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

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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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Feast PDX 2016 Night Market

I regret I can only bring you some example sights of the Feast 2016 Night Market, and not more like the sounds of the amazing Latin music that kept me dancing a little bit even in line (and the way they placed the DJ overhead in a little overhead bridge was very cool, especially loved the visual of watching the full moon rise behind her at one point during the night), the aromas of paella, the feel of trying to balance some of these messy bites and using multiple napkins because of juicy drippings down your arm but you can’t stop and won’t stop even though you’re already full.
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Not counting beverages (a dozen wineries and additional dozen beverage partners who are distilleries, breweries and cideries) and other food sponsors, there were almost twenty participating chefs alone with dishes at booths – there’s just no way to have it all. But I invite you to purchase tickets for the 2017 Night Market next year when they go on sale and come over next year and try.

Bites from Chefs

  1. Maylin Chavez from Olympia Oyster Bar (Portland, OR): Oysters on the half Shell with Agua Chile Rojo, Pickled Cactus Leaves, Avocado, and Micro Cilantro
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market participant Maylin Chavez from Olympia Oyster Bar (Portland, OR): Oysters on the half Shell with Agua Chile Rojo, Pickled Cactus leaves, Avocado, and Micro cilantro Feast PDX 2016 Night Market participant Maylin Chavez from Olympia Oyster Bar (Portland, OR): Oysters on the half Shell with Agua Chile Rojo, Pickled Cactus leaves, Avocado, and Micro cilantro Feast PDX 2016 Night Market participant Maylin Chavez from Olympia Oyster Bar (Portland, OR): Oysters on the half Shell with Agua Chile Rojo, Pickled Cactus leaves, Avocado, and Micro cilantro
  2. Benjamin Gonzales from Nuestra Cocina (Portland, OR): Tacos de Cecina Adobada – Smoked marinated Snake River Farms pork loin with salsa verde
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite from Benjamin Gonzales from Nuestra Cocina (Portland, OR): Tacos de Cecina Adobada - Smoked marinated Snake River Farms pork loin with salsa verde Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite from Benjamin Gonzales from Nuestra Cocina (Portland, OR): Tacos de Cecina Adobada - Smoked marinated Snake River Farms pork loin with salsa verde
  3. Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari. You can tell that I am so desperately trying to rationalize throwing a paella party I am so in love with that huge pan…
    Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari Feast PDX Night Market, Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella (Portland, OR): Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari
  4. Kelly Myers from Xico (Portland, OR): Totopos, a perfect balance of crisp vehicle and topping of chile de arbol salsa, topped with cotija cheese, crema, lime, cilantro and onion that you can also find on Xico’s happy hour menu.
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering by Kelly Myers from Xico (Portland, OR): Totopos Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering by Kelly Myers from Xico (Portland, OR): Totopos  Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering by Kelly Myers from Xico (Portland, OR): Totopos Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering by Kelly Myers from Xico (Portland, OR): Totopos
  5. Dustin Koerner from Andina (Portland, OR): Rillettes Anticuchera de Conejo, love the color highlight from the purple potato
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite by Dustin Koerner from Andina (Portland, OR): Rillettes Anticuchera de Conejo Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite by Dustin Koerner from Andina (Portland, OR): Rillettes Anticuchera de Conejo
