Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017

Before I start my review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, I’ll assume you are already acquainted with Feast Portland, an annual food festival that occurs in September every year in Portland, Oregon (2017 was it’s 6th year) that brings together chefs and food producers to offer events large and small benefiting the fight against childhood hunger. Smoked is always the first main evening event to sell out, and from this review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, soon you’ll see why.
Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017 Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, Rich Meyer of Trifecta Tavern and Bakery passed out Grilled Goat and Pork Kielbasa with Smoked Corn Salsa
Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017  Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen made Quail with Indian Spiced Goat Sausage, Pickled Riaita and Fresh Plum Chutney

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A Recap of Feast Night Market 2017

I gave you a little hint with my My Highlights of Feast 2017 post previously, but here’s a more in depth look of the fantastic dishes of Feast Night Market 2017 this year. I’m a huge fan of Night Market because of the festive atmosphere punctuated by Latin music that keeps you dancing as you enjoy some food that often throws in a little heat (spicy heat that is!) and wash it down with a tequila base drink (or wine, or beer, or whatever else you’d like).
Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: At the Thomas & Sons Distillery booth at Feast Night Market 2017, guests could check out Hellfire & Rhinestone, Bluebird Alpine Liqueur, Smoke Spirit, Pineapple Gomme + Lemon +Tamarind, Blackened Lemon Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Derek McCarthy, Arrosto brings Trino del Pollo
The location of Zidell Yards means you should have appropriate footwear for the gravel ground, but the colors of the sunset with views of the Tillikum Crossing Bridge which then lights up and reflects against the Willamette River is a wonderful way to end the evening. There are chefs that are local as well as from other cities, which is a great chance to try the cuisine of these chefs without the travel costs to those cities. And, although there is a list of chefs for the event, you may find even more bites as chefs are also there working with sponsors offering additional bites! You will definitely get full.

Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted offered Crab Rangoon with sweet and sour sauce Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Breville presents Jasper Chen from XLB with Shrimp Toast with a scallion cilantro dipping sauce

And, it’s all for a good cause – net proceeds of Feast Portland will be donated to our charitable partner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. That total 2017 festival donation amount will be announced by November. Be sure to mark your calendars for the seventh year of Feast Portland, September 13-16, 2018 – the tickets will go on sale a few months before that and Night Market will probably sell out again so make sure you are ready to purchase your tickets when they go on sale!
Brooke Bass, Night Market at Feast Portland 2015 Night Market at Feast 2017, photo by Alan Weiner
Photos: Night Market at Feast Portland 2015, photo by Brooke Bass; Night Market at Feast 2017, photo by Alan Weiner
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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.

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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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Feast Portland 2017

Today marks one week until Feast Portland 2017 – which is when the equivalent of Foodie Christmas happens. It’s 4 days (Thursday September 14 – Sunday September 17) of 40+ food events celebrating local chefs and local purveyors of food and drink. It’s all for a good cause – partner Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Since its inception in 2012, Feast has donated more than $300,000 to help end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country.

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Photos from Grand Tasting 2016

There are still tickets available for some Feast PDX events, there are some Feast Collaborations you can access even without a Feast event ticket, and I want to share my tips for those who are attending Feast Portland 2017.
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Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic

I attended my first smaller Feast PDX event (not yet then dubbed Fun Sized) last year at the Aaron Franklin BBQ event. This year, Feast Portland added even more Fun Sized events, and I’m glad they did – I hope they add even more next year. For Feast PDX 2016, Go Get You Some Picnic was the Fun Sized event I attended.

Unlike the big marquee events, these smaller events have a more laid back feel where you have less variety of chefs and food, but the plates are still enough for a meal (the plates each of the Chefs make are a bit bigger). As a guest you have room to sit and eat after getting your food from the booths or barrels to stand and eat cocktail party style, so no need to worry about juggling your food and drink unlike the marquee walk around events. Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic

There’s still a short time as a guest needed though on visiting booths collecting food, it isn’t served to you like at a Dinner Series event so you are still responsible for fetching it yourself in the order you want like at the Marquee walk around events. But at the Fun Sized Events mean you are only sharing the Chefs with 200 others (and they are not slammed with like 1000 people like the big events), so lines if any are short and fast generally just at the beginning when they let everyone in.

Since the chefs are in tents instead of behind in a kitchen like in the Dinner Series, you can also very easily talk to them after eating and everyone has gotten their food. Unlike a Dinner Series though each of the Chefs does not do a mini speech telling you the story behind the dish they decided to offer.

So now here’s a look at my food! The theme was Southern-style picnic featuring fried chicken and sides from

  • Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side
    Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side for Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side for Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side for Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side for Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches and Pizza Jerk chicken was Korean Fried Chicken with apples, kimchee, and Willapa Hills Big Boy Blue Side for Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic
  • Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird gave us a French Indian take with his Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) along with Salad Sauce and Tequila watermelon salad with sesame cucumber and jalapeno
    Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird gave us a French Indian take with his Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird gave us a French Indian take with his Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird gave us a French Indian take with his Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) along with Salad Sauce and Tequila watermelon salad with sesame cucumber and jalapeno at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and Little Bird gave us a French Indian take with his Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) along with Salad Sauce and Tequila watermelon salad with sesame cucumber and jalapeno at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic
  • Maya Lovelace of pop-up and already well loved by me for Mae PDX (which I’ve enjoyed and written about previously) brought a perfect piece of the chicken via Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad. Loooove.
    Maya Lovelace of pop-up Mae PDX brought a perfect piece of the chicken via Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad to Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Maya Lovelace of pop-up Mae PDX brought a perfect piece of the chicken via Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad to Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Maya Lovelace of pop-up Mae PDX brought a perfect piece of the chicken via Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad to Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic< Maya Lovelace of pop-up Mae PDX brought a perfect piece of the chicken via Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad to Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic
  • Bostonian Matt Jennings of Townsman brought Chicken Fried Pigtails, Hot Sauce, Stinky Chow Chow, as well as a side (thank god, because 2 of the 3 chicken dishes and his chicken fried pig tails were all adding up to a lot of heat so I needed a break now and then) of Three Bean Salad to the picnic.
    Bostonian Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston, MA) brought Chicken Fried Pigtails, Hot Sauce, Stinky Chow Chow, and Three Bean Salad to the picnic of Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic
    Bostonian Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston, MA) brought Chicken Fried Pigtails, Hot Sauce, Stinky Chow Chow to the picnic of Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic Bostonian Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston, MA) brought Three Bean Salad to the picnic of Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic Bostonian Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston, MA) brought Chicken Fried Pigtails, Hot Sauce, Stinky Chow Chow to the picnic of Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic
  • Annie Portlock of Annie Pies with 3 Mini-Pies
    Annie Portlock of Annie Pies offered 3 mini pies at Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic: S'mores (scratch graham, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow); Peach Julep (gingersnap crust, minty peach filling, Kentucky bourbon white chocolate mousse) and Honey Lime Coconut (honey shortbread, honey lime coconut cream, whip, toasted coconut, lime zest)

    • Honey Lime Coconut Pie – honey shortbread, honey lime coconut cream, whip, toasted coconut, lime zest, I loved how tart these were!
      Annie Portlock of Annie Pies offered 3 mini pies at Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic:here are the Honey Lime Coconut (honey shortbread, honey lime coconut cream, whip, toasted coconut, lime zest)
    • S’mores Pie – scratch graham, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow – these were my favorite of the 3
      Annie Portlock of Annie Pies offered 3 mini pies at Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic: these are the S'mores (scratch graham, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow)
    • Peach Julep Pie – gingersnap crust, minty peach filling, Kentucky bourbon white chocolate mousse
      Annie Portlock of Annie Pies offered 3 mini pies at Feast PDX 2016 Go Get You Some Picnic: this is Peach Julep (gingersnap crust, minty peach filling, Kentucky bourbon white chocolate mousse)
  • More dessert via a surprise appearance of Mika Paredes of Girls Club (ok, not too surprising as I just saw the three of them at my recent Plate & Pitchfork dinner and they are all friends, and I was stoked to see her even though she wasn’t on the Chef roster for the event) and she wowed everyone with Ambrosia salad Vietnamese “Che” style
    Mika Paredes of Girls Club wowed everyone with Ambrosia salad Vietnamese Che style at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic Mika Paredes of Girls Club wowed everyone with Ambrosia salad Vietnamese Che style at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic
  • More dessert thanks to Tillamook offering three flavor scoops of Oregon Marionberry Cheesecake Frozen Custard, Stumptown Cold Brew Extra Creamy Ice Cream, and Tcho Double Dark Chocolate Farmstyle Gelato
    Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic dessert by Tillamook Creamery offering Oregon Marionberry Cheesecake Frozen Custard, Stumptown Cold Brew Extra Creamy Ice Cream, and Tcho Double Dark Chocolate Farmstyle Gelato
  • Drinks from the Union Wine Co, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
    Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic with wine by Union Wine Co Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic with wine by Union Wine Co A little Stumptown Cold Brew on nitro to go along with sparkling wine from Union Wine Co and Korean Fried Chicken by Tommy Habetz at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic

The event was so relaxing I had time to gather all the savory dishes at once so I could just sit down and eat all at once without having to get back up (great because several of these dishes were extremely messy with sauces; don’t know where they hid all the napkins and towels, but I was glad as part of my usual Feast supplies I always carry extra paper towels in my bag!) until my dessert round, and I got those all together as well!
All the savory dishes at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic including Korean Fried Chicken by Tommy Habetz; Hot chicken with vaudovan seasonings (and white bread and pickles) along with Salad Sauce and Tequila watermelon salad with sesame cucumber and jalapeno by Gabriel Rucker; Lard fried chicken wing accompanied by a sorghum butter and country ham biscuit and after-church broccoli salad by Mya Lovelace; and Chicken Fried Pigtails, Hot Sauce, Stinky Chow Chow, and Three Bean Salad by Matthew Jennings
Desserts by Annie's Pies, Tillamook, and Mika Paredes of Girls Club at Feast PDX Go Get You Some Picnic washed down by some Union Wine Co sparkling wine

When the Feast tickets for 2017 go on sale in the spring, I highly recommend checking out the list of Fun Sized Events. It’s a perfect event in that it is a mashup of a theme with multiple chefs including out of town chefs and getting to try multiple perspectives of that theme from the different chefs, but also casual and laid back so you can enjoy the experience and relax while eating rather then being in a big crowd at the bigger events. Did I mention the sitting to eat and drink enough yet?

Since you serve yourself you will be able to try everything within generally an hour or so, versus the longer 4 hour Dinner Series which have formal courses or the Marquee Events that just have more food and chefs to cover. The trade off is less variety of bites and less chefs than a Marquee event, and unlike the Dinner Series but like the big events you still have to visit booths and have minor lines as you pick up your own dishes.

But if the theme is one you are interested in or you really want to meet or try the food of the participating Chef, a Fun Sized Event would be a great compromise with the intimacy of a Dinner Series event and with the fun of a choose your own Feast adventure.

Save the date for Feast Portland 2017, scheduled for September 14 –  17 2017.  Feast will be posting the schedule next spring which is when tickets go on sale, and many will sell out within just a few hours or within a few days so stay tuned to their newsletter and on their social media for on-going Feast updates.
Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2016 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 that I paid for myself, and this event I paid for myself ($85 all inclusive). 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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