Savoring James Beard’s Portland

September 23 - 27, 2018

Discover the Portland that “America’s First Foodie” and world-renowned culinary authority, James Beard, loved so much! For this culinary adventure, 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!” and both will be eating and drinking with us as we follow James Beard's footsteps.

You will get an exclusive insider’s experience of the Portland food scene by meeting and eating at the restaurants of many of the chefs in this documentary, eat at food carts, have a few cups of the reason why Portland has taken over Seattle as the #1 coffee city in the US, and learn firsthand why the Willamette Valley has been named the “Best Wine Region in the World for 2016” by Wine Enthusiast. Portland has also become leaders in craft beer and is making its mark with distilled spirits.

So by the end of our time together, you’ll be saying Willamette Valley like a local and you’ll know why James Beard loved Portland! Get ready to eat your way through PDX!

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.

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