  6. Alex Barkley from Manolin (Seattle, WA): Watermelon, Albacore, Quinoa
    Feast Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offered this bite by Alex Barkley from Manolin (Seattle, WA): Watermelon, Albacore, Quinoa
  7. Tony Maws from Craigie on Main (Cambridge, MA): Green Chile Chicken Wings, messy to eat but so good!
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite by Tony Maws from Craigie on Main (Cambridge, MA): Green Chile Chicken Wings Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite by Tony Maws from Craigie on Main (Cambridge, MA): Green Chile Chicken Wings
  8. Paul Kahan from Dove’s Luncheonette (Chicago, IL): Pozole Rojo, a pork hominy stew with fried clams
    Feast PDX 2016 hearty bite by Paul Kahan from Dove's Luncheonette (Chicago, IL): Pozole Rojo Feast PDX 2016 hearty bite by Paul Kahan from Dove's Luncheonette (Chicago, IL): Pozole Rojo Feast PDX 2016 hearty bite by Paul Kahan from Dove's Luncheonette (Chicago, IL): Pozole Rojo
  9. Alvin Cailan from Eggslut (Los Angeles, CA): Chicharrónes de Harina with Snow Crab Ceviche
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market appearance of Alvin Cailan from Eggslut (Los Angeles, CA): Chicharrónes de Harina with Snow Crab Ceviche Feast PDX 2016 Night Market appearance of Alvin Cailan from Eggslut (Los Angeles, CA): Chicharrónes de Harina with Snow Crab Ceviche
  10. José Chesa from Chesa (Portland, OR) made Cono, an Escabeche style duck, avocado, orange-sweet potato, crispy plantain, pimenton-garlic salt in (duh) a cone
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market: José Chesa from Chesa (Portland, OR) made Cono, a Escabeche style duck, avocado, orange-sweet potato, crispy plantain, pimenton-garlic salt Feast PDX 2016 Night Market: José Chesa from Chesa (Portland, OR) made Cono, a Escabeche style duck, avocado, orange-sweet potato, crispy plantain, pimenton-garlic salt Feast PDX 2016 Night Market: José Chesa from Chesa (Portland, OR) made Cono, a Escabeche style duck, avocado, orange-sweet potato, crispy plantain, pimenton-garlic salt Feast PDX 2016 Night Market: José Chesa from Chesa (Portland, OR) made Cono, a Escabeche style duck, avocado, orange-sweet potato, crispy plantain, pimenton-garlic salt
  11. BJ Smith from Smokehouse Tavern (Portland, OR): Smoked Snake River Farms vaca frita and pickled alliums
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering from BJ Smith from Smokehouse Tavern (Portland, OR): Smoked Snake River Farms vaca frita and pickled alliums Feast PDX 2016 Night Market offering from BJ Smith from Smokehouse Tavern (Portland, OR): Smoked Snake River Farms vaca frita and pickled alliums
  12. Rene Ortiz from Launderette (Austin, TX): Chifa, well loved by me and most of the crowd for being so refreshing
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market refreshing bite by Rene Ortiz from Launderette (Austin, TX): Chifa Feast PDX 2016 Night Market refreshing bite by Rene Ortiz from Launderette (Austin, TX): Chifa
  13. Billy Schumaker from Taqueria Nueve (Portland, OR): Surtido de res, Oaxacan black bean puree, spiced Mexican crema, tostada
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Billy Schumaker from Taqueria Nueve (Portland, OR): Surtido de res, Oaxacan black bean puree, spiced Mexican crema, tostada Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Billy Schumaker from Taqueria Nueve (Portland, OR): Surtido de res, Oaxacan black bean puree, spiced Mexican crema, tostada Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Billy Schumaker from Taqueria Nueve (Portland, OR): Surtido de res, Oaxacan black bean puree, spiced Mexican crema, tostada
  14. Erik Van Kley from Taylor Railworks (Portland, OR): Arancini Ranchero with delicious burrata inside whose creaminess was a perfect foil for that spicy ranchero sauce! You can find this delectable item also on the Taylor Railworks dinner menu.
