Feast 2015 Brunch Village Recap

This weekend is Mother’s Day, which for many people means enjoying brunch. For me, it makes me think of the annual best brunch event ever in Portland, the brunch at Feast Brunch Village. In a mere 2 weeks the schedule for Feast Portland 2016 will go live on May 19 9 AM PST, and I hope Brunch Village makes its 2016 return as a marquee event. If you’re not sure whether Brunch Village is for you, here’s a Feast 2015 Brunch Village Recap so you know how the deliciousness went down last year.

As always, for one price all your food and drink are covered essentially for all you can eat during the time of the event. Last year, this included

Chef Offerings

Whenever I see Rick Gencarelli of Lardo and Grassa at an event I make a beeline because he always has a crowd pleaser dish. This time was no different, delivering with Brisket Benedict with Sunny Quail Eggs and Smoked Hollandaise on a House English Muffin. I mean how adorable is that with the little egg, and how Rick makes sure to lovingly plate each one for you.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin

Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and showed how chefs have no feeling in their fingers anymore and can cook with their bare hands, ha ha.
Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Fingers that feel no pain are demonstrated also by the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder as they turned fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam
Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Fingers that feel no pain are demonstrated at Brunch Village Feast 2015 by the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café as they turned fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam

Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao which delivered on a lot of flavor.
Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao

Also representing Portland chefs at Brunch Village was Jason French of Ned Ludd who created Pork Tenderloin Ham on a Cheesy Corn Cake with Fermented Green Tomato and Cured Egg Yolk.
At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk

Longest line of the Brunch Village 2015 was for Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York who impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin how many hundreds of eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish Eggs served with bread to dip. I mean look how many eggs are in that circulator! This was my favorite dish for 2015 Brunch Village.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs

I also loved the freshly fried chicken by Simpatica who was rocking it like a well oiled (stainleess steel) machine making their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup. As you can sorta see I went back maybe a couple times… they ran out of waffles but not fried chicken and I can’t complain about a little tray of multiple morsels of fried chicken.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup

Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goat cheese, chile, mint
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goats cheese, chile, mint At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goats cheese, chile, mint

Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales
During Brunch Village at Feast 2015, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales During Brunch Village at Feast 2015, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales

Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines,  Steak and Egg Madeleines, and also Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake Madeleines.
For Brunch Village Feast 2015, Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines For Brunch Village Feast 2015, Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Steak and Egg Madeleines as well as Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines and Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake Madeleines

Nate Snell of Pip’s Original Doughnuts brought his mobile cart to hand out Raw Honey & Sea Salt and Blackberry Lavender mini doughnuts along with Handcrafted Chai. Meanwhile, Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery from Vancouver BC, Canada offered Petit Chocolate Almond Croissants.
At Feast 2015 Brunch Village Nate Snell of Pip's Original Doughnuts brought his adorable little mobile cart to hand out Raw Honey & Sea Salt and Blackberry Lavender mini doughnuts along with Handcrafted Chai Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery from Vancouver BC, Canada offered Petit Chocolate Almond Croissant

More Bites and Sips by Participating Sponsors

USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water
At Feast Brunch Village 2015, USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water At Feast Brunch Village 2015, USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water

Titled sponsor of Brunch Village Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State’s Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar
Sponsor at Brunch Village Feast 2015 Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State's Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar Sponsor at Brunch Village Feast 2015 Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State's Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar

Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie
Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie

Travel Oregon had a booth area where during Feast they had visiting restaurants from Oregon show off dishes from all over the state. This included Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant from Albany, OR who offered Hungarian Meatballs and Red Cabbage for another ethnic take on brunchy food while Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant from Albany, OR offered Hungarian Meatballs and Red Cabbage for another ethnic take on brunchy food at Brunch Village, Feast 2015 Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing at Brunch Village, Feast 2015 Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing at Brunch Village, Feast 2015

I was also super pumped to see a Nuvrei booth at Brunch Village I adore their croissants and macaroons. Particularly I go for the savory Sesame Thyme or Ham and Cheese croissants instead of the chocolate ones – I always have passed them up for the macaroons but this was my chance to get them! They generously gave each guest a choice a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant. I picked the Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant.
Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant

What is your favorite brunch place in Portland? What of these brunch bites sounds good to you? Are you doing a Mother’s Day brunch?

