The Pacific Northwest’s premiere specialty game cooking competition returns to the Resort at the Mountain on the slopes of Mt. Hood on October 11, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 7, 2015) – In their 25th anniversary year, Nicky USA is preparing for the best Wild About Game yet! Returning to their roots, the location where it all began, this year’s cooking competition and celebration of specialty game will be held at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., on Sunday, October 11, 2015. At Wild About Game, Nicky USA and Nicky Farms proteins will be prepared by some of the region’s best chefs, as the Pacific Northwest’s favorite specialty meat purveyor hosts the event to thank their loyal customers and suppliers, farmers, artisans and restaurants.
During this, the meatiest culinary event in the Pacific Northwest, four chefs from Portland and four chefs from Seattle will go head-to-head in a cooking competition in four different game meat-based categories. Each dish is presented to a panel of renowned culinary experts and attendees for judging.
This year’s competing chefs from Portland and Seattle are:
Johanna Ware, Smallwares, Portland
Doug Adams, Imperial, Portland
Andrew Mace, Le Pigeon, Portland
Carlo Lamagna, Clyde Common, Portland
Wiley Frank, Little Uncle, Seattle
Eric Sakai, Restaurant Marron, Seattle
Stuart Lane, Spinasse, Seattle
Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, Spur Gastropub, Seattle
One chef will win in each category for their respective city, with one chef taking home the ultimate Nicky USA’s Wild About Game title. Past winners of the event include Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Gregory Denton of Ox, and Aaron Barnett of St. Jack. Last year’s winner was chef Shane Ryan of Seattle’s Matt’s in the Market, with a dish of Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Roulade, with black garlic, chanterelles, summer truffle grits and huckleberries.
Other events at Nicky USA’s Wild About Game include the Artisan Marketplace, where the region’s favorite small-batch producers sample their products, including artisan salts, cheeses, chocolates, ice cream, spirits, wine, beer, Nicky Farms proteins, and samples of specialty meat products in the Nicky USA lineup. Attendees can taste these items, and talk with the chefs, artisans and producers who create them. This event allows attendees to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the Northwest’s food community.
Tickets will be $65 per person in advance, and $75 at the door, and will go on sale on July 7th, 2015. Please visit http://www.nickyusa.com/wag for upcoming ticket and event information.
About Nicky USA:
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meat. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. Nicky USA recently developed a specialty line of products under their Nicky Farms brand, featuring Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, fallow venison, goose, water buffalo, and American bison. With the recent purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore., owner Geoff Latham is now able to raise game for Nicky USA and host friends and customers. The company has built one of the nation’s only mobile processing units (MPU) for the sustainable and humane processing of animals, specially designed to process both poultry and hooved animals, making it the only USDA-compliant unit of its kind allowing complete control of the process from field to table. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meat, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest, celebrating high quality meat and specialty game. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook, and @Nicky.USA on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels.