Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner

Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants dinner returns every year at Feast Portland featuring some of the nation’s hottest chefs, as chosen by Deputy Editor Andrew Knowlton and published in the America’s Best New Restaurants 2017 issue in September.

Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner

Hosted by Knowlton and Bon Appétit’s Editor in Chief, Adam Rapoport, and also with Food Director Carla Lalli Music in attendance, the Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner took place in the outdoor space just outside Kitchencru, as it does every year. This is usually the first Feast PDX event to sell out (often in just minutes), even though we still won’t know for several months what and who placed at #1. As we discovered in September, that #1 spot went to The Turkey and The Wolf. And that’s who we started out with for the Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner. Here’s my photo recap!

Feast Portland 2017 Bon Appétit Hot Ten Dinner
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Expatriate Brunch

Brunch at Expatriate, despite being highlighted a few times in the food media here, still seems to be a hidden secret. But this is fine with me, as it means the vibe is laid back and uncrowded and unhurried. It’s available only on the weekend on both Saturday, Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM. It’s easy to find parking a few blocks away, even on a Sunday – and no line! Here’s a look at some highlights of their brunch menu.
Expatriate Brunch Expatriate Brunch, Rice Waffle with Black Sesame Ice Cream, Smothered and Covered Expatriate Hash Browns and Expatriate Congee

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My Highlights of Feast 2017

Last week, from Thursday September 14 to Sunday the 17th, was the incredible food festival in Portland that benefits this year’s charitable partner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Over it’s 6 year run since 2012, Feast has raised over $300,000 to help end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country, not counting the 2017 contribution which is still being tallied. Besides benefiting such an important cause, Feast offers more then food and drink – it brings together food and drink makers and those who enjoy food and drink into a celebratory community.

People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child

My Highlights of Feast 2017 - Scenes from Grand Tasting My Highlights of Feast 2017 - Scene from Drink Tank

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Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars. Tepuy Dining is named for a famous flat topped mountain in the Amazonian Jungle, and is a Venezuelan inspired Traveling Pop Up led by female chef Adriana Urbina (Food Network 2017 Chopped Champion). Tepuy was featured as one of “the best Venezuelan places to eat in NYC” in 2015 by Eater New York times. I was really intrigued about the idea of pairing Venezuelan flavors with Northwest ingredients and Hazelfern Cellars wine.
Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

If you haven’t heard of Hazelfern Cellars before, they are a relatively new entry into the Oregon wine scene. Based in Newberg, Oregon, this family owned vineyard officially started making its small lot wines in 2014, growing from the original 5 gallons of Pinot Noir and a Portland basement has grown to over 500 cases of wine. One of the things that really stands out about Hazelfern is that head of the family and winemaker Bryan Laing is a huge food lover as well, and is really in tune with balancing flavors and textures in wine just like balancing flavors and textures in food.

Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

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Ecliptic Brewery’s Food

Ecliptic Brewery‘s is one of my top recommendations for where to have great beer and food in Portland along with my other top picks like La Moule, Higgins (which I’ve highlighted before in a blog post), Saraveza (which I’ve written about before), and Ex Novo. When founding Ecliptic, experienced brewer John Harris specifically wanted to make sure that the food he served wasn’t just around because it’s the law to have food available – he wanted to make sure it matched well with the beer to provide good complimentary and contrasting flavors. The menu of beer and food proves that with its variety of beer available and food available. Everything I’ve had at Ecliptic has always been good, which makes me confident in recommending Ecliptic Brewery’s Food and Beer as among my top 5 in Portland. In particular, they have the best selection of food options if you are vegetarian.
Ecliptic Brewery's vegetarian/vegan option to their burgers - this Farro Burger with a wheat-garlic patty, tahini, arugula, spicy pickled carrots
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