17 James Beard-Recognized Chefs Coming Together For One Incredible Evening
Exclusive event at the Nines Hotel includes a cocktail reception and 12-course dinner crafted by Portland’s most celebrated chefs, including 10 James Beard Award winners
PORTLAND — If you want to get a chef’s attention, just say the name “James Beard.” The Portland-born chef is a founding father of the modern culinary scene, and the awards in his name are the Oscars of the food world.
And, for one night in October, the city’s top chefs are coming together to honor their forebear.
ROOTS: An Evening Celebrating Portland and the James Beard Foundation will bring together 18 of the city’s top chefs — including 10 James Beard Award winners, four James Beard Award nominees and three James Beard Award semifinalists — to prepare a 12-course meal and cocktail reception at the Nines Hotel on Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets can be purchased online at rootsjbfpdx.com.
The one-night-only event, being hosted by James Beard semi-finalist Gregory Gourdet (Departure Restaurant + Lounge) and featuring exclusively Oregon-focused dishes, will include a who’s who of Portland’s most celebrated chefs, each preparing a special bite or dish for the occasion.
Guests will start the evening with a cocktail reception featuring bites from James Beard Award winner Philippe Boulot (Multnomah Athletic Club), Matt Christianson (Urban Farmer), Jose Chesa (Ataula, 180 Xurros), Bonnie Morales (Kachka, Kachinka) and Cathy Whims (Nostrana, Oven & Shaker, Hamlet).
That will be followed by a 12-course meal featuring dishes prepared by Gourdet, Justin Woodward (Castagna, OK Omens), Katy Millard (Coquine), and Kristen Murray (MAURICE), plus nine James Beard Award-winning chefs: Kim Boyce (Bakeshop), Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton (Ox, Bistro Agnes), Ken Forkish (Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken’s Artisan Pizza), Greg Higgins (Higgins Restaurant), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place, Imperial, Headwaters), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast, Expatriate), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok Restaurants) and Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Canard).
In addition to providing a unique culinary experience, the event will raise money for James Beard Foundation Impact Programs, giving chefs tools to become champions of food policies, and the Farmers Market Fund, allowing locally underserved members of the Portland community more access to fresh market produce. With the Farm Bill top of mind, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer will kick off the dinner with remarks on the state of food policy in America, and the steps citizens can take to strengthen anti-hunger programs.
“We are extremely excited to unite chefs from our community for a dinner bringing the legacy of James Beard back to the state he is from,” says Gregory Gourdet, Director of Culinary Operations of Departure. “This dinner celebrates not only Portland’s thriving food and beverage scene and the bountiful harvest of Oregon, but also the social causes that are so near and dear to our hearts. We are honored to be raising money for programs that help empower chefs to be strong voices in their communities, providing a platform to further the work that brings essential food and resources to all.”
Partners and sponsors of ROOTS include: Smith Teamaker, Migration Brewing, Stoller Family Estate, Revered Nat’s Hard Cider, Heart Coffee, Hood River Distilling, Charlie’s Produce, Nicky USA, Pacific Seafood, and Hama Hama Oysters. To learn more about ROOTS and to purchase tickets, please visit: ttp://rootsjbfpdx.com/.
About Sage Restaurant Group
Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group, co-founded by restaurateur Peter Karpinski, creates experiences where food, drink and inspired design meet and mix. These independent restaurants, adjacent to hotels, deliver exceptional catering and in-room dining experiences. With locations across the country, Sage Restaurant Group’s concepts feature a distinctive scene and a subtly infused local vibe designed to appeal to a guest who is hungry for life. For more information, please visit www.sagerestaurantgroup.com.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Livestream.