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Happening in Portland: Major Food Festival; Expansions

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feast_logo_primary_4C_092211.jpgPORTLAND—Details are starting to emerge about Portland's snazzy new international food festival. According to organizers, the Feast Portland: Food & Drink Festival is scheduled to take over the Rose City from September 13-16, 2012, taking a page from major culinary events in Aspen, South Beach, and Austin. Founders Mike Thelin (one of the organizers of the 2010 IACP Portland conference) and Carrie Welch (food publicist and co-creator of the New York City Wine and Food Festival) had previously announced the festival's plan to "showcase local talent in their rightful spot alongside their international peers." [EPDX]

PORTLAND EXPANSIONWIRE—Expansions everywhere in Portland: Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker, who took the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest this year, announced another expansion (sorry, not in Seattle), with plans to open a Thai curry house in SE PDX. Meanwhile, another Beard nom, Nostrana's Cathy Whims, is readying her new pizza restaurant in the downtown Pearl District. [EPDX]

PORTLAND EVENT PLANNING—For those planning a long-weekend visit to Stumptown, tickets are still available to city's first-ever No Kid Hungry dinner on behalf of Share Our Strength, with five courses cooked by PDX's top female chefs (including Top Chef Masters alum Naomi Pomeroy), at the Pearl restaurant Irving Street Kitchen. Or if tequila's more your thing, there's always this. [EPDX]

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