with Toro Bravo Inc Restaurant Group
CHEF IN MY GARDEN
Chef in My Garden is a series of extraordinary dinners created by Portland’s top chefs with outstanding Oregon wineries. The dinners are hosted in stunning private gardens, all to benefit the local nonprofit Growing Gardens. Located in the Southwest hills of Portland, the home of Susan Denman will surely delight with its exquisite garden and the historical charm of her home. In this lovely garden, you will enjoy delicious dishes created by Shalom Y'all and Mediterranean Exploration Company Chef Kasey Mills. Growing Gardens uses the experience of growing food in schools, backyards and correctional facilities to cultivate healthy, equitable communities.
LA RUTA PDX PRESENTS
BLUEFIN TUNA WEEK
JULY 27-AUGUST 5
La Ruta PDX and Toro Bravo Inc are importing an entire 500-pound Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna from sustainable Spanish tuna producer Balfegó for Portland, Oregon’s premiere Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna Week. Eleven chefs from John Gorham’s Toro Bravo Inc Restaurant Group will put their own twist on Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna dishes at their restaurants from July 27th-August 5th.
The week kicks off on July 27th with a once-in-lifetime culinary event where all the chefs come together to prepare their dishes under one roof at the seventh edition of gastronomic society PLAZA DEL TORO’s Dim Sum Tapas dinner series.
IPNC: PASSPORT TO PINOT
A premier outdoor tasting of International Pinot noir from over 70 Featured Wineries and culinary treats from 15 Northwest chefs, including Bless Your Hearts Burgers' John Gorham. The Passport to Pinot takes place in the beautiful shaded Oak Grove on the historic Linfield College campus in McMinnville, Oregon. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of the world’s finest Pinot noir winemakers at Oregon’s largest outdoor pinot tasting. To maximize personal interaction with each winemaker, the event is split into two sessions. 35 Featured Winemakers will pour for each session and break in the middle for winemaker introductions and surprises. Throughout the event, top-notch Northwest chefs will prepare divine dishes to accompany the unparalleled array of international Pinot noir.
PICKATHON CURATION SERIES
Pickathon, Chef Jason French (owner of Ned Ludd), Kelly Cox from The Original Fare, and Travel Portland are collaborating to put together another year of unique food, music, and drink experiences for this year’s Curation Series. Anyone attending Pickathon can buy a ticket to participate, limited to 75 lucky guests per meal. Each Curation event lasts an hour and a half from start to finish. The event starts with appetizers and drinks from our featured bartender. Next, attendees are treated to an intimate performance by the special guest artist followed by an expanded multi-course meal, and ending with hand-selected tunes by one of our DJ’s. The August 5th Sunday Brunch features food from Shalom Y'all and Mediterranean Exploration Company Executive Chef Kasey Mills and music from Orkesta Mendoza.
TEAM TORO NW BRAIN TUMOR WALK
Join John Gorham and the Toro Bravo Inc Restaurant Group team to help make a difference in the fight against brain tumors! The Northwest Brain Tumor Walk is an inspiring, family-friendly walk that offers individuals and teams a chance to honor and remember loved ones, connect with others interested in the cause, and educate the local community on the diverse needs of patients and survivors.
THE GREAT SUMMER CHEF OFF
The Parr Lumber Great Summer Chef Off Presented by the Safeway Foundation celebrates oregon food, wine and microbrews at a summer farm-to-table event benefiting Harrington Family Foundation's Scholarship-Mentorship Program. Chef Off brings together notable Portland chefs for a BBQ cook- off to benefit HFF’s scholarship recipients on a beautiful 7-acre Sauvie Island farm. St. Jack Restaurant & Bar returns to defend its title of reigning champ with the culinary genius of PLAZA DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler, Pearl Tavern, and Park Kitchen. New this year is a mouthwatering ‘dessert-off’ between Pip’s Original Doughnuts and Kyra’s Bake Shop!
BOUNTY OF YAMHILL COUNTY:
FLAME & VINE
Experience the vibrant flavors of Willamette Valley fields, forests, and vineyards, courtesy of our three talented guest chefs and event host, Erath Winery.
Chefs John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Jody Kropf of Red Hills Market, and Henry Kibit of Sokol Blosser Winery partner to produce a four-course seasonal meal of regional seafood, local meats and produce dramatically prepared over live fire. Specially selected estate and vineyard-designated Erath wines accompany each course for a unique meal celebrating summer.
BOUNTY OF YAMHILL COUNTY:
Bounty of Yamhill County’s signature event at Sokol Blosser Winery features 20 chefs paired with 20 farmers to create a walk-around feast celebrating summer’s bounty. Sip wines from 25 of Yamhill County’s most prestigious producers, while mingling with the winemakers and chefs. Take home a treasure from a 500+ bottle Wall of Wine! John Gorham and Kasey Mills of Shalom Y'all SE and Mediterranean Exploration Company will bring a wood-fired oven to make fresh pitas!
FEAST: NIGHT MARKET
Chef John Gorham offer bites from Bless Your Heart Burgers at FEAST's Night Market tasting event alongside 20 chefs from all around the Pacific Rim uniting for a night of adventurous food, drinks, and jump-to-your-feet music.
Chef Kasey Mills offers bites from Shalom Y'all at SMOKED!, Feast’s over-the-top take on the backyard cookout of your wildest imagination. It all goes down at The Fields in the Pearl District, where there’s grass under your feet and the iconic Fremont Bridge providing the backdrop. When the sun dips behind the Forest Park, the glow of giant flaming grills lights the way as world-class chefs serve up the amazing and the unexpected. There’s a noteworthy array of cocktails, fine wines and craft beers to cool it all down, too. It’s every carnivore’s smoky dream sequence—but you’ll be fully awake, wandering from grill station to grill station in a meat-fueled blissful state.
MUSIC TASTES GOOD
Music Tastes Good is a two-day music, food & arts festival in Long Beach, CA with over 40 music performances and a curated culinary adventure. Toro Bravo chef Pat Manning will bring Portland and Spain to festival guests in the Taste Tent.
TORO BRAVO CULINARY TOUR OF SPAIN
OCTOBER 1-10, 2018
La Ruta PDX, Chef John Gorham, and Aborígens are happy to announce a new food exploration trip around the hidden corners of Catalan and Spanish cuisines. After a first successful tour of the North of the Peninsula Ibérica in 2017, this time they will head South to get immersed into rural Andalusia and the fishing coast of Cadis, where passionate artisans and their amazing products will be waiting.