A few posts ago I talked about Feast, a huge culinary celebration held here in Portland. Every year it brings big names in the food industry (the likes of Chris Cosentino, Paul Qui, Edward Lee, Brad Farmerie) to our town for four days of non-stop chaos. There are seminars, special dinners and tastings being held all over the city, followed by after-parties and after hours after-parties.
Since the company I work for is a sponsor, we get in to a lot of the events for free. Which meant food, food and more tasty, fabulous food, all washed down with local brews, wine and liquor. Let the good times roll!
First up, Friday Night: Night Market. I love the Night Market. The setting is gorgeous and the food is crazy good.
Saturday: The Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting. This is a slightly more casual affair held in downtown’s Pioneer Square. My husband, the chef of 23 Hoyt, served two dishes for our Nicky USA booth and both were undoubtedly the best things I ate that day.
Saturday Early Evening: High Comfort. The ultra fancy tasting in the luxurious hotel, The Nines.
Saturday Evening: Feast Dinner Series. After stuffing my face all day, I went to a special dinner at Bluehour, a restaurant I actually used to cook at. The special guest chef was Chris Cosentino from San Francisco and between him and Bluehour’s chef, Kyo Koo, the dinner was pretty amazing. Raw pork and a head-on squab will certainly make a dinner memorable!
And that concludes Feast-mania!
Surprisingly the best moment of the extravaganza was when my team (led by my husband and his kitchen crew) won an after-party championship game of Flip Cup. We beat out 15 other restaurant teams and walked away with a trophy and $1,600 in cold, hard cash. It was a beautiful moment!
Anyways, next up — food I’ve actually cooked myself, I promise.