Last weekend found us with a cast of thousands of food & beverage enthusiasts at the Bite Of Oregon. What a treat!
It’s a celebration of the culinary delights in both liquid and solid form that Oregon can call its own. Being the 29th year of the event, and the 40th anniversary of Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) which the event benefits, I can tell you it was a pleasure to see it all come together.
We partnered with the SOOR to bring more beer to life. Specifically to help them connect with beer people: professionals, media and consumers. It was a super fun way to support and be involved in the effort – the crew we worked with was beerific too! Laura, Patty, Bjorn, Katie and the whole crew. Not to mention the other myriad workers, volunteers, vendors, and guests. We even had the pleasure of meeting one athlete who visited our booth. I loved finding out that roller skating is an Olympic event!
To recap, we were on the Chef’s Stage to edutain 3 times:
Saturday brought about ‘Got Beer?’ and ‘Good for what Ales you’ sessions. We helped the gathered audience get to know their beer, learning how to smell and taste it, talked about a variety of facets with terrific guest enthusiasts and professionals from the area, and extolled the virtues of beer.
- Session 1: Sarah Pederson of Saraveza, Allison Jones of Portland Monthly magazine, and Jesse Cornett former owner of the Guild Public House.
- Session 2: Doug Rehberg Director of Brewing Operations at Widmer Brothers Brewing, Gail Oberst founder and publisher of the Oregon Beer Growler, and Sean Campbell owner of the Beer Mongers.
We also had energetic audience members partner with the guests we invited, which added to the beery fun and learning. Thanks to Kris, Michelle, Christina, Shelley, Janey, and Buck for joining us on stage!
Sunday presented the finals of the “Think Outside The Pint” cooking with beer contest. As contestants Keri Bishop and Chelsea Miller took the stage and prepared their beer centric recipes, the audience was edutained by more guest judges.
We appreciate everyone’s contributions in making the stage edutainment a success including the dishwasher Mikey, stage sound Jake, and stage area monitors Ruth and MaryAnn.
We’ll post the finalists’ recipes and lots of photos in the days to come.