Cherry & Tomato Basil Toast
This is a little bit of a non-recipe recipe, but it was so bright and summery, I had to share.
Hello! I am back! Sometime yesterday our wireless router finally kicked the bucket. And since I do not have a laptop – I have an iMac and an iPad, and that is usually plenty of gadgets – it can be a problem when the desktop is in one room and your router is in another. Oh well! I’m coming at you this morning from the Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland, where I’m taking a break from Feast Portland activities because I want to share some serious sandwich action.
Last night I attended the Sandwich Invitational, an event that combined several Oregon wineries, Widmer beer and chefs from restaurants around and a few from out of town (more on that below). Besides walking around and trying SO many delicious sandwiches, there was also a contest to see whose sandwich was the best.
I headed over to Director Park yesterday afternoon to check out the action. Please be patient with the photos – they are larger than ideal for web size because I haven’t had time to edit yet!
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And of course started with the Widmer beer area.
Here’s the limited-release Krystal Pear beer from Widmer!
I have to say my favorite was this Kill Devil brown ale, which is aged in rum barrels (hence the name).
Pretty sure that’s a pour of the Rotator IPA. Not that I can identify their beer by color or anything. Nope. Not familiar with Widmer beer in the least
My first stop was to finally meet Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern in person – we’ve been going to her restaurants forever and never said hello. Also, I ate this delicious Dungeness crab roll with bacon.
Here’s Jen talking about her forthcoming cookbook. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Next up was Jason French of Ned Ludd.
I loved the shrimp sandwich!
Here’s another fave, the “Matahambre” or Hunger Killer from Bunk Sandwiches.
And this is Benjamin Betting of Imperal’s banh mi with pickled radishes. Loved this one – especially the radishes.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ken Gordon from Kenny and Zukes – and this Reuben was outta this world!
None other than Duff Goldman was here, making triple pork fried egg sandwiches, AKA Egg McDuffins.
It looks like he was having a pretty good time! And the crowd loved him, too. Of course!
Here’s some smoked wagyu beef that will soon be Aaron Franklin’s smoked cheesesteak.
And here is said cheesesteak. You can taste the Texas in it.
Yeah, it was delicious.
Here’s yet another! From 24th and Meatballs, which I haven’t had a chance to check out yet:
I loved the slaw. This was one of my favorites.
I walked up to the judging table and saw a face any Food Network would recognize. Holy cow! Did not realize Jeffrey Steingarten was judging. He took fastidious notes.
The judges picked Naomi Pomeroy of Beat took home the sandwich trophy for her pork belly sandwich with pickled watermelon slaw, which I somehow did not get a picture of!
Yesterday was also the first time I had the chance to taste Stumptown’s Cold Brew. SO good. It’s never been heated, ever! That is the secret to good iced coffee.
Also, Pix Patisserie brought macarons. Sandwich cookies are sandwiches too, you know!
The brown ones are Bourbon flavored – my favorite!
This one is strawberry balsamic, a close second
I had a great time checking all of these out, and headed over to see Mark Bittman speak next, which was amazing. More on that later – it’s a lot of good info that I don’t have time to properly blog before my time at the library computer runs out! More later, Feasters!