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.

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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.

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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

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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)

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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 Sandwich Invitational 2014 Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Tips for Attending Feast Portland

GAH! Where did the summer go soooo fast? Can you believe Feast Portland, the best, most delicious, food festival in Portland, the all holidays rolled into one long weekend of September 18 – 21, is only 1 week away! EEEEEeee!!!

I have shared before an overview of Feast PDX 2014 in a previous Countdown to Feast post. This time, assuming you have a ticket to at least one event or have signed up for volunteering for Feast, I wanted to share tips for attending Feast Portland.

Tip 1: Carry a tote bag

You will be picking up business cards and pamphlets for instance if you are attending the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting on either Friday or on Saturday. Tickets are still available for these two events BTW! Anyway, I have a tote bag that has a small little mesh pocket on the side which I actually use to carry my drink glass sometimes. That way I had someplace to put my glass when I wanted to get both hands on my mini sandwiches when I was at the Sandwich Invitational last year (I also plan to attend the Sandwich Invitational this year also. And there are still tickets available for this event if you are interested).

The glass for beer at the Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast 2013 Supporting local, thanks to Whole Foods at Feast 2013

I also use the tote bag to carry extra napkins (including wetnaps!) and to carry the same knife/fork/spoon all night so I don’t have to use additional ones because I threw it away. I also have a bottle of water in there!

My tote bag also has a little notebook where I might jot down notes of things I might hear, be it stories from the vendors or one of the chef demonstrations at the Grand Tasting, or from talking to various people I may meet as we are simultaneously tasting wine together.

Who knows, you may even find something you’d like to buy and carry back with you… like I got these awesome T-shirts from Flavour Gallery that are super soft and comfortable and proudly proclaim my love of deliciousness. Only a week after Feast 2013 last year, I was excited to pack that shirt and wear in when I was traveling looking at waterfalls in Ithaca NY. I remember seeing them at the Sandwich Invitational and at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
Shirt from Flavour Gallery at Feast Portland 2013. I love this shirt. Me wearing my Feast Portland 2013 shirt from Flavour Gallery just a week later after Feast while posing with Buttermilk Falls in New York

The biggest secret in my bag? I have little ziploc bags in there. You don’t have to sample everything, but believe me, even so you can only eat so many of those Sandwich Invitational sandwiches without feeling overly full. One thing I learned from being a certified PNWBA barbecue judge is that there is no reason to take more than a few bites. Since I don’t want to waste the food, I then put the rest in the ziploc bag in my tote and move on to another taste. And then I eat those leftovers the whole next week after Feast…

Tip 2: Talk to Strangers

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Friday, Kyra's Bake Shop Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Friday, Ben Jacobs3n himself of Jacobs3n Salt

I give my personal business card out freely as anyone I meet whether it be in line or while trying to balance samples is a food lover like me, and we can surely be friends. Something as simple as “Oooo, what are you having? Where did you get that?” or “Did you have a favorite sandwich/sample/wine/etc” is a great conversation opener. Everyone here is HAPPY to talk about food and drink while eating food and drink, believe me!

At events like the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, take this opportunity to find out the story about the various artisan vendors and to explore new things you have never tried before. This is a serious tip- Urban Bliss also included it on her tips list, and you should also check out her Top 10 Tips for Feast Portland Newbies post!

Tip 3: Make a Game Plan

When I first go to an event, before I even attend I take a look to see if their are any names that initially jump out at me as ones I want to visit right away. Then, when I actually arrive at the event, based on how busy it is, I will decide how I am going to order my visits. I personally like to be there when the event first opens. Then I walk around the entire event space, seeing who is where and what everyone is offering. Based on that, I then plan my visit order!
The layout of the High Comfort event at Feast 2013 Grilled Cheese Please! From Tillamook Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013

