Monday, September 22, 2014

Brunch Done Feast-Style

Brunch is a big deal in Portland. Why? There are probably a lot of reasons. My theory is a combination of giving us a valid excuse to have alcohol with our first meal of the day and that the restaurants here take brunch seriously, offer a wide array of creative takes on the standards. Whatever the reason, the Feast Portland Tillamook Brunch Village was a true reflection of what brunch means in Portland.

The Bloody Mary is a brunch staple with many places offering a build-your-own bar; the one at Feast was the granddaddy of them all and my first stop.

For the cocktail-leaning crowd, there were plenty of mimosa-style options, including frozen drinks, a light gin fizz, a refreshing apple/whiskey combination and a beer-mosa from Widmer.

Not to be left out, for the straight up, "I'll have a beer" crowd, The Commons, Ninkasi, Fort George, Deschutes and the aforementioned Widmer, were pouring a variety of hop juices to please any palate. Taking the opportunity to try sips and bites together I found The Commons Brewery's flagship, Urban Farmhouse Ale, and Tails and Trotters' plate of bacon, ham and sausage to be a match made in heaven.

Another winner in my personal beer and food pairing game was Fort George's Cavatica Stout with a mildly sweet crepe topped with cherry sauce from The Baldwin Saloon (The Dalles). It was one of only two sweet offerings I enjoyed with the other being the more-than-the sum-of-its-parts waffle served up by Charm City Cakes West and Duff Goldman himself.

Like most of my brunch outings, I rolled out of the door happily stuffed with all the treats, liquid and solid, I could manage.

Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today I Feast-ed

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard that there is this "little" thing called Feast Portland going on. It kicked off last night with the Sandwich Invitational and there are many, many events happening this weekend. The largest and easiest on the pocketbook (if anyone actually has a pocketbook I want to see it) is the Grand Bounty, which I checked it out today. It was my first time (woo-hoo, I'm no longer a Feast virgin!!) and while I was pretty sure I wouldn't be disappointed I didn't really know what to expect.

What I found out was that it was a lot like beer festivals in the Midwest - pay your entry fee and then drink (and in this case eat, too) until you're heart's content (or until you're simply filled to the gills) all in the comfort of a 21+ crowd. Like beer festivals in general, there are fewer people in the beginning and a few hours in you start to notice there are now a lot of people. Unlike beer festivals there is also a demonstration stage as well as wine and the aforementioned food. In case you're still not convinced, here's a little food p0rn for ya.
There was the sweet
 
There was the salty

There was the meaty

There was the cheesy

Of course we can't forget the beery

And then there were my favorites - one sweet and one savory. We'll start with the sweet because as adults we should have dessert first if we want it. From Petunia's Pies & Pastries came the most wonderful two-bite Cookie Monster Babycakes. With cookie dough baked inside and adorning the frosting these were simply amazing. The only thing that could, and did, make them better was to have them with Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout.

The savory one that so won my heart and taste buds was line-caught salmon escabeche with organic heirloom tomato relish and micro arugula from the Elements Tapas Bar in Medford where Mike Hite is the chef. I forgot how many times I went back for more but it was enough for one of the guys working the table to take notice and jokingly comment that I was back "again."

Today I feasted, I suggest you make plans to do the same tomorrow.

Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Saturday, September 20th
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tickets: $60


Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Culinary Adventure of Feast Portland 2014

 Inspiration at every event.

The incredible weekend of food and drink known as Feast is almost upon us! Feast, sponsored by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of culinary delight showcasing some of the finest food and beverage Oregon has to offer. Feast also brings awareness, and raises much needed funds by donating all net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. In it's first two years, Feast has raised over $99,000 for both No Kid Hungry, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Kudos to the founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch for helping ensure our future generations are fed.

Despite most of the hands-on classes being sold out, there is still room available at most of the signature events. One of the events we are most looking forward to this year is the Widmer Brother’s Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread. How could you not love the search for the ultimate sandwich!

THE LINEUP

CHEFS
Hugh Acheson, Empire State South (Atlanta, GA)
Dustin Clark, The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR)
Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb (San Francisco, CA)
Scott Dolich, The Bent Brick (Portland, OR)
Rick Gencarelli, Lardo (Portland, OR)
Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood, Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR)
Derek Hanson, Broder Nord (Portland, OR)
Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon (Portland, OR)
Paul Kahan, Avec (Chicago, IL)
Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Marché (Eugene, OR)
Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw (Portland, OR)
Matt McCallister, FT33 (Dallas, TX)
Bonnie Morales, Kachka (Portland, OR)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland, OR)

BREWERIES
Widmer Brothers Brewing, (Portland, OR)

WINERIES
Columbia Crest Grand Estates, (Patterson, WA)
Columbia Winery, (Woodinville, WA)
Erath, (Dundee, OR)
Hawks View Cellars, (Sherwood, OR)
Northstar, (Walla Walla, WA)
Union Wine Co., (Sherwood, OR)

DISTILLERIES
Reyka Vodka, (Borgarnes, Iceland)

WHEN - Thursday, September 18TH 6:00PM - 9:00PM
WHERE - Director Park
TICKETS - $95/ All inclusive

Hopefully we see you all there!