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10 Best Things We Ate at Feast Portland

Chefs stunned at every event
September 21, 2015
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by Jackie Varriano

Feast PDX kicked off its fourth annual food and drink festival last Thursday — four days packed with food and drinks highlighting the best chefs, brewers and wine makers from across the country (and a few from even farther afield) — and it was a nonstop marathon of bites. From Thursday’s kickoff event, the Sandwich Invitational at Director's Park, to Sunday’s Brunch Village at Pioneer Square, there was so much to enjoy. Here are 10 of the best things we ate. 

LA's Alvin Cailan and the team from Eggslut always has something impressive to offer, and this dish at the Sandwich Invitational was no exception. A slow-roasted pork shoulder was mixed with egg whites and herbs and heaped onto a warm baguette before being set upon a puddle of egg yolk dipping sauce.

Honestly, the bread underneath Aaron Franklin's spit-roasted cow head is completely unnecessary, but the event was the Sandwich Invitational and bread was a must. With or without the bread, this bite from Franklin Barbecue was phenomenal. 

Portland's Annie Pies had a full table of their adorably tiny pies and tarts at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, but these were the best. A crunchy crust met rich fudge, topped with glorious caramel and the tiniest shard of sea salt for a two-bite pie that was wonderfully rich without being over the top. 

Levant, a Portland spot known for its Middle Eastern food with flair, really delivered with this lamb gyro at the Sandwich Invitational. The thin slivers of rich lamb provided a terrific contrast to the salty feta and creamy tzatziki. 

Some lines were quite long during Saturday night's new event Smoked, but surprisingly there wasn't one in front of chef Justin Woodward's Castagna. His dish mixed creamy corn grits with chopped clams and tiny hunks of pork, and was worthy of seconds.

This is the first event Vendemmia's chef Brian Clevenger had left the restaurant for since opening earlier this summer. He was posted up at the USA Pears booth at Saturday's Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting for a four-course tasting that featured oysters, foie gras and a cocktail — all featuring pears. 

The chicken that usually makes up Nong's highly addictive khao man gai is poached, but for the Smoked event she grilled enough to feed 1,200. This chicken and rice dish is always perfectly done. 

This beef dish from Portland's Laurelhurst Market not only stunned aesthetically at Saturday night's Smoked, it was a delicious bite, finished with edible flowers and sweet corn. 

One of the best bites at Friday's Night Market was this crunchy little pork-belly pâté egg roll from Top Chef winner and recent Zagat LA 30 Under 30 honoree Mei Lin.

This play on "pita" at Thursday's Sandwich Invitational came in the form of traditional Italian pastry, sfogliatelle, from Portland's Little T Baker. Filled with Greek yogurt cream and fruits of the forest, this was the best sweet pita we've ever encountered. 

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