An example might be at the Sandwich Invitational and when I attended High Comfort last year (there are tickets still available to High Comfort for 2014!), I picked out certain chefs who I knew were from out of town and likely to be in high demand and figured out where their booths were and looked to see what they were serving as their sample tastes. Then based on that,  I picked out what I wanted to eat most and went from there. Pretty much I’ll be making a beeline for Hugh Acheson at Sandwich Invitational and for Aaron Franklin at the Tillamook Brunch Village (tickets already sold out!) for instance. <3 <3 <3

At an event like the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, check the schedule of the day to see who and when the chef demonstrations are occurring at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage!
The Lee Brothers charm the audience during their Kitchenaid Demo, regaling with many stories while making oyster peanut stew on the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage at Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Feast 2013 Naomi advise to squeeze butter w your hands to help warm it up as she prepares corn souffle on the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage at Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Feast 2013

Tip 4: Wear Comfy Shoes and have Pockets

For events in which are will be visiting a lot of different booths in a food market style – namely the Sandwich Invitational Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting, High Comfort, and Brunch Village, you will be on your feet a lot. If you are attending the dinners or tasting panels you will be seated so relax.

Be prepared accordingly. These events are also rain or shine, so check the weather and bring a rainjacket hoodie if necessary. Don’t do an umbrella – you don’t want to waste your hands that could be holding food and drink!

I also highly recommend wearing something with easy accessible pockets. Even if you have your tote bag, you don’t want to go scrounging around in there each time you want to get your camera to grab a photo.

Tip 5: Use your Phone! Take Photos and follow Social Media

One of the best tricks for remembering delicious things is to take a photo of them. I take photos of signs describing the dish as I’m going up to the booth, and if I really like a particular beer or wine or anything, I take a photo. The visual cue of seeing the descriptions (particularly wine bottle labels) when I look on my phone is so helpful later!

In order to see what is happening and hot, be sure to check the hashtag #feastpdx on Twitter #feastpdx  or the handle Twitter FeastPDX and follow on Instagram Feast Portland to also see what everyone is talking about – maybe that’s how you’ll know to hurry and get into a particular line for a food dish before it runs out. If you do share, make sure you tag #FeastPDX too.

I know I’m sorry to be missing the Night Market, but I’ll be following the pictures online to live vicariously through all the social sharers out there.

Given that you may be taking photos and twittering… don’t you think of leaving home without your phone charger with you. Who knows how long the evening might extend to and you don’t want to run out of battery.

Make sure you also program a taxi number in your phone. You may not need it, but it’s so useful to have just in case you get invited to party on with new friends that you meet…

I’ll be on Twitter and Instagram myself covering Feast, so I hope we are already friends on Twitter @pechluck and on Instagram @pechluck .

If you don’t have tickets yet, the recommendation I would give (and apparently so would Carrie Welch, one of the co-founder of Feasts – she noted this in an interview Bakery Bingo recently posted. Also check out some interesting tidbits about her at an interview of Carrie at love, rachel with her post Coffee Conversations: Carrie Welch Co-Founder of Feast Portland is to strongly consider either the Sandwich Invitational on Thursday evening, or Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting on either Friday or on Saturday.

I hope these tips are helpful to you, and maybe I’ll see you at Feast? Don’t be shy about coming to say hi!

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 – so it just means I will have more to recap for you now!

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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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Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap: Paley Pre Funk, Sandwich Invitational

Disclosure: I was granted a Bloggers Pass for Feast Portland 2013, and asked to help promote Feast but they did not require that I write this post and I am not otherwise being compensated. I paid for my own ticket to the Sandwich Invitational.

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap, September 19, 2013

Paley Pre Funk at Imperial

It started with Paley Pre Funk at Imperial, featuring wine by Hawks View Cellars, Beer by Breakside Brewing, and Appetizers by Chef Ben. I felt like a superstar celebrity, surrounded by beautiful people who were fashionable and gourmet, gorgeous foods and wines that made me roll my eyes back as I sipped them. I felt like I had snuck onto one of those episodes of Top Chef Masters where they prepare an incredible meal of little bites.

