Rise to Our Voices” a spoken word poetry workshop for Indigenous women.

We Are the Seeds Santa Fe Event Schedule:

Art Show and Sale
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 10a-6p Friday, August 17, 2018 – 10a-6p

Performance Stage
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 11a – 5:30p
Friday, August 17, 2018 – 11a - 9p

We Are the Seeds Social (open to the public) and Benefit Dinner by Jambo Cafe (ticketed)
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 5:30p 

ACONAV Fashion Event (
Friday, August 17, 2018 – time TBA 

Youth Art Workshop – Screen Printing with Damian Charette
Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Friday, August 17, 2018 – 10a-12p and 2p-4p 

Rise to Our Voices: Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Indigenous Women with Nicole Kahbah Johnny
Friday, August 17, 2018 – time TBA 

For more information, visit We are the Seeds on Facebook.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Solstice Events in Fairbanks, Alaska

Summer Solstice, on June 21st, is Fairbanks, Alaska’s most celebrated summer holiday. Because Fairbanks is located at 65 degrees north latitude, the sky never gets dark for up to 24 hours per day during Midnight Sun Season, April 22 through August 20. Summer Solstice is the apex of the Midnight Sun Season. Three long-standing events that capitalize on the everlasting sunshine include the epic Midnight Sun Festival, the Midnight Sun Baseball Game and the Midnight Sun Run. 

I've never had the pleasure of exploring Fairbanks, but wouldn't this be an extra fun time to travel to Alaska?

Held annually from noon to midnight on the Sunday closest to Solstice, the Midnight Sun Festival is Alaska’s largest single-day event drawing up to 30,000 sun-worshippers. Downtown Fairbanks’ 1st, 2nd, 3rdand 4th avenues become pedestrian only and turn into a huge street fair offering food, drink, merchandise, information and activities. The cornerstones of the festival are four large stages that present 45 live performances including folk, rap, ballet, rock and more. The free festival is in its 37th year but history proves that downtown Fairbanks has been celebrating Summer Solstice in a variety of ways for at least a century.

Midnight Sun Festival in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Photo by Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks

The Midnight Sun Baseball game has been held on Solstice for the past 113 of years and has attracted national attention in outlets such as ESPN, Conde Nast and The New York Times. The game begins at 10 p.m. and continues on until 1 a.m. famously without the use of artificial lights. During the course of the baseball game people can watch the sun set and begin to rise without the sky ever getting dark.

The 36th annual Midnight Sun Run is a quirky Alaskan event that attracts more than 3,500 participants some wearing costumes. Super heroes, bumblebees, swashbucklers and more don running shoes and hit the route at 10 p.m. cruising into and beyond the midnight hour. Not your typical 10K, the Midnight Sun Run winds through neighborhoods where locals host outdoor house parties to cheer on participants.

The Midnight Sun Run in Fairbanks, Alaska—an annual 10K run under the late night summer solstice sun. Photo by Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks
 The Arctic Circle just 140 miles north of Fairbanks is defined by the fact that on Summer Solstice, June 21 (occasionally falling on June 20), the sun never dips below the horizon for 24 hours. The midnight sun is fundamental to summer time in Fairbanks and people worldwide come to bask in the sun and participate in these sunshine-inspired, middle-of-the-night events.

Find out more at

Information Courtesy: Explore Fairbanks

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Feast Portland 2018 - Schedule and Ticket Information and Links

Feast Portland 2018 Festival tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 9am PST on Friday, June 8 at Here’s the Feast Portland schedule so you can be ready!

Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland returns for its seventh year, Thursday, September 13 Sunday, September 16, 2018. The Pacific Northwest’s flagship food and drink festival and leading national culinary event continues to bring together legendary and emerging culinary talent at more than 40 inventive dining experiences.

The 2018 schedule, packed with large-scale main events, more ‘not too big and not too small’ fun-sized events, once-in-a-lifetime dinners, cutting-edge tasting panels, immersive classes and killer industry parties, will give guests countless ways to Feast across the four days.

