From chef panels about the actual reality behind reality cooking shows — for instance, the reason there are so many of them on television is because they do indeed get the highest viewership, and you’d better believe the networks care about that — to small bites from a number of chefs from Oregon and beyond, the two-day tasting event put a spotlight on some of the best food that has yet to reach New York, Los Angeles, or other major culinary centers.
Below, check out a few of the best small bites we tasted this year at Feast Portland:
Not surprisingly, Elias Cairo had one of the Grand Tasting’s most covetable plates, full of complex meats that made us go back more than once.
Duck breast wouldn’t seem to lend itself to pastrami, but a version from Oregon’s Falling Sky Brewery
, topped with pickled marionberry, changed our minds.
chef and Top Chef Masters alum Jenn Louis teamed up with popular local ice creamery Fifty Licks
for one of the most popular collaborations of the whole festival, a buttermilk fudge ice cream topped with flakes of bottarga.
Once again, pickling fruits paid off in this simple and savory contribution from the Joel Palmer House
on the second day of the Grand Tasting.