In Preview: Feast Portland

by Leesy Latronica

From September 18 through 21, expert food and beverage artisans from across the country will flood the blocks of downtown…

August 18th, 2014

Ever get the sense that cutting-edge coffee attracts innovators and artists? So did Rip Pruisken, founder of Dutch-style coffee wafel company Rip van Wafels. So he created an event to draw the coffee, technology and arts communities together on purpose, just to see what would happen.
The first iteration of Pruisken’s event, called Mandala, was held last year in San Francisco where Rip van Wafels is headquartered, and brought 400 luminaries from the three disparate fields together.

August 15th, 2014

This fall, iron out the dinner party attire and join the James Beard Foundation at the Four Seasons Hotel as the star-studded Taste America culinary tour stops in Seattle. We mean it, prepare for some serious name-dropping.

August 14th, 2014

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We’ve all likely heard the age-old idiom more than few times. But in the case of the fourth year of Seattle’s Craft Beer + Food event, we’re excited that the folks of the Washington Beer Blog have taken the already highly-anticipated smorgasbord and made it even better, with more restaurant and brewery pairings than ever.

August 13th, 2014

A host of single-spirit festivals have sprouted up across the region over the past half-decade, one such is Seattle’s Northwest Tequila Fest that celebrated its third year on Saturday with a sun-soaked parking lot roped off and filled to the gills with agave spirits and their analogous enthusiasts.

July 29th, 2014

There are three things you should know about aquavit before anything else.
1) It’s a category of caraway-flavored Scandinavian liquors, four times older than Ballard and veritably limitless in its scope.
2) Out of hundreds, only one foreign aquavit survives as an import to the United States, meaning Americans’ understanding of a drink once culturally integral to many of our ancestors has virtually disappeared.

July 18th, 2014

Surrounded by mountain ranges in all but one direction, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has long been a Northwestern hub for Pinot Noir and other cool-climate grape varieties. In fact, Willamette Valley grapes account for 89.5 percent of the state’s Pinot Noir production and 77 percent of its total wine production.

July 10th, 2014

Along the banks of the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown Portland will cap off Oregon Craft Beer Month with five days of flowing taps at the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival.
Since July 1988, the Oregon Brewers Festival – one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals – has drawn crowds of microbrew fans with a variety of handcrafted brews from local and nationwide distributors.

July 10th, 2014

Back for its 27th year in support of the Washington winemaking industry, this year’s Auction of Washington Wines kicks off Thursday, August 14 with tastings and summer-inspired bites at the Picnic and Barrel Auction.
Guests at Woodinville, Wash.,’s elegant Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery will be in good company, with more than 100 winemakers on hand to offer tastes, and a culinary staff from Tulalip Resort Casino serving up a carefully curated dinner menu.

July 1st, 2014

Head toward the Vancouver Island coast for tastings of more than 100 British Columbian wines accompanied by bites of in-season ingredients, as Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine returns for its sixth annual celebration of local, sustainability-focused flavors.

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