Foodportunity PDX

8 Mar

Last night I was fortunate enough to accompany my neighbor and friend Faith Dionne of Bees & Beans at Foodportunity, a local networking event for food journalists, Public relation professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food passionate people. The event was held at The Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland and featured bites and sips from some of the area’s best, including: Accanto, Beaker and Flask, Koi Fusion, Lincoln Restaurant, Sassafras Southern Kitchen, St. Jack and Vino Paradiso to name (more than) a few. Faith was passing out her addicitive Honey Bar, the flagship flavor in her artisan line of candy bars, and as a representative of Little Branch, I was able to sneak in a couple jars of Strawberry-Rose jam. I served this jam on black pepper crackers with Tillamook’s Vintage Cheddar and Niman Ranch’s Jambon Royal and got some great feedback and exposure. It was fantastic having the opportunity to meet so many people face-to-face in the industry, such as food photographer David Reamer , pastry chef Jeff McCarthy and the women from Republic of Jam, especially after following/admiring them on the internet for so long. The event was a smashing success and it was great connecting with the thriving local food community here, who are as equally passionate about food as I am. It is times like these when I am reminded of how grateful I am to live in the Pacific Northwest and to be a contributing member of this vibrant culture. Many thanks to Faith and the other sponsors and organizers of Foodportunity for making this delicious evening possible. I look forward to seeing other people’s reports from the night (ahem, Byron and Allison, this means you).

Photo by David L. Reamer

2 Responses to “Foodportunity PDX”

  1. SonMan March 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    AMAZING writings. I have been a fan since discovering you on your LRBC blog and am delighted you continue to share your insights and talents via this new blog. You are an incredibly talent writer and I look forward to your future efforts.

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