FEAST: The Speaker Series

This year’s Speaker Series, organized by FEAST Portland and Whole Foods Market. For those wanting to attend FEAST but are on a limited budget, these panels and events give you a lot of bang for your buck! All speaking engagements are hosted at the Portland Art Museum in the Marion L Miller Gallery. Tickets are available for $10 for each event.

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FEAST Speaker Series 2013

Friday, September 20th

  • 9:00am-10:30am | Hunger Bites, Let’s End it–As one of the states with the highest percentage of hungry children in America, Oregon is also home to many strong minds and hopeful professionals working hard toward enacting change, not just to save children in the Pacific Northwest, but all across the country. Learn how these organizations are changing the way we deal with poverty and childhood hunger at this Speaker Series Event. Speakers include: Nona Evans (Whole Kids Foundation | Austin, TX), Cylvia Hayes (First Lady of Oregon | Salem, OR), Lucy Melcher (Share Our Strength | Washington DC), Ellen Teller (Food Research and Action Committee (FRAC) | Washington, DC), and Patti Whitney-Wise (Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon | Portland, OR).
  • 11:00am-2:30pm | Food Will Define the Future of Healthcare–As one of my favorite events of the weekend, this talk will center on the current healthcare system, and what its future will also mean for many Americans. This discussion will touch on what Oregon can do about mending issues like obesity, and my hopes are that they may also nod toward many other growing issues like Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes. Speakers will include Randy Gragg (Portland Monthly | Portland, OR) and John Kitzhaber (State of Oregon | Oregon).
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm | The American Experience Through Food–What is American food exactly? Is it southern comfort food, made up of meals influenced from generations of family recipes? Or perhaps it’s recipes from the motherland, adapted to work with climate-friendly ingredients and new methods? This panel will discuss exactly what goes in to making food “American” and what makes us love it so dearly. Speakers include: J.M. Hirsch (Associated Press | New Hampshire), Christopher Kostow | The Restaurant at Meadowood | Napa Valley, CA), Daniel Vaughn (Texas Monthly | Austin, TX), Hugh Acheson (The National | Athens, GA), and Naomi Pomeroy (Expatriate, Beast | Portland, OR).
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm | Transparency and GMOs: The More You Know, the Better–The discussion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is a contentious one. The lack of longterm, impartial studies and the ever-growing issue of food scarcity in a growing world population means that GMO discussion may polarize attendees. This discussion panel will include Delana Jones (Yes on 522 | Seattle, WA), Robyn O’Brien (AllergyKids Foundation | Boulder, CO), Errol Schweizer (Whole Foods Market | Austin, TX), Arran Stephens (Nature’s Path | Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), and David Steves (EarthFix | Portland, OR).
Saturday, September 21st
  • 10:00am-11:30am | Beat the Devil: Create an Awesome Food Business without Selling your Soul–What will turn a one-time customer into a loyal regular? What are businesses doing to set themselves apart from the norm? This panel includes some huge names: Piper Davis (Grand Central Bakery | Portland, OR), Chuck Eggert (Pacific Foods | Tualatin, OR), Allison Frost (Think Out Loud | Portland, OR), A.C. Gallo (Whole Foods Market | Austin, TX), Kim Malek (Salt & Straw | Portland, OR), and Steve Smith (Smith Teamaker | Portland, OR).
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm | Portland Matters–Portland is sort of the IT city of the moment for food. The question is–is it sustainable? Or will we just be another blip? This event will discuss how Portland’s journey as a foodie paradise is far from over–heck, it’s only just begun! Speakers include: Karen Brooks (Portland Monthly | Portland, OR), Todd Davidson (Travel Oregon | Salem, OR), Francis Lam (Clarkson Potter | New York, NY), Mike Thelin (Feast Portland | Portland, OR), and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok | Portland, OR).

More Notable FEAST Events

Looking for something more sociable? Friday & Saturday‘s Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Event Presented by Alaska Airlines will be right up your alley. Hosted in Portland’s picturesque Pioneer Square, this tasting event features a LONG list of talented chefs, amazing wines and stellar beers! On top of it all, there will also be continual cooking demonstrations on the main stage. This event is even conveniently located near the Max stations so that you can enjoy yourself and get home safely afterward 🙂

Here’s what the demonstration lineup looks like:

Friday, September 20th
• 1:00pm-1:45pm – Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant
• 2:30pm-3:15pm – Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes
• 4:00pm-4:45pm – Matt and Ted Lee, The Lee Brothers

Saturday, September 21st
• 1:00pm-1:45pm – Naomi Pomeroy, Beast
• 2:30pm-3:15pm – Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon
• 4:00pm-4:45pm – Chris Cosentino, Incanto

Learn more about the Oregon Bounty Grand Tastings

Look who else is showing up to FEAST this year!

What FEAST Event do you see yourself at?

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