Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2017 Portland Events Wall Calendar Is Now In Stores

Researching and editing the Portland Events Wall Calendar was my first job in Portland, back in 2010, and I'm excited to say the 2017 edition is now available. We're in our sixth year, and I think it's the best year, yet. We added new events, found 2017 dates to help you plan, and feature another year of beautiful photos of Portland and the surrounding area. Find a copy at local stores, like New Seasons, Powell's, and Food Front Grocery, or buy it online at Powell's or Amazon.

I tried to fit in all of the Portland events that involve eating and drinking — of course — including Feast Portland and The Bite of Oregon, and we found some really cool new things to do, too. Here are some standouts:

  • the Code Orange Egg Drop (Seriously: A helicopter drops 20,000 plastic Easter eggs in Brentwood City Park. Around 2000 kids partake, and it's free).
  • TEDx Portland (After doing my own TEDx talk, I knew this was an inspiring event)
  • the Great American Eclipse (I recommend finding a viewing spot asap. My colleagues at the tourism boards say every hotel in the path of the eclipse has pretty much been booked)
  • Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt (It's just as cool as it sounds)
Again this year, the dates for the 2017 events are written right on the calendar for planning purposes:

And the calendar features photos of events and fun things to do around Portland all year long:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Edible Portland: Three New Articles Currently on Newsstands

Hungry to explore and support more of Portland's food artisan community, I spent much of this summer at farmers markets and food incubator events, meeting Portland's hardworking food artisans and eating their delicious, local, and sustainable creations. The result is three new articles in the relaunch issue of Edible Portland. Formerly owned by Ecotrust, Edible Portland continues under Free Range Media and now comes out six times a year (read the full story of the acquisition here).

The first three local artisans I could not not write about are Choi's Kimchi, Ancient Heritage Dairy, and The Bitter Housewife. Here are some excerpts and imagines from the stories I wrote. The full articles include recipes, too. Buy a subscription here or find Edible Portland in these fine stores:

Pickling Portland
Choi's Kimchi brings a fermented Korean staple to Portland

Originally published in Edible Portland

"Founded in 2011, Choi's Kimchi Company makes its kimchis using a generations-old family recipe by Chong Choi and her son Matt. "The earliest memory my mom always shares," says Matt," is the gimjang winter kimchi harvest in Korea. It's a really busy time, and she'd be running around helping and my grandmother would always have her taste the kimchi she was making and say, 'What does it need? Salt? More ginger?'"

Immigrating to the United States when she was 25, Chong quickly earned a reputation in her community for making great kimchi, whether for friends or family or church events..."

Who Needs Cows?
Portland's only urban creamery churns out award-winning cheese — with nary a cow in sight.

Originally published in Edible Portland

"Walking down the sidewalk in inner Southeast Portland, you may glance through a window and suddenly find yourself face to face with men and women in hair nets, white aprons, and rubber boots wielding hundreds of pounds of freshly made cheese. Without a cow in sight, Ancient Heritage Dairy opened Portland's only urban creamery in spring 2015, but if you speak with the Obringer family that owns the creamery, they'll say they're just carrying on tradition..."

Bite Into Bitters:
Relax! Ease into these classic drink recipes.

Originally published in Edible Portland

"Are you perhaps healthily obsessed with craft cocktails? Do you wish you could whip them up without finding and buying all manner of esoteric ingredient and liqueur? Genevieve Brazelton had the same thoughts exactly, so in 2012 she and her husband founded The Bitter Housewife, a line of cocktail bitters specifically designed to give depth to classic drink recipes, one dash at a time.

Bitters are still classified as a form of medicine in Oregon, which makes sense, if craft cocktails are the cure for what ails you. In its new, expanded Northeast workshop, The Bitter Housewife makes bitters by infusing high-proof spirits with Genevieve's signature flavor profiles. Her Aromatic Bitters, for instance, features bourbon infused with 17 botanicals. The result is a local take on Angostura bitters, the ubiquitous bitters used in drinks like old fashioneds and Vieux Carres..."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I'm a Featured 'Oregon Maverick' in the The Gorge Business News

It's weird being on the other side of the pen. After meeting at last year's Northwest Travel Writers Conference, business news writer Lori Kimbel gave me the honor of being featured in The Gorge Business News as an "Oregon Maverick." The article came out in July (one day after my birthday in fact), and it's really a thoughtful and fun piece. It's weird being on the other side of the pen, and it's also flattering. Thank you, Lori!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Article: Eating the View, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine

There are many ways to connect with nature. You can go hiking, or rent a room with a view. You can also eat it. At the three restaurants below, dining becomes an adventure among the fields, mountains and coastline.

