Converge 45 Announces Portland Chef Lineup for July 30th Dinner
Contemporary Art & Ideas
Converge 45 Dinner and After Party: July 30, 2016
Date: Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Location: Pacific Northwest College of Art
511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
Times: 7:00 pm – 9:00pm Converge 45 Dinner
9:00pm Converge 45 After Party
Portland, OR. – On Saturday, July 30th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, Converge 45 celebrates its inaugural weekend with a special farm-to-table dinner featuring a roster of top Portland chefs.
The strolling dinner will take place in Pacific Northwest College of Art’s stunning Beaux-Arts landmark building restored by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture.
Four of Portland’s nationally praised culinary masters – Peter Cho, Tommy Habetz, Maya Lovelace, and Mika Paredes – will each create three courses, inspired by Converge 45’s Artistic Director and Guest Curator Kristy Edmunds’ curatorial vision. Bar Chef Merit Badge will create four signature cocktails inspired by Edmunds’ vision as well. The After Party, with an all-star DJ and a no-host bar, will be co-curated by artist-run contemporary art center S1.
Peter Cho (Han Oak)
Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Peter worked for ten years in April Bloomfield’s kitchens, rising to Sous Chef at the Spotted Pig and executive chef at the Breslin in the ACE NY before moving back west and opening Han Oak this past January, a reservation-only restaurant with a seemingly no-holds-barred take on Korean barbecue.
Tommy Habetz (Bunk Sandwiches)
Hailing from the kitchens of Mario Batali and Bobby Flay, in 2008 Tommy Habetz joined forces with Nick Wood to create Bunk Sandwiches. Media praise from The New York Times, Food Network, and Bon Appétit have made Bunk a favorite for locals as well as a must-eat option for visitors.
Maya Lovelace (Mae)
Former Sous Chef at Beast, Maya Lovelace now runs the twice-weekly pop-up Mae, which features generous and soulful Southern cooking inspired by her North Carolina grandmother.
Mika Paredes (Girls Club)
Former trailblazing Chef de Cuisine at Beast, Mika Paredes has recently paired up with Tommy Habetz on Girls Club, a pop up with a backyard, DIY vibe. Says Paredes: “I make food like I listen to music: Analog, not digital. Records, not mp3s.”
Matt Mount’s Merit Badge creates thoughtfully crafted drinks and honest, top-notch service with the end goal of making each event “the best party you’ve ever been to.”
S1 is a non profit artist-run center for contemporary art in Portland, Oregon that strives to provide engaging, relevant, and critical visual art, performance and education programming in ways that are accessible to a diverse population of artists and viewers in and outside the city.
Tickets can be purchased as a part of Converge 45’s All-Events Pass or individually for $200, which includes dinner, drinks, and After Party. Tickets may be purchased separately for the After Party only for a minimum donation of $5, with a suggested donation of $15. Tickets are available at http://converge45.org/event/year2016/buy-tickets/
Converge 45 is an annual multi-day event that showcases international, national, and regional contemporary art. Situated in and around Portland, Oregon, a dynamic and expanding center for art, design, and culture, Converge 45 is an opportunity for artists, collectors, curators, scholars, and the public to take part in this unprecedented collaboration of Portland’s leading arts institutions, galleries, and artist-run spaces. In its inaugural year, Converge 45 offers a Visitors’ Weekend featuring exhibitions, conversations, performances, and other activities.
Converge 45’s Inaugural Artistic Director and Guest Curator is Kristy Edmunds, currently Artistic and Executive Director for Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Edmunds’ curatorial vision of “You in Mind” will bring to the Northwest a unique mix of national and international artists, curators, collectors, and arts professionals.
The dinner is sponsored by Ray & Deneen King.
Converge 45 extends its deepest thanks to our sponsors and partners:
The Ford Family Foundation
Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer
Ray & Deneen King
Ascent Private Capital Management/The Private Client Reserve/U.S. Bank
The Greenbrier Companies – NIKE – The Wheeler Foundation
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust – Katherine & James Gentry
McGeady Family Foundation ¬– Travel Portland – Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation
Julie Allport – Pat & Carla Cox – Matt Felton – Gregory K. & Mary Chomenko Hinckley
Elizabeth Leach – Bruce & Jeanetter Morrison ¬– Oregon State University
Mike & Maryellen McCulloch – Debra Platt ¬– Fred Ross – Lois Schnitzer – Terry & Anita St. Marie Jim & Susan Winkler
– Irene & Jerry Barr
– Anthony Belluschi
– Pamela Berg –
Theo Downes-Le Guin
Brian Ferriso – Margaret Hinshaw – Judy Jacobson
– Doug & Selby Key – Heather Killough
Alix Meier – Trudi Morrison – Kandis Brewer Nunn – Christopher Rauschenberg – Al Solheim Swigert Warren Foundation – Elizabeth Wadsworth – Karen Whitman Projects
Bill & Helen Jo Whitsell