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market dish from Erik Van Kley from Taylor Railworks (Portland, OR): Arancini Ranchero with delicious burrata inside Feast PDX 2016 Night Market dish from Erik Van Kley from Taylor Railworks (Portland, OR): Arancini Ranchero with delicious burrata inside Feast PDX 2016 Night Market dish from Erik Van Kley from Taylor Railworks (Portland, OR): Arancini Ranchero with delicious burrata inside
  15. Rodney Muirhead from Podnah’s Barbecue (Portland, OR): Snake River Farms Beef Rib Taco smothered in burn so good hatch chili cheese sauce was my favorite representive bite of Night market this year
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rodney Muirhead from Podnah's Barbecue (Portland, OR): Snake River Farms Beef Rib Taco Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rodney Muirhead from Podnah's Barbecue (Portland, OR): Snake River Farms Beef Rib Taco Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rodney Muirhead from Podnah's Barbecue (Portland, OR): Snake River Farms Beef Rib Taco
  16. Rick Gencarelli from Lardo (Portland, OR): Denver lamb ribs barbacoa. The line was too long and I got too tuckered out to try these, but I did visit to watch the magic of the always cheerful and energetic Rick who always brings crowd pleasing food
    At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rick Gencarelli from Lardo (Portland, OR) presented Denver lamb ribs barbacoa At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rick Gencarelli from Lardo (Portland, OR) presented Denver lamb ribs barbacoa At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rick Gencarelli from Lardo (Portland, OR) presented Denver lamb ribs barbacoa At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market Rick Gencarelli from Lardo (Portland, OR) presented Denver lamb ribs barbacoa
  17. Jami Curl from QUIN (Portland, OR): Fresh and fruity spiced lime candy you can see them diligently rolling onto the stick all night
    Feast PDX Night Market bite by Jami Curl from QUIN (Portland, OR): Fresh and fruity spiced lime candy on a stick Feast PDX 2016 Night Market bite from Benjamin Gonzales from Nuestra Cocina (Portland, OR): Tacos de Cecina Adobada - Smoked marinated Snake River Farms pork loin with salsa verde
  18. Feast PDX 2016 Night Market from Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw (Portland, OR): Sweet corn copo with lime zest shaved ice, Oregon sweet corn ice cream, cilantro kola syrup, more shaved ice, black raspberry sweetened condensed milk, and fresh candied marionberry especially. This was most surprising combination and dish for me of the night, with every  bite being different depending on which parts of the many layers made it on the spoon.
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market from Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw (Portland, OR): Sweet corn copo with lime zest shaved ice, Oregon sweet corn ice cream, cilantro kola syrup, more shaved ice, black raspberry sweetened condensed milk, and fresh candied marionberries Feast PDX 2016 Night Market from Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw (Portland, OR): Sweet corn copo with lime zest shaved ice, Oregon sweet corn ice cream, cilantro kola syrup, more shaved ice, black raspberry sweetened condensed milk, and fresh candied marionberries Feast PDX 2016 Night Market from Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw (Portland, OR): Sweet corn copo with lime zest shaved ice, Oregon sweet corn ice cream, cilantro kola syrup, more shaved ice, black raspberry sweetened condensed milk, and fresh candied marionberries Feast PDX 2016 Night Market from Tyler Malek from Salt & Straw (Portland, OR): Sweet corn copo with lime zest shaved ice, Oregon sweet corn ice cream, cilantro kola syrup, more shaved ice, black raspberry sweetened condensed milk, and fresh candied marionberries

