Book Club: Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This

For September the selected book subject for my online book club, The Kitchen Reader, was Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) by Hervé  This.
Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This

The subject of molecular gastronomy usually refers to the blending of the craft of cooking, which is so much hands on experience and a bit of an art form, with the science of chemistry and perhaps even engineering and physics in the execution of the food. It’s the combination of art and science, which results in sometimes pretty unique and spectacular concepts in both taste as well as other ways to experience the food such as visually or texturally.

That’s how, for instance, you get things like these from Moto in Chicago (I enjoyed more of the chef’s cooking recently at a Feast State of the Art dinner), with pictured below from a past meal at Moto an edible menu printed on edible, inkjet paper with inks of fruit and vegetables and a “Grapefruit” on a spoon that is designed to be like a gin and tonic-that’s what that liquid ball which bursts in your mouth is, the gin and tonic part, then balanced by the frozen pieces of grapefruit below and the creme fraiche and toasted coconut flake. The last photo is from when I attended the Modernist Cuisine exhibit when it was in Seattle and they were creating cross-sections to understand the heating elements in various cooking apparatus!
Moto, an edible menu printed on edible, inkjet paper with inks of fruit and vegetables Moto, Grapefruit dish, this is actually designed to be like a gin and tonic-that's what that liquid ball which bursts in your mouth is, the gin and tonic part. This is balanced by the frozen pieces of grapefruit below and the creme fraiche and toasted coconut flake. I like the touch of how the gelatinous gin and tonic has a picture of a grapefruit somehow Checking out the Modernist Cuisine Exhibit at Pacific Science Center

This month, reading this book made me feel like again I was back in school. Unlike the other month where I was with an American history professor following Thomas Jefferson’s time in France  this time it was mini lectures by a Chemistry Professor. The chapters are short, so the equivalent of maybe a 20 minute lecture, and generally follow a Socratic method where we are first presented with some interesting questions. This may be followed up by some initial answers that are out there from others research or at least assertions. Then professor This starts to talk through his own experiment to find an answer, from setting it up, what happens, and his conclusion about what this means.

He provides enough science in his experiment that you can follow and believe you could even recreate some of these experiments yourself if you wanted, though some which talk about heating various temperatures on the human tongue to see how temperatures affect sense of taste, I will leave to the experts. Others are more simple, such as making a broth by putting meat in when the broth is boiling vs when the broth is unheated to see if it makes a difference. For the normal reader, thankfully, he leaves out the real hard science so you only need to think back to the level of science labs in middle and high school to understand the experiment – no chemical equations on the chalkboard!

Despite a lot of discussion in his chapters via question and experiment, the yield is some useful tips a well from the book, such as

  • To make sure your egg yolk in your boiled egg is always in the middle, roll it around in the pot or pan while it is cooked to keep the yolk from rising and so it stays centered
  • After cooking meat, consider letting the cooked meat cool in a broth as it will absorb those juices back in – say a juice made from truffles, he suggests!
  • Blowing on your coffee is more efficient than stirring hoping to equalize the temperature of your whole cup.
    Coffee with a heart
  • Teaspoons in the neck of a champagne bottle are not as good as cork stoppers which are not as good as hermetically sealing a bottle of champagne to preserve it – but “never mind… one should not putt off tomorrow what one can do today. One you’ve opened a bottle, finish it off!” he advises.
  • Also, champagne bubbles are more stable in glasses that have been cleaned without a dishwashing detergent. So hand clean your glassware /make sure it is rinsed thoroughly. Also, the foam in champagne also reacts with antifoaming agents usually in red lipstick, so those wearing lipstick have less foam in their glasses after the first sip.
  • Adding salt to a variety of dishes reduces bitterness even better than sugar and intensifies agreeable tastes, and is why some coffee lovers like to put a pinch of salt in the filter – to reduce the bitterness of caffeine. Hmm, neat idea!
  • To prevent chocolate from “whitening” because of crystallized fat, store your chocolates at 14 C / 57 F and then warm it up before eating it.
    Chocolate samples on the Theo Chocolate tour in Seattle, this was my favorite chocolate Bread & Chocolate
  • It is for reasons of habit not science that red wine glasses are different than white wines. The same well calibrated glass (ISO glass) is really best for both red and white wines.
  • A large population of children 2-3 years old were given a choice to serve themselves out of a set menu to see if there were natural inclinations for or against foods. It turns out children will not distinguish much between various meats, but for vegetables they WILL eat spinach if it is napped with a white sauce and avoid foods with a hard and fibrous texture as it takes them longer to chew or bitter. So now you know how to trick anyone to eat vegetables.

Interested in joining us? All you have to do to join our book club is sign up at the online book club Kitchen Reader, read the book (or part of it) and post your thoughts on your blog during the last week of the month. Next month for October, the reading is Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear.

Then, in November, our next book is Born Round: A Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite by Frank Bruni which is a food critic’s autobiography that is a love/hate relationship with food.

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A Bridal Shower in LA

I can’t believe in less than two weeks, my youngest sister Judy will be married! She is having two ceremonies, one in Los Angeles, CA that will be the civil ceremony and then one in Chicago which will be the Thai ceremony. As I’m writing this, I am just back a couple days (and still recovering) from her bachelorette party in Montreal. Before I go into Montreal though, I wanted to catch you up with what we did for her Bridal Shower in June.

