Join 14 of Portland’s top chefs — including two James Beard Award winners and nine nominees or semi-finalists — for a one-night-only dinner hosted by Gregory Gourdet
PORTLAND — Throughout the 20th century, Portland-born James Beard single-handedly invented the concept of the celebrity chef, blowing away diners with his incredible dishes, entertaining television audiences with his witty patter, and launching the career of icon Julia Child. The awards named in his honor are the biggest night of the year in the food industry, recognizing the country’s leading chefs and restaurants.
And, for one night in November, 11 chefs honored by the James Beard Foundation will gather at Portland’s Nines Hotel to prepare a 10-course meal you won’t soon forget.
PDX ROOTS: An Evening Celebrating Portland and the James Beard Foundation will bring together 11 James Beard-recognized chefs — including two James Beard Award winners, four James Beard Award nominees and five James Beard Award semifinalists — and 14 incredible chefs in all, to prepare a 10-course meal and cocktail reception at the Nines Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rootsjbfpdx.com.
The one-night-only event, being hosted by James Beard semi-finalist Gregory Gourdet (Departure Restaurant + Lounge) and featuring exclusively Oregon-
Guests will start the evening with a cocktail reception featuring bites from Matt Christianson (Urban Farmer), Elsy Dinvil (Creole Cravings),
That will be followed by a 10-course meal featuring dishes prepared by Gourdet and nine chefs previously honored by the James Beard Foundation — JBF Award winners Vitaly Paley (Paley Hospitality) and Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), nominees Pete
The event celebrates not only the Portland roots of the chefs’ restaurants, and of James Beard himself, but also of the food being prepared, with each of the dishes sourcing their food from Oregon farms and food producers. 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 Urban Gleaners, a Portland non-profit rescuing fresh, wholesome food from farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores to feed hungry kids and their families in Portland, Oregon.
“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 at 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 PDX ROOTS include: Adelsheim Vineyard, The Balvenie Distillery, The Bitter Housewife, Charlie’s Produce, Departure, Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s Gin, Jacobsen Salt Co., JBF Public Market, King Estate Wines, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, Maryhill Winery, Migration Brewing Co., New Deal Distillery, Nicky USA, The Nines Hotel, The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, Provvista Speciality Foods, Ranger Chocolate, Steven Smith Teamaker, Steelite, Stoller Family Estate, Straightaway Cocktails and Stumptown Coffee. To learn more about PDX ROOTS and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.
For more information about this event, or to arrange interviews with any of the participating chefs, please contact Brian Beaky at brian@
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.
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, Instagra