Feast Portland, the GRAND DADDY of the premier food & drink festivals in the Pacific Northwest, has just announced their lineup of 2016 events. One look at the extensive list of international chefs below, you know it’s going to be a great time for foodies, winos, and everyone who savors good eats. Now in it’s 5th year, Feast Portland’s co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch states”Our goal is to continue to best ourselves every year. Our fifth anniversary is a no-rerun year – everything is new and fun!”
The “New and Fun” theme has translated into a new event called “Fun Size Events” for this year. These events, are bigger than the the collaboration dinner series, yet more intimate than the main events. Of course, there are the also events like drink tank with expert panels and the insightful hands-on classes to add to the full experience within the four crazy packed days. Also different for this year is a Latin Night Market and Sandwich Invitational on the East Side. For those of you that are slightly curious and have never been, here is a recap of my 2015 experience.
2016 PARTICIPATING CHEFS
Bringing together the most legendary and hottest new chefs for a four-day party, Feast 2016 welcomes over 100 chefs from the U.S., Canada and Japan.
Visiting chefs this year include: Hugh Acheson of 5&10 (Athens, GA), Jason Alley of Pasture (Richmond, VA), Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute Restaurant (Chicago), Kotaro Asakura of Kirakutei (Tokyo), Alex Barkley of Manolin (Seattle), Justin Brunson of Old Major (Denver), Ericka Burke of Chop Shop (Seattle), Alvin Cailan of Eggslut (Los Angeles), Chad Valencia and Chase Valencia of LASA (Los Angeles), Nina Compton of Compère Lapin (New Orleans), Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice (Chicago), Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb (San Francisco), Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Restaurants (Seattle), Josh Even of Tosca Cafe (San Francisco), Isa Fabro of Unit 120 (Los Angeles), Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole (New York), Christine Flynn of iQ Food Co. (Toronto), Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas of Olamaie (Austin), Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station (Los Angeles), Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (Austin), Stephen Gerike of National Pork Board (Churchhill, MD), Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes (Los Angeles), Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston), Edouardo Jordan of Salare Restaurant (Seattle), Paul Kahan of Dove’s Luncheonette (Chicago), Jessica Koslow of Sqirl (Los Angeles), Tony Maws of Craigie on Main (Cambridge), Charles Olalia of RiceBar (Los Angeles), Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (New York), Rene Ortiz of Launderette (Austin), Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow (Cambridge), Alon Shaya of Shaya (New Orleans), Bryan Lee Weaver and Michael Shemtov of Butcher & Bee Nashville (Nashville), and Rachel Yang of Trove (Seattle).
Local chefs this year include: Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst Market, Phillippe Boulot of The Multnomah Athletic Club, David Briggs of Xocolatl de Davíd, Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, Beau Carr of Ringside Steakhouse, Devon Chase of Hamlet, Maylin Chavez and Melissa Mayer of Olympia Oyster Bar, José Chesa of Chesa, Peter Cho of Han Oak, Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer Restaurant, Lisa Clark of Petunias Pies and Pastries, Jami Curl of QUIN, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of OX Restaurant, Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen, Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl, Ryan Fox of Nomad.PDX, Jason French of Ned Ludd, Rick Gencarelli of Lardo, Benjamin Gonzales of Nuestra Cocina, John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Gregory Gourdet of Departure, Andrew Gregory of The Woodsman Tavern, Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches, Tim Healea of Little T Baker, Han Ly Hwang of Kim Jong Grillin, Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon, Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella, Dustin Koerner of Andina, Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, Chris Lascik of Oven and Shaker, Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant, Maya Lovelace of Mae, Troy MacLarty of Bollywood Theater, Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Rich Meyer of Trifecta Tavern and Bakery, Katy Millard of Coquine, Kasey Mills of Mediterranean Exploration Company, Bonnie Morales of Kachka, Rodney Muirhead of Podnah’s Barbecue, Kristen D. Murray of Maurice, Kelly Myers of Xico, Earl Ninsom of Langbaan, Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Trent Pierce of Roe, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Annie Portlock of Annie Pies, Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Ryan Roadhouse of Nodoguro, Gabe Rosen of Biwa, Matt Ross of The Bent Brick, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, David Sapp of Park Kitchen, Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, Billy Schumaker of Taqueria Nueve, Matt Sigler of Renata, BJ Smith of Smokehouse Tavern, Joel Stocks and William Preisch of Holdfast, Leather Storrs of Noble Rot, Erik Van Kley of Taylor Railworks, Kyle Linden Webster of Expatriate, Cathy Whims of Nostrana, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck, Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant, and Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi.
2016 FESTIVAL EVENTS:
Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland is launching a brand new series of four Fun-Size events based on the overwhelming popularity of the Aaron Franklin Stumptown Cook-Out event held in 2015. Bigger than a Dinner Series event though smaller and more intimate than the festival’s main events, these mid-size events with varying themes at venues around the city include a reprise of last year’s cook-out with Franklin Barbecue & Family, a party celebrating the art of the ultimate comfort food in its many forms at Eat Your Feelings – The Noodle Edition, hang out with the most incredible lineup of bartenders for a laid back afternoon of drinks and bites at Peace, Love and Cocktails, and a Southern-style picnic to wrap up the weekend at The Go Get You Some Picnic.
The festival’s Friday night main event USA Pears Night Market Presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card remains the party of all parties, featuring a light-strung village of stalls serving up a crazy slate of street food. This year’s theme: Playful Latin cooking, from Mexico to Madrid. With taco mashups, reimagined grilled Argentine meats, and inspired Spanish bites, the Night Market delivers a night of Latin song and sauce with the energy and excitement you’ve come to expect.
Sandwich Invitational Presented by Portland Monthly Magazine, the annual sandwich showdown that kicks off Feast weekend on Thursdaynight, is pulling up its tube socks and heading east across the river this year to the RoseQuarter Commons. 14 of the best chefs in the country will suit up to blaze a trail to sandwich glory. Guests hold the power to taste and vote for a favorite sandwich of the night, along with an esteemed panel of judges comprised of local and national culinary legends. From the cutting-edge, to the mysterious to the nostalgic – who will go for the long ball, Rip City-style? Boom Shaka Lacka!
Last year’s breakout new event, Oregonian Media Group Smoked! Presented by Tillamook will return to The Fields in Northwest Portland as the final main evening event of Feast on Saturday night. Don’t call it a cookout –Smoked! is a delightful meat-fueled inferno of the best chefs slinging Flintstonian cuts of beef, pork, fish and fowl where diners will sip regional reserve wines, rambunctious cocktails and cold beer as they wander from pit to pit tasting all the prized bites that grill gurus from the country’s top kitchens can dole out.
The Grand Tasting is the festival’s largest tasting event and a culinary road trip of America’s food culture. The walk-around tasting on Friday andSaturday afternoon of Feast weekend in Pioneer Courthouse Square, a cozy brick amphitheater in the city center, will introduce attendees to over 80 food and drink vendors from Oregon and beyond. Bon Appétit curates the best and most buzzworthy in the BA Mercantile, the brand’s weekend headquarters, featuring an appetizing assortment of food and fun.
Brunch Village Presented by Whole Foods Market closes Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland weekend on Sunday in the best way possible – a spirited outdoor celebration, where brunch chef legends create the ultimate offerings of pork, eggs, flour, salt, butter, booze and love with Mimosas and Bloody Marys in-hand.
The Dinner Series events are once-in-a-lifetime meals crafted through the collaboration of the country’s most innovative culinary minds. This year’s coveted Dinner Series events feature Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, and Tony Maws at Ox Restaurant; John Gorham and Chris Cosentino at Plaza Del Toro; Jason French and Paul Kahan At Elder Hall; and the Twisted Filipino dinner featuring Filipino-American chefs Chad and Chase Valencia (LASA), Alvin Cailan (Eggslut), Charles Olalia (RiceBar), Isa Fabro (Unit 120), and host chef Carlo Lamagna (Clyde Common) at The Cleaners in Ace Hotel. The exclusive dinners hosted at KitchenCru, Portland’s culinary incubator, include Bon Appétit Presents the Hot Ten – America’s Best New Restaurants hosted by Bon Appétit Deputy Editor Andrew Knowlton and Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport; Shabbat Shalom celebrating Israeli cuisine with Alon Shaya (Shaya, New Orleans), Jenn Louis (Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern, Portland), Kasey Mills (Mediterranean Exploration Company, Portland) and Michael Shemtov and Bryan Lee Weaver (Butcher & Bee, Nashville); Konnichiwa PDX with Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen, New York), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast, Portland), Justin Woodward (Castagna, Portland), Gabe Rosen (Biwa, Portland) and Ryan Roadhouse (Nodoguro, Portland) and special guest and master chef Kotaro Asakura (Kirakutei, Tokyo); Enchantment Under the Sea with Trent Pierce (Roe, Portland), Joel Stocks and Will Presich (Holdfast, Portland), Edouardo Jordan (Salare Restaurant, Seattle), and Kristen Murray (Maurice, Portland); and Washington Wine– THE Dinner hosted by award-winning national wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld with chefs Scott Dolich and David Sapp (Park Kitchen, Portland).
Taste through premium beverages with national industry experts at Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe tasting panels in the beautiful Evans H. Roberts Sculpture Mall of Portland Art Museum. Feast panelists will share their extensive knowledge along with a few good stories as they explore new trends in the wine, beer and cocktail world. For those who want to bring home more than just a full belly from the festival, Feast’s Hands-On Classes provide a rare opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the nation’s most skilled artisans and chefs in culinary spaces around Portland.
As always, the reason why we “Feast” is to help end childhood hunger. The last four years, Feast Portland has donated over $231,000 to local and national charity partners. For the fifth anniversary, the festival will keep charitable donation in its home state of Oregon, partnering exclusively with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
Sept. 15-Sept 18 2016
Various areas within Downtown Portland