22
Sep

6 Trends and Observations from Feast Portland 2017

Posted by: jillw in: Food/Beverage -

Feast Portland is an annual paradise for foodies, and this year’s edition did not disappoint. In a town known for its love of imaginative cuisine and high-quality beverages, Feast brings together top chefs from local restaurants as well as around the world, and pairs their creations with the best wine, spirits, beer and other libations. Following are a few trends and other observations from our weekend at the festival.

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30
Aug

Ready. Set. Feast! Our top picks for Feast Portland 2017

Posted by: jillw in: Food/Beverage -

We’re counting down to one of the nation’s biggest food festivals, which just happens to be in our backyard. Feast Portland is back for a sixth consecutive year, and this culinary celebration just gets better every time.

From signature main productions to on-trend classes, panels and fun-size events, Feast always manages to elevate our food and drink experiences.

Held Sept. 14-17 at venues around the city, Feast has our entire LANE staff salivating. Our festival veterans are winnowing their choices, while neophytes are anxiously anticipating the stuff of which legends are made. Here are just a few perspectives on what we’re looking forward to:

Stephanie Celenza
This will be my first time attending Feast Portland, and I am excited about all of it! Latin cuisine is my favorite, which means I’ll be trying everything at the Night Market. And my favorite meal of the day, hands down, is brunch. It’s what I do best on the weekends, so you’ll definitely find me sampling all the deliciousness at Brunch Village. Plus, I’m a big Christina Tosi fan. I dream of the Milk Bar B’Day Truffles and Compost Cookie, so I can’t wait to see what she will be showcasing at this year’s brunch spread.

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18
Jul

Cool for Summer: Four favorite food and beverage trends

Posted by: Lydia Wohlford in: Food/Beverage -

At LANE, we’re keeping cool with some of the summer’s hottest trends. Whether in New York or Portland, we’re taking full advantage of the light, fresh flavors of the season, from bubbly in our glasses to berries in our bowls and more. Read on for a few of our favorite sips and bites for summer.

Natural Sparkling Wines

Rosé lovers, make room for natural sparkling wines as the go-to summer thirst quencher. Wine writer Alice Feiring, in Portland promoting her book, “The Dirty Guide to Wine,” recently led us through a tasting of natural Oregon wines. Already popular in France and Japan, natural wines are growing in popularity in the U.S. and may even become the norm in as little as five years. Feiring thinks they could redefine good wine, and we’re looking forward to learning more from her book, as well as from Marissa Ross’s new title, “Wine. All the Time.”

Smoothie Bowls

Some may think the bowl trend has gotten a little out of hand, with Instagram feeds clogged with acai, poke, smoothie and Buddha bowls. While we don’t disagree, we do want to point out that the fresh summertime bounty kicks up the flavor of smoothie bowls, so don’t be too quick to dismiss this trend. In the Northwest, u-pick farms and orchards (not to mention many local farmers markets) are heaving with bright, tempting berries, plums and peaches for summer, and heartier apples and pears will easily get us through autumn.

Popsicle Cocktails

More cocktail bars and restaurants are picking up on the popsicle + cocktail concept this summer, and you’ll find no complaints from us. If you’re in New York, try this delicious concept at Loopy Doopy, which has been perfecting the practice over the past few summers. People’s Pops are put headfirst into signature cocktails, keeping the drink well chilled and resulting in better and better flavor as the icy treat melts.

 

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