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Portland Food Adventures MEC


with John Gorham and Kasey Mills
June 24

Portland Food Adventures introduces Mediterranean Exploration Company's new catering arm with a beautiful summer solstice event at one of the Dundee Hills' newest wineries, L'Angolo Estate. For #PFA65, you'll feast on Chef Kasey Mills' inaugural remote dinner, where he, along with the team at MEC, including Restaurateur John Gorham, will be putting their best iterations of MEC's upscale Middle-Eastern cuisine on the table in a gorgeous setting, perfect for the one of the latest sunsets of the year. Even better, you'll enjoy beautiful wines from L'Angolo, which will be paired with our dinner after our welcome reception.

La Ruta PDX

July 13-16

La Ruta PDX: A Gastronomic Festival is an industry and trade focused event series celebrating the culinary culture of Spain in Portland, Oregon from the 13th to the 16th of July 2017. Chefs from Spain will join forces with chefs from Portland in a series of collaboration dinners. Events throughout the festival will showcase Spanish products, purveyors, and specialty equipment to encourage collaboration and mutual enrichment between the two gastronomic cultures. 

Chef in My Garden 2017 Pat Manning

with Toro Bravo Chef Pat Manning
July 23

The gardens of Thomas McCarley and John Eader are located on an acre of land in the hills of SW Portland. These beautiful gardens feature magnificent established plantings that include multiple rhododendrons, camelias, magnolia and dogwood trees. Highlights include a large ornamental cherry tree and a huge Japanese maple, while mature arborvitae and 30 foot cedar bushes form a backdrop for the pool. This fantastic garden space will once again feature Pat Manning, Executive Chef of Toro Bravo, a Spanish tapas restaurant created by restaurateur chef John Gorham. Manning sees food as an opportunity for friends to gather together and enjoy each other’s company, and that is how he approaches the engaging, family-style menu at Toro Bravo.

The Tasty Cookbook Launch Party
August 15

6-9pm | Open to the Public | PLAZA DEL TORO | 105 SE Taylor
Celebrate the release of John Gorham and Liz Crain's Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland's Tasty Restaurants with an open house party featuring complimentary passed breakfast-for-dinner dishes from the cookbook and other greatest hits from Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder. Books will be available for purchase on site or bring your pre-ordered book for John and Liz to sign.

Parr Lumber Chef Off_ Michael Kessler_PLAZA DEL TORO

August 19

The Parr Lumber Great Summer Chef Off, held at Bladberry Farm on Sauvie Island, brings together select Portland chefs for a BBQ cook-off event to benefit the Foundation’s scholarship program, which provides young Oregonians access to high-quality secondary education and mentorship support. The event also includes a short live auction and raise-the-paddle segment.

Presented by Parr Lumber, the cook-off features the culinary genius of St. Jack, Renata, Pearl Tavern and PLAZA DEL TORO, with dessert served by Portland’s own ‘farm-to-cone’ Salt & Straw. Guests enjoy wine and beer from Willamette Valley Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin, and Full Sail Brewery, and live entertainment by bluegrass local, Big Foot Mojo while chefs go head-to-head at the grill.

At the end of the evening, guests cast their vote for the chef with the best dish, each competing for grand prize winnings to benefit a Oregon children’s charity of his or her choice. 

Toro Bravo Culinary Trip to Spain with John Gorham and Aborigens

Toro Bravo Culinary Trip to Spain
with John Gorham

August 30 - Sept 9

John Gorham to show you what’s behind his menu. Since he fell in love with Spanish food, he has been exploring every corner of Spain in order to bring the flavors of this country's incredibly diverse, storied, and inspiring cuisine back to Portland.

And now you can join John and his friends Alex from Aborígens and Toro Bravo Chef de Cuisine Pat Manning to taste some of his favorite products and dishes while traveling through Spain from east to west -- from Barcelona to San Sebastián -- and ending up in Rioja. This is going to be a super gastronomic journey, limited to only twelve guests, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Coast where you will meet all sorts of artisan food producers, passionate winemakers, skilled fishermen, and renowned local chefs.

John got to meet and know the smart and savvy folks from Aborígens one dark, long night in Barcelona that started with too much vermouth (if that has ever existed). Together they have designed a once-in-lifetime itinerary of 11 days/10 nights (details below) taking place August 30th to September 9th, 2017.