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Tillamook at Feast 2013
This past weekend, Portland hosted one of the coolest food events in the world: Feast Portland. Over the course of three days, food was eaten, chef tricks were learned, tweets were sent, and memories were made! Tillamook couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of the festivities.
We started the week by giving out 6 pairs of tickets to the Sandwich Invitational and Grand Tasting through a Haiku contest through email and Twitter. They were all amazing, but you can read some of our favorites here.
To kick off the weekend, Tillamook participated in the Sandwich Invitational, featuring 15 top chefs, including Paul Qui, Duff Goldman, Tommy Habetz, Nick Wood and winner Adam Sappington! Tillamook made a few funky and delicious sandwiches of our own: Pretzel Crunch (pretzel, peanut butter, bananas, honey and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar), Dark Ginger (dark chocolate, candied ginger and Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar) and Berry Waffle (marionberry compote and Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar on a waffle).While sampling nearly 600 sandwiches to the hungry crowd, we asked attendees to vote for their favorite Tillamook sandwich… and Dark Ginger won! Check back soon for the recipes for our tasty sandwiches.
At the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Tillamook served over 4,000 samples of what we fondly call “America’s Best Grilled Cheese.” Using America’s Best Sharp Cheddar and America’s Best Monterey Jack, the sandwich had the sharp bite and an incredible creaminess from the Monterey Jack. Visitors could also grill their faces onto a sandwich using the Tillamook Cheese’wich app at our photo booth!
In addition to these events, we hooked up some lucky folks with a Tillaphone. What is a Tillaphone, you ask? It’s a phone that when used between 11pm and 3am, will get you a delicious Tillamook grilled cheese sandwich delivered to you for free. Chefs, media, and lucky local Portlanders used their phones to order one of three Tillamook sandwiches: the Triple Threat (celebrating our awards at this year’s ACS competition with Tillamook Colby Jack, Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar, and Sharp Cheddar), Spicy BBQ (bacon, BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar) and the Dark Ginger from the Sandwich Invitational. Check out #ComfortCall on Twitter or Instagram for more!
If you were able to make Feast, what was your favorite part? Did you meet your favorite chef, eat the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich you’ve ever had, try the best wine of your life, or realize that great food can be life changing? We can’t wait to hear your stories! See ya next year!
Join Tillamook at Feast Portland 2013
Oh. My. Gosh. The best season of the year is here…whether we’re ready or not! The temperature is cooling off, Football’s on, the clouds are rolling in and the squash is ripening on the vine! It’s prime time for a foodie event in Portland!
Thankfully Mike Thelin, Carrie Welch and the amazing team at Feast Portland are giving us just that! From September 19 – 22, Feast Portland will be turning empty stomachs into full smiles as they bring internationally renowned chefs from all over the world together with our own internationally renowned chefs from Portland and some of the most amazing food imaginable to grace our plates.
Local brands will also be sharing their goods with people in attendance! Tillamook will be joined by Jacobsen Salt, Salt and Straw, Alaska Airlines Widmer Brothers Brewing and Union Wine Company to name a few! If you’re planning to go, make sure you come see us at the Sandwich Invitational and the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting.
At the Sandwich Invitational Tillamook will be sampling three delicious, unique, fun, mind-blowing sandwiches! You can vote on your favorite and that sandwich will pop-up in a couple different ways during the rest of the weekend! Track the action on Twitter by following @TillamookCheese! If there are still tickets left, this is not an event to be missed!
At the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Tillamook will join other local purveyors of fine food to give attendees some fun treats and entertain the foodiest of foodies! Along with serving a delicious Tillamook Grilled Cheese sandwich that celebrates our recent America’s Best Sharp Cheddar Cheese award, Tillamook will enable people to grill their face onto a grilled cheese sandwich…digitally…and share it with all of their friends. If you love your picture, we’ll also print it out for you to take home and put above the mantle…in a huge frame…for all the world to see! Tickets for this event are going fast too…make sure you sign up to experience all that Oregon foods have to offer!