I flew into LA and stayed in her apartment, and early that morning I accompanied her to watch her get her hair blown out at Drybar. Boy, I wish they had one of these in Portland! It was super cute with their hair dryer light fixtures. details like USB to charge phone, hook for purse, and the menu with accompanying photos of different hair styles that could be done. I believe J got the Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair.
The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair.

This was a very pampering, laid back experience and I would definitely recommend it whether you go alone or with a group of friends or make it a party! I tell you, if I had one near me I would be going at least once a month because I have NO skill in curling my hair but I love the look. No wonder that Drybar even offers memberships to get your monthly blowout fix!

The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair. The bride to be enjoys a mimosa and getting a blowout at adorables blowout salon Drybar in LA. She got the hairstyle option of Cosmo-Tai, a blend of the Cosmo of lots of loose curls and the Mai Tai that hints at messy beachy hair.

While waiting our ride pick-up, we browsed, oohing and ahhing, over the sweet confections next door at Magnolia Bakery. I resisted getting anything, but next month when I’m going to stay a few extra days after the LA ceremony, I totally plan on eating my way down this street in LA that also includes Son of a Gun and The Grove. I was only able to resist because I already knew her friend Angie was bringing her homemade delicious cupcakes.

Magnolia Bakery in LA on 3rd Street Magnolia Bakery Magnolia Bakery

For the bridal shower itself, we held it at Le Pain Quotidien in Larchmont Village. This was great for us because we did not have to pay a rental fee, and the manager there was so super flexible and accommodating. The ambiance was very light and airy and perfect for a shower! There was no time limit, no reservation fee or deposit, and we were allowed to bring in our own champagne (they will provide glasses and ice buckets) and desserts/cake.

We brought in some balloons and mason jars of flowers as decoration. One of the bridesmaids made sugar scrubs (as well as the floral arrangements you see) as a gift. Meanwhile I printed out little frames of icebreaker questions about memories of the bride, groom, and them as a couple but it turns out we didn’t even need them because everyone was so personable and friendly! For our games, we had a He Said She Said game and Guess the Bride’s Age game. We also had a Photo Hunt, but we ended up saving that to use at the Bachelorette Party instead!
The back table of Le Pain Quotidien The back table of Le Pain Quotidien Guess the Bride's Age game during the bridal shower Guess the Bride's Age game during the bridal shower Guess the Bride's Age game during the bridal shower He Said She Said Game is so cute for a Bridal Shower!

As guests came in, we took a photo of each guest with the bride that we would then put together later into a Bridal Shower Memory Book, along with a card that each guest wrote to the bride while at the party.
As guests came in, we took a photo of each guest with the bridge that we would then put together later into a Bridal Shower Memory Book, along with a card that each guest wrote to the bride while at the party. As guests came in, we took a photo of each guest with the bridge that we would then put together later into a Bridal Shower Memory Book, along with a card that each guest wrote to the bride while at the party.

The day before, I had glitterized the champagne bottles. I had pinned it as something cute on Pinterest and then saw that J liked it, so figured I guess I better do it for the bridal shower!
Glitterized champagne bottles

I loved the Tartines there, which are various kinds of breads topped with stuff. I wanted them all, but we narrowed it down to only almost all the tartine options, that’s all. Toppings varied from Curried Chicken Salad with diced tomatoes and scallions with harissa-cranberry chutney to Omega-3 of avocado, hemp seed, chickpeas, toasted seeds, baby greens and organic cold-pressed colza oil or Local Fromage Blanc with fresh herbs, scallions, radish and black pepper. We also rounded out those tartines with Organic Quinoa Taboulé with fresh mint, cucumber and tomato and Artisan Cheese Board and Mediterranean Crudité with hummus, babaganoush, tzatziki, and red pepper fromage with crudité.
Tartines from Le Pain Quotidien Le Pain Quotidien Organic Quinoa Taboulé with fresh mint, cucumber and tomato Le Pain Quotidien Artisan Cheese Board

Here are the wonderful cupcakes Angie made!
Cupcakes by Angie! Cupcakes by Angie! Cupcakes by Angie!

And you can never have too many desserts, so 3 of us brought even more sweets… Payal made the first two, and Lynn brought that plate from Susina Bakery I believe.

And you can never have too many desserts And you can never have too many desserts And you can never have too many desserts

My contribution was an assortment of macaroons from Caffe Concerto. They have a lot of flavors to choose from, varying from Mango to Milk to Salted Caramel, Espresso, Cassis, Matcha, Earl Grey and more!
Macaroons from Cafe Concerto Macaroons from Cafe Concerto

I would like to go to Caffe Concerto again… and eat everything. I really wanted to try the Milk macaroons but they were all gone by the time I came by!
Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto Caffe Concerto

What’s amazing about what you see before you is that the 3 main organizers, 2 were out of town (one in Chicago, I’m in Portland) and the one who was in LA was pregnant and just gave birth a few weeks before!! But I thought everything came together so well.

Have you thrown a bridal shower from afar before? What did you contribute, or what cute idea do you want to share from what you’ve seen from bridal showers you have attended before?