Are you thinking of going to Feast Portland this year? Will you be with me at 9 AM on May 19 carefully reading the schedule and prioritizing which events you want to go to, and buying tickets on May 20?

 

Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2015 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. I also purchased my own Feast event ticket to the Aaron Franklin Stumptown Coffee Cookout.  I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own

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1 Month until Feast 2015

It’s the countdown – 1 month until Feast 2015. Four weeks from now, on Thursday September 17th – Sunday September 20th is the incredible food festival called Feast Portland 2015. This is the biggest food festival in Portland, featuring SIX main events, THIRTEEN extravagant dinners with chefs from outside Portland and inside Portland collaborating to create epic multi-course dinners, SEVEN hands on classes and SIX panels with sampling of liquid libations via the Drink Tank series.

The tickets to Feast went on sale back in May, and many events are already sold out. However, don’t despair – besides volunteering for an event, there are still some excellent events still open as of this post publishing date.

Keep in mind that for the price, you are also helping a worthy cause. Besides showcasing delicious eats and drinks, and celebrating many local chefs and producers of Oregon, Feast also has a mission to fight hunger.  The Feast festival net proceeds go towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Now to my highlight of fabulous Feast events you can still buy tickets to!

Sandwich Invitational

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. 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. Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor.

The Sandwich Invitational offers you the chance for 3 hours to indulge for $95 at Director’s Park. The offerings include 15 or so mini sandwiches while enjoying Widmer’s beer, Hendrick’s gin, or wine from 5 wineries in Washington and Oregon.

Chefs creating sandwiches to win the title of Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice include famous names like Alvin Cailan of Eggslut, Aaron Franklin of Franklin’s BBQ, Duff Hoffman from Charm City Cakes (and also Ace of Cakes), Gregory Gourdet of Departure (and who you may have rooted for recently in Top Chef), Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place/Imperial/winner of Iron Chef Battle Radish, and more!

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. 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. Tommy Habetz 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.

Almost half the chefs are from out of town, so the Sandwich Invitational is saving you travel money by providing a chance to sample one of their culinary creations right all in one place. And you are guaranteed to see each of these chefs as they will all be on hand in their sandwich making station.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Tommy Habetz 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. 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. 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

I’ve attended the Sandwich Invitational in previous years – to see an example of all the goodness I got to eat (I was staggering out each time, barely able to get in all the sandwiches but I did it all for you!) check out my recaps of Sandwich Invitational 2014 and Sandwich Invitational 2013.

Brunch Village

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 Stumptown bringing the cold brewed coffee 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

This new event from 2014 was my favorite event last year. Brunch Village occurs on Sunday for 3 hours at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the all you can eat and drink admission price of $75. I probably got $25 worth of bloody mary alone at the Build Your Own Bloody Mary booth last year, no joke.

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

And I washed down a beermosa and at least 2-3 other brunch cocktails featuring wine or liquor. This year there are 7 wineries and 6 distilleries attending this year, as well as Widmer hopefully bringing back their beermosa again…

Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Columbia Winery at the Rosé Garden 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 participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka

But don’t overlook the 13 or so delicious brunch bites available either! The location of Pioneer Courthouse Square offers lots of seating with the steps in order to enjoy your progressive brunching.

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 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

For details on what the experience might be like, check out my Brunch Village 2014 recap to see all I ate and drank last year.

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

The Friday version and Saturday version of the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting events are huge bang for your buck in terms of food and drinks at $60 for five hours of noshing. Most importantly, this is your chance to get introduced so many incredible producers of food and drink here in the Pacific Northwest.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting  Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Many of these food and drink stuffs you may have seen or heard and wondered about – well now you can sample their product as part of your Oregon Bounty admission! And, you’ll be introduced to even more wonderful artisan products so you’ll be in the know of the latest and greatest in the local food world.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Not to mention the wine. Instead of having to drive from tasting room to tasting room, the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting assembles the greatest wine tasting room ever with 30+ wineries all pouring samples of their wine offerings which are all included in your admission price. If you or your partner (like F for me) prefer beer instead, there will be 15 breweries with their beverages as well.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

While you are taking a seat on the Portland Living Room steps to enjoy yourself, you can watch chef demos on the stage.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Think about it – $60 for 5 hours, if you can last, means sampling at $12 an hour. That’s why I love recommending the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting for anyone attending Feast for the first time – the value, and the longer time means you can take your time visiting all the booths.