Which event are you most excited about at Feast?
Stipulation: you can’t say ‘The Whole Thing’
Hint: Tillamook is probably at one of them.
See you there!
Tillamook Celebrates the Official Beer of Feast Portland 2013
Tuesday night we were the fortunate beneficiaries of an invitation to join Widmer Brothers Brewing, Whole Foods, and Bamboo Sushi at the launch party for the Official Beer of Feast Portland – Krystal Pear. Available through Whole Foods, this beer is lightly fruited with a hefty helping of crisp, clean flavor that will be the perfect way to cool off during a (hopefully) warm and busy Feast Portland weekend!
For our part, in honor of the outgoing summer, we served up the Tillamook take on a caprese salad sandwich using fresh heirloom tomatoes, organic basil and 2yr Aged Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar on Dave’s Killer ‘Blues’ Bread. MMM.
Where will we see YOU at Feast Portland this year?
Sneak Peek at the Next Tillamook Kitchen Chef!
If you’ve ever been to Austin, TX you know how cool it is (well, scorching hot, but in a cool way)! If you haven’t been – it’s cool! Of course the music scene is one of the best in the US and you can catch live shows at almost any time of day in any genre. As I walked around Austin and checked out some of the bands playing, it became evident that Austin believes in something I believe in as well – nothing goes better with great music than great food and drinks?!
Because of this amazing food scene, last week I had the opportunity to go to Austin to shoot our newest Tillamook Kitchen restaurant. This restaurant has been recognized as having The Best Hamburger by the Austin Chronicle, is on the top 15 best hamburgers list on Eater National, and is run by some pretty cool guys who believe in the power of great food. It’s called Hopdoddy Burger Bar and it is a must have!
Since opening their doors in 2010, co-founders Larry Perdido and Chuck Smith, have been grillin’ and chillin’ the highest quality, most delicious burgers, fries, and shakes in Texas in the uber cool neighborhood of South Congress (they’ve also added locations in North Austin and Dallas – and they’re not done yet!). They use high quality ingredients (they grind their own meat, make their own buns and have used Tillamook since day one) which allows their food to speak for itself as the star of the show. We’ll be sharing recipes, tips and videos with you soon, but here are some teasers to whet your appetite in the meantime.
If you find yourself in Austin or Dallas please go to Hopdoddy Burger Bar. It might just end up being the best thing you do!
Pine State Biscuits is down-home cookin’ in the Tillamook Kitchen
If you have ever had passion for something, you’ll know why the newest Tillamook Kitchen chefs create some of the best food in Portland. They are passionate! About what they do. About where they’re from. About where they are. About eating local. And about good food. That’s a whole lotta passion and when you take it all and put it in one unbelievably good biscuit, or piece of fried chicken or bowl of grits…sit down. It’s that good!
If you live in Portland, I’m sure you’ve heard of them – you may have even been there. If you’re from out of town, you might have heard of them from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where they wowed Guy Fieri with their southern cookin’ done right in Portland, OR. Now you can learn about the guys that make it all possible and how their food is just so dang good (hint: it has something to do with passion.). Pine State Biscuits is joining the fold of great chefs on the Tillamook Kitchen. Show them a warm Tillamook welcome and eat some biscuits…and fried chicken…and grits…and honey…and fried okra…you hungry yet?
Tillamook at the 9th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival
Is there a better place to be than with fellow cheese lovers in a town that also holds a festival for William Shakespeare and has a totally down-home, hippie vibe that loves locals and welcomes artisans?! No. There is not. I know this because this past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to, along with two co-workers, represent Tillamook at the Oregon Cheese Guild’s 9th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival!