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Feast 2014 Recap of Tillamook Brunch Village

This is my final Feast 2014 recap. This year, Feast Portland  added a new Main event, which in retrospect to me seems so obvious: Tillamook Brunch Village! Portland does love brunch!
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village

Despite being four hours long, I definitely felt the 4 days of eating catching up to me, and I knew there was no way I was going to make it to visit all 12 chefs who were brunching it up for us during this event, even with its reasonable start of of basically lunch time (11 AM – 2 PM). I took a very leisurely approach. Also, because I was moving slower, though still taking mental notes for my recap of Tillamook Brunch Village that I knew I would be writing…

One thing I’ve learned from food festivals is that things that are popular are going to have a line, and if you think you can wait until there’s no line, you can take that risk… but you also risk that the chef will run out. I knew right away I needed to hit Aaron Franklin. But, there’s no reason to just go directly in line without some nourishment first! I went to the first chef I saw that had no line. and I added the additional filter that I wanted it to be someone who was not a Portland chef, which happened as it turned out, happened to be Butcher & Bee.

Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee, traveling in from Charleston, SC brought some southern hug for your tummy via Smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee brought smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee brought smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee brought smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee brought smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Greg Marks and Chelsey Conrad of Butcher & Bee brought smoked lamb neck, Geechie Boy grits, okra and harissa jus

I was tempted by some cold brewed Stumptown coffee but worried it might ruin my palate, I decided I was ready to wait in line for you Aaron.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Stumptown bringing the cold brewed coffee Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Stumptown bringing the cold brewed coffee

And, the wait was soooo worth it for the Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina’s Tex Mex tortillas!
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

And the brisket was hand sliced for you by Aaron himself. SQQQQUEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee…..
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

Yes, I’ve judged BBQ about 10 times or so for PNWBA and I can without a doubt say this was the best brisket I have ever had. I forced myself to tear my eyes away from Aaron and look at the brisket and tried not to take too blurry of a picture as I shook with excitement at looking at all the juicyness. Seriously,  I was wigging out.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

I was reluctant to ruin the brisket with the sauce and avocado because I wanted to just taste it on its own, but this was Aaron’s vision so I accepted it.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

I’m pretty sure I might have just disappeared on Spicy Bee and Ktams mid-conversation… I’m sorry! It was a lifetime food memory that needed to be captured immediately! Foodportunity called! I did go back looking for you… and then directly proceeded to the Bloody Mary Bar. I’m a terrible person.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

Ha ha you can’t tell as you are reading this when I’m done, but I totally had to take a break after writing about this brisket and continue writing on another day.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas! Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue miracle from Austin, TX of Brisket! Breakfast Taco! With charred salsa and Valentina's Tex Mex tortillas!

I knew I couldn’t eat another bite so soon after that heavenly experience, so I decided to go for a drink. I climbed up the steps to the Whole Foods tent where Derek Johnson of Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar

Then it was off to the Whole Foods Bloody Mary Garnish Bar that included 25 some hot sauces including Marshalls Haute Sauce‘s Serrano Ginger Lemongrass and Red Chili Lime, half a dozen pickled items including the pickled Beatnik Beets from Unbound Pickling that are pickled with pomegranate and chai spice, smoked chicken wings and mini drumsticks, smoked oysters, various charcuterie from Olympic Provisions (I eat it so much that I can identify OP charcuterie almost immediately), Firefly kimchee, several Tillamook cheeses, bacon, and more various veggies for your skewer or directly into your glass…
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar that included Marshall's Haute SauceFeast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar

The result:
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar

I returned to the big tent, where I was shocked at the generous bite / whole breakfast that Black Seed Bagels had brought all the way from New York and freshly made in the oven of Duane Sorenson at Roman Candle. The Black Seed Bagel is a famous mash up of both a New York bagel and a Montreal bagel. Having been to both those cities in the past 6 months, I appreciated that the Black Seed bagel is soft like a New York style bagel but had the sweet melt in your mouth insides like a Montreal bagel.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel

Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder from Pine State Biscuits pleased the crowds with their classic Chatham biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with apple butter. I photographed but did not partake myself since I’ve enjoyed Pine State Biscuits for years, and didn’t want to take one of those biscuit sandwiches away from others who have not previously enjoyed.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder, Pine State Biscuits (Portland, OR) pleased the crowds with their classic Chatham biscuit sandwich with Fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with apple butter

The same with another local favorite Lisa Schroeder of Mother’s Bistro & Bar who was the consummate professional and mother who never ran out and was superfast at doling out her delicious buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy to nourish the hungry masses. Also, was it me or did she look even younger than when I saw her just in June…
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Lisa Shroeder of Mother's Bistro was the consumate professional and mother who never ran out and was superfast at doling out her delicious buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Lisa Shroeder of Mother's Bistro was the consumate professional and mother who never ran out and was superfast at doling out her delicious buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy

The other big line besides that for Aaron Franklin was for Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA. Eggslut impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice. I feel no shame at all that after a few bites I took my tin AND my friend’s tin home so I could eat it later for dinner.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA who impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA who impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA who impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA who impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice

As the line for Eggslut wound around 1/3 of the tent, you couldn’t help but go by the Rosé Garden where 3 wineries offered tastes of their Rosé wine, including as pictured here Columbia Winery and not pictured Hawks View.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Columbia Winery at the Rosé Garden Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Columbia Winery at the Rosé Garden

After that delicious Eggslut dish, the beverage from Widmer Brothers Brewing and King Estate Wines who came together for the Hefemosa with Widmer Brothers Hefe, Orange Juice, and King Estate 2008 Blanc de Gris really hit the spot.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participants Widmer Brothers Brewing and King Estate Wines come together for the Hefemosa with Widmer Brothers Hefe, Orange Juice, and King Estate 2008 Blanc de Gris Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participants Widmer Brothers Brewing and King Estate Wines come together for the Hefemosa with Widmer Brothers Hefe, Orange Juice, and King Estate 2008 Blanc de Gris Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participants Widmer Brothers Brewing and King Estate Wines come together for the Hefemosa with Widmer Brothers Hefe, Orange Juice, and King Estate 2008 Blanc de Gris

