Edible Portland's Local Hero Awards

By Ecotrust (other events)

Thursday, June 12 2014 5:30 PM 10:00 PM

Edible Portland and Ecotrust are throwing summer's first barbecue — with a keynote by Nell Newman of Newman's Own Organics — to honor outstanding members of our local food community. All proceeds support Ecotrust’s work to build a resilient regional food system.

Tickets to Nell's talk are now SOLD OUT, but there are still Eats Only tickets for the feasting that begins at 8 pm.

Chefs + Ranchers

Greg Higgins of HIGGINS RESTAURANT smokes CARMAN RANCH Spanish Longaniza sausage and HAWKINS’ SISTERS RANCH chicken buttifarra sausage with hazelnut romesco sauce

John Gorham of TORO BRAVO, Tasty n Sons, and Tasty n Alder roasts two (count them two!) goats from ANDERSON RANCHES

Stacey Givens of THE SIDE YARD FARM & KITCHEN makes TURTLE ISLAND FOOD barbecue tempeh sliders with spicy, farm-fresh slaw

Scott Dolich of THE BENT BRICK barbecues GOOSE POINT OYSTERS on the rooftop terrace

Ethan Bisagna of FEASTWORKS transforms GOAT MOUNTAIN PASTURED MEAT pork bellies and shoulders into lip-smacking links

Jameson Maspaitella of SIMPATICA makes REISTER FARMS lamb barbacoa sopitos with corn radish salsa and cotija cheese


At each station, alongside the barbecue and beer, the producers will share stories of their work, offering attendees the opportunity to get closer to the source of their meat.


Base Camp Brewing Co. ǀ Breakside ǀ Commons ǀ Double Mountain ǀ Fort George ǀ Gigantic ǀ Migration

Hall of Pie

Grand Central ǀ Lauretta Jean’s ǀ Lovejoy Bakers ǀ Petunia's Pies and Pastries ǀ Sweedeedee ǀ Salt & Straw ǀ Organic Valley


Doors open at 5:30
Nell Newman at 6 pm
Awards at 6:35 pm
Feasting at 7:30 pm
Eats Only ticket holders enter at 8 pm

Meet Your Local Hero Nominees

Read interviews with the farmers, chefs, food and beverage artisans, nonprofits, educators and retailers who are nominated for this year's Local Hero Award.

Keynote: Nell Newman on Social Enterprise

To kick off the night, social entrepreneur Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics will talk on the power of social enterprise — what it means to run a business that aims for far more than profit — and then announce the winners of this year’s Local Hero Awards, voted for by the public.

Pop-Up Food Storytelling Booth

Come tell your food and farming story. We're setting up a pop-up recording booth to collect stories at the event for potential inclusion in our bi-monthly podcast, Underground Airwaves.

Thank you, Sponsors!

Organic Valley

New Seasons Market, Nicky USA, One PacificCoast Bank Foundation, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific Natural Foods, Specialty Food Association, Sustainable Business Oregon, Willamette Week, Oregon Business Magazine, Newman's Own Organics, B-Line

Espe Floral, Food Front Cooperative Grocery, Grand Central Bakery, KitchenCru, Oregon Culinary Institute, Oregon Cultural Trust, Pastaworks, Por Que No?, PSU Institute of Sustainable Solutions, Oregon Tilth, Supply Source, Metro


Mailing Address

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