For a look back at examples of how I enjoyed the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting in the past, check out my recap of 2014, and my recap of 2013 to get an idea of what your experience could include.

Hands on Classes

Available Hands on Classes that are still available include (prices vary based on the class)

Photo courtesy of Feast Portland

Drink Tank

Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
All the Drink Tank events occur at the Portland Art Museum Evans H Roberts Sculpture Hall and include the panel as well as accompanying snacks and drinks as appropriate.
Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
Drink Tank Panels that are still available include (prices vary based on the panel)

Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
Are you going to Feast 2015? If you could choose an event to attend, what would your top pick and why?

Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2015 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

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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!

Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2014 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

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Countdown to Feast 2014

Can you believe it’s almost mid-August? Where did the entire summer go? Is it really the time of back to school sales already – and did those commercials for school supplies seem to run way early this year?

I haven’t been in school for a long time, and with no kids, September has not meant a reason to go shopping for school supplies. Instead it was just a time to start putting the summer strappy dresses away and taking out the cardigans for layering outfits. In a way, I missed that excitement of what a milestone September used to be, when it was time to go back and see all my school friends and be back with my social tribe.

Actually though, last September and this September I’ve been feeling that same enthusiasm and anticipation as the first day of school used to bring… and that’s because of Feast Portland.

Looking back on some of my stuff for the scrapbook of Feast Portland 2013

Feast 2014 is a huge food and drink festival that will run this year from Thursday September 18 – Sunday September 21st, 2014. That’s only 5 weeks away!

Most of the over 30 food and drink events are located in various locations in downtown Portland, and draws food lovers from all over as the premier Portland food and drink festival of the year.

In fact Fodor lists it as one of the top 15 North America food festivals alongside The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, NYC Wine & Food Festival, and Aspen’s Food and Wine Classic. Pretty good since this is only Feast’s third birthday.

The festival draws food lovers and big food names from all over, varying from the fellow West Coasters of California and Washington to the cosmopolitan cities of Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, New York, Boston… and you can expect that many established and rising stars of Portland will also be there.

What this means to me is that like a special 4 day summer camp for adults, food lovers will be gathering at Feast to learn and share knowledge and most important, do a lot of eating and drinking of deliciousness.

When I attended Feast last year (both with a Feast Media pass and because I bought tickets to a couple events on my own dime), I came home every day with a big bag full of cards and pamphlets of new products I had just been introduced to, lots of scribbled notes of tips and ideas for future scrumptiousness, and a tummy full of so many distinctive bites and sips. For instance, what you see below was from just 2 hours in of Feast on Day 1…
Some swag from Feast Portland 2013

If you’ve been to Feast before I’m probably preaching to the choir, so let me help give an overview to those who haven’t attended Feast before, and why you should strive to attend at least one event.

First, you should know that the tickets for each of these events is always all inclusive. That means all food and drink are included in your price. Also, all the events for ages 21 and over only.

Second, you should also keep in mind that the net proceeds of Feast 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 $46,000 in 2012 and more than $52,000 in 2013 so far. So your money is not only getting you admission to all this food and drink, it’s also for a worthy and important cause.

Third, if you can’t afford a ticket, you might also consider applying to volunteer for Feast. Remember it’s all for a valuable cause, and also promoting so much culinary delight!

The Type of Events at Feast

There are 4 main types of events at Feast.

1. Hands On Classes

These are workshops where in small groups like in a hands on cooking class, you will be tutored on a specific subject, and all the classes are spread throughout the days of Saturday and Sunday of Feast food camp. They all take place at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

What makes these stand out from normal cooking classes is that you will be learning from a nationally, even internationally, recognized expert in that subject!

