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Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland 2014

By M+E Staff

Bon Appétit recently announced the lineup of Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty set for Sept. 18-21, 2014 with tickets going sale Monday, May 19 at feastportland.com.

Entering its third year, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest brings together leading chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers and distillers from Oregon and other states in the region for a four-day 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.

“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 Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin, founders of Feast Portland.

With local Portland chefs from restaurants such as St. Jack, OX Restaurant, and Nostrana, to visiting chefs from restaurants such as Toro, Atelier Crenn, and Hinoki & the Bird, Feast has become a festival for emerging and established talent across the industry.

“Oregon’s vibrant food scene is a direct result of the talent that is cultivated here along with access to some of the world’s most pristine ingredients, said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “Feast Portland celebrates Oregon’s bounty and allows us to showcase the diversity of culinary experiences that can be found throughout the state.”

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 more. 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 Portland food scene never stops pushing the boundaries and that has caused waves on a national level,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “Through its wide range of events and talent, Feast Portland showcases the energy and experience that has put Oregon on the map.”

THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America

Location: Ava Gene’s | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Price: $200

Experience 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: 6-9 p.m. | Price: $95

This year, 13 of America’s top chefs gather at downtown Portland’s Director Park in their quest for sandwich success. Test your sandwich savvy by voting for the People’s Choice winner and wash it down with local Widmer Brothers Brewing beers, and Northwest wines and cocktails. 

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 12-5 p.m. | Price: $60

Taste artisan offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and coffee at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting during two days of feasting.  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. 

USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards

Location: Zidell Yards | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 6-9 p.m. | Price: $125

Situated below the Ross Island Bridge, the Night Market will overlook the central artery of the port town, the Willamette River. New street food offerings will include the options of Asian, Italian, Argentinian, Indian and more.

Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines

Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 6-9 p.m. | Price: $175

Oregon’s top winemakers will personally keep your glass and plates full by the nation’s top culinary talent from Portland to NYC and everywhere in between. 

Brunch Village

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Price: $75

Join Feat Portland’s newest event, Brunch Village, as Chefs from Portland and around the country build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and more. This walk-around style tasting event celebrates the Bloody Mary-fueled phenomenon of Portland’s favorite meal – Sunday brunch.

Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels

Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Prices: $55-$125

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: 7 p.m. | Prices: $100-$175

The Feast Portland KitchenCru Dinner Series is a 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: 7 p.m. | Price: $175

Local chief 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: 7 p.m. | Price: $150

Feast Portland has gathered together their 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 a great meal.

Girls! Girls! Girls! with Elizabeth Chambers Cellar and Domaine Serene

Location: KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Price: $175

Witness 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 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: 7 p.m. | 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 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: 7 p.m. | Price: $150

For this dinner, join two masters of invention, Anita Lo (Annisa, NYC) and Gregory Gourdet (Departure, Portland) as they come together for an unforgettable evening.

Ari Taymor and Sarah Pliner at Aviary with Archery Summit

Location: Aviary Restaurant | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Price: $150

Chef Ari Taymor (Alma, Los Angeles) teams up with Sarah Pliner (Aviary, PDX) to create a dinner filled with root classic technique at the heart of their food and add creativity that brings it to another level.

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