A Few Night Market Drinks

  • La Vaquera Descarada cocktail featuring New Deal Distillery Cascadia d’Amore American Bitter Liqueur along with Portland 88 Vodka, Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut, The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit Bitters, demerara simply syrup and grapefruit twist, recipe by Sierra Kirk
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market beverage La Vaquera Descarada featuring New Deal Distillery Cascadia d'Amore American Bitter Liqueur along with Portland 88 Vodka, Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut, The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit Bitters, demerara simply syrup and grapefruit twist, recipe by Sierra Kirk Feast PDX 2016 Night Market beverage La Vaquera Descarada featuring New Deal Distillery Cascadia d'Amore American Bitter Liqueur along with Portland 88 Vodka, Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut, The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit Bitters, demerara simply syrup and grapefruit twist, recipe by Sierra Kirk Feast PDX 2016 Night Market beverage La Vaquera Descarada featuring New Deal Distillery Cascadia d'Amore American Bitter Liqueur along with Portland 88 Vodka, Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut, The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit Bitters, demerara simply syrup and grapefruit twist, recipe by Sierra Kirk Feast PDX 2016 Night Market beverage La Vaquera Descarada featuring New Deal Distillery Cascadia d'Amore American Bitter Liqueur along with Portland 88 Vodka, Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut, The Bitter Housewife Grapefruit Bitters, demerara simply syrup and grapefruit twist, recipe by Sierra Kirk
  • I kept going back over and over to the Goose Island booth with their 3 beer cocktails with flavor profiles of Smoke (La Senorita Ahumada with Goose Island’s Sofie Ale with Mezcal), Spice (Sofie Picante with Sofie Ale and Tequila and Jalapeno),, and Citrus (Sofie Gin Spritzer with Sofie Ale with Curacao Orange Peel, Citrus Gin, and Orange). They went with everything – and are also good if you mix any two of these cocktails together
    Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, the Goose Island booth was one of my favorites to return to offering 3 beer cocktails with 3 flavor profiles: Smoke (La Senorita Ahumada with Goose Island's Sofie Ale with Mezcal), Spice ((Sofie Picante with Sofie Ale and Tequila and Jalapeno),), and Citrus (Sofie Gin Spritzer with Sofie Ale with Curacao Orange Peel, Citrus Gin, and Orange) Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, the Goose Island booth was one of my favorites to return to offering 3 beer cocktails with 3 flavor profiles: Smoke (La Senorita Ahumada with Goose Island's Sofie Ale with Mezcal), Spice ((Sofie Picante with Sofie Ale and Tequila and Jalapeno),), and Citrus (Sofie Gin Spritzer with Sofie Ale with Curacao Orange Peel, Citrus Gin, and Orange) Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, the Goose Island booth was one of my favorites to return to offering 3 beer cocktails with 3 flavor profiles: Smoke (La Senorita Ahumada with Goose Island's Sofie Ale with Mezcal), Spice ((Sofie Picante with Sofie Ale and Tequila and Jalapeno),), and Citrus (Sofie Gin Spritzer with Sofie Ale with Curacao Orange Peel, Citrus Gin, and Orange) Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, the Goose Island Beer Cocktail with Spice Profile (Sofie Picante with Sofie Ale and Tequila and Jalapeno), here paired with Scott Ketterman from Crown Paella food bite of Playa Paella with dungeness crab and fried calamari
  • Ransom Spirits (probably currently most known for their gin) booth with a chance to taste a their new whiskey and their potent punch (with Old Tom Gin, Pinot Gris, citrus, sweet, Reverend Nat’s Tepache, and Fizz) was popular with many as I gingerly balanced my plate and the cup with whiskey and cup of punch after reaching the front of the line! Both were very easy to drink and too dangerous for me to return because I thought I might get myself into trouble…
    At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, the Ransom Spirits (probably currently most known for their Gin) booth with a chance to taste a their new whiskey and their potent punch (with Old Tom Gin, Pinot Gris, citrus, sweet, Tepache, and Fizz) was popular with many as I gingerly balanced my plate and the cup with whiskey and cup of punch after reaching the front of the line!
  • Jacobsen Salt put together a bite and a drink by partnering with Bull In China to offer the messiest bite of the night, Elote that you could wash down with Tijuana Thunder, a cocktail with Hornitas Tequila, Anchos Reyes Chile Liqueur, Peach, Lime, Rainier Tall Boys and Bee Local Honey Water with a Jacobsen’s Salt Habanero salt rim.
    At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, Jacobsen Salt presented Elote and partnered with Bull In China to also pair it with a cocktail At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, Jacobsen Salt presented Elote and partnered with Bull In China to also pair it with a cocktail Tijuana Thunder, a cocktail with Hornitas Tequila, Anchos Reyes Chile Liqueur, Peach, Lime, Rainier Tall Boys and Bee Local Honey Water with a Jacobsen's Salt Habanero salt rim

I made a call to focus more on food so that I could at least visit almost all the Chefs on the Feast PDX 2016 Night Market lineup, at the expense of not being able to also get to all the beverage and other sponsor booths. So there at least 20 more beverage possibilities I didn’t cover here…  Other glimpses I noticed are

