Posts for May, 2010

May 25, 2010

The Perfect Meal, The Perfect Man

We all have guilty pleasures. Pedicures, romcoms, tawdry chick-lit novels, overpriced handbags, big beautiful glossy cookbooks that you mean to cook out of but never do, eating entire chubs of Olympic Provisions’ salami in one sitting, ordering one of everything on the Fenouil dessert menu, dressing up like a pumpkin and a tomato and walking up and down SE Belmont Avenue handing out strawberries and shilling for the Buckman Portland Farmers’ Market, etc., etc. (Wait, move that last one from Guilty Pleasures to Memories to Repress.) Read full story »

May 7, 2010

Food Writing For Food Lovers

Whether you’re an aspiring or seasoned food writer/blogger, or somewhere in between, this workshop sounds like a great opportunity to hone your craft AND the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway to Seattle!


Blanching, braising, dredging and dicing: words that describe or terms that terrify?

dianne jacobFood writer and editor Dianne Jacob, author of “Will Write for Food,” knows how to navigate the fine line between precision (“sauté”) and dumbing down (“cook”). She’s coming to Seattle next month to share her insights at an all-day workshop entitled “Food Writing for Food Lovers.”

Attendees are expected to include foodies, bloggers, writers, and cookbook authors as well as aspiring columnists, freelancers, journalists , PR professionals, caterers and chefs looking to publish a cookbook or anyone who wants to learn more about the food writing world. Read full story »

May 5, 2010

Giorgio’s Gets Happy

Giorgio’s is one of those restaurants most everyone I know has eaten at, but they can’t quite remember when. Here’s an incentive to get reacquainted with this venerable Pearl District mainstay–for the first time ever since its opening in 2000, Giorgio’s has instituted a daily happy hour. Read full story »

May 5, 2010

Eat Chocolate, Win a Cochon 555 Porkout!

Spotted this on Facebook today. Apparently if you buy one of Xocolatl de Davíd’s Chicharrón bars, you might be lucky enough to find a ticket to the upcoming Cochon 555, where five of Portland’s best chefs will play with nearly a ton of heritage pork as they vie for the title of “Prince/Princess of Porc.” Like you needed another excuse to eat David Briggs’ chocolate.

foitllaXocolatl de Davíd Alright Portland, your time has come. The COCHON 555 US TOUR Golden Ticket contest will be kicking off at 4pm Today!
Purchase one of the specially marked Chicharrón Bars and you could win a ticket to the greatest pork show on earth!
The Chicharrón Bars will be available at the following locations:
The Meadow
Cork Wine Shop
Cheese Bar
Meat Cheese Bread

May 4, 2010

Oregon Has Lowest Rate of Chunks In The U.S.

Last night I was working on an events listing for the Portland Farmers’ Market May newsletter (sign up to get it emailed to you monthly HERE!), when I came across the website for eat.think.grow, a network of state, local, and community partners who support and advocate for better quality school food and garden education in the Portland Public Schools district. These include Ecotrust, Slow Food, Portland State, and the City of Portland. Read full story »

May 4, 2010


I just got my ticket to the second annual Cochon 555, and I’m hoping you’ll join me next Sunday evening to pig out on more than 750 pounds of pork prepared by five of Portland’s best chefs, sip fine wines from the likes of  Elk Cove, Domaine Drouhin, and Domaine Serene, and help crown Portland’s next “Prince of Porc.”


What is Cochon 555? It’s not a fancy car race, as I initially thought when I first heard of it last year. Founded by Brady Lowe of the Taste Network, Cochon 555 is the only heritage breed pig and chef competition in the U.S. Lowe created the event with the intent of raising consumer awareness of heritage breeds, which include Duroc, Berkshire, Landrace, Red Wattle, Gloucester Old Spot, Hampshire, and Yorkshire. Read full story »