The week before last was a big one for local chefs, who gathered in New York City for the May 21 launch party for Feast Portland, the much-anticipated food and drink festival that will take place Sept. 20-23 in downtown Portland.
New York media, chefs and tastemakers descended upon the party, which highlighted Oregon beer, wine and spirits, plus samplings from Olympic Provisions, Bunk Sandwiches (the oxtail sandwich was a particular favorite), Beast, Departure, Paley’s Place and others. Here’s a nice recap of the event from Bon Appetit.
Later in the week, two other culinary standard-bearers — both of whom will also be participants in Feast – led hands-on, Portland-focused events for travel writers and meeting planners. In Chicago, Jenn Louis of Lincoln (one of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs of 2012) led a hands-on cooking demonstration. And in DC, Mark Bitterman (owner of The Meadow and author of the James Beard Award-winning Salted) piqued attendees’ taste buds with samplings of artisan-made finishing salts.