And it worked well with the offering of Ethan Powell from The Parish who had a take on a fried ball of Shrimp and Grits and Quail Egg.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Ethan Powell from The Parish had a take on a fried ball of Shrimp and Grits and quail egg Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Ethan Powell from The Parish had a take on a fried ball of Shrimp and Grits and quail egg

Umm… I don’t know where this came from. I swear it was also from The Parish. Does anyone know?
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village berry snack

Then it was time to go sweet, starting with Teresa Sasse, Puddin’ River Chocolates & Wine Bar commuted in from Canby with her Salted Caramel Apple Bread Puddin’
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Teresa Sasse, Puddin' River Chocolates & Wine Bar (Canby, OR) and Salted Caramel Apple Bread Puddin Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Teresa Sasse, Puddin' River Chocolates & Wine Bar (Canby, OR) and Salted Caramel Apple Bread Puddin

A palate cleanser as Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante cocktail to help show off their spicy Crater Lake pepper vodka. And spicy things help kick up your metabolism right?!
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka

Josh Gregory, of Maggie’s on the Prom from Seaside, OR represented the Oregon Coast with Razor claim ceviche with huckleberries and hazelnuts and housemade kale chip
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Maggie's on the Prom from Seaside who represented the Oregon Coast with Razor claim ceviche with huckleberries and hazelnuts and housemade kale chip Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Maggie's on the Prom from Seaside who represented the Oregon Coast with Razor claim ceviche with huckleberries and hazelnuts and housemade kale chip

Mark Linebarger from Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles impressed with a Castle of Gorge nut bars filled with truffles and other sweet pastries in a beautiful presentation.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Mark Linebarger from Baldwin Saloon of The Dalles impressed with a Castle of Gorge nut bars filled with truffles Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Mark Linebarger from Baldwin Saloon of The Dalles impressed with a Castle of Gorge nut bars filled with truffles Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Mark Linebarger from Baldwin Saloon of The Dalles impressed with a Castle of Gorge nut bars filled with truffles

Tillamook, the awesome named sponsor of Brunch Village, gave everyone both the healthy and unhealthy options of yogurt with berries and granola or a sour cream and cheddar biscuit with a big smear of Tillamook compound butter (choice of fresh basil, garlic herb, or brown sugar masala). Guess what I went with.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village gave you both the healthy and unhealthy options of yogurt with berries and granola or a sour cream and cheddar biscuit with a big smear of Tillamook compound butter (choice of fresh basil, garlic herb, or brown sugar masala) Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village gave you both the healthy and unhealthy options of yogurt with berries and granola or a sour cream and cheddar biscuit with a big smear of Tillamook compound butter (choice of fresh basil, garlic herb, or brown sugar masala) Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village gave you both the healthy and unhealthy options of yogurt with berries and granola or a sour cream and cheddar biscuit with a big smear of Tillamook compound butter (choice of fresh basil, garlic herb, or brown sugar masala)

I washed down my butter and biscuit with Deschutes and a pour of beer Cultivateur, a collaboration between the Bend and Portland brewers of a saison aged in Pinot Casks with Brett.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Deschutes shared a pour of beer Cultivateur, a collaboration between the Bend and Portland brewers of a saisaon aged in Pinot Casks with Brett

I didn’t try this myself as I was waddling at this point, but Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes West brought Gingerbread Waffle with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans from Los Angeles.
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes West offered Gingerbread Waffle with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans

I never made it to visit Aaron Silverman and Mark Cockcroft of Tails & Trotters, and by the time I got to Adam Sappington of The Country Cat he had run out of his cinnamon buns topped with bacon pieces. Oh well. I also never had a single Bon Apetit cocktail! Time just flew by! At least Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte helped me finish with happy bubbles thanks to their Brut Rose
Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, (Chouilly, France) helped me finish with happy bubbles thanks to their Brut Rose Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, (Chouilly, France) helped me finish with happy bubbles thanks to their Brut Rose

One of the new sponsors this year, Dave’s Killer Bread, killed it by presenting every day new ideas on how to enjoy their bread. I had shared 2 chef recipes they had from Jenn Louis (with Hazel on a Mission with ricotta, fig, hazelnut and salt on Sprouted Wheat) and BJ Smith (with a Yellow Submarine with deviled egg salad, smoked tuna, and pickled mustard on 21 Whole Grains) at my Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting on Friday and Saturday Recap.

They were at it again at the Brunch Village where they presented both a sweet and savory recipe from their own in house chef! The Pesto-Change-o is simple basil pesto with heirloom tomatoes and an extra touch of capers to make this fancy enough to serve at your next wine party, while the Rad-berry Cocoa-nut is a dessert option with nutella, fresh berries, and coconut flake. For more recipes check out the recipes and interviews with the chefs at Dave’s Killer Bread Feast!

More coffee? Grab some Sorbenots Coffee and it’s time to go after a 4 hour brunch.
More coffee? Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Sorbenots Coffee

Like all of the Feast events, the net proceeds of the dinner went towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.

This is my fourth recap of my adventures at Feast: my first was for the Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting on Friday and Saturday and my second was for the Sandwich Invitational, and then I did one for the State of the Art dinner.

