I am a lucky girl.  I can call myself #OGFEAST  (original gangsta Feast Attendee)

I will always be able to say “I remember when Feast began”.  My show (Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki on KPAM Talk Radio) was only 5 months old when the first Feast Portland happened in 2012.  I was just starting to get immersed in this new food focus that was about Portland, food, drink, farming, fishing, cheese-mongering…whatever!!!!  Then BOOM!  Feast happens.  I find myself immersed in this citywide celebration of all that Oregon has to offer!  I am in love.  I immediately connected myself with them to ensure I would be a part of anything that would be appropriate and helpful.  My support of Feast Portland is unwavering.

As a 20-plus year veteran in the Portland food-scene, granted, mostly from a desk and computer, I have watched this food revolution unfurl.  I witnessed the miracles of Vitaly Paley, Greg Higgins,and Phillipe Boulot.   The end of Zefiro, but the beginning of farm to table.  Out of nowhere, in the 90′s we started looking at the source of our food!  Very slowly….very slowly a food revolution began.  Suddenly, you were seeing, in the 2000′s  things like “Painted Hills” beef, or “Draper Valley” chicken.  Chefs are visiting the Farmers Markets and growing their own herbs and vegetables in the summer.  Yes, Portlandia knows what they are talking about…we CARE about our food.  Where it came from, what the soil is like, how the animal crossed over, you name it, we consider it.  We are a HUB of care and concern regarding food.

What, you may ask, is the next logical step?  Every corner of this city has a chef or food cart with “thoughtful” food.  Layers of flavor, passionate sauces, sandwiches that take a 10 mile run to justify.  That is all good and well, but what is the end game?  We get it, we have a lot of food, and it is good.  The Next Step:  A city wide celebration of food to benefit  No Kid Hungry and Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon  Yep, the whole sha-bang benefits our hungry Oregonians.  Does it get better than THAT?

Now – lets learn about the event!  There are still tickets for sale!  Among other events, I will be at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Friday and Saturday as your Host for the KitchenAid Live Demo Stage!  Come see me!!!!!


 My Pear Tattoo last year!PEARS

Here are some more Details!  There is a link below for tickets – email me or tweet me with questions….since I am #OGFEAST and all….



Tickets for Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration Of Oregon Bounty 2014 are going fast, but it’s not too late to experience the bounty of Oregon brought to light by the country’s top culinary minds in Portland, September 18th-21st. While Feast Portland celebrates the unmatched vibrancy of the Oregon food and drink community, it is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. 16of the 31 events have already sold out, including the festival’s Friday night marquee event USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards, but there are still plenty of opportunities to feast at the Northwest’s third annual flagship food and drink festival with tickets available for purchase on FeastPortland.com.


At Feast Portland’s Thursday night marquee event, Widmer Brother’s Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread, chefs compete for the ultimate honor of creating the best sandwich ever, as judged by attendees and a panel of esteemed judges, including Rob and Kurt Widmer, Josh Ozersky, Karen Brooks, and last year’s winner, Chef David Kriefels. Feast’s showcase of Oregon’s very best food and drink spans not one, but two days at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines on Friday and Saturday afternoon in Downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, featuring 38 wineries, 18 breweries, more than 20 artisans and chefs from across the state, and curated offerings from Bon Appétit, Travel Oregon and more. On the evening of Saturday, September 20th, Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines will push comfort food way out of its comfort zone with a level of decadence only America’s best chefs could achieve.

At Feast Portland’s almost sold-out new Sunday event, Tillamook Brunch Village, chefs from Oregon and around the country will build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch Portland’s favorite meal. While chowing down bites from Franklin BBQ (Austin, TX), Black Seed Bagels (New York, NY), EggSlut (Los Angeles, CA), Duff Goldman (Los Angeles, CA), Butcher & Bee (Charleston, SC), as well as Portland’s best local brunch spots, guests can cheer on their favorite local bartenders at Feast’s first ever Brunch Brawl aka  “I Woke Up Like This” Cocktail Competition on the KitchenAid Main Stage.

Feast Portland’s Dinner Series events are nearly all sold out, with only tickets available for KitchenCru Dinner Series: Dessert for Dinner featuring five renowned pastry chefs from Portland and beyond.

The festival has just two Hands On Classes remaining: Explore the thrill of pure flavor with Juicy Juice as Gwen Severson from Portland Juice Company demonstrates how to mix ingredients to create healthy and delectable concoctions, or get your hands sticky making artisanal sodas as Ross Hunsinger of Atlas Sodaworks explores the flavors and soda-making process in Soda Jerk.

Attendees can get into the Feast spirit and sip alongside nationalbeverage industry experts like Bon Appétit’s Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, Eleven Madison Park’s Beer Director Sarah Jane Monroe, and more atFeast Portland’s Tasting Panels on Friday and Saturday of Feast Portland weekend in the beautiful Evans H. Roberts Sculpture Mall of Portland Art Museum. From tropical drinks to the best new lagers, Feast Portland has a Tasting Panel for any imbiber. Enjoy a selection of the best sour beers while craft brewers lead you through the process behind the latest beer trend at A Walk on the Sour Side. Negroni O’Clock brings this classic out from the shadows to show how bitters work all day long. Tiny Bubbles looks at sparklers from across the globe, because a glass of bubbly is something on which we can all agree. In this city of IPAs, Tastes Great. Less Filling dares to return to the lighter side of beer, exploring the best new lagersKolsch, Hefeweizens and more. Experience the fusion of coffee and cocktails as Beans and Booze brings together these two buzzy favorites in surprising new ways. Get Lei’d: It’s Tiki Time explores the renewed excitement around exotic cocktails and tropical drinks.


In addition to the already killer lineup, Team Feast has just announced an all new Tasting Panel, Chardonnay is for Lovers, where guests will taste through some of Oregon’s best Chardonnay, led by Bon Appétit’s Wine Insider David Lynch.



At its heart, Feast Portland is a festival with a mission, donating all net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. In its first two years, Feast has raised over $99,000 for its charitable partners, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. No Kid Hungry connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon envisions an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. To bring that vision into reality, the organization raises awareness about hunger, connecting people to nutrition programs and advocating for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. Become a Partner to learn, connect, and advocate for a hunger-free Oregon.

Support and connect with Feast Portland’s charitable partners on social media leading up to and during the festival by using #whywefeast.


Travelers to Feast Portland can also take their trip to the next level by experiencing what makes the