La Ruta PDX A Gastronomic Festival – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 17
Episode 17 of the Portland Culinary Podcast is here!
In this episode of the Portland Culinary Podcast our Host Steven Shomler visits with John and Renee Gorham, Tania Cidoncha and Mikel de Luis previewing La Ruta PDX: A Gastronomic Festival coming to Portland July 13-16, 2017.
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More About La Ruta PDX
La Ruta PDX is a Spanish food and cultural festival bringing Portland four days of dinners, tastings, trade shows, wine seminars, demos, music, film, art, and Flamenco.
Chefs from Spain will join forces with chefs from Portland in a series of collaboration dinners. Events throughout the festival will showcase Spanish products, purveyors, and specialty equipment to encourage collaboration and mutual enrichment between the two gastronomic cultures.
La Ruta PDX Events
Here are the fun events happening during La Ruta PDX —
Festival Premiere Thursday July 13th 6 PM
La Ruta PDX will launch with a festival premiere party followed by a private screening of the Spanish documentary film Soul at the Portland Art Museum co-presented by NW Film Center about Basque Country 3-star Michelin chef Eneko Atxa tackling the complex universe of haute cuisine.
A cocktail hour before the film will offer cava from Suriol and passed tapas from PLAZA DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler. A cheese and dessert reception after the film will feature Soul star Eneko Atxa’s txakolina being poured in Oregon for the first time.
Ambassador Dinner Series Friday July 14 6:30 PM
Chefs, ambassadors, and winemakers from Spain collaborate with chefs from Portland in private seated dinners at some of Portland’s top Spanish restaurants including – Bar Casa Vale, Can Font, Park Avenue Wines, Toro Bravo, and Urdaneta.
Wine Sidra, and Sherry Seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-16
Guests are educated through intimate discussion and tastings of regional Spanish beverages by Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda, Albert Jane of Bodegas Acústic Cellers, Jim Asbel of Ciders of Spain, and Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company.
Feria & Trade Show Saturday July 15th www.larutapdx.com/feria-trade-show
PLAZA DEL TORO and Southeast 2nd Avenue between Taylor and Yamhill transform into an trade show featuring an array of products and equipment from Spanish and local purveyors, culinary demos, and an extensive variety of beverage tastings presented by winemakers, distillers, brewers, and cider makers from Spain and Oregon.
Demos include paella cooking by Aneto Natural, knife sharpening by Murray Carter, rabbit butchery by Camas Davis of Portland Meat Collective, and jamón carving by Manuel Recio of Conserva and Viridian Farms.
Guests can enjoy product samples, GinTonic competition, Miro Vermut Hour hosted by Pollo Bravo, Carter Cutlery knife raffle, an exhibit of oil paintings by Holly Grosvenor of the Asturias region of Spain, and a reading of Granada, A Pomegranate in the Hand of God at Taylor Railworks by author Steven Nightingale.
La Ruta Del Toro Dinner Saturday July 7 PM
Chefs from Spain collaborate for the festival’s paramount dinner at Portland’s PLAZA DEL TORO gastronomic society. Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo (Valencia), Jordi Parra (Barcelona), Mikel de Luis (Bilbao/NYC), and Juanjo Canals of Con Amor (Madrid) will each present a course at this seated dinner with dessert by Luis Moyano (Madrid/Portland) and winemaker Albert Jane of Bodegas Acústic Cellar. Classical Spanish guitarist Ryan Walsh will set the tone of the evening.
Tastes of Spain VIP Noon, General Admission 1 PM – 4 PM. www.larutapdx.com/tastes-of-spain
The final event of the festival features bites from more than 15 local and Spanish chefs and artisans with extensive beverage tasting from winemakers, brewers, and sidra makers of Spain and Oregon.
Luke Burbank of Live Wire will host a panel on the main stage in Director Park with the traveling Spanish chefs and Kelly Cox from PBS Food’s Original Fare will interview participating festival chefs, artisans, and winemakers.
Live entertainment will be hosted by Pepe Raphael (of Pepe and the Bottles Blondes) with live music and dance from Espacio Flamenco, who will also offer a pop-up Flamenco class for kids who will perform later in the event.
Additional entertainment includes Barcelona street art, face painting, and students from nonprofit My Voice Music will open the live entertainment with an original Spanish song written in collaboration with Pepe Raphael.
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Website – www.larutapdx.com
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