The Pacific Northwest’s meatiest cooking competition returns on September 30, 2018 at the Resort at the Mountain on the slopes of Mt. Hood, featuring a battle between the region’s emerging top chefs
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 10, 2018) – Nicky USA’s 18th Annual Wild About Game will return to the slopes of Mt. Hood on Sunday, September 30! Nicky USA, the host of Wild About Game, is excited to announce the 2018 lineup for this friendly but fierce game meat cooking battle between Portland and Seattle’s best and brightest chefs featuring their signature Nicky Farms game meats. This year’s Carter Cutlery Cooking Competition and celebration of game meats will be held at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., on Sunday, September 30. At Wild About Game, in addition to the cooking competition, a full line up of high-quality meats and specialty game will be prepared by some of the region’s best chefs in the Artisan Marketplace. Nicky USA, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite meat purveyor, hosts the event to thank their loyal customers and showcase their restaurants, as well as their suppliers, farmers, and local food artisans.
During this meat-centric culinary event, four chefs from Portland and four chefs from Seattle will face off in a cooking competition with four different game meat-based categories. Each dish is presented to a panel of renowned culinary experts for judging. Attendees will also be able to sample each chef’s dish and judge for themselves, as part of the People’s Choice award. Wild About Game is a fun and educational experience, giving attendees a chance to learn about – and sample! – different game meats from culinary experts.
This year’s competing chefs include:
Alex Barkley, Manolin
David Nichols, Rider
Derek Ronspies, Le Petit Cochon
Aaron Willis, Ciudad Grill
This September, one talented chef will take home the ultimate Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Overall Award title. Past winners of the event include Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Gregory Denton of Ox, and Edouardo Jordan of Junebaby. Last year, Chef Sarah Schafer of Irving St. Kitchen beat the stiff competition overall with her dish of Grimaud Farms Guinea Hen & Foie Gras Ballotine Croquette, whipped chive oil, spiced vegetable demi, hen crackers. The Overall Award was decided by an esteemed panel of judges, Ruth Reichl, Justin Chapple, and Karen Brooks.
One of the highlights of Nicky USA’s Wild About Game is the San Pellegrino Artisan Marketplace, where the region’s favorite and up-and-coming small batch producers sample their products, including artisan salts, cheeses, chocolates, ice cream, spirits, wine, beer, Nicky Farms proteins, and samples of premium meat products in the Nicky USA lineup. Attendees can taste these items, talk with the chefs, artisans and producers who create them – getting up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the Northwest’s food community.
Tickets will be $75 per person in advance, and $85 at the door, and will go on sale in July 2018. Please visit http://www.nickyusa.com/wag for upcoming ticket and event information. Follow along @nickyusa on Twitter and Facebook, and @nicky.usa on Instagram for the latest news and event updates.
About Nicky USA
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Pacific Northwest’s leading butcher and purveyor of high quality meats and specialty game. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local, national 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. With the purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore., owner Geoff Latham is 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 meats, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game on September 30th, 2018, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest featuring the best rising star chefs in the region. 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. To learn more about Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, view the 25th anniversary video here.
About Nicky Farms
Nicky Farms is the house brand of Nicky USA. Launched in 2009 to support Nicky USA’s small, independent ranchers and growers, Nicky Farms products include Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, venison, water buffalo, goat and American bison. They can be found on the menus of the Northwest’s best restaurants and the shelves of leading retailers such as New Seasons Markets, World Foods, Zupan’s Markets, Metropolitan Market, and Central Co-Op. For more information, visit: www.nickyusa.com/nicky-farms