For more recaps of the Brunch Village, check out some of my fellow bloggers’ posts like Ladies in Navy and Salt. Water. Coffee. and Cooking with B.S. and Love Rachel and In the Pink and Green!

Disclaimer: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2014 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. 

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Feast Dinner Recap of State of the Art

This is my Feast Dinner recap of the only dinner (and my first Feast Portland dinner) I attended for Feast 2014. Like all of the Feast events, the net proceeds of the dinner went towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength.

This dinner, officially named State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, was part of the KitchenCru series. It was held al fresco under a white tent with twinkling lights in the parking lot of the KitchenCru Culinary Prep space on Northwest Broadway and Flanders. The description promised “Local boy 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.”
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There were essentially 5 courses, with each of the various chefs contributing at different points. All 5 chefs kicked us off with the appetizer portion, followed by Dominique Crenn with first course, Matthrew Accarrino and Homaru Canto with second course, Justin Woodward bringing up third and Matthew Tinder bringing it home with the sweet course. Meanwhile, each of these 5 courses was paired with both a Willamette Valley Vineyards wine and a Adelsheim Vineyards wine, so that’s 10 wine pours.

Here are the two winemakers from Adelsheim and Willamette Valley, and our Bon Apetit acting host. I’m sorry the photos are when you were talking so your mouths are open, but maybe if you guys wouldn’t move so much when talking… :P Pro tip: if you are speaking at an event, pause a few times because you know someone is taking a photo of you and don’t move and make your best looking face! Or maybe one day I will win a really nice camera instead of my smartphone or little point and shoot.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, winemaker from Adelsheim Vineyards Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, winemaker from Willamette Valley Vineyards

First

The pairing for this course included Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Gruner Veltliner and Adelsheim Vineyards 2013 Pinot Blanc. I loved how the crisp acidity, particularly of the Gruner Veltliner, helped brighten and refresh between each snack.

  • Ceviche, Justin Woodward
    I was happy to see all the food lovers around me did the same as I and drank the liquid afterward.
    Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Ceviche, Justin Woodward
  • Aged Cheddar Budino di Pane, Pear Mustard, Quail, Celery, Matthew Accarino
    This was my favorite of the appetizers, but I’m a cheese addict.
    Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Aged Cheddar Budino di Pane, Pear Mustard, Quail, Celery, Matthew Accarino
  • Beet Chip with Beef Tartare, Justin Woodward
    A classic offering of one of the snacks at Castagna
    Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Beet Chip with Beef Tartare, Justin Woodward Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Beet Chip with Beef Tartare, Justin Woodward
  • Buttermilk Custard with Truffle served in an Egg, Homaru Cantu
    How can you not be wowed how beautiful this was!
    Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Buttermilk Custard with Truffle served in an Egg, Homaru Cantu Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Buttermilk Custard with Truffle served in an Egg, Homaru Cantu Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Buttermilk Custard with Truffle served in an Egg, Homaru Cantu Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Buttermilk Custard with Truffle served in an Egg, Homaru Cantu
  • Sea Urchin and Licorice by Dominique Crenn
    Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Sea Urchin and Licorice by Dominique Crenn Feast 2014 Dinner, State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Sea Urchin and Licorice by Dominique Crenn

Second

The pairing for this course included Willamette Valley Vineyards Elton Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 and Adelsheim Vineyards Caitlin’s Reserve 2012 Chardonnay. I don’t usually think to pick up and drink a Chardonnay, and these two wines reminded me I am being stupid to not drink it more often. I often turn to red wines, but I am so missing out by doing so. Lesson learned- I am going to definitely be seeking out these two Chardonnays in the future.

“BBQ” Parsnip, by Dominique Crenn

This was probably the only dish I didn’t really enjoy, though all of us having to pick it up (because there is no way to cut it) and getting white powder on your fingers and face all together and having to gnaw at this because it was extremely tough and chewy is a definite ice breaker from the more haute presentations in the appetizer course. I appreciate the risk taking.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards 'BBQ' Parsnip  by Dominique Crenn Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards 'BBQ' Parsnip  by Dominique Crenn

Oyster, Coconut and Wheatgrass, by Dominique Crenn
Why is it blue? She only mysteriously said “why is the sky blue”. The left is from my phone and right from my camera, but let me tell you, it was bluuuee… This is one of the things I love about modernist cuisine. I love hole in the wall joints and street food and comfort food and bar food also, but the heightened art of making art with your food and making all the other senses part of the experience is something I really think is fun. Of course it’s not your everyday food, but I enjoy the challenge of exploring food in a new way like this once in a while. Also, humor in food is fun- and this dish is definitely representing that creative whimsy!
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards Oyster Coconut and Wheatgrass by Dominique Crenn Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards Oyster Coconut and Wheatgrass by Dominique Crenn

Third

The pairings were Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate 2012 Pinot Noir and the Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve 2011 Pinot Noir.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chef Matthew Accarrino

Pork Shank Terrine, Ear, Persimmon and Wild Rice, by Matthew Accarrino

I’m so glad that all of us food lovers were not embarassed at this pricey dinner to all be picking up and gnawing at that bone all together at our table. There was some real bonding in that moment.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pork Shank Terrine, Ear, Persimmon and Wild Rice by Matthew Accarrino Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pork Shank Terrine, Ear, Persimmon and Wild Rice by Matthew Accarrino

