Every year (I say every year, but it’s now twice) I come back from Feast Portland exhausted…exhausted but energized about food. And maybe just a little jealous of what Portland is serving up and enjoying every day of the week — great restaurants and food carts, great farmers markets and a close knit community of chefs, artisans and food lovers. It’s a combo that not only cultivates tremendous local talent, it attracts out-of-towners like San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino, who just announced plans to open a restaurant in Portland.
Out-of-towners were certainly bringing their A-game to Feast and my faves from the weekend are a bit of a mixed bag from both Portland and across the country. In no particular order, here’s a look at my 10 best tastes from this year’s Feast Portland.
Sandwich Invitational Judges’ Choice Winner: KimJongGrillin‘s bulgogi club
Sandwich Invitational People’s Choice Winner: Bollywood Theater’s Mumbai Monte Cristo on pakora bread with plum chutney.