Taste of the Nation Portland 2013 — Ticket Giveaway!

May 1st, 2013

Oven & Shaker's meatball sliders were super tasty at last year's Taste of the Nation Portland.

Share Our Strength’s 26th annual Taste of the Nation on Tuesday, May 7th at McMenamins Crystal Hotel and Ballroom is less than a week away and in an effort to help generate last minute ticket sales I’m offering a ticket giveaway here. The bighearted, hardworking folks at Taste of the Nation Portland have donated a pair of VIP tickets ($150 dollars EACH, gen. admission is $85) to me for this year’s event. (Actually, two pairs. I get to go as well.) VIP ticket holders head in to Taste of the Nation and sample select food and drink an hour before everyone else and they also get complimentary valet parking.

I love Taste of the Nation because 100% of ticket sales go toward working to end child hunger via Oregon Food Bank, Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Read about last year’s Taste of the Nation here.

This year’s TOTN will showcase food and drink from 30-plus restaurants, 17 wineries, 7 distilleries and 7 breweries. The list is growing daily.

So it’s a VERY worthwhile cause that I highly recommend buying tickets for. You can also try your luck for a pair of VIP tickets here on my blog. I’ve got a number in mind and I’ve written it down and taken a photo of it as proof. That numbered person to comment takes the cake — you get me your name and contact info. Please help me to spread the word about this ticket giveaway and Taste of the Nation on Twitter, Facebook etc. so that we can all help promote and support the event and generate ticket sales. I’m foodloverPDX on Twitter.

So what to comment about? Let me know what sort of food/drink business you’d love to see launch in Portland. It could be a food or drink product, a market, a non-profit, coffeeshop, brewery. It could be something that already exists and you’d like to see replicated in another neighborhood or it could be a business you’ve just always wished existed here that you’ve never seen. Leave a comment and let me know — I’m curious.

I’ll announce the lucky winner this weekend or early next week!

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
McMenamins Crystal Hotel & Ballroom
1332 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97205
Tickets $85 and up (order by phone 877.26TASTE or online)

34 Responses to “Taste of the Nation Portland 2013 — Ticket Giveaway!”

  1. Lori Kelley Says:

    You know, I miss going out for late night chinese food in some of the bigger cities I’ve lived in and I would love to see a late night bar/lounge that has a variety of incredibly tasty chinese dishes/noodles… not entirely different than the shanghai tunnel but maybe a but more diverse, creative as food goes, and a little more intimate and interesting, ambiance wise. Perhaps sort of a Shanghai Tunnel/Firecracker meld with am experiential feel somewhere between Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” and “Blade Runner”.

  2. Heather Says:

    I’ve recently moved to Portland, and I’ve noticed there isn’t a really delicious late night pizza delivery option. If Apizza Scholls decided to deliver at 11pm on Tuesday? Dream realized.

  3. Liz Greenhill Says:

    I would love to see a traveling juice joint, wheels in motion, blenders buzzing, a garden of greens bobbing on the roof. On nice days it would visit park after park selling juices and healthy popsicles.

  4. Lindsey Says:

    I would love to see a quality, all you can eat sushi place. I’ve seen this model in other cities and it’s a lot of fun. You pay one price and order anything you want. I like being able to try a bunch of different stuff and it makes eating with a group a lot of fun.

  5. Sierra Modro Says:

    I’d love to try one of those dinners where it is served in complete darkness, a real “blind tasting.” I’ve heard that it makes everything taste so good!

  6. Veronica Says:

    I have this vision in my head of a bar with a sushi-style track that offers little plates of fried snacks and other awful/awesome bar food.

  7. Julia Bromka Says:

    I moved to Portland from San Francisco a month ago and am absolutely loving exploring the food scene here. I don’t yet know what I’m missing because everything is new. I actually want to take all of what I see in Portland (amazing bowls of beans and rice, gluten free baked goods in every respectable bakery) and implement them in other cities.
    Here’s what I’d like. I’d like to figure out a way to make a brunch place that didn’t have an hour and a half wait. Brunch shouldn’t be a meal that you fear planning. I don’t know if we could put pancakes on the conveyor belt as described above, or just serve eggs out of a cart. Whatever the innovation, I’d go.

  8. Gilion Says:

    While there are a zillion great things about Portland’s food scene, one thing I find missing is terrific dim sum. Particularly, I long for the To Go dim sum like you find on Clement Street and other neighborhoods in San Francisco. We now have Chinatown out by Beaverton and HK Cafe in SE Portland — both are good and a lot better than Portland’s earlier options. But I love the freshness and variety of the San Francisco dim sum shops.

  9. bethh Says:

    I’d love to see a small storefront business in several parts of town selling fresh-roasted rotisserie chicken. I hear they’re all over the place in Paris (though have not yet found out for myself) and I would totally run to the corner shop to get some chicken. Getting it at the grocery store is not really the same at all.

    The footprint could be really small, and they could just open mid-afternoon through early evening – though if they sold wine and nibbles I could see starting my evening there and then taking the meal home.

  10. Erin Says:

    I would love a place that focused mainly on a variety of iced tea flavors.

  11. Nicole Says:

    I’d love a BBQ place, think of the Salt Lick near Austin, where people could eat family style and a stage for live music. Feel like the BBQ joints now are all so urban, takes the fun out of it.

  12. Deanna Says:

    A food cart with Kansas City ribs cut Kansas City size wise where one rib is plenty cut, sauce and all!

  13. Dennis choi Says:

    I would love to see more noodle/ramen fusion places! Other cities have a great variety and Portland does too but it needs more!!

  14. Kathryn Yeomans Says:

    more communal kitchens for teaching/collaborating/sharing food & knowledge
    accessible workspaces for people to come together to put up food, work together on feeding people (themselves, others)…a stone soup kitchen of sorts.

  15. Christine Says:

    I’d love to see a cart that serves breakfast grains of all types and prepared different ways, and where you have options to pick your own add ins!

  16. Kathy Says:

    So many good ideas already. Love sushi and definitely miss the early days of Todai and the all you can eat sushi. And the idea of good rotisserie style chicken sounds awesome, not to mention healthy. Something that highlights local fare in what they serve (produce, poultry, etc.), would be a big plus and help to support the local economy. And thanks to Taste of the Nation Portland for showcasing local chefs/restaurants.

  17. Richard Schwartz Says:

    Living in Rochester, New York I grew up on Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Frozen custard was first introduced at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. It is different from other forms of ice cream, including gelato, gourmet ice cream, and soft serve including frozen yogurt. It is rich, dense and creamy. It is also reasonably priced, and good anytime of day, any season of the year. Some of the favors I’ve tasted are vanilla, chocolate, chocolate almond, Carmel, mint cookie, carrot cake and pistachio. Wouldn’t it be great if all of us here in Portland could enjoy a frozen custard!!!

  18. Libby M Says:

    A vegetarian/vegan buffet place. So many options to pick from and try new things, and not have to worry if it’s veggie friendly!

  19. dana r Says:

    i live at Lents neighborhood and i would love to see a natural foods grocery store or food co op. i think it would do well, there is not alot of choice in this hood at present. we are lucky in portland, soo many choices for great restaurants, cafes, coffee purveyors . bravo.

  20. Michelle Taube Says:

    I would love to see a wine bar in Portland that showcases all of the amazing wines from all over Oregon.

  21. Tamara Belgard Says:

    I would love an okonomyaki restaurant.

  22. colin Says:

    i’d love to see a few of the classic takes on steakhouses representing here with spaghetti as a side.

    or more seafood, there’s never enough here! i think that’s why rifflenw is so great!!

  23. Jeff "the chef" Garcia Says:

    I am looking forward to seeing the realness in people that care, people that believe in the greater good of society. We are the ones who make it our goal and our dreams to eliminate childhood hunger. seeing a smile on their face when they get to enjoy a taste of phenomenal foods, and imbibe on some amazing drink. That, my friend, makes it all worth it to me!

  24. Rachel Good Says:

    Could we please, please get a solid Chinese restaurant that delivers? I remember the days of getting Szechuan green beans delivered right to my door in Chicago…

  25. Ryan Bruce Says:

    I know it’s partially because South Waterfront (OHSU tram area) isn’t yet developed fully, but I’d love to see some more late-nite options. Somewhere to kick back and have something more than bar food but also not too stuffy.

    SW Portland as a whole seems to be lacking in Indian food too; I’ve had to cross the river if I want any.

    From above- I do like the idea of decent Chinese delivery, and the fried food sushi belt sounds dangerously good.

  26. Andy Orenstein Says:

    I’d first like to comment on what an amazing event the Taste of the Nation is. For the price of going to 2 or 3 of these restaurants you get to taste all of them and the admission goes to a great cause.

    My desire for a restaurant in the Portland area would be a Taiwanese noodle soup shop.

  27. Kevin Says:

    I’d like to see an oyster food cart where I can walk up and point at oysters and have them shucked and shoved in front of my face on demand.

  28. Veronica Says:

    As a non-drinker, I’d love to see more places offer creative non-alcoholic cocktails. It seems like a few places are starting to do it, but there’s not much yet.

  29. Natalie Says:

    I love the model of Cafe Au Play (http://cafeauplay.org) because they bring together so many things that Portland loves. Who wouldn’t want to see their coffee money go to a good cause? So, I would love to see the non-profit coffee house idea replicated but with a different audience in mind. How about a coffee house dedicated to letting adults learn to “play” with their food in the kitchen? I’m not sure exactly but I’d love to see what else could be done.

  30. Dave Taube Says:

    I’d love to see the world’s largest Starbucks open in Portland. Just to make Seattle look bad.

  31. Jon T Says:

    My belly-spirit needs this!

  32. Judy Tan Says:

    Genki-Su’s Japanese Drinking Vinegar!
    Made from 100% natural coconut vinegar infused with fresh simple ingredients, carefully handcrafted, and curiously tasty!


  33. Jeannie Says:

    I’m probably too late, but I would like to see more food carts in NW. I miss Chili on the Inside, Chili on the Outside. Their Frito pies were outstanding!

  34. Liz Crain Says:

    You won Lindsey! Please check out my latest blog post and shoot me your contact info. Thank you everyone for all of your great ideas and comments. I hope some of them come to be! There are still tickets available!

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