Six of the eight the classes have already sold out, so I won’t tease you with those. The classes that are still open as of this post in case this is something you want to be schooled by one of the best include

Feast Portland Classes 2013 c/o Shawn Linehan, Tea Blending class
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Soda Jerk: Artisanal Soda Making with Ross Hunsinger. Learn how to craft amazing soda with fruit syrups and infusions in your own kitchen so you can make your own spruce cola, birch root beer, etc that are restaurant quality from Ross, the founder of Atlas Sodaworks and who provides soda for Aviary 3-4:30 PM for $65
Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Juicy Juice with Portland Juice Company. Have you been hearing about the juicing trend, varying from those on juice cleanses to those who just want to incorporate more healthy juices in their regular diet? Portland Juice Company can help you create winning combinations that are enjoyable and healthy. Class is from 11-12:30 PM for $65

2. Tasting Panels

These are classes where you get to taste a large variety of a special beverage while being educated on that particular beverage by expert tasting panel. Most of these run on Friday and Saturday and are held at the Portland Art Museum, outdoors under a tent in the museum’s sculpture area.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tasting Panel 2013 c/o Katie Acheff for Feast Portland
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  • Chardonnay is for Lovers aims to introduce you to a fresh perspective on this white wine from 12-1:00 PM for $55
  • A Walk on the Sour Side explores sour beers from 2-3:00 PM for $55
  • Negroni O’clock explores the classic negronis from various negroni experts of Seattle, Portland, and New York from 4-5:00 PM for $55
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tasting Panel 2013 c/o Katie Acheff for Feast Portland
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  • Tiny Bubbles takes a look at the bubbly beverages ranging from champagne to prosecco from 11-12:00 PM for $55
  • Beans and Booze mixes coffee cocktails with you from 12:45-1:45 PM for $55
  • Tastes Great. Less Filling challenges you to try lighter lager beeers from 2:30-3:30 PM for $55
  • Get Lei’d: It’s Tiki Time takes you on a tiki cocktail journey from 4:15-5:15 PM for $55

3. Dinner Series

These are 10 dinners from Thursday to Sunday of Feast food camp. Each of unique dinners is a mash-up of chefs from various restaurants and various cities all contributing their skills and culinary perspective to a singular dinner experience for that one night. Every dinner includes drink pairings – remember, it’s all inclusive.

If you were to continue this school analogy, this would be the final projects of various self-selected groups… and your ticket to the dinner means you get to be the judge of how well the end project result is. And the groups are all made of your teachers.

Feast Portland Dinner Series 2013 c/o Shawn Linehan Feast Portland Dinner Series 2013 c/o Shawn Linehan
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Last year, I did not buy a dinner series ticket, as I had decided to splurge on a ticket to High Comfort. This year, I decided that I wanted one of these special Dinners instead.

Nine out of ten of these once in a lifetime dinners are already sold out, including the one I have a ticket to – the State of the Art with Adelsheim Vineyard and Willamette Valley Vineyards and chefs from 5 different cities but all individually defining the boundaries of modernist cuisine.

There is only one dinner left with tickets on sale, if you are interested:

  • Dessert for Dinner brings together 5 dessert chefs plus pairings of the courses with Sherries and Madeiras for one sweet time on Thursday September 18th at 7 PM for $100

I’ll try to take as many photos as I can of my dinner experience with State of the Art so you can see for yourselves what these final project report outs are like!

4. Main Marquee Events

Finally, the events that are like the school science fairs… but better because instead you can eat these, and the booths are all about deliciuosness.

These are five Marquee events which operate similar to open markets for you to sample from various tables. Unlike the previous three types which are in smaller groups, the Marquee events involve you being a lot more on your feet and in control of what, when, and where you’ll be as you wander as you’d like to each sampling station.

If you have ever seen on shows like Top Chef when the chefs each are manning a station putting forth a small sample dish they have conceived- that’s what these first four Marquee events are like.

Sandwich Invitational

The official name of this marquee event is Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented by Dave’s Killer Bread. This runs on Thursday September 18th from 6-9:00 PM in Director Park.

Feast Portland Sandwich Invitational 2013 c/o John Valls
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For $95 , for those 3 hours you can have at least 14 slider sized or better sandwiches, one from each of the 14 chefs in the lineup, including from visiting chefs like Hugh Acheson, Chris Cosentino, Paul Kahan and Matt McCallister as well as ten more Portland chefs from fine restaurants and the reigning sandwich kings of Portland, Rick Gencaralli of Lardo and also Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches.