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA 
"For dessert tonight, we're serving three courses of blossoms," said Blaine Wetzel, executive chef of The Willows Inn. Wetzel hails from Olympia and has become one of the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated chefs. Based on easily accessible Lummi Island, The Willows Inn is true destination dining: Every dish shares something about the small island, whether its oysters and venison, or berries, leaves or, even, branches. In fact, the morning after a recent meal, I took a hike and spotted several familiar ingredients...

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Guide: An Eater's Guide to Portland, Eater Portland

After a lot of delicious work, we published An Eater's Guide to Portland on Eater Portland. Check it out to see the entire city's food scene introduced in one handy guide. Here are some of the highlights:

Welcome to the Land of Craftsman Cuisine

Straight up, Portland has something most other cities do not: the natural bounty of the Willamette Valley, mostly unblemished by development and pollution. This gives Portland chefs a huge arsenal of ingredients to play with—whether the cuisine of choice is regional Indian food or modernist Spanish tapas...

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Where to Start on Eater Portland's Top Maps

As you know, Eater publishes and updates a rather massive database of maps—each focusing on one of the city's signature foods or dining trends, from tacos to bento boxes. For those who want to get to Portland's culinary heart through its ribcage, we've compiled the crème de la crème, the top one or two listings, from each of these maps here....

Portland Food 'Hoods to Know

SOUTHEAST DIVISION/CLINTON: Pok Pok kicked it all off in a shack in 2005, and now nearly every restaurateur in the city has jockeyed for a spot on SE Division Street (so much so that the growth has spilled out a couple block south on SE Clinton Street, too). Here, between the reckless construction, you'll find many crucial restaurants...

Portland Glossary of Terms

Amphora-Aged Cocktails: Clyde Common's Jeffrey Morgenthaler is credited with inventing the barrel-aged cocktail, a fully mixed batch of cocktails aged in a wooden barrel to gain flavor—as a winemaker might age wine. Today, Ava Gene's bar manager Douglas Derrick takes this further: He's teamed up with a local winery and amphora producer to make amphora-aged negroni, only available at the restaurant.

Northwest Bounty: This is the annoying term that everyone seems to use to describe what makes food in Portland different. What makes it annoying is that it's true: Bigger and better ingredients come from the Pacific Northwest. Taste it, and you will understand.

Reservations to Make in Advance

LANGBAAN: You've almost certainly never had Thai food like this before. Langbaan serves historic regional Thai dishes—some from ancient royalty's cookbooks—and is perhaps the hardest Portland restaurant to get into. It's a hidden restaurant inside of PaaDee and books out months in advance. Make your reservation now to taste an incredibly well designed prix fixe menu.

Follow the News

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Friday, June 17, 2016

New Article: How I Became a Certified Barbecue Judge, Eater Reports

Originally published on Eater.com

At three o'clock Sunday morning, assistant pitmaster Geff Hoekman wakes up in the parking lot of the Mill Casino in Coos Bay, Oregon. He steps out of the Uff-Da-Q team cargo trailer into the chilled coastal night air, heavy with smoke and the smells of cooking meat from 45 barbecue teams. He tests his smoker to make sure the fuel is burning evenly, consulting thermometer probes stuck deep in the meat inside in search of hot and cold spots. He and his team drove eight hours and spent $1,000 to get here, and on the line is $4,000, plus all-important bragging rights. He'll wake up every 45 minutes to repeat the ritual until dawn.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Article: Boise's Urban Wineries, Northwest Travel Magazine

When was your last "Aha!" wine moment? That moment when you drank a wine so special, you haven't seen wine the same since? Touring Boise's urban wineries and tasting rooms, you're certain to experience at least a few meaningful "Aha!" moments—if not the big one itself. Even with just seven tasting rooms, Boise offers a snapshot of Northwest growing regions, from Idaho's up-and-coming rieslings, malbecs, and syrahs, to the surprise Oregon pinot noir and Washington cab.