The weekend started with a dinner featuring 4 varieties of Oregon Cheeses – and that doesn’t even include the cheese plate before the meal with about 20 different cheeses! WHOA! I had tasted some before (if you haven’t had it, you must try Portland Creamery’s Sweet Fire! It’s an unbelievably delicious Chevre with a Habanero Marionberry jam) and some I hadn’t had. After making sure to taste them all, I left with a greater appreciation of the quality of cheese making in Oregon. We’re pretty lucky.
The next day was the main event. Held right next to Rogue Creamery’s headquarters in Central Point, OR, nearly 10,000 people came to celebrate Oregon bounty under a tent that blocked not rain, but sun on this beautiful weekend! Tillamook was there with other Oregon cheeses from Rogue Creamery, Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Portland Creamery and many, MANY other artisan producers. We handed out about 60lbs of free samples of some of our more specialty cheeses: Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar, Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar, America’s Best Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar, Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar and Sharp Cheddar cheeses. We also gave people recipes to try at home and wine pairing guides (which came in very handy – there were some great Oregon wines on hand to be tasted).
I have to throw in that if you are Ashland, you should stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel. It’s a beautiful, old hotel that is part of the Historic Hotels of America and is close to everything downtown Ashland has to offer. Try out Standing Stone Brewery for some great beer and Mix café for an AMAZING chocolate croissant, then hike Lithia Park and take a drive through Myrtle Creek and up the coast through Coos Bay, Newport, and Lincoln City to see all of the incredibly natural wonders that allow Oregon to have all of the bountiful food we do!
This event was an incredible celebration of the growing cheese industry in Oregon and Tillamook was truly thrilled to be a part of it! Make sure you remember to put this on your calendar next year so you too can enjoy some of the best cheeses in America – all under one HUGE tent!
Hopdoddy Tillamook Takeover
What happens when the most creative people around, the best burger under the Austin sky, and the tastiest cheese in the world team up? Magic! Like a unicorn that shoots rainbows; except better! Magic may be the best word to describe what happens when Tillamook is added to anything! Thankfully you can experience this type of mouthwatering euphoria on Saturday, March 9 from 12:30pm-3:30pm at Hopdoddy Burger Bar on South Congress. You’ll go for the Terlingua burger and the Buffalo Bill burger with a Caramel and Sea Salt Shake (say that 5 times fast)! What you’ll get is all that AND samples of the world’s best Medium Cheddar Cheese (used on the “Terlingua”) and Pepper Jack Cheese (used on the “El Diablo”). Oh there’s more! Your visit won’t be complete without great Tillamook coupons, cheesy recipes, and tons of smiles!
What are you doing Saturday that could possibly be more fun than this?! Nothing. You know you’ll have a hankering for a good time, so just come on out and see our beloved new Tillatruck, say, “Hey” to our friendly brand ambassadors, grab some delicious cheese, and get your hands on the best dang burger you’ll ever have! This is one cheesy event you won’t want to miss. See you Saturday! If you can’t make it Saturday, Tillamook will be in Austin until the 18, so check the schedule to make sure you can come out to experience the YUM! We can’t wait to see you.
Not your kitchen variety Bowl Battles
As an Oregon company we are excited not only about the wonderful area where we live and the great community we have, but about our college football! We are fortunate to have not just one, but two of our major universities playing in major bowl games this year. The Oregon State Beavers will be taking on the mighty University of Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio while The University of Oregon Ducks will play Kansas State University in the Fiesta bowl in Phoenix.
While the Fiesta Bowl may have a higher billing, the Alamo Bowl is a great prize for a hard fought year from the Beavers. If they play a quality football game, they will certainly give Texas a run. If they win, they will finish a great year with a very respectable 10 wins. A few more than last year!
If the Ducks win, it would be their second BCS bowl victory in a row and would cement them as one of the premier college football programs. After a devastating last minute loss in the 2010 National Championship, the Ducks defeated Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Kansas is a solid football team, so this should be a great game!