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: beets, white chocolate & rosemary lardo Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: beets, white chocolate & rosemary lardo

I was really impressed by the food, which included

  • Beets, White Chocolate, and Rosemary Lardo
  • Albacore Tuna, Padrons, Pistachio Romesco
  • Smoked Pork Shoulder, Salsa, Crispy Potatoes
  • Fall Vegetable and Ricotta Terrine
  • Smoked Trout Salad, Horseradish, Apple Chip
  • Fire Roasted Gazpacho, Herbs, Brioche Croutons
  • Blood Sausage, Apple Sauce, Crispy Speck
  • Mackerel Escabeche, Crispy Pork Belly, Aioli

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: beets, white chocolate & rosemary lardo Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: beets, white chocolate & rosemary lardo Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: albacore tuna, padrons, pistachio romesco, wonderfuly paired with the Hawks View Cellars White Pinot Noir Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: smoked pork shoulder, salsa, crispy potatoes Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: smoked trout salad, horseradish, apple chip Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: fire roasted gazpacho, herbs, brioche croutons, paired with the Skin-Fermented Chardonnay from Hawks View Cellars. I think I had like 4 of these Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap at Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paley's Pre Funk, appetizers by Chef Ben: Mackerel Escabeche, Crispy Pork Belly, Aioli

Hawks View Cellars poured their White Pinot Noir, Skin-Fermented Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir Reserve.  These were very limited production wines that the general public would probably never see as it get snapped up by their wine members. Well, that last one, the Pinot Noir Reserve, is enough reason to join their wine club, I took a sip and the world stopped for a second and it unfolded on my palate. SO GOOD. Of all the amazing things I had during my visit at Paley Pre Funk, the taste of that Pinot Noir Reserve is the one I am STILL THINKING ABOUT.
Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Hawks View Cellars at Paley Pre Funk at Imperial for Feast Portland 2013

Sandwich Invitational 2013

Next, the Sandwich Invitational. I had never heard of Reyka Vodka, but I was impressed by their booth as I watched the ice bar get smaller over time. I also loved their blood orange vodka beverage. Meanwhile, Tillamook was sampling 3 dessert grilled cheeses to put to a twitter vote to see which would make it to their Comfort Call menu, as previously posted (The Dark Chocolate Ginger – Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar with dark chocolate and candied ginger / The Ooey-Gooey – Chocolate covered pretzels with bananas, peanut butter and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese / The Marionberry Waffle – Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Marionberry compote on Ego waffles).

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Widmer Sandwich Invitational gate at Feast Portland Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Grilled Cheese Please! From Tillamook Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Reyka Vodka serving up refreshments Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Blood Orange soda with Reyka Vodka at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Tillamook Dessert Grilled Cheeses to sample and vote for: The Dark Chocolate Ginger – Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar with dark chocolate and candied ginger / The Ooey-Gooey – Chocolate covered pretzels with bananas, peanut butter and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese / The Marionberry Waffle – Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Marionberry compote on Ego waffles

  • Paul Qui’s Widmer Sandwich Invitational entry of Rabbit 7 ways
  • Gabrielle Denton handing out Ox’s Duck confit sandwich on cheddar jalapeno waffle with maple mustard and dill pickled peach

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paul Qui making the sammie for the crowds at the Widmer Sandwich Invitational for Feast Portland 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Paul Qui's Widmer Sandwich Invitational entry of Rabbit 7 ways at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Gabrielle handing out Ox's Duck confit sandwich on cheddar jalapeno waffle with maple mustard and dill pickled peach Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Ox's Duck confit sandwich on cheddar jalapeno waffle with maple mustard and dill pickled peach Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013

  • Sean Brock of McCrady’s (Charleston) entry of Hillbilly Fried Bologna Sandwich
  • Stuart Biroza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions (SF) open-Faced Sweet Corn and Pork Belly ‘Panwich’
  • Joshua McFadden of Roman Candle Baking Company offered a Sloppy Giueppe with this clever container, and also a Chocolate Brioche with Peanut Gelato

