Sake Fest PDX Returns to Portland June 27, 2013






Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 9 PM at The Governor Hotel


PORTLAND, Ore. – May 21, 2013 – Nearly 40 Portland chefs and International sake producers will gather and share the versatile (and often mysterious) world of Sake – including Oregon’s own SakéOne based in Forest Grove.  More than a drink served with Japanese food or quaffed in a cocktail, Sake is an unexpected gourmet addition to the table – as versatile as wine or beer.  “Participants attending Sake Fest PDX will experience dozens of sake varieties and learn how to pair it with any type of food from some of our best local chefs.” says Marcus V. Pakiser, Sake Fest PDX spokesperson and internationally renowned sake sommelier. He continues, “Samples of Japanese and American brands and premium and several rare sakes will be available, as will regionally micro brewed ‘jizake,’ which means small, regional sake brewer. Talented, local Chefs from area restaurants and shops will prepare and serve a selection of appetizers, entrée samples, artisan chocolates, cheeses and foods that complement different types of sake.”

“Sake Fest PDX offers not only a great selection of premium sake poured by informed professionals, but its pairing versatility with any cuisine will far exceed your expectations”, says Raven & Rose’s prominent Chef, David Padberg.

·       Learn to pair any food with sake like a pro:  Similar in profile to wine, sake is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity. Guests will enjoy pairings including Saucebox’s suckling pig; Whole Foods Market/Pearl District’s international cheese sampler; artisan chocolates by Batch PDX and Smitten Truffles, and a variety of foods from many more of Portland’s top chefs and finest eateries. (List below)


·       Kigami Biraki:  The evening will kick off with this traditional barrel breaking ceremony meaning “welcome and good luck”. (Bring your own towel.)


·       Provenance Hotels recent purchase of The Governor Hotel makes it easier on the wallet to stay overnight in downtown Portland during Sake Fest PDX with a 10% room rate discount.


·       Networking opportunities: Meet a new friend / business contact or bring a new friend – the perfect event to enjoy a casual social experience or build a new business partnership.


About Japanese Alcoholic Beverages

Sake is a drink made from rice that originated in China approximately 5,000 years ago.  It came to Japan around the 3rd century AD where it has been constantly enhanced and refined.  Sake, as it is known today, originated at the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of modern brewing and bottling techniques.

A surprise to many Westerners, beer is actually the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido.


Western liquor such as bourbon, achieved steady growth in Japan through the 1970’s and saw wide-spread popularity in the mid-80’s, particularly with younger, post-college consumers. It is often served on the rocks or mixed with water and ice.


Food Provided By (list complete as of 5-17-13)

  • Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille
  • Batch PDX
  • Behind the Museum Café
  • Biwa
  • DragonWell Bistro
  • JFC International Inc.
  • Masu
  • Miho Izakaya
  • Saucebox
  • Smitten Truffles
  • Whole Foods Market – Pearl District
  • Wildwood Restaurant and Bar
  • Yakuza

Saké Provided By

  • Choya Plum Wines
  • Glide Beverage
  • Hakushika
  • Japan Prestige Sake Association
  • JFC International Inc
  • Joto Saké
  • Kuramoto US
  • Moonstone
  • Momokawa Saké
  • Murai Family of Sake
  • Ozeki Sake
  • Pacific International Liquor, Inc.
  • SakéMoto
  • SakéOne
  • Sapporo Imported Premium Beer
  • Shimizu-No-Mai
  • Terlato Wines International
  • The Floating World
  • TY • KU Sake
  • Vine Connections
  • Winebow
  • Yoshinogawa


About Sake Fest
Sake Fest was created in Philadelphia by Ed Markus & David Wagner, owners of Event Navigators, a national event production company specializing in fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Sake Fest PDX’s mission is to educate all consumers about the versatility of pairing sake with virtually any style cuisine – from cheeses to chocolates and everything in between – even pizza and pulled pork! Portlanders have embraced this team as one of their own.

What                      SAKE FEST PDX – public food pairing and sake tasting event

Why                       Learn how to pair Sake with any Food — from cheese to chocolate and everything in between!

Experience over 100 samples of Sake, Plum Wine and Beer   varieties

Taste the Finest Japanese & US brands

Witness the Versatility of Sake

When                     Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:30 – 9 PM

Where                    Heritage BallroomThe Governor Hotel, Downtown Portland, Oregon

Benefits                  A portion of the net proceeds benefit the Japan-America Society of Oregon JASO is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.

Tickets                   $50 per person in advance online –; $60 at the door (Adults 21 and older only).

Producer               Event Navigators, LLC – based in Gladwyne, PA – non-profit event planning specialists for 18 years – – 610-649-6330


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