If you don’t already have plans for the weekend of September 21, now you do. You’re going to Feast Portland. Or at least you should be. We had one hell of a crazy weekend at last year’s debut and we’ve come to the conclusion that Portland is the best town to host a food festival. Why? We once concluded that PDX destroys Brooklyn’s restaurant scene. There are just a lot of really excellent, passionate, food people living there. So it’s nice when they do it up for out of towners.
The Feast weekend of events include cooking demos, panel discussions, and meet and greets with some of the nation’s best-known and most innovative chefs (see the list below). We’re particularly looking forward to Face Meat with Olympic Provisions’ Elias Cairo, Baby Got Beer-Back (whiskey shots!), Pok Pok at Home with Andy Ricker and of course, The Sandwich Invitational.
Here is a list of participating chefs and food personalities:
Hugh Acheson (The National), 2013 JBF award winner Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), 2013 JBF award winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), Sean Brock (McCrady’s), Floyd Cardoz (North End Grill), Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants, Lola), Renee Erickson (The Walrus and the Carpenter), Jason Franey (Canlis), Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), 2013 JBF award winner Stephanie Izard (The Girl and the Goat), 2013 JBF award winner Christopher Kostow (Meadowood), Matt and Ted Lee, Matt Lightner (Atera), David McMillan and Frédéric Morin (Joe Beef), Thomas McNaughton (Flour + Water), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar), Michael Voltaggio (ink.) and Kris Yenbamroong (Night + Market). Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Jason Barwikowski (The Woodsman Tavern), Greg Denton (Ox), Patrick Fleming (Boke Bowl), Jason French (Nedd Ludd), Rick Gencarelli (Lardo), Benjamin Gonzales (Nuestra Cocina), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Christopher Israel (Grüner), Jenn Louis (Lincoln), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), newly minted 2013 James Beard Foundation (JBF) award winner Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Scott Snyder (Levant), Erik Van Kley (Little Bird), Johanna Ware (Smallwares), Cathy Whims (Nostrana).
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