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PICKATHON:
Curation Dinner
August 2, 2019

with chef John Gorham and Cedric Burnside


Curation looks to the crossroads of creativity, as chef John Gorham and Mississippi hill country blues artist Cedric Burnside draw inspiration from each other, and push each other to new heights. Curation attendees then enjoy an intimate and special performance by Cedric Burnside with appetizers and drinks from the featured bartender drawn from Portland’s culinary scene. Following the performance, Gorham presents an expanded multi-course meal conceived of and designed for the Curation event. Gorham will conceptualize his menu based on discussions with Burnside and the food provider, drawing inspiration from Burnside’s music to create a one-of-a-kind menu. The table is set under the forested greenery of Pendarvis Farm, and the band plays to an audience of select guests eager to discover something new. The result will be a unique experience, a festival within a festival.

 
 
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La Ruta PDX Presents
Juanjo Canals, Jorge Baeza and Analemma Wines
Friday, August 16

Spanish chef Juanjo Canals returns to Portland for his fifth culinary trip to present an multi-course all-inclusive dinner with fellow Madrid chef Jorge Baeza and wine pairings from Analemma Wines, whose estate vineyards feature Spanish varietals from Galicia. Juanjo and Jorge will design a menu based around a giant sustainable Balfegó Bluefin Tuna imported by La Ruta PDX for this event. Spinning by DJ Mixed Messages. Full bar available for purchase. Gratuity not included on additional beverages.

 
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The Chef Off
August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 17. 4pm-9pm
Bladberry Farm. 15620 NW Gillihan Road. 97231

The Umpqua Bank Chef Off presented by Parr Lumber and the Safeway Foundation is a coveted farm-to-table fundraiser, celebrating the best of Oregon food, wine and beer to benefit the Joey Harrington Foundation’s scholarship program. They bring together notable Portland chefs for a culinary competition on a beautiful 7-acre Sauvie Island.

Renata returns to defend its title of reigning champ with veteran competitor, Michael Kessler of PLAZA DEL TORO, and this year’s rookie: The Country Cat. Enjoy a mouthwatering ‘dessert-off’ between Pip’s Original Doughnuts, Kyra’s Bake Shop, and Wailua Shave Ice. New this year is a tasting competition of Oregon’s finest wine and beer, featuring Domaine Drouhin, Adelsheim, and Bergstrom Wines, and on the microbrew front: Full Sail Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, and Breakside Brewing.

At the end of the evening, cast your vote for People’s Choice Best Dish (or Dessert), and People’s Choice Best Beer and Wine, each competing for grand prize winnings to benefit an Oregon children’s charity of his or her choice!

 
Aborigens Trip 2019

Toro Bravo Culinary Trip to Spain
with John Gorham
October 1-10 2019

Chef John Gorham and Aborígens are happy to announce their third food exploration tour around the hidden corners of Catalan and Galician cuisines. After two previous successful trips that brought us to the most amazing food and wine temples of the Basque Country and Andalusia, this time we will explore the North-West section of the Peninsula, where the wild Atlantic coast is the door to an unexplored world of rural flavors.

A small group of lucky travelers, together with John and his crew, and a local, insider guide from Aborígens, will start this journey in Barcelona; a lively city with an ancient culinary tradition as well as a vibrant current food scene. After some urban and country exploration (unexplored parts of Rural Catalonia that we’ll keep secret until you get there…), we will make our way to Galicia, a country with unique seafood, wine and people.