Feast Portland Sandwich Invitational 2013 c/o Allison Jones
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Oh yeah, and there’s also free flowing Widmer Brothers beer, cocktails by Reyka Vodka, and six wineries pouring all night. I attended this event last year – you can see my recap that was in my post in 2013 here – and I’ll also be attending this year!

Night Market

This is always the first Marquee Event to sell out- and it has just indeed sold out in the past week! The official name of this event is USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards and runs on Friday September 19th from 6-9:00 PM at Zidell Yards.

Feast Portland Night Market 2013 c/o Allison Jones Feast Portland Night Market 2013 c/o Allison Jones
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For $125, for those 3 hours you can journey to the markets of Asia to eat street food, courtesy of 20 chefs, each presenting their interpretation of a street food plate for you. You won’t be thirsty though with 10 breweries, 6 wineries, and 9 distilleries keeping your glasses full. Given the famous names in the chef lineup, it’s no surprise this event is so popular.

High Comfort

Of all the five events, this is the one that is the fancy dress up and dine on comfort food like you were the 1%. The official name of this marquee event is Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at the Nines, held at the Nines Hotel on Saturday September 20th from 6-9:00 PM.

For  $175, for those 3 hours you can eat comfort food that has been upped in decadence and luxury from 20 different chef stations while enjoying generous pours of Widmer Beer, cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin, or keeping your wine glass full thanks to 15 wineries.

Feast Portland High Comfort 2013 c/o John Valls Feast Portland High Comfort 2013 c/o John Valls
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I attended High Comfort last year in 2013: here’s my recap if you are interested in what it was like, and I’m sure it will be even better this year.

Brunch Village

This is a new marquee event for Feast’s third year. The Tillamook Brunch Village is taking over Pioneer Square held at the Nines Hotel on Saturday September 20th from 11-:200 PM.

For $75, you get a long and leisurely 4 hours to enjoy brunch bites from several nationally known chefs including the familiar faces of BBQ King Aaron Franklin and Ace of Cakes/Charm City Cakes Duff Goldman and more, plus the 5 breweries and 5 wineries.

All this eating and drinking will be while also watching a Brunch Brawl on the Main Stage as five bartenders compete to make the best brunch cocktail. The pictures below are from the Portland Monthly Country Brunch I covered earlier, but I am guessing that the concept will be similar in that there will be enticing brunch bites like this…

Chef Johanna Ware from Smallwares brought one of my favorite Asian breakfast dishes, Breakfast congee with Chinese Sausage, egg, scallion, granola and maple ponzu at Portland Monthly's Country Brunch 2014 at Castaway benefiting Zenger Farm Chef Rick Gencarelli from Lardo of course brought the fat with a Pork Belly Egg Benedict with a buttery buttermilk biscuit, big hunk of pork belly, fried quail egg, and Frank's hollandaise. Portland Monthly's Country Brunch 2014 at Castaway benefiting Zenger Farm  Chefs Michael Madigan & Jeff McCarthy from TenTop did a unique take with their Miso Soy Ginger Bagel with bulgogi beef, kimchee schmear, and cured egg yolk at Portland Monthly's Country Brunch 2014 at Castaway benefiting Zenger Farm

I’ll be at the Brunch Village event, reporting back with my recap of this event after I probably waddle home and take a big long nap.

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

This two day marquee event is like the best farmers markets you have ever visited- be it your local city one, Pike Place Market in Seattle or Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver or the great big markets in Europe or Asia.

Don’t be surprised if you are even a little overwhelmed by all the various booths of artisans. After all, there are 15 breweries, 33 wineries, and 16 artisan product stands and more… with each stand usually having multiple items for you to sample, and most with a winemaker or the artisan maker of the food product right there on the other side of the table for you to ask all the questions you want.

Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting 2013 c/o Allison Jones
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The $60 ticket to the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines is good for all that that day (either Friday or Saturday) from 12-5:00 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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I’ll be back in a few weeks with specific tips on how to make the most of Feast 2014 if you attend. Meanwhile, I hope this post has been helpful to understand what will be going on in mid-September and how delectable it is all going to be! If you want to find out more, visit FeastPortland.com

Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2014 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. Even before I was given the Blogger Pass I already had tickets for some Feast events though- it just means I will have more to recap for you! Follow me on Instagram @pechluck or Twitter @pechluck and check this blog during Feast for updates, or check the hashtag #feastpdx.

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