Corn Pudding, Beef Tongue and Cheek, Burgandy Truffle, by Matthew Accarrino
Sooooo loved this dish. I loved the color it presented, as opposed to what would soon be a parade of earth toned plates.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Corn Pudding, Beef Tongue and Cheek, Burgandy Truffle, by Matthew Accarrino Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Corn Pudding, Beef Tongue and Cheek, Burgandy Truffle, by Matthew Accarrino


I have visited both Moto and Otom in Chicago before, so I had witnessed before some of the exquisite plating from Homaro Cantu’s kitchen. As you recall, he had brought us that custard and truffle in an egg, and here he continues his earthy nature look with these two courses. Although you can see Homaro Cantu was in the house, he sent charming Richie Farina to talk to us. Richie is the Executive Chef at Moto and briefly appeared on a few episodes of Top Chef

Fallen Log, by Homaro Cantu

Even though I know it’s not really a log, doesn’t it perfectly look like what you would expect to see while hiking? I can totally see a character from Beatrix Potter scurrying by.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Fallen Log by Homaro Cantu Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Fallen Log by Homaro Cantu

Sus Scrofa, by Homaro Cantu

From what I remember, this has wild boar, dried mole, puffed rice and blueberry skin. It was really fun texturally to eat!
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Sus Scrofa with wild boar, dried mole, puffed rice and blueberry skin, by Homaro Cantu Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Sus Scrofa with wild boar, dried mole, puffed rice and blueberry skin, by Homaro Cantu

Fourth

The pairings here were Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block 2012 Pinot Noir and Adelsheim Vintage 32 2009 Pinot Noir.

Rye Bread and butter, by Matthew Tinder
I was caught by someone’s Instagram inside as this was being prepared on a little WC run…

How is this the only photo of me that evening, I always forget to take photos of myself.

But, I did not forget the bread and butter! I told myself I wasn’t going to waste precious stomach room with much bread and usually all I need are some generous smears of butter, but damn if I didn’t eat that whole slice and would have had a second.
"Feast Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards Rye Bread and butter, by Matthew Tinder

Duck Boudin Blanc with Matsutakes, by Justin Woodward
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chef Justin Woodward Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chef Justin Woodward

Doesn’t the plating of this dish remind you a little of those dancing mushrooms in Fantasia by Disney?
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Duck Boudin Blanc with Matsutakes, by Justin Woodward Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Duck Boudin Blanc with Matsutakes, by Justin Woodward

Fifth

The sweet wines here included Willamette Valley Vineyards Sweet Hannah 20, which pretty much everyone at my table really enjoyed, and the Adelsheim Deglace 2012 which was much sweeter and might have paired better with perhaps a different dessert.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards chef Matthew Tinder

Haogen Melon, Padron Pepper, Vanilla Bean, by Matthew Tinder

This was my favorite of the two desserts, just gorgeous.
Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Haogen Melon, Padron Pepper, Vanilla Bean, by Matthew Tinder Feast 2014 Dinner,  State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyards and Willamette Valley Vineyards, Haogen Melon, Padron Pepper, Vanilla Bean, by Matthew Tinder

Huckleberry Panettone, by Matthew Tinder

In retrospect I should have had this dish with some coffee. But I knew I was heading to an after party next so…

So that was dinner!

Overall, what were my impressions of the dinner? I still think the best value for your money and experience are the Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting (which yields 5 hours of buffet snacking) or the laid back fun of the Sandwich Invitational. I admit I have not yet attended the Night Market, which is always one of the first to sell out (I was torn but this dinner was the same evening as the Night Market, and I ultimately picked the dinner experience). So I can’t speak to that, though it always seems people have a really good time at that event. And as you’ll soon see, I adored the Brunch Village, which hopefully Feast will bring back as one of the Main Events next year.

Between High Comfort or one of the Dinner Series, I would recommend the Dinner Series. Most of the dinners and the High Comfort event are priced similarly. However, unlike at High Comfort where you are dressed up and standing in line for sampling of high class food, at the dinner you can enjoy a seated dinner that is served to you.

As you can see from the number of plates I had, I probably had just as many samples of different foods as someone attending High Comfort with their 19 chefs since I had 15 tastes at my dinner. The big trade-off is the variety of chefs you can get to experience, but 5 is already I think a diverse number of perspectives. The other thing you know you will get with a dinner is a more crafted experience in terms of the progression of your meal, versus various random samples you might get at a sampling event.

It was a long dinner though- from 7pm-11pm! Of my recap, what dish peaked your interest? What do you think of modernist cuisine?

For another perspective, Michael Russell of the Oregonian highlighted his pick of the Eight Beguiling dishes here.

This is my third recap of my adventures at Feast: my first was for the Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting on Friday and Saturday and my second was for the Sandwich Invitational. My next recap will be for the Tillamook Brunch Village!

Disclaimer: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2014 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. For this event, I purchased my own ticket to the event!

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Feast Sandwich Invitational 2014 Recap

Here is my Feast Sandwich Invitational 2014 Recap. Just like when I attended (and recapped)  last year, it was the first big event for Feast Portland. This year it was held on Thursday September 18th from 6-9:00 PM at Directors Park.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014

Overall, the Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread offered 14 sandwiches competing for a People’s Choice award and also a Judge’s Choice award, as well as free-flowing Widmer beer, wines from Columbia Crest, Columbia Winery, Erath, Hawks View Cellars, Northstar and Union Wine Co as well as vodka cocktails from Reyka Vodka and some bonus grilled cheese sandwiches courtesy of Tillamook Cheese.

