Portland's restaurant scene is all grown up, and that means we get a fancy food festival to call our very own. Feast Portland, the brainchild of former WW contributor Mike Thelin and PR consultant Carrie Welch, debuts this week and it's a bona fide big deal: marquee chefs, national media attention, its own flavor of Salt & Straw ice cream. It's pretty spendy and much of it is sold out, but we couldn't let it pass without comment. If you are going, or just planning to be in downtown Portland sometime over the next four days, here are 10 things to look for:
2. White guys cooking Thai food
3. The 15th best chef in the world
4. Andrew Knowlton being an expert on everything
5. Your tax dollars at work
6. The prodigal son returns
7. A really expensive Reuben
Reflecting Portlandâs love of gourmet stoner food, the most expensive event at Feast is a $200-per-person âshowcaseâ of high-end chefs doing comfort food. Among other things, the program promises âa Reuben sandwich...made with Dungeness crab and sturgeon caviar.â Fun fact: for the same price, you can give two ducks, a pig, goat and sheep to a Third-World family.
8. Just these two barbecue guys; youâve probably never heard of them
9. Celebrity chefs galore
10. New York Times reporters working on their next big trend piece
GO: Feast runs Sept. 20-23 at various locations around Portland. Visit feastportland.com for more info.