As I think you probably know, I spent last Thursday through Sunday in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon attending the IFBC. There aren’t even enough words to tell you how much I loved the conference and the city. I am already planning my next trip there. If you need a destination centered around food, I don’t think you’ll find a much better city than Portland. I met a ton of wonderful people, (too many to link to here) drank way too much wine and ate so much great food. Check out the trip in photos, and a few words below…
The lovely Claire and I started the weekend off on Thursday night at Paley’s Place for a dinner hosted by the NW Cherry Growers. It was a wine, cherry, and conversation-filled evening in, what we came to find out, is a place that locals love! top right: Doubletree hotels greet you with a warm cookie; they know how to treat food bloggers//bottom right: Paley’s Place hosted an amazing cherry-inspired dinner for us//bottom left: cherry, bacon, prune and mushroom-stuffed pork loin on kale and corn polenta. amazing//
Friday morning started with a behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s Red Mill. I have been a fan of Bob’s products for some time but after seeing the facility, meeting the people, and hearing the passion that oozes from Bob, I love them even more. The tour was incredibly awesome. It was a pleasure to see how some of my favorite baking products are made! And a big thank you goes to the bloggers who came along on the tour, as well as Bob’s Red Mill, who sponsored my attendance at IFBC! top left: we walked in to Bob’s Red Mill to Bob playing the piano for us. what a treat!//bottom left: a local Oregon berry, the marionberry was so good!//Friday afternoon was filled with so many treats during a “live blogging” event which can only be described as speed dating for food. It was incredibly fun.
above: corn in the Bob’s Red Mill Factory//below: a section of Bob’s (awesome) office that is full of memorabilia, products and this piece of Scripture from Deuteronomy 8:13-14, 17-18.
The conference concluded Sunday but before it was over, Claire and I sneaked out for a few minutes to catch our taste of the local favorite: Voodoo Doughnut. They are famous for their maple-bacon bar and now I know why. When you make it to Portland, do not leave without one of these. (see below for a better shot.) And yes, the half-hour wait is well worth it! Grab yourself a cup of coffee across the street while you wait. //Friday night Claire and I got a little lost in Portland but we made our way to the well-known Henry’s Tavern which provides an impressive beer list and gorgonzola fries, which we completely devoured.
Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors. Can’t wait to see you next year in Seattle!