Portland’s food community gathers to talk food with tastes from some of the new kids in town -- St.Jack and Aviary,
as well as Beaker & Flask, KOi Fusion, Lincoln, Accanto, Genoa and Serratto.
PORTLAND, Oregon (February 16, 2011) – Think of the food blogger you follow daily, but have never met. Or your
favorite butcher, artisan chocolate maker or cheese guru. Portland will once again host Foodportunity, an opportunity
for people from all different food and beverage careers to mix, mingle and talk about food. Meet local chefs, food
writers, photographers, publicists, artisan producers and farmers who have all contributed to Portland’s thriving
independent food scene. A regular event in Portland, Foodportunity will be held on Monday,
March 7, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. at the Heathman Restaurant and Bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $26 at a later date
(w/ all handling fees) and include bites from a collection of Portland restaurants such as Accanto and Genoa,
Aviary, Beaker & Flask, KOi Fusion, Lincoln PDX(Culinary Artistry and Sunshine Tavern opening Spring 2011)
St. Jack, Serratto and The Heathman Restaurant and Bar. Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.
“Our last Portland event was a hit and food professionals love the chance to catch up with colleagues or meet
someone new in the food community,” said Keren Brown, Foodportunity founder. Foodportunity is one of the few events
of its kind that brings Portland’s food community together in one location on one night – a true meeting of the minds and tastebuds!
Grazing is Encouraged…
Portland restaurants will serve up some tasty bites included in the admission. Beer and wine will be available from a
cash bar, and a wide range of food products from local companies will be available to sample. Companies interested in
showcasing their product may contact Keren Brown, Kerenlovestocook@gmail.com.
Down & Dirty with Social Media
New to the Portland event will be a social media panel made up of some of our favorite Portland social media stars including
Mike Thelin, a local food writer, Cooking Channel contributor, and food event maven. Joining Mike on the panel will be
Carrie Welch, formerly the Vice President of PR for the Food Network, Nick Zukin, food writer and executive chef Gregory
Denton of Metrovino. Learn a few insider tips to starting a social media campaign in your restaurant or food business
and share your personal experiences on Facebook and Twitter.
Speed Networking – for Foodies
The first 30 Foodportunity ticket-holders to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org will get a seat at
the “speed networking” session, hosted by Byron Beck, a freelancer for national and Oregon-based publications,
who also appears on television and radio, has his own blog at byronbeck.com and contributes to pdx.eater.com.
What better way to meet so many foodies at one time (for 1 minute each) and hand out business cards in this
intimate and fast-paced setting.
About The Heathman Restaurant and Bar
The Heathman Restaurant exemplifies the best of the Pacific Northwest using seasonal ingredients inspired by the
flavors and cuisine of France. Recipient of the James Beard Best Chef: Pacific NW award in 2001, Philippe Boulot
partners with the region’s select growers, producers and vintners to find the highest quality ingredients.
Boulot was honored by the Academie Culinaire de France as the Academie’s Chef of the Year.
The Heathman Restaurant and Bar was chosen as one of the “Best Bars” by Portland Monthly.
For more information, please call 503-790-7752. The Heathman Restaurant is located in the historic
Heathman Hotel at 1001 SW Broadway in downtown Portland’s cultural district.
Keren Brown, aka Frantic Foodie, conceived of the food networking idea known as Foodportunity and has held
more than a dozen food-related events last year in both Seattle and Portland.