Friday, May 16, 2014

The who's who of Feast Portland 2014: Schedule and participating chefs



It's time to get your tickets for Oregon's Feast Portland.  

Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bountythe flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest, taking place on September 18-21, 2014, announces its festival lineup today, with tickets going on sale Monday, May 19th at www.feastportland.com.

Entering its third year, this four-day party for your mouth brings together leading chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers and distillers from Oregon and beyond for one delicious weekend with over 35 events at venues across Portland. At the core of this annual exhibition of bounty is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and across America by donating festival net proceeds to Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, giving more than $99,000 in its first two years.

THE TALENT
Based in a city globally celebrated for innovations in food and drink, Feast Portland unites local talent with internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, national media and top culinary influencers. Founded by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch in 2011, Feast has become a premier festival for emerging and established talent across the industry. “Feast Portland shines the spotlight on Portland and Oregon for one weekend each year, and provides industry leaders with firsthand experience of emerging culinary trends,” said Welch and Thelin.

Local Portland chefs such as Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions), Jose Chesa (Ataula), Greg and Gabi Denton (OX Restaurant), Jason French (Ned Ludd), John Gorham (Toro Bravo), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood (Bunk Sandwiches), Tyler Malek (Salt & Straw), Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s), Kristen Murray (Maurice), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place Bistro + Bar, Imperial), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Gabe Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (Country Cat), John Taboada (Luce), Cathy Whims (Nostrana), and Justin Woodward (Castagna) welcome a roster of visiting chefs including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Noah Bernamoff (Black Seed Bagels), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro), Marco Canora (Hearth), Homaro Cantu (Moto), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Brad Farmerie (Public), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), Paul Kahan (Avec), Philip Krajeck (Rolf & Daughters), Edward Lee (610 Magnolia), Anita Lo (Annisa), Ori Menashe (Bestia), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Paul Qui (qui), Jon Shook (Animal), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Ari Taymor (Alma), Matthew Tinder (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milkbar), Kuniko Yagi (Hinoki & the Bird) and Rachel Yang (Joule).

THE EVENTS
Feast Portland 2014 will feature the return of marquee events like Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread, USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards, Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines, and Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines. 
New to the Feast Portland schedule is a Sunday marquee event, Brunch Village. This walk-around style tasting event celebrates the Bloody Mary-fueled phenomenon of Portland’s favorite meal – Sunday brunch.

Another exciting addition to the 2014 Feast Portland schedule is The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants in America. The exclusive Thursday night dinner will feature five previously nominated Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant chefs – both from inside and outside of Portland – as well as a chef from this year’s top 10 list. Marquee events are complemented by intimate sit-down dinners, tasting panels, hands-on classes, lively culinary demonstrations and industry get-togethers over the course of the weekend. 

THE HIGHLIGHTS
A complete listing of events and participants can be found at FeastPortland.com.
The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants in America
Location: Ava Gene’s | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $200
Feel the pulse of the country’s best restaurants at this multi-course dinner prepared by past and present recipients of the “Hot 10,” Bon Appétit's annual short list of the best new restaurants in America, as named each year by Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton. Hosted by Knowlton and Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport this dinner is a showcase of Hot 10 alums as well as one chef/restaurant from the 2014 list to be unveiled in late August.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread
Location: Director Park | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $95
The goal: Sandwich Supernova. The event: The Sandwich Invitational, Feast Portland’s killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef’d-up interpretations redefine everything you thought the humble sandwich could be. This year, 13 of America’s top chefs gather under the stars at Downtown Portland’s Director Park in their quest for sandwich success. Test your sandwich savvy by voting for the People’s Choice winner, wash it down with local Widmer Brothers Brewing beers, Northwest wines and cocktails and you have yourself a deliciously unforgettable evening. 

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 12pm-5pm | Price: $60
Oregon is known for outstanding artisan offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and coffee. Come taste them all at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting when we transform Portland’s “living room” into the city’s dining room for two days of Feast-ing!  At the festival’s premiere daytime event, you can eat and drink your way through artisans, wineries and breweries. And while you’re indulging in Oregon’s best, the country’s top chefs return to the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage for lively cooking demonstrations. Whether you’re new to Oregon’s bounty or a dedicated locavore this event is not to be missed.  

USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards
Location: Zidell Yards | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $125
The nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food moves to the iconic Portland waterfront at Zidell Yards. So get ready for an evening that is bigger, bolder, and somehow, filled with even more food! Situated below the Ross Island Bridge, the Night Market will overlook the central artery of this port town, the Willamette River. New street food offerings will include the plethora of Asian options you’ve grown to love, along with Italian, Argentinian, Indian and more. With a who’s who of Oregon craft beer, wine, and spirits, you’ll be ready for an experience that embodies the sights, sounds, and tastes of an international culinary journey.

Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines
Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $175
Feast Portland doubles down again this year, with more than 20 chefs pushing comfort food out of its comfort zone at High Comfort. Put on your cuff links and high heels ladies and gents, cuz we’re headed to The Nines Hotel for the most decadent culinary event around. Oregon’s top winemakers will personally keep your glass full and you’ll be fed silly by the nation’s top culinary talent from Portland to NYC and everywhere in between. Don’t plan anything early the next day!

Brunch Village
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 11am-2pm | Price: $75
We’ve gathered the best of the brunch for Feast Portland’s newest event, Brunch Village. If you’ve ever found yourself waiting in line outside of that must-get-into brunch place, if you’re a baron of Bloody Mary’s, a sultan of scrambled eggs, then pull up a chair and join us for the best boozy brunch ever. Chefs from Portland and around the country will build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch our favorite meal of the day. Pile your plate up high, relax and take in the first-ever Feast Cocktail Competition, where Portland’s top bartenders mix up their favorite drinks for brunch glory. We guarantee you’ll apply for citizenship of Brunch Village.

Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels
Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Prices: $55-$125
For those who want to bring home more than just a fully belly from the festival, Feast Portland’s Hands-On Classes provide a rare opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the nation’s most skilled artisans and chefs. The Tasting Panels explore new trends in the beverage world, with discussions and tastings of wine, beer and cocktails led by local and national experts.

Dinner Series:
New KitchenCru Dinner Series Debuts
Traditional Feast Portland Dinner Series Returns

Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace and Various Portland Restaurants | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Prices: $100-$175
KitchenCru is a shared use kitchen and culinary incubator in the heart of Portland – thus it’s the perfect location for the Feast Portland KitchenCru Dinner Series, our brand-new, next-level, multi-chef, collaborative dinner series where chefs from around the country will bring together their unique perspectives for once-in-a-lifetime dinner experiences. Feast Portland’s popular traditional dinner series also returns, pairing a visiting chef with a Portland favorite, creating the menus of their lives. With a spotlight on the best Oregon ingredients and local wines, attendees will feast on the culinary excellence of the country’s top chefs and those from our own backyard.

State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyard and Willamette Valley Vineyards
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $175
Join a super group of the country’s leading edge chefs for what will be one of most interesting dinners ever to happen on Oregon soil. Local boy Justin Woodward (Castagna, Portland) will be joined by Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco), Homaro Cantu (Moto, Chicago), Matt Accarrino (SPQR, San Francisco) and pastry chef Matt Tinder (The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa Valley) in this culinary super jam.

Pop Stars with Elk Cove Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Pop-up dinners and restaurants are the culmination of inventive culinary themes and vanguard chefs, so we’ve gathered together our favorite “pop stars” including Sarah Simmons (City Grit, NYC) along with local pop heroes Katy Millard (Coquine, Portland) and Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast Dining, Portland) in one kitchen for one night to create what is sure to be a once-in-a lifetime meal.

Girls! Girls! Girls! with Elizabeth Chambers Cellar and Domaine Serene
Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $175
Those who claim that men monopolize the culinary world simply haven’t been paying attention for the past decade. Be schooled by bad-ass lady chefs Kuniko Yagi (Hinoki and the Bird, Los Angeles), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast, Portland), and Johanna Ware (Smallwares, Portland) as they ‘lean in’ and show you why women are leading the culinary conversation more than ever.  

Edward Lee and Jenn Louis at Lincoln Restaurant with King Estate
Location: Lincoln Restaurant | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Two Top Chef alums join forces at Lincoln for a food reality TV junkie’s fantasy dinner. Kentucky-based chef Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln, Portland) will serve up delicious dishes full of Oregon bounty.

Anita Lo and Gregory Gourdet at Departure with R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Sokol Blosser
Location: Departure Restaurant | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Two masters of invention spiked with Asian flair, Anita Lo (Annisa, NYC) and Gregory Gourdet (Departure, Portland) come together for an unforgettable evening. At Annisa, Chef Lo has been collecting stars – one  from the Michelin guide and a rare three sparklers from The New York Times in the past year – while Chef Gourdet has been turning heads as a prolific chef and budding television personality. We’ve even thrown in Downtown’s best view for good measure because we take ‘unforgettable’ seriously.

Ari Taymor and Sarah Pliner at Aviary with Archery Summit
Location: Aviary Restaurant | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 7pm | Price: $150
Chef Ari Taymor (Alma, Los Angeles) ventures north to team up with Sarah Pliner (Aviary, PDX) for a dinner to remember. Two food world Picassos, Taymor and Pliner, root classic technique at the heart of their food, but add a world of abstraction and creativity that brings it to another level. You won’t want to miss what they create together.

MORE INFORMATION
Tickets can be purchased at feastportland.com for the more than 35 events around Portland, Oregon, and offer a broad range, from “The Package,” which includes one ticket each to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, Brunch Village and High Comfort, at $530, to tasting panels at $55.

In addition, visitors 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 behind Feast. 

For more information or to plan your tasty adventure, go to TravelOregon.com/see-do/eat-drink. .