Like all of the Feast events, the net proceeds of the Sandwich Invitational go towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength. In it’s first two years, Feast has been able to raise $99,000 so far so the price of admission is not only all inclusive of all this food and drink, it’s also for a worthy and important cause.

But let’s get to the food porn photos right? The 14 sandwiches!

  • Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (Atlanta, GA). Nothing but love for his sweet goofyness and for bringing Pimento Cheese sandwiches, though I would have wanted much bigger smears of pimento cheese and more pimento or hot sauce. Yes,  maybe I thought photographing Hugh was of critical importance versus the sandwich.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (Atlanta, GA). Nothing but love for his sweet goofyness and for bringing pimento cheese. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (Atlanta, GA). Nothing but love for his sweet goofyness and for bringing pimento cheese.
  • Dustin Clark of upcoming restaurant The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR) and known for having been the chef behind what was Wildwood created one of my favorite sandwiches of the night, a Pressed Water Buffalo Short Rib and Sichuan Pickled Cucumber Sandwich.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Dustin Clark of upcoming restaurant The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR) and known for having been the chef behind what was Wildwood created one of my favorite sandwiches of the night, a Pressed Water Buffalo Short Rib and Sichuan Pickled Cucumber Sandwich. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Dustin Clark of upcoming restaurant The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR) and known for having been the chef behind what was Wildwood created one of my favorite sandwiches of the night, a Pressed Water Buffalo Short Rib and Sichuan Pickled Cucumber Sandwich. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Dustin Clark of upcoming restaurant The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR) and known for having been the chef behind what was Wildwood created one of my favorite sandwiches of the night, a Pressed Water Buffalo Short Rib and Sichuan Pickled Cucumber Sandwich.
  • Chris Cosentino of the upcoming restaurant Cockscomb (San Francisco, CA) and I could not pry any information/detail of what it will have decided to have a little fun by calling his sandwich the “Cicciolina” in honor of the Italian porn star/former politician famous for exposing her breasts in parliament and founder of Democracy, Nature and Love Party (DNA) which besides promoting same sex marriage and minimum wage for youths, also wanted to make it legal to open brothels. I guess I have to thank Chris for making me google and learn about her, even though I wonder if he was partially motivated by being able to have a sandwich sign that had nipples. Ahem. Anyway, I believe the Cicciolina was composed of porchetta, pork liver spread, pâté de champagne, mortadella, pickled carrot, basil, radish, red Fresno and fish sauce. It so happens that another of his sandwiches is currently at Lardo as one of the Chefwich series sandwiches. You can get this month at Lardo right now the chefwich called The Yardbird with chicken liver, crispy chicken skin, butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, pickled red onion,toasted birdseed pullman, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Michael J Fox Foundation
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Chris Cosentino, of upcoming Cockscomb in San Francisco CA decided to have a little fun by calling his sandwich the Cicciolina in honor of the Italian porn star/former politician Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Chris Cosentino, of upcoming Cockscomb in San Francisco CA decided to have a little fun by calling his sandwich the Cicciolina in honor of the Italian porn star/former politician
  • Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the night with his BBQ Goat Frybread. If you are drooling like I am just looking at the pics, I believe on their happy hour menu at the Bent Brick they offer a BBQ Lamb Frybread version, which is even better only in that you will get to enjoy 1 or more of bar manager Michelle’s cocktails along with it then!
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread
  • Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (Portland, OR) presented a smokey pork burger with dirty mustard, peach, American cheese, and arugula that ended up being one of the two longest lines for sandwiches of the festival. It does make for a beautiful little slider, though since I’ve had the Lardo burger along with their Dirty Fries on more than one occasion, this slider though filling just is not as awesome as what you can get normally at Lardo. So if you feel like you missed out, get yourself to one of the two locations of Lardo right now and get their burger, because I think it’s even better than this was!
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (Portland, OR) presented a smokey pork burger with dirty mustard, peach, American cheese, and arugula that ended up being one of the two longest lines for sandwiches of the festival Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (Portland, OR) presented a smokey pork burger with dirty mustard, peach, American cheese, and arugula that ended up being one of the two longest lines for sandwiches of the festival Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (Portland, OR) presented a smokey pork burger with dirty mustard, peach, American cheese, and arugula that ended up being one of the two longest lines for sandwiches of the festival
  • Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with duck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band. I am only sorry I was too short to take a good photo when in the gathered audience of the hot dog band. Thankfully you can get this tasty sandwich at Bunk Sandwiches now on their menu at their Water Avenue location.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with uck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with uck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with uck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band.
  • Derek Hanson of Broder Nord (Portland, OR) was not afraid of the chicken skin with his offering of Gravlax, Skyr, Pickled Cucumber, Crispy Chicken Skin on Rye Bread. I was happy to see the Skyr, which is a that yogurty spread you see on the bread with the gravlax as they are such an iconic Norwegian/Swedish/Icelandic ingredients. My rye was pretty dry, unfortunately, which could have been forgiven with more chicken skin or gravlax.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Derek Hanson of Broder Nord (Portland, OR) was not afraid of the chicken skin with his offering of Gravlax, Skyr, Pickled Cucumber, Crispy Chicken Skin on Rye Bread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Derek Hanson of Broder Nord (Portland, OR) was not afraid of the chicken skin with his offering of Gravlax, Skyr, Pickled Cucumber, Crispy Chicken Skin on Rye Bread
