The Northwest Food and Wine Festival was this Saturday at the Lloyd Center Doubletree, and somehow I managed to wind up on the judging panel for their pâté competition. Lest you immediately dismiss this as a clear sham of a contest, also judging were several local chefs, game experts, and even an ACF Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon Chef of the Year - a guy who knew his aspic from a hole in the ground. While hundreds of ticket-holders milled about the crowded aisles getting their money's worth of pinot and stepped-up snacks, we worked through twenty entrants, eating what I estimate to be about two pounds of pâté a piece, which is only hard once you stop. Entrants competed on appearance, flavor, and texture, and while I was partial to the Larousse-looking masterpiece (turns out it was from Olympic), there was a tremendous amount of craftsmanship and talent on the table.
1. Hall Street
2. A Cena Ristorante
4. Olympic Provisions
1. Urban Farmer
2. Olympic Provisions (see above, a personal favorite)
3. Clyde Common
4. Allium Bistro
And now, more of the reason I'm making this post: sexy pictures.