  • USA Pears was packing goodie bags of pears,
  • Whole Foods offered a healthy fruit plate with salt, sugar, and chili dip,
  • Milagro Tequila had options of Agua Frescas and Horchata to combine (or not) with their tequila tastings,
  • Tillamook Dairy ice cream brought their Tillabar with DeGarde Brewing for beer floats,
  • Talenti Gelato truck dishing scoops on cones of Caramel Cookie Crunch, Coconut Almond Chocolate, and Key Lime Pie…
  • I think I saw Beau Carr of Ringside and Tom Douglas of the Tom Douglas restaurant empire in Seattle in cordoned areas for special members (I think Chase Bank and Alaska Air).
  • And more that I missed I’m sure!
    At Feast PDX Night Market 2016 Milagro Tequila had options of Agua Frescas and Horchata to combine (or not) with their tequila tastings At Feast PDX 2016 Night Market, Tillamook ice cream brought their Tillabar with DeGarde Brewing for beer floats

If you’re reading this wondering if attending one of these walk-around marquee events of Feast is worth it, I hope you can see from my example of all that Night Market can offer that it really is all that the name promises, truly a Feast and the atmosphere of a festive Night Market with quite a range of options to explore as a food traveler.  This is my second time attending the Feast night market – this year the theme was Latin, but you can also see my recap of Night Market from 2015 when the theme was Asian.

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.  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 PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner

For Feast Portland 2016, which just occurred last week, I was really pleased to see several different ethnic cuisines being highlighted as part of the Dinner Series. The one I attended offered me a chance to try Filipino food, which usually I don’t have much access to in Portland and even when I do get it it’s generally limited to lumpia, adobo, pancit and longanisa (and wishful thinking for me on lechón. Come on Carlo, throw together a pop up event!). This Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner photo recap shows how these star chefs not only shared Filipino food with us, but took it up another level thanks to their restaurant perspective to upgrade it from the traditional family kitchen.

The chefs for the dinner included Portland’s Clyde Common Carlo Lamagna, and his LA Filipino friends Alvin Cailan of Eggslut, Chad and Chase Valencia of pop-up restaurant LASA, Charles Olalia of RiceBar, and Isa Fabro of Unit 120.

As we checked in, we were greeted by a welcome cocktail Bamboo of vermouth, sherry, organic bitters and twist of lime oil. Through the evening, beverage wise there were 3 wine pours, 2 beer bottles, and 3 cocktails by Banjo Amberg offerings for this six course dinner.
Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, welcome cocktail Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, welcome cocktail

More scenes of the dinner overall to set the stage… These 4 photos are not mine (the rest of the post photos are though) and if you look carefully I’m in the background of two of the photos wearing black and white!

Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, photo credits Kimberley Hasselbrink Feast Isa Fabro of Unit 120 at the Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, photo credits Kimberley Hasselbrink Portland Clyde Common Carlo Lamagna plating at the Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, photo credits Kimberley Hasselbrink
Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner, photo credits for the above 4 photos from Kimberley Hasselbrink

Bread Rolls for the Table

Pan de Sal, Filipino Bread Rolls with Ube Latik butter (purple yam and caramelized coconut milk with palm sugar) by Isa Fabro of Unit 120
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Pan de Sal Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Pan de Sal by Isa Fabro of Unit 120 Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Pan de Sal Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Pan de Sal

First Course

Mais Con Hielo: corn textures (a dairy free corn mousse with crab fat), finger lime, puffed rice, seawater (specifically, liquids from crab and shellfish) paired with 2014 Columbia Winery Ancient Lakes Riesling. Dish by Charles Olalia of RiceBar.
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Mais Con Hielo: corn textures, finger lime, puffed rice, seawater paired with 2014 Columbia Winery Ancient Lakes Riesling Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Mais Con Hielo: corn textures, finger lime, puffed rice, seawater paired with 2014 Columbia Winery Ancient Lakes Riesling

Second Course

Kinilaw: red snapper, nectarine, lemon cucumber, fermented fresno chili, sugar cane vinegar, shiso, fried shallot paired with 2013 Columbia Winery Chardonnay. Dish by Chad Valencia of pop-up restaurant LASA.
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Kinilaw: red snapper, nectarine, lemon cucumber, fermented fresno chili, sugar cane vinegar paired with 2013 Columbia Winery Chardonnay Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Kinilaw: red snapper, nectarine, lemon cucumber, fermented fresno chili, sugar cane vinegar paired with 2013 Columbia Winery Chardonnay

