Portland Taste of the Nation in Review {Sponsored}

Portland’s Taste of the Nation was such an amazing event! I was impressed/pleased/astounded by each and every item the passed my lips. While I realize now that I only took pictures of food really, don’t let that fool you–there were many lovely drink options available from Bull Run Distillery to Pfriem Brewers. I even jumped into a fun photo booth for a few pics! Please enjoy my vision through the lens at this phenomenal event.

Toro Bravo’s/Mediterranean Experiment’s Tuna charcuterie plate. 
Imperial’s Salmon Latkes. 
Renata’s Rabbit N’duja with pickled carrots and pea shoots.

Fresh Veggies!
Smallwares‘ Beef Tataki, kimchi, hoisin, & Cilantro.
Portland Juice Co.
Grassa’s handmade lumache cacio e pepe. 
Classic Peruvian Cookies from Andina
Salmon ceviche from Andina
McMenamins’ Ballroom.
Packed house.

My Favorites of the Night

Aviary

Dumplings. This comfort food needs no more words. I was impressed by the multiple people standing in the back hand making these little delights, served in a tangy brown sauce. I will make it back to Aviary before the month is out!
Aviary’s dumplings.

Batch Chocolates

Charismatic and knowledgeable. Those are the words I choose to describe owner, Jeremy Karp–and his love runs deeply into his chocolates! Each one was a symphony of flavors, and while I was surprised that he handed me a white chocolate truffle after explaining that white chocolate just wasn’t my thing–he must enjoy changing people’s minds!
Batch chocolates.

Boke Bowl

Featuring a spicy dish, Boke Bowl‘s crawfish poutine over rice tots really hit my spicy spot–without hot sauce! I applaud them on their bravery with going a little outside the comfort zone of most of the attendees there! The least I can do is a mention 🙂
Boke Bowl’s crawfish poutine.

Restaurant St. Jack

Since my dinner at Acadia Bistro in N Pdx I’ve had a hankering for fried chicken skin! St. Jack satisfied that craving 10 fold with their chilled stinging nettle vichyssoise (chilled soup normally made up of leeks, potatoes, and cream), with crispy chicken skin and chili oil. I would eat this any day–especially when temps hit 80°F.
St. Jack’s Stinging nettle vichyssoise.


Want to know more? Check out Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and visit their events page.

No Kid Hungry: Coming Up

No Kid Hungry Bake Sale

Image via Not Just Baked.

The No Kid Hungry Bake Sale is not your average collection of baked goods. This year some of Portland’s most talented food bloggers are participating to make a difference. Learn more via Not Just Bake’s site here.

FEAST

The only other Portland-based event worth knowing about at the moment is FEAST, an event that takes place each September in the heart of downtown PDX. This four day event features nationally renowned chefs and proceeds benefit both No Kid Hungry AND Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. For more info and ticket information (as tickets go on sale THIS MONTH) check out their website.

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