Which Austin chefs are headed to Feast in Portland?

Pok Pok chef-owner Andy Ricker at the inaugural Feast in 2012. (Credit: Addie Broyles)

Pok Pok chef-owner Andy Ricker at the inaugural Feast in 2012. (Credit: Addie Broyles)

One of the best food festivals in America will once again have an Austin contingency on hand, as several local chefs will participate at Feast in Portland this summer.

The multi-venue festival in Portland presented by Bon Appétit celebrates its fifth year in September and will welcome Austin chefs Rene Ortiz (Launderette), Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas (Olamaie) and Aaron Franklin. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. today.

Other visiting chefs include Hugh Acheson of 5&10 (Athens, GA), Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute Restaurant (Chicago), Kotaro Asakura of Kirakutei (Tokyo), Alex Barkley of Manolin (Seattle) and Nina Compton of Compère Lapin (New Orleans). Portland chefs will also be heavily represented, obviously, by chefs like Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of OX Restaurant, Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches, Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi and many more.

“Our fifth year is here and we are ready to up the festival ante once again,” festival co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch said. “Our goal is to continue to best ourselves every year. Our fifth anniversary is a no-rerun year – everything is new and fun!”

The festival, which runs from September 15-18,  features more than 40 events, tastings, panels, parties and more spread across downtown and East Portland. To see the full roster of talent and events, and to buy tickets, visit FeastPortland.com.

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