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Sean Brock of McCrady's (Charleston) entry of Hillbilly Fried Bologna Sandwich for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Sean Brock of McCrady's (Charleston) entry of Hillbilly Fried Bologna Sandwich for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Stuart Biroza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions (SF) open-Faced Sweet Corn and Pork Belly 'Panwich' for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Stuart Biroza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions (SF) open-Faced Sweet Corn and Pork Belly 'Panwich' for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Joshua McFadden of Roman Candle Baking Company offered a Sloppy Giueppe with this clever container at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Joshua McFadden of Roman Candle Baking Company offered a Sloppy Giueppe and this Chocolate Brioche with Peanut Gelato at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013

  • Woodsman Tavern Smoked Lamb Gyro wtih yogurt sauce, pickled onion and zhoug on a roman candle bakery flatbread
  • Elephants Deli Roast Hoison Pork Belly
  • Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes offered Peanut Butter Jelly and Bacon Sandwich
  • David Kreifels’ Smoked Beef Tongue Sandwich with Padron Peppers from Laurelhurst Market
  • Bunk Sandwiches Holy food porn! Pork Belly Torta w Pickled Pineapple Jalapeno Slaw. Holy food porn!
  • Lardo, you had me at truffles (on their Spit Roasted Porchetta)

Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Woodsman Tavern Smoked Lamb Gyro wtih yogurt sauce, pickled onion and zhoug on a roman candle bakery flatbread for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Elephants Deli Roast Hoison Pork Belly for Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes offered Peanut Butter Jelly and Bacon Sandwich Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap David Kreifels' Smoked Beef Tongue Sandwich with Padron Peppers from Laurelhurst Market at the Widmer Sandwich Invitational for Feast Portland 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap David Kreifels' Smoked Beef Tongue Sandwich with Padron Peppers from Laurelhurst Market at the Widmer Sandwich Invitational for Feast Portland 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Bunk Sandwiches Holy food porn! Pork Belly Torta w Pickled Pineapple Jalapeno Slaw Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Bunk Sandwiches Holy food porn! Pork Belly Torta w Pickled Pineapple Jalapeno Slaw Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Lardo, you had me at truffles (on their Spit Roasted Porchetta) at the #feastpdx Sandwich Invitational 2013

Perhaps the photos gave away which sandwiches I liked the most. I voted for Bunk, but Judge’s choice went to David Kreifels/Laurelhurst Market for the smoked beef tongue with padron peppers. People’s Choice went to Adam Sappington/Country Cat for the juicy lamb cheeseburgers sliders. Unfortunately, my photo of the people’s choice winner was too blurry to share. Using my trick of carrying lil ziplocs in my bag so the food would not go to waste after 1-2 bites (not all sandwiches made it to the bag though- hey, I needed dinner!), I did manage to get to everyone except for Roman Candle Bakery where the sloppy giuseppe was procured by a friend but I was too full to sample but I got their leftovers after their bites, the Ruby Jewel sandwiches (3 dessert grilled cheeses from Tillamook was enough, especially adding in the extra Chocolate Brioche with Gelato from Roman Candle!) and also I missed the Clyde Common sandwich, a seafood sandwich I heard.

I leave you with some “fancy dancing” I happened to see. I also give you Francis Lam rocking orange pants and checked jacket while standing next to Naomi that I quickly paparazzi’d as I was in line waiting to get in. The line went around the block, but moved quickly as it seemed to be just a matter of scanning tickets and putting on wristbands.
Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap There's Dancing at the Bunk Sandwiches booth going on... at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap There's Dancing at the Bunk Sandwiches booth going on... at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013 Feast Portland 2013 Day 1 Recap Francis Lam rocking orange pants and checked jacket while standing next to Naomi at Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2013

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Disclosure: I was granted a Bloggers Pass for Feast Portland 2013, and asked to help promote Feast but they did not require that I write this post and I am not otherwise being compensated. I paid for my own ticket to the Sandwich Invitational.

Also check out my recap of Day 3 High Comfort and Day 2 Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

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