When it comes to urban wineries, the first thing to know about Boise is Garden City. Garden City is about a mile from downtown Boise, and it's home to all of Boise's urban wineries. Visiting in warm weather? Bicycle there on the Greenbelt, a well-maintained bike and pedestrian path that hugs the Boise River and rarely crosses traffic.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Article: Idaho's Most Iconic Foods, Northwest Travel Magazine

Arriving hungry in Idaho, I thought what I assume everyone visiting Idaho for the first time thinks: Where are the taters? Fun and bizarre potato creations have defined Idaho's culinary story for years—for instance, you'll find the blooming potato (an ingenious way to fluff-ify a potato) and baked potatoes topped with vanilla ice cream. Most restaurants serve the potato simply, whether mashed or baked, because the extra flavorsome Idaho potato is a delicacy unto itself.

The chefs, winemakers, farmers and friendly Idahoans I met painted a surprisingly diverse culinary landscape. In fact, the whole potato thing can seem like a never-ending bad joke, once you know how many Idaho delicacies are out there.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Northwest Travel Writers Conference Is Nearly Sold Out

Yo people! It's legit: The 9th Northwest Travel Writers Conference (aka Travel & Words) is just 8 registrations away from selling out. If you're planning to attend, better head to the website to register. This year, the conference will be in Walla Walla and will feature keynote speaker Peter Fish, Sunset Magazine Travel Editor. It's definitely a fun way to connect with editors and other travel writers, while getting ideas for articles and research trips. Here are the deets:

Just One Month Away!
Only 108 Spots Left!
2016 Northwest Travel Writers Conference
Connecting travel writers with the Northwest tourism industry since 2009
May 16-17, 2016, Walla Walla, Washington

Don't Miss It. Register here: www.travelwritersconference.com/

Keynote Speaker: Sunset Magazine travel editor Peter Fish

$125 registration includes editors panel, workshops, networking mixer, conference food & beverages, and regional travel & tourism exhibitors. Great contacts for attendees!

Workshop Intensives
Secrets from a Veteran Travel Writer • Create Killer Pitches for Editors Near & Far • Social Media Strategies for Travel Writers • Breaking into Meeting & Events Publications • Editor's Writing Tune-Up

Magazine Editors Panel
British Columbia Magazine • Arizona Highways Magazine  Northwest Meetings + Events (B2B Magazine)

See you in Walla Walla!
Marcus Whitman Hotel

Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Article: Portland's Hidden Restaurants, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine

Since the rise of the pop-up restaurant, even newer and more out-of-the-box dining experiences have popped up (sorry, really), and in Portland, nothing has received more obsessive fanfare than the hidden restaurant. Despite the fact that hidden restaurants are, well, hidden, they’ve attracted huge followings. They tend to be small (all the better for hiding from you, my dear), and they’re often hidden inside of other establishments, whether restaurants or gourmet grocers.
Case in point is Roe, a restaurant tucked away in a semi-private dining room at the back of B + T Oyster Bar...
This issue is now in stores! Find Northwest Travel & Life Magazine in Fred Meyers, Safeway, Whole Foods, Barns & Noble and more.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Article: Northwest Moscow Mules

Northwest Moscow Mules

The tang, the spice, the booze—the Moscow Mule is a cocktail especially suited for rainy Northwest winters. Easily recognizable, it's served in a copper mug, often to the chagrin of bar owners; copper Moscow Mule mugs are some of the most stolen items in any bar.

The basic Moscow mule blends just three things, vodka, ginger beer, and lime, but that's just the jumping-off point. Pacific Northwest mixologists are crafting their own versions with assists from burly distillers and spicy ginger beer producers....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'm on Right At The Fork!

Here's a rad podcast all about the new restaurants in Portland this year. I talk with hosts Chris Angelus and 101.9 Kink's Cort Johnson about some of the biggest Portland restaurant openings slated for early 2016, including Pine Street Market, Century, and Besaw's.

Chris's Right At The Fork is a regularly scheduled podcast that's all about eating in Portland, from dive bar recs from veteran bartenders, to restaurant trends with ChefStable restaurateur Kurt Huffman. Chris also runs the Portland Food Adventures dinner series, which takes you to special PFA-only dinners at some of the city's hottest restaurants (you can sometimes get into restaurants that haven't even opened, yet, too).


Soundbite - Eater PDX's Mattie John Bamman's Anticipated New Places in 2016
January 27, 2016 

Mattie John Bamman, Eater PDX's editor-in-chief, discusses the places coming in 2016 that excite him most.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bollywood Theater on the Destination Oregon Television Show

I had so much fun doing this television segment with host Mackenzie Wilson and the Destination Oregon crew. I was actually pretty nervous at first, but everything went smooove once we started talking food, focusing front-and-center on Bollywood Theater's kati roll. Chef Troy MacLarty has a knack for finding little-known Indian dishes and making them his own. It's one of my favorite spots for.... oh blah blah blah. Here's the show [Destination Oregon is a special edition of Central Oregon's myWindow]:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Article: Off the Tourism Trail: Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Off the Tourism Trail: Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.