New this year, top chefs will battle for the best decade in an 80s vs. 90s throwback throwdown to kick off the weekend. Friday evening’s Night Market introduces a ‘Ring of Fire’ theme covering a breadth of adventurous food and drink. Seven new Fun-Size events are creatively designed to be more action-packed than ever before.

 Highlights from this year’s epic chef lineup and schedule include:

      ALL NEW Thursday night main event, 80s vs. 90s! Twenty of the hottest chefs from Portland and across America will throw down at the ultimate throwback cook-off that’s guaranteed to be one for the books. The competition style event will enlist half of the participating chefs to represent the ‘80s and the other half the ‘90s all while set to cassette-worthy mixes at RoseQuarter Commons. With 80s vs. 90s as the inaugural inspiration, the Thursday night competition theme will change each year. 
      Night Market: Ring of Fire Edition Presented by Alaska Mileage Plan will take on a ‘Pacific Rim’ theme, showcasing dishes from the West Coast and places like Peru, Mexico, East Asia and more. Encompassing everything from Hawaiian pig to American whiskey, the breadth of adventurous food and drink from 20 all-star chefs and bartenders will keep guests wanting more.
      Feast’s popular Fun-Size Events are the ‘Goldilocks’ events of the Feast family – not too big, not too small, but just right for a hot summer night of fun bites and cool drinks. This year’s events will include the return of Aaron Franklin’s Franklin Barbecue and Friends, a slice of Austin in Portland. Attendees can indulge in their love of French bistro food and Old World and New World wines at Nouveau Bistro, hone in on the electrifying flavors of Chinese-American cuisine at Big Feast in Little China, polish off a few oysters with beer in hand at the very first Feast Sunday Tailgate, and test their culinary skills (and knowledge!) in good ‘ole Basically Bar Trivia with the Bon Appétit team. 
      Bringing together legendary culinary masterminds from near and far, 2018’s coveted Dinner Series will be one for the books. This year’s lineup of ten once-in-a-lifetime meals will feature an epic evening with Emma Bengtsson + Dominique Crenn + Kristen Murray; a one-night-only culinary trip to Mexico City with Joshua McFadden + Elena Reygadas + Fabian von Hauske; and a NYC’s alum beefsteak reunion with Peter Cho + Angie Mar. Plus, Feast’s first Zero Proof dinner featuring Gabriel Rucker, Andrew Zimmern, Sean Brock, Michael Solomonov, Gregory Gourdet, and Evan Zimmerman will break down barriers while serving up a life-changing meal.
      ‘Glass’ is back in session: Feast’s trend spotting Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe panels will return for discussions and tastings with leading beverage professionals hand-plucked from around the world covering hot topics like revered natural wines in Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age, a peek into designing the perfect, sessionable cocktail at The Art of the Session Cocktail, how rosé is inspiring brewers and cidermakers at Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Ciders and Beers Are Taking Over, and more.
      Feast’s Classes will once again give guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of a tastemaker, a topic, and leave the festival with more than just a full belly. This year’s classes include Brunch with Benefits, a look into how to host an epic bubbles-fueled brunch, Pie Goals, where you’ll never think about your lattice pies the same way again, Steak & Eggs Part Deux, and an afternoon with Portland’s macramé master Emily Katz where she will demonstrate a handful of her favorite knotting techniques over rosé and bites at Macramé + Rosé, and more.
      The festival will see the return of the third “Feast Fab Collab” series, teaming up with some of the top participating artisans and chefs to create limited edition, one-of-a-kind Feast Portland-inspired items. Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland will partner with Portland-based apparel company Bridge & Burn to create a limited edition festival t-shirt, now available for purchase at A portion of proceeds from all “Feast Fab Collab” items and the Bridge & Burn collab t-shirt will be donated to Feast’s charitable partners. 

Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland is an organization with a strong charitable mission. Since 2012, Feast has raised more than $372,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and across the country, and is proud to continue supporting this important cause through its 2018 charitable partners.

The festival will continue its collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, a statewide nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the problem of hunger and solutions, advocates for more just programs and policies to end hunger, and connects communities to food resources. This year, Feast will also add a second, Oregon-based charitable partner Urban Gleaners. Urban Gleaners collects and redistributes over 70,000 pounds of food every month, feeding over 5,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities.

The complete Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland lineup with event descriptions, list of participants, and ticket information can be found at Tickets for each event are sold individually and prices are all-inclusive of food and drink served at that event.

Follow Feast Portland on Facebook, Twitter (@FeastPDX), and Instagram (@FeastPortland), and subscribe to the Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland newsletter at to stay updated on all things Feast.

Information courtesy Feast Portland

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bosque Redondo Memorial Commemorates 150 Years since the Treaty of 1868

I keep in touch with the happenings at the memorial at Bosque Redondo, NM through the museum association’s newsletter. I wrote about my somber visit to the site several years ago. I was terribly moved after visiting and talking with elders on the Navajo Reservation whose relatives had been forced to endure The Long Walk to Bosque Redondo.

The memorial has announced that Friday June 8th they will offer an opportunity for Navajo and Mescalero Apache visitors to shape the museum’s interpretation of their cultural history. On Saturday, June 9th visitors will have a chance to participate in a recreation of the Navajo return to the homeland to promote solidarity and reconciliation.

Also on Saturday, the 150th Treaty celebration will host cultural dances, respected speakers from tribal and state government, along with tribal elders sharing their oral traditions as they pertain to the hardships and resilience of life both during the reservation era as well as the post reservation era.  Traditional foods and artisans will be on site in support the event and the culture.

After the event, visitors will have the option to participate in a 6.5-mile walk/run, led by DCA, from Bosque Redondo Memorial to Fort Sumner High School in honor of the Navajo return to the homeland.  Upon arriving at the high school, visitors can choose whether to continue the 350-mile walk back to Window Rock, AZ or remain at the high school for refreshments.

To learn more call 575.355.2573

Information Provided by Museum of New Mexico Foundation

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Grilled Cheese Grill on Portland’s Funky Alberta Street

Portland, Oregon is known for pop up restaurants and food truck cuisine. But imagine my delight, as a grilled cheese lover, to find a trailer kitchen devoted to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. These were not the grilled Velveeta sandwiches of my youth, but carefully thought out, creative delights with locally sourced ingredients.

A gourmet grilled cheese sandwich? Yes, that is what Portland’s Grilled Cheese Grill does so well. They serve up simple to elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches at three locations. We went to the Alberta Street location in North Portland one day. The grill was in a food trailer and patrons sat outside on picnic tables or inside in the funky converted school bus.

Oh yes, they have sandwiches other than cheese. Try the Original Cheesus burger. It’s a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Only $9.50. And yes, they have gluten free and vegan options.

But we were totally impressed with The Mondor for $7.25. The Mondor included Tillamook pepper jack cheese, avocado, fresh red onion and roasted red peppers on multigrain wheat. You could add bacon or turkey for $2.00. Couple that with a beverage and you’re set for a tasty budget-conscious lunch and probably will take some of it home.

Good breads, great ingredients.

More Food Carts

Once you enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich that is a gourmet treat, you might want to venture out and try more cart finds.  Eater PDX has their top food carts mapped out to make that easy.

Food carts have become part of the Portland culture and the food is excellent. Portland has over 500 food carts available at any given time. Most carts are organized into what are called “Pods.” These are surface lots with more than a few carts. Here is a map where you’ll find these Pods. And, the website has things organized for your phone. Their iPhone and Android app is always updated with the current location of the carts. You can find the app here.

More Information
Grilled Cheese Grill Address: 1027 NE Alberta St.

Portland, Oregon

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