Photo of WAG 2010/Eater PDX
As a culinary city, Portland seems slightly meatier than most (just ask your favorite vegan) — so the idea of a bunch of chefs hanging out, collaborating, and cooking up obscenely large amounts of meaty goodness sounds like, you know, the average Tuesday. But on Sunday, September 18, a slew of Portland chefs take a trip to Welches' Resort on the Mountain for the 11th annual Wild About Game Cook-Off. The competition, developed by local meat purveyor Nicky USA, pits nine local chefs against each other in a "black box" cooking competition using gamier-than-usual ingredients like rabbit, quail, elk, water buffalo, and bison.
Last year, Le Pigeon's Gabriel Rucker came out on top, and this year's lineup features Portland chefs Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Erik Van Kley (Little Bird), Greg Denton (Metrovino), Ben Bettinger (Beaker & Flask), Chris Carriker (Gilt Club), and Michael Stanton (the Heathman), in addition to chefs Paul Bosch (Resort on the Mountain), Jason Stoller Smith (from the Timberline Lodge), and Philippe Thomelin (of Seattle's Olivar).
A panel of celebrity guest judges — like Saveur editor Dana Bowen and (oh hey there!) Eater National editor Raphael Brion — will determine the winner, but all guests will get to sample bites from the "artisan marketplace" (last year, there was foie. Tons and tons of foie.) and knock back drinks provided by Northwest distilleries. Tickets to the day-long affair are $35 and available at the official site.
· Wild About Game 2011 [Official site]
· All Previous Wild About Game Coverage [Eater PDX]