Wild About Game: A beautiful day to eat some meat!

I’ve mentioned that I work as a meat distributor. While my job occasionally has its bad moments (lets just say the words “turkey grid” can induce serious panic), for the most part it’s pretty awesome. We participate in many different food events throughout the year, but my favorite one is the customer appreciation party my boss hosts every year.

We travel out to the mountain — this year’s event was held at Timberline Lodge — and eat ourselves silly. All of our customers are invited and we throw down with a party that is truly unsurpassable. There is a marketplace with vendors on hand sampling products (Iberico jamon, foie gras torchons, local elk seared on salt blocks). There is a cooking competition and cooking demos involving some of Portland and Seattle’s top chefs. This year we even had a few James Beard winners compete.

But really it’s all about the meat (well, and the booze!).

So without further ado, I present some scenes from Wild About Game 2012.

Devil Kriek from Double Mountain. This is how you start the day off right! They also donated more than 5 kegs to the event and the afterparty. Woo-hoo!

Treats from Bakeshop — these looked so pretty, it was hard to eat them…okay, maybe it was easy, but still, they were beautiful!

Capunet made with Pheasant Sausage and Veal Sweetbreads — from Carrie Mashaney, the chef de cuisine of Cascina Spinasse in Seattle

Elk-and-Beet Tartare with Pickled Quail Eggs, the Grand Prize-winning dish from Chef Nathan Lockwood of Seattle’s Altura restaurant. This bite was paired with a Cavatelli Cacciatore.

Cheese please! A beautiful display of goodness from Portland’s Cheese Bar

Salt & Straw brings it! Foie S’more ice cream based on last year’s winning competition dish.

Yes, it’s true. My job rocks.

To check out some of the awesome dishes from the cooking competition, click here.

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16 thoughts on “Wild About Game: A beautiful day to eat some meat!

    • It definitely has its perks! =) Which is good because during the holidays we get brutalized! The turkey grid keeps company with a “holiday ham” grid and a “fresh goose” grid, and all of them make you want to pull your hair out. Good times!

    • They are incredibly spendy! I got my ticket to the Night Market because my company is a huge sponsor of he event — yay for perks! — but if it wasn’t for that I’m not sure I would pay for a ticket. Another bonus is since my husband is participating in one of the demos this weekend we have access to all the after parties too. Woo-hoo for free booze! =)

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