Karen Locke “High-Proof PDX: A Spirited Guide to Portland’s Craft Distilling Scene”
Sunday, September 10, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
In Conversation With Lee Medoff, founder and head distiller of Bull Run Distillery
Portland, Oregon has arguably more distilleries than any other city on the planet and they are eager for spirits lovers to taste their goods. In High-Proof PDX author Karen Locke has paved the way and shares with readers what they need to know before, during, and after a spirits tasting tour of Portland’s craft distilling scene. From histories to hangover cures, Locke provides readers with pro-tips, recommendations, and insights to enhance their visits to the tasting rooms and distillery tours. This guidebook to the higher proof alcohol made in Portland will help readers find their way around town without getting too drunk, hungover, or lost. Learn helpful tips on getting primed for high-proof drinking and get pointers on the best way to savor and taste craft liquors. First time visitors to a spirits tasting room will will benefit from pointers. For the big picture on the distilling scene, learn about Portland’s distillery roots, how it’s evolving, and where the future of distilling in Portland is headed. Readers will also get recommendations on the best cocktail bars in the city and see what the city’s mixologists are creating with all this booze. Finally, learn about all the other locally made products including glassware, bitters, syrups, and shrubs that go into making a great cocktail at home.
Karen Locke has covered the food and drink beat for regional and national publications for over a decade.
Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker) “Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days”
Saturday, September 16, 2pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
Please note: This event is a booksigning only
Joy Wilson, aka Joy the Baker, has a charming irreverence that appeals to millennials, moms, and more. She adores brunch, but thinks it should—and can—be way cooler than your typical poached eggs and French toast. Joy the Baker Over Easy has 125 recipes to tackle any craving that could possibly hit on a weekend morning—from juices and coffees to breads, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and definitely bacon. Joy’s particular wacky flair features crazy delicious mash-ups such as Strawberry Shortcake Doughnuts; Onion, Gruyere, and Grits Frittata Muffins; Praline Bacon; and Lasagna Grilled Cheese, making this the most spirited, crave-able, and downright awesome book on the subject ever.
Joy Wilson is the blogger behind the popular JoytheBaker.com. The blog has been named Best Baking and Dessert Blog in both 2011 and 2013 by Saveur, and one of the Top Fifty Food Blogs in the World by the London Times. Joy’s photography has been featured in Food & Wine, Redbook, The Atlantic, and Forbes.com. She is also the cofounder of Homefries.com, a website dedicated to audio and video podcasts.
Thad Vogler “By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail”
Tuesday, September 19, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
Kitchen Confidential meets Adventures on the Wine Route meets Fast Food Nation in this thoughtful, raw, and at times incendiary memoir/manifesto from the country’s foremost expert on sustainable, responsibly-sourced, and grower-produced spirits.
Thaddeus Vogler is one of the most important people in the beverage industry today: a man on a mission to bring “grower spirits”—spirits with provenance, made in the traditional way by individuals rather than by mass conglomerates—to the public eye. By the Smoke and the Smell is Vogler’s remarkable debut. Just as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation kick-started a national conversation about sustainability and the hyper-industrialization of our country’s agricultural system, this book will completely change the way Americans think about and buy spirits. Alternately hilarious and heartfelt, Vogler’s memoir will inspire readers not only to look at their liquor bottle’s labels more closely but also to seek out wonderful and wonderfully made products.
Thaddeus Vogler is the owner of Trou Normand and the James Beard Award-winning Bar Agricole in San Francisco. For nearly two decades, he worked to design, open, and manage the bars at more than 20 top Bay Area venues. In 2011, Vogler was named one of Forbes magazine’s most interesting people. A global authority on craft spirits, he is consulted regularly by national and global press including the New York Times, Der Spiegel, the Washington Post, Sunset, Bon Appetit, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked with numerous world-famous restaurateurs including Alice Waters, Charles Phan, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Tara Whitsitt “Fermentation on Wheels: Road Stories, Food Ramblings, and 50 Do-It-Yourself Recipes from Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and Yogurt to Miso, Tempeh, and Mead”
Tuesday, September 26, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
An enlightening and delicious road adventure–cookbook from the young woman the New York Times dubbed “the Johnny Appleseed of Pickling.”
Three years ago, food activist Tara Whitsitt had a dream: to take to the road in a converted school bus turned fermentation lab and spread the tasty gospel of kombucha, kimchi, and kefir nationwide. The dream inspired Tara to put wheels on her fermentation practice—to bring her microbe-dense delicacies, her expertise, and her generosity to food communities across the country. Her motto along the way: Tasty food belongs to everyone.
She converted a 1986 International Harvester bus into a cozy kitchen workshop—fellow fermentation guru and supporter Sandor Katz calls it “a mobile fermentation recruitment station”—and took off from Eugene, Oregon, teaching her skills to curious attendees and hosting potlucks highlighting the regional and seasonal produce of each stop on her tour. The project accrued a following, and she gave it a name: Fermentation on Wheels.
Through her winning stories, illustrations, photographs, and more than forty recipes, Fermentation on Wheels tracks the two years and twenty-thousand miles Tara spent on the road, where she became known as an apostle of outrageously delicious, creative, healthy, and sustainable fermented flavors—from kombucha to sauerkraut to wild berry wines. A practical and delectable cookbook, Fermentation on Wheels is also an inspiring celebration of how food traditions (and starter cultures) can bring people together, pollinate their minds, and change their lives for the better.
Tara Whitsitt is a nomadic artist and educator whose passion for growing food and teaching fermentation inspired the grassroots educational project Fermentation on Wheels: Tara drives around the country sharing starter cultures, along with the history and science of fermentation, and the stories she gathers on the road. Along with millions of microbes, she travels with a gray panther-like cat named Franklin. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Erin James “Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT® Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider”
Saturday, September 30, 2pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
In Conversation With Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Cider
This celebration of North American hard cider includes a tasting guide to 100 craft ciders and perry, along with the stories of how they’re made and who’s making them, plus 60 cider-based recipes, pairing suggestions, and cocktail ideas.
This complete guide to North America’s oldest beverage celebrates hard cider’s rich history and its modern makers, as well as its deliciously diverse possibilities. Flavor profiles and tasting guidelines highlight 100 selections of cider — including single varietal, dessert, hopped, and barrel-aged — plus perry, cider’s pear-based cousin. A perfect addition to any meal, cider pairings are featured in 30 food recipes, from Brussels sprouts salad to salmon chowder, brined quail, and poached pear frangipane. An additional 30 cocktail recipes include creative combinations such as Maple Basil Ciderita and Pear-fect Rye Fizz.
Erin James is the author of Tasting Cider and the editor-in-chief of CIDERCRAFT® and Sip Northwest magazines. A tenured food, beverage, and travel writer, her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Wino Magazine, Washington State Wine, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, and Seattle Weekly. She lives in Seattle and can be found online at cidercraftmag.com.
CIDERCRAFT® magazine is North America’s first print publication dedicated to hard cider. Publishing three times a year, CIDERCRAFT® magazine profiles the artisans behind the craft, while exploring the regions and orchards, meeting the movers and shakers of the industry, listing original cocktail recipes from nationally renowned bar-chefs, recommending pairings with cider-friendly cuisine, and working to create a connection between the consumer and cider producers.