  • Eric Joppie of  Bar Avignon (Portland, OR) really pushed what is a sandwich with his 2 croutons with his offering of a deconstructed Cubano. Still, the pork that I saw being cut right from the whole pig I saw behind the booth was moist, tender, full of flavor so it was enjoyable.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon really pushed what is a sandwich with his 2 croutons with his offering of a deconstructed Cubano. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon really pushed what is a sandwich with his 2 croutons with his offering of a deconstructed Cubano. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon really pushed what is a sandwich with his 2 croutons with his offering of a deconstructed Cubano.
  • Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) got me excited when I saw his selected hashtag of #Boom and the ingredients of his Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor. Also he had claws with marker scrawl of “Bear Down” and proclaiming this the official sandwich of the Chicago Blackhawks, bring out all my Chicago sports team pride. The result was also a sandwich that was very well balanced and tasted lighter than so many of the fattier meat sandwiches that were being offered. So it’s ok I ate two right? This was one of my favorite sandwiches of the night.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor.
  • Stephanie Pearl Kimmel of  Marché (Eugene, OR) presented a sandwich that I had towards the end of the night, a Moroccan lamb pocket bread of harissa aioli, cilantro pesto and side of root vegetable slaw and apparently forgot to photograph. Oops! I do remember eating it, and really enjoying the slaw! The Oregonian did get a photo of it in their article.
  • Tyler Malek of  Salt & Straw (Portland, OR) was the People’s Choice winner with the only sweet and dessert offering of the evening, a PB&J ice cream sandwich an open face stack with grilled bread, marionberry jam and peanut butter ice cream and whipped cream topped with peanut butter Captain Crunch. Everyone had this sandwich I think- it had the longest line of the night!
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tyler Malek of  Salt & Straw (Portland, OR) was the People's Choice winner with the only sweet and dessert offering of the evening, a PB&J ice cream sandwich Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tyler Malek of  Salt & Straw (Portland, OR) was the People's Choice winner with the only sweet and dessert offering of the evening, a PB&J ice cream sandwich Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Tyler Malek of  Salt & Straw (Portland, OR) was the People's Choice winner with the only sweet and dessert offering of the evening, a PB&J ice cream sandwich
  • Matt McCallister of FT33 (Dallas, TX) also brought pimento cheese, but upped it by making it a Bologna and Pimento Cheese Sandwich.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Matt McCallister of FT33 (Dallas, TX) also brought pimento cheese, but upped it by making it a Bologna and Pimento Cheese Sandwich. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Matt McCallister of FT33 (Dallas, TX) also brought pimento cheese, but upped it by making it a Bologna and Pimento Cheese Sandwich.
  • Bonnie Morales of Kachka (Portland, OR) earned the Judge’s Choice award with her Smoked Sprats, Egg, Smetana on Butter Fried Toasts. If you want to give it a try, she has a similar option under appetizers at her Kachka restaurant under cold zakuski, Baltic Sprat Buterbrodi.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Bonnie Morales of Kachka (Portland, OR) earned the Judge's Choice award with her Smoked Sprats, Egg, Smetana on Butter Fried Toasts Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Bonnie Morales of Kachka (Portland, OR) earned the Judge's Choice award with her Smoked Sprats, Egg, Smetana on Butter Fried Toasts Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Bonnie Morales of Kachka (Portland, OR) earned the Judge's Choice award with her Smoked Sprats, Egg, Smetana on Butter Fried Toasts
  • Cathy Whims of Nostrana (Portland, OR) was still giving out a relaxed vibe from her return from Hawaii as she presented her sandwich of Peach Whim Smoked Lamb Ham, Cresenze Cheese, Watercress, Tomato, and Spicy Onion Relish which was paired with the Widmer Portlandic Porter, my favorite sandwich and Widmer beer pairing of the night.
    Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Cathy Whims of Nostrana (Portland, OR) was still giving out a relaxed vibe from her return from Hawaii as she presented her sandwich of  Peach Whim Smoked Lamb Ham, Cresenze Cheese, WAtercress, Tomato, and Spicy Onion Relish which was paired with the Widmer Portlandic Porter, my favorite sandwich and Widmer beer pairing of the night Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Cathy Whims of Nostrana (Portland, OR) was still giving out a relaxed vibe from her return from Hawaii as she presented her sandwich of  Peach Whim Smoked Lamb Ham, Cresenze Cheese, WAtercress, Tomato, and Spicy Onion Relish which was paired with the Widmer Portlandic Porter, my favorite sandwich and Widmer beer pairing of the night Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014.  Cathy Whims of Nostrana (Portland, OR) was still giving out a relaxed vibe from her return from Hawaii as she presented her sandwich of  Peach Whim Smoked Lamb Ham, Cresenze Cheese, WAtercress, Tomato, and Spicy Onion Relish which was paired with the Widmer Portlandic Porter, my favorite sandwich and Widmer beer pairing of the night

For more gorgeous photos from this year’s Feast Sandwich Invitational 2014, check out fellow bloggers armed with real cameras instead of my smartphone and also with an incredible photographic eye, Michelle of Hummingbird High and her photo essay or Irvin of Eat The Love, back for his second round of Feast with his Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014, Day 1.

There are also some photos available at the Oregonian’s The Three Best Bites from the Sandwich Invitational article .

This is my second recap: my first was for the Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting on Friday and Saturday. My next recap will be for a Feast dinner!

Disclaimer: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2014 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated.

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