Chefs Week PDX is descending on Portland this week, bringing together over 30 West Coast chefs for a series of collaborative dinners and parties celebrating community and the bounty of Oregon.
Now in its third year, Chefs Week PDX was started by Top Chef alum & LET um EAT Feeder Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant. He was inspired by some of the food festivals he’d participated in across the country and wanted to bring a similar event back to Portland. Despite the #snowpocalypse of 2014, the first year was a success and the event has gotten bigger and better each year.
While the majority of the chefs are Portland locals, there are a few coming into town from as far as Baja, Hawaii and Vancouver, BC. The week’s festivities, February 4 – 7, include a number of high-end ticketed dinners (mostly sold out), some smaller events that you can walk into and awesome after parties (which are unfortunately all RSVP’d to capacity). See below for a list of events you can still get in on.
One great tradition of Chefs Week PDX is teaming up with local Feeders to create some unique one-time only, collaborative products. This is a peek at what’s been dreamed up for 2016:
Kure Juice Chefs Week Juice
Gregory Gourdet went to Kure Juice to concoct a vitamin-packed juice that will keep you going through Chefs Week. Available in February.
Smith Teamaker’s Chefs Week Blend
Made with peppermint, hyssop, lemon myrtle, lavender, juniper & peach. Available at all of the Chefs Week dinners and in the Smith Teamaker tasting room.
Double Mountain “Come Together” Beer
A collaboration with chefs Rick Gencarelli (Lardo), Doug Adams (Imperial) and Adam Sappington (The Country Cat). Taste it at the Chefs Week Double Mountain Beer Dinner at The Country Cat and in Whole Foods, bars and restaurants soon.
Everybody’s Brewing Biscuit Shooter Sourdough RyePA
You read that right: Everybody’s Brewing isolated the yeast from Eve Kuttemann’s (Sage Hen) sourdough starter and they made a beer with it! Will be available in bars & restaurants starting this week.
Lardo Chefs Week Chefwich
This month’s Lardo chefwich is designed by Han of Kim Jong’s Grillin, with an Olympic Provisions frankfurter, banh mi baguette, kimchee mayo, sesame sprouts, daikon kimchee & pickled mango. $1 from each sandwich goes to the Surfrider Foundation.
And if you missed out on tickets and RSVPing for the after parties, there are still a few ways you can join in the fun:
Thursday, February 4
9 – 11 pm
Maya Erickson (Lazy Bear), Gregory Gourdet (Departure) and Nong Poonsukwattana (Nong’s Khao Man Gai) will be scooping their very own ice cream creations along with Salt & Straw owner Tyler Malek. Warning: there will be a line.
7 – 10 pm
Sarah Hymanson & Sara Kramer (Madcapra) will be serving their signature falafel sandwiches, sides and drinks at Bunk on Alberta. If you didn’t already put two and two together, dessert will be available next door at Salt & Straw.
Friday, February 5
11 am – 3 pm
Richie Nakano (Hapa Ramen) teams up with BJ Smith (Smokehouse Tavern) to offer 2 ramen options for your lunch needs. $14/bowl, get it while it’s hot.
This is the last dinner event with tickets still available. Featuring chefs Doug Adams (Imperial), Aaron Barnett (St Jack), Eve Kuttemann (Sage Hen), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat) and Jeff Scheer (Mill House) as well as Everybody’s Brewing, Angela Estate and St George Spirits.
Saturday, February 6
Portland is brunch city. Tickets are still available for this special brunch with Sarah Hymanson & Sara Kramer (Madcapra), Troy MacLarty (Bollywood Theater) and Josh McFadden (Ava Gene’s) that harks on the chefs’ pasts and is paired with rare Stumptown Coffee beverages.
Noon – 4 pm
Jeff Scheer (Mill House) is bringing some Hawaiian flavor to the Kim Jong Grillin food truck on 46th & Division, with help from Han Ly Hwang (Kim Jong Grillin) and Richie Nakano (Hapa Ramen). We’ll see you there.
And no matter what, you can follow along at #ChefsWeekPDX
Photo Credits: Chefs Week PDX