The sleek spires of fashionable downtown aren't the only side to Vancouver, British Columbia. Daytripping to East Vancouver's edgy and historic Main Street takes you to another city, one short on franchises and long on what makes Vancouver Vancouver: the singular passions and creativity of locals. While few would argue if you bandied about the word "hipster" to describe this artistic, boundary-pushing neighborhood, financial investment has turned one-time experiments into Vancouver institutions. And the real reason I visit this trendy hood whenever I'm in town is its exceptional food and drink....

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Friday, January 8, 2016

New Article: Dining on Boise's Bustling 8th Street

Dining on Boise's Bustling 8th Street

When visiting a city for the first time, it's all about finding a landmark, an easily recognizable building or avenue to help you get around. In Boise, I toyed with the idea of the regal Capitol Building, with its striking green swirled marble interior, but quickly chose 8th Street. Because on 8th Street, you not only find the city's heart, you also find its stomach...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Announcing the 8th Annual Northwest Travel Writers Conference

This conference just gets better. And really, who needs an excuse to visit Walla Walla in May?


Media Contact:
Mattie John Bamman / 207.408.0496 / mattie.bamman@gmail.com

Don't Miss Early-Bird Registration!
2016 Northwest Travel Writers Conference
Eighth annual conference calls travel writers to connect with NW tourism industry
$99 Early-Bird Special runs through January 31

Explorer Media Presents (January 6, 2016) -- You are invited to Travel & Words 2016, the Northwest’s premier conference for travel and lifestyle writers. Travel & Words 2016 will be held in Walla Walla, Washington, on May 16 and 17 at The Marcus Whitman, one of the Northwest’s historic grand hotels.

Register for Travel and Words 2016 by January 31 for a discounted early registration fee of $99 (20% discount). Sign up for the conference and find out about special lodging rates at The Marcus Whitman here. Register today, before available spots fill up.

What makes a good travel writer (and how to become one)?
For thirty years a travel writer and editor for Sunset Magazine, Peter Fish will share a few secrets of his success and also a few of his most humiliating failures.

2. Editors Panel: Discover current travel publishing trends and what editors are looking for from freelance writers.
·       Robert Stieve, Editor in Chief, ARIZONA HIGHWAYS
·       Teresa Kenney, Editor, NORTHWEST MEETINGS & EVENTS

3. Destination Marketers Panel: Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) and Convention & Visitors Bureaus are a freelancers allies. Learn what they can do for you and what they expect from you.

4. Destination Exhibits and Presentations: by 20 key CVBs & DMO’s from the
Northwest (U.S. and Canada), with opportunities for writers to network, discuss familiarization (FAM) trips and gain dozens of story ideas.

5. WORKSHOP INTENSIVES: Your choice of two workshops presented by industry pros (sign up at conference registration, no additional fee). Full descriptions of the 2016 Workshop Intensives are here.
·       How to be the Best Freelancer an Editor has Ever Worked With, by Dale Miller, Editor in Chief, British Columbia Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Explorer Magazine
·       Editor’s Writing Tune-up, by Allen Cox, Editor in Chief, Northwest Travel & Life, Northwest Tastemaker; Vice President of International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association
·       Breaking into Meeting & Events Publications, by Teresa Kenney, Editor, Northwest Meetings & Events
·       Creating Killer Pitches, by Bobbie Hasselbring, award-winning travel & food writer, book author, Editor in Chief of RealFoodTraveler.com
·       Social Media Strategies for Travel Writers, by Mattie John Bamman, Editor of Eater Portland, freelance writer
·       Industry Tips from a Veteran Travel Writer, by Sue Frause, freelance writer and talk show host

The Networking Mixer: Unwind with editors and destination marketers in an informal setting while sampling Walla Walla wines and gourmet bites by the culinary team at The Marc. The mixer will be held off site at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

FAM: An opportunity to be selected for a post-conference all-expenses-paid familiarization tour hosted by Visit Walla Walla. Choose from 3 FAM tracks: culinary, wine or recreation. Instructions for applying are here.

Door Prizes: Bring your business cards to toss in the bowl for fabulous door prizes.

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