Both Oregon schools have found success stemming from their commitment to using only the highest quality players and working tirelessly to perfect their craft. Kind of sounds like Tillamook products, eh? Enjoy this bowl season with some Tillamook Cheese or Ice Cream and root on both Oregon teams. Go Beavers, but especially GO DUCKS!!
Tillamook Cheeses out at The Wedge
I was recently in a restaurant and overheard some people saying they were visiting from Denver. I thought, really? Why, of the places in the world to go, did you come to Oregon? I mean, I love my home state, but it reminded me how amazing this place is, and that I need to do a better job appreciating the place I live and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Like cheese.
In another celebration of abundant NW bounty, Tillamook was a sponsor of The Oregon Cheese Guild’s ‘The Wedge’ event. With goat cheese, Cotija, Gouda, and of course cheddar, some of Oregon’s foremost dairy companies turned out to sample and sell their delicious products. Nearly 1,500 people came out to enjoy their favorite cheeses and Rogue Beer on a perfect fall day. What is your favorite part of living in Oregon, or what is your favorite part when you visit? If you’ve never been – come on up. We’d love to have you.
Tillamook at Feast Portland
In late September Tillamook was a sponsor of Feast Portland, the first large scale epicurean event the city has seen. There were many other local companies like Jacobsen Salt, Widmer Brother’s, Moonstruck Chocolates and Portland Creamery (Goat Cheese). There were also a number of large profile chefs who attended this inaugural event. From Chef Amanda Freitag to Brad Farmerie to Chef Duff Goldman, they came out in force to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend in Portland. If you didn’t have a chance to go this year, this Eater article has all the information you need (as if you needed any) to help you make your decision to go next year! Because, YES, there will be another Feast!! 2013 is already on the calendar and we can’t wait to see what amazing things co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch have in store. If you can go, what are you most excited about?
The year is 2012. The place is Portland, OR. The venue is Feast. All of the world’s top culinary stars our out to shine on our humble and ‘weird’ city. They are here to experience Portland – a mystical place to those who don’t know it. You recycle? You grow your own vegetables? You know your chicken’s name before you eat it (ok, that doesn’t really happen)? They come to see what all the fuss is about. They will leave knowing exactly what the fuss is all about!
We were very fortunate to partner with Mike Thelin, Carrie Welch and their incredible staff at Feast to not only be involved, but to work with them to give a once-in-a-lifetime experience – the kind only Portland can offer! Tillamook, being the cheese-nerds that we are, couldn’t just hand out samples. Yes, we wanted to hand out samples, but we couldn’t just stop there. The next logical choice was, of course, grilled cheese sandwiches. But how do we make grilled cheese sandwiches that are perfectly crisp on the outside and perfectly gooey on the inside and get them to people who are all over the city at food parties? With phones of course.
Flip-phones to be exact! We handed out 200 flip-phones to super fans, chefs, writers, and generally, people who looked interested. The phone’s sole purpose was ordering a grilled cheese sandwich from Tillamook between midnight and 3am – just when you need it most! As soon as the order came through, our chefs went to work and made some pretty yummy combinations (think Apple Cinnamon and Vintage White Medium Cheddar, Bacon Waffle with Medium Cheddar and Tarragon Zucchini with Medium Cheddar and Pepper Jack).
At first people didn’t believe that we would actually deliver the sandwiches, thinking that it was just a marketing thing. But then, we did! We hand-made and delivered – in our yum bus – over 100 sandwiches in two nights! The smiles on people’s faces when they got their sandwich after a long day of cooking or eventing or twittering, were priceless and validated just how much we love our jobs! The last thing we did, because we couldn’t just throw the phones out, was ask the recipients of the phones to leave them with the front desk at their hotels. We then donated the phones to a local charity.
The year is now 2013. The place is still Portland, OR. The venue is still Feast. All of the world’s top culinary stars will be out to shine – won’t you please join them!? We’ll be there to meet you…You won’t regret it!
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