Tickets on sale for Feast Portland, other tasty summer food adventures
Tickets are now on sale for the 7th annual Feast Portland, an epic four-day celebration of Portland- and Oregon-based bounty as well as the chefs, bartenders, artisans and industry experts who make it all happen.
Set for Sept. 13-16 at dozens of venues across the city, these Instagram-ready tastings, dinners, panels, parties, hands-on classes and other innovative events are star-studded with local and national food celebrities that draw large crowds — so book your tickets soon.
This year's lineup includes more than 40 experiences, big and small.
Many will return from previous years; others are brand new or come with a twist. Bon Appétit is the lead sponsor.
Replacing Sandwich Invitational this year, 20 top chefs will battle for the best decade in an '80s vs. '90s throwback throwdown to kick off the festivities Thursday night, Sept. 13, at the Rose Quarter Commons.
Friday evening's Night Market introduces a Ring of Fire theme, covering a breadth of adventurous food and drink from the Pacific Rim, including places like Peru, Mexico, East Asia, Hawaii and more.
Seven new smaller, or "fun-sized" events are now open at lower price points.
Among them: Austin-based chef Aaron Franklin will bring his slice of Texas barbecue to Portland; Nouveau Bistro lets people embrace their love of French bistro food and Old World and New World wines; bold flavors of Chinese-American cuisine will shine at Big Feast in Little China; Feast Sunday Tailgate spotlights the simple pleasures of oysters and beer; and Basically Bar Trivia puts your culinary skills and knowledge to the test.
"It's our favorite time of year when we get to welcome our chef and industry friends from around the country and around the world, all while shining a bright spotlight on the people, places and things we love about our city and state," say festival co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch. "We say it every year, but we are more excited than ever about this year's programming."
Other Feast highlights include the Dinner Series, which includes 10 once-in-a-lifetime meals with nationally renown chefs including Dominique Crenn, Kristen Murray, Joshua McFadden, Peter Cho and others.
Feast will also hold its first Zero Proof dinner, featuring several local and nationally celebrated chefs who who abstain from alcohol preparing the meal of a lifetime. They include Gabriel Rucker, Andrew Zimmern, Sean Brock, Michael Solomonov, Gregory Gourdet and Evan Zimmerman.
Other panels, tastings and classes will cover topics such as natural wines, session cocktails, brunch with bubbles, pies, steak and eggs, and more.
Attendees can also take home some cool swag: The third-annual Feast Fab Collab series pairs up artisans and chefs to create limited-edition Feast-inspired keepsakes like Tshirts and hats, with proceeds donated to the event's charitable partners.
Since 2012, Feast has raised more than $372,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and across the country in collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
This year they'll add a second charity, Urban Gleaners, which collects and redistributes more than 70,000 pounds of food every month, feeding over 5,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and their Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities.
Find all details and ticket information at feastportland.com.
If you can't wait until Feast, Portland Food Adventures has got enough to keep your appetite at bay.
A July 18 multi-course dinner at Xico — a breezy outpost for handmade Oaxacan fare on Southeast Division Street — will be a benefit for Xico chef Kelly Myers.
In May, Myers suffered a massive stroke during a surgical procedure, and has several months of recovery ahead. All proceeds from the benefit dinner will go to supporting her during her recovery.
The benefit dinner includes drinks and several courses as well as gift envelopes from other Portland Food Adventures restaurants as well as raffle tickets for Feast Portland events, tickets to other dinners, dozens of Voodoo Doughnuts, and more.
Events continue throughout the year; the next major Portland Food Adventures event is a foodie's dream tour of Barcelona, Spain with Catalan native Jose Chesa.
Chesa is a James Beard Award-nominated chef who and co-owner with his wife of Ataula and 180 in Portland, both Spanish hotspots. This will be Chesa's fourth Barcelona tour with Portland Food Adventures, personally introducing visitors to Michelin-starred restaurants including Arpege, Can Fabes, Fleur-de-Sel and the highly coveted Tickets Bar.
The 8-day trip is set for Sept. 19-26; find all information at portlandfoodadventures.com.