Third Course

Abobong Pato: duck adobo croquette (the duck was braised then he reduced the liquid and made into a cake that he deep fried, yay), roasted eggplant custerd, pickled ramps, chicharron paired with Lagunitas Pils.Dish by Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common.
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Abobong Pato: duck adobo croquette, roasted eggplant custard, pickled ramps, chicharron paired with Lagunitas Pils Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Abobong Pato: duck adobo croquette, roasted eggplant custard, pickled ramps, chicharron paired with Lagunitas Pils

Fourth Course

Nilagang Baka: beef brisket, napa cabbage, jasmine rice paired with Lagunitas IPA. Dish by Alvin Cailan of Eggslut. Of all the pairings this was the most transformative with the way the IPA brought out new flavors in the food.
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Chef Alvin Cailan made Nilagang Baka with beef brisket, napa cabbage, jasmine rice paired with Lagunitas IPA Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Nilagang Baka: beef brisket, napa cabbage, jasmine rice paired with Lagunitas IPA

Fifth Course

Family Style dishes:
Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner: Family Style dishes for the fifth course Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner: Family Style dishes for the fifth course
Kalderetang Kambing with goat, olives, Jimmy Nardello peppers; by Carlo
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes: Kalderetang Kambing with goat, olives, Jimmy Nardello peppers Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes: Kalderetang Kambing with goat, olives, Jimmy Nardello peppers
Bringhe with heirloom rice, summer vegetables, coconut cream; by Charles
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes Bringhe with heirloom rice, summer vegetables, coconut cream Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes Bringhe with heirloom rice, summer vegetables, coconut cream
Gailan of Chinese broccoli and Bagoong XO; by Isa
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes Gailan of Chinese broccoli and Bagoong XO
Kare-Kare with lentils, cannellini beans, shitake dashi, peanut butter; by Chase
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner Fifth Course Family Style dishes: Kare-Kare with lentils, cannellini beans, shitake dashi, peanut butter
All paired with Mojo Filter cocktail of aged rum, coconut rum, lime, and pineapple gomme or a 2013 Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Fifth Course Mojo Filter cocktail of aged rum, coconut rum, lime, and pineapple gomme or a 2013 Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Feast PDX Twisted Filipino Dinner: Fifth Course Family Style dishes: Kalderetang Kambing with goat, olives, Jimmy Nardello peppers; Bringhe with heirloom rice, summer vegetables, coconut cream; Gailan of Chinese broccoli and Bagoong XO; Kare-Kare with lentils, cannellini beans, shitake dashi, peanut butter. All paired with Mojo Filter cocktail of aged rum, coconut rum, lime, and pineapple gomme or a 2013 Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Sixth Course

Coconut Sage Tart with dulcey mousse with coconut tapioca, passion fruit curd, pineapple, and basil and basil blossoms paired with Palmetto cocktail of aged rums, Italian vermouth, Demerara, bitters, lemon and orange oils. Plus an Extra dessert surprise of a mini-Blondie Dish by Isa Fabro of Unit 120.
Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Sixth Course Coconut Sage Course wtih dulcey mousse, passion fruit curd, pineapple, and basil paired with Palmetto cocktail of aged rums, Italian vermouth, Demerara, bitters, lemon and orange oils Feast Portland 2016 Twisted Filipino Dinner: Sixth Course dessert course, an Extra dessert surprise of a mini-Blondie Dish by Isa Fabro of Unit 120

Thank you to all the chefs for all the welcoming grins; everyone patiently autographing my menu; the fun atmosphere where they were so proud and enthused to tell us the traditional inspiration for their dish and what they did to add their twist; so many drinks (with a side of swearing starting from the opening speech to cement that we were being treated more like close friends and family rather than just paying customers); and the fact they were laughing and having a good time made sure everyone at the tables eating and drinking (SOOO much food, soooo full) also absorbed that positive energy too. Come back next year!!
The chefs of the Feast PDX Twisted Filipino dinner for 2016
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 is one out of my own pocket ($125 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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