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Wild About Game 2012 Pits Portland Chefs Vs. Seattle

The big dance is still five weeks away, but local meat purveyor Nicky USA has announced it's upping the ante for its annual Wild About Game cook-off, set for Sunday, September 9. This year, the competition will pit four familiar Portland chefs in direct head-to-head battles with four Seattle-based chefs — as well as offer guests the opportunity to attend a "grand finale dinner" featuring five gamey courses and a cocktail hour.

In the culinary competition, Jenn Louis (Lincoln) will take on Cormac Mahoney (Madison Park Conservancy); Chris Israel (Gruner) faces off against Johnathan Sundstrom (Lark); Chris Carriker (Gilt Club) goes head-to-head with Carrie Mashaney (Spinasse); and Gregory Gourdet (Departure) battles it out against Nathan Lockwood (Altura). The dinner — for an additional $150 reservation, inclusive of wine pairings — features dishes like a water buffalo carpaccio with duck heart confit; sous vide elk with bread dumplings and black trumpet mushrooms; and foie gras truffles with cocoa nibs.

More information and tickets (the competition, including tastings and samples, is $50), available here.
· Wild About Game [Official site]
· All Previous Wild About Game Coverage [Eater PDX]