Image of Nostrana courtesy kightp via Flickr
If this whole chef thing doesn't work out, Cathy Whims could probably consider a career in event planning. The Nostrana owner/chef will serve up two major events in the same week of August: First up, the second-annual Palio di Portland, a parking-lot race (with prizes!) featuring tricycles, roller skates, and hobby horses, all in honor of Siena's famous "Il Palio" horse race. The patio party, complete with prosecco and rosé, kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, August 15.
And the following Thursday, Whims welcomes James Beard-winning chefs Holly Smith (of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, Wa.) and Jason Wilson (of Seattle's Crush) for a "Celebrity Chef Tour" dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The traveling event brings together Beard winners and nominees for a collaborative, multi-course meal — it'll set you back $150, but that's probably cheaper than jaunts to Kirkland and Seattle, ja? RSVP at the Celebrity Chef Tour website.
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