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Foodlandia: Enjoy James Beard’s Portland

September 23 - 27, 2018 Reserve this trip

Immerse yourself in the Portland that "America's First Foodie" and world- renowned culinary authority, James Beard, lived and loved.

Tour de Forks has teamed up with award-winning food/travel writer, Kathleen Squires, and famed Maitre D' of "Chef's Dinner Series", Ronnie Rodriguez. Both are producers of the American Masters' PBS documentary about James Beard called "America's First Foodie!" They’ll lead the way as you follow in James Beard’s footsteps.

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Meet the chefs and eat at restaurants featured in the documentary. You'll be taken to Portland's best neighborhood food carts. Have a cup or two and see why Portland has overtaken Seattle as the #1 coffee city in the USA. Oh, and don't forget the donuts!

Sit in on Celebrity Chef Jenn Louis' inspiring cooking class, highlighting Israeli food from her award-winning cookbook, The Book of Greens, co-authored with Kathy Squires.

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It doesn't take more than a sip or two to understand why the Willamette Valley has been named the "Best Wine Region in the World for 2016" by Wine Enthusiast. This Valley also produces hops and where there are hops, there's beer—wood-aged, wild, and farmhouse-style beers. You'll drink it all up. To top off the beverage narrative, Portland is also making its mark in distilled spirits. Suffice to say by the end of our time together, you'll be saying Willamette Valley like a local!

DAY 1: Sunday, Sept 23 – Arrival and Welcome Dinner

  • Arrive in Portland. Check into the newly renovated Heathman Hotel, located in the downtown area.
  • Drinks at the Heathman Hotel where JB did his radio show — We’ll toast JB and our PDX adventure with Welcome Bubbles.
  • A Welcome Dinner follows at Headwaters where JBF Award Winning Chef Vitaly Paley will cook a special dinner for our group.
  • Overnight at Heathman Hotel.

DAY 2: Monday, Sept 24 – Visit to Willamette Valley

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Meet in lobby for our private transfer to Willamette Valley. On this day trip, you’ll get to practice saying “Willamette” like a local, taste amazing wines from select wineries and enjoy craft beers with a nibble or two along the way. We’ll have a full day exploring this valley named as the “Best Wine Region in the World for 2016” by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Return to PDX.
  • Dinner is at your leisure. We'll give you restaurant recommendations.
  • Overnight at Heathman Hotel.

DAY 3: Tuesday, Sept 25 — Donut/Coffee Tour + Cooking Class and Dinner with Chef Jenn Louis

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Meet your guide for our walking coffee/donut tour of downtown Portland. Today we’ll learn why PDX is the #1 coffee city in the USA, with some donuts to dunk too.
  • We'll regroup for a hands-on cooking class and delicious dinner with Top Chef Master Jenn Louis at her restaurant, Ray. You'll receive a signed copy of The Book of Greens, co-authored by Jenn Louis and Kathleen Squires.
  • Overnight at Heathman Hotel.

DAY 4: Wednesday, Sept. 26 – Food Carts Tour + House Spirits Tasting + Screening of America's First Foodie + Farewell Dinner

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Morning at LEISURE.
  • Food Carts Tour — We’ll get on board Harry the Van to visit several food cart pods with diverse eats that highlight Portland's food cart scene.
  • Then we'll stop at House Spirits in Distillery Row to sample their award winning aquavit, vodka and whiskey.
  • Return to Heathman Hotel for an afternoon siesta.
  • Late afternoon we’ll have a private screening of America's First Foodie followed by a Q & A with the film’s producers: Kathleen Squires, Ronnie Rodriguez, and the Portland-based producer/director Beth Federici at Enoteca Nostrana.
  • We'll meet and dine with Chef Cathy Whims, owner of Nostrana who is also in the film.
  • Overnight at Heathman Hotel.

DAY 5: September 27 – Departure

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • End of services.

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