At a gala event in New York City last night (and after weeks of teasing and leaks), Feast Portland unveiled the complete lineup and event schedule for its upcoming Bon App-sponsored food and wine festival, scheduled to turn Portland into a giant gout-inducing community from September 20-23.
The short of it: In addition to previously announced names like Bloomfield, Brock, Hamilton, Lo, et al, the newly released lineup reveals scheduled appearances by Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand, Paris), Amanda Freitag (Chopped), Eddie Huang (Baohaus, NYC), Hedy Goldsmith (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami), Chris Cosentino (Incanto, SF), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, LA), and pastry chef Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes). In nearly all cases, visiting chefs will team with Portland's local talent in events ranging from sandwich competitions to intimate dinners to outdoor tastings and markets.
For the majority of the weekend (September 20-22), visiting chefs will serve one-off collaborative dinners in kitchens around town. Among the dinners currently on the calendar, which promises a dozen events: Adam Sappington (The Country Cat) and Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions) will team with chef Paul Kahan (of Chicago's Publican and avec). The previously announced Bloomfield appearance will come in a tandem dinner with Jenn Louis (Lincoln); while Franklin Barbeque pitboss Aaron Franklin teams with Portland's Boke Bowl crew. And in a dual out-of-town duo, Daniel Patterson (of San Francisco's COI) with Inaki Aizpitarte (of Le Chateaubriand). Reservations to each dinner vary, but most are in the $95-200 range.
Between the Buns:
Feast's kick-off event (on September 20) comes in the form of a Portland Monthly-sponsored Sandwich Invitational, during which chefs like Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Aaron Franklin (from Austin's Franklin BBQ), and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (the guys behind LA's Animal) answer an interpretive sandwich challenge posed by Bunk's Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood.
Chefs in the Market:
Dubbed Feast's "grand tasting event," the two-day Oregon Bounty Marketplace, takes over downtown's Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 21 and 22, featuring bites by some of Oregon's best-known artisans in the fields of wine, beer, cheese, coffee, and spirits. A "Main Stage" in the square will feature chef demonstrations from the likes of Aarón Sanchez, Naomi Pomeroy, and Seamus Mullen (of NYC's Tertulia).
Meanwhile, in Director Park...
Simultaneously on Sept. 21 and 22, and just a couple blocks away, downtown's Director Park will host a similar outdoor tasting event with three components. Expect another demo stage, with demonstrations from the likes of Silverton, Andy Ricker (who will pair with Bon Appetit editor Andrew Knowlton for his Thai street food demo), Elias Cairo, Eric Finlay (Chop Butchery) and David Briggs (of Xocolatl De David), among others. A "Tasting Annex" pairs the educational programming with appropriate bites, while a covered "Drinks Pavilion" is home to beverage-related seminars about everything from wine to gin (Saturday sees a "Wine vs. Beer" match-up, with paired cheeses by Steve Jones).
Market the Night:
The long-teased Night Market fetes on September 21 at the Ecotrust building, featuring bites of "global street food" curated by local street food maven Andy Ricker. Among the participants: Chefs Lo, Huang, Pichet Ong, and local restaurants like Aviary, Boke Bowl, Double Dragon, Biwa, Andina, and Nong's Khao Man Gai.
Vitaly Paley and Phillipe Boulot will curate an extravagantly upscale take on comfort food during September 22's High Comfort event, featuring caviar-, foie gras-, and truffle-laden bites from the previously mentioned Cosentino, Mullen, Freitag, and Goldsmith, as well as Brad Farmerie (of NYC's Public), Cathy Whims (Nostrana), and Greg Denton (Ox). Tickets to the comfort-food fest are $200.
More information — including the reveal of Sunday's events — still to come (though a "Chefs & Guests" page on the website features some familiar names and thus, probably some hints). Tickets are currently on sale here. Get on it.
· Feast Portland [Official site]
· All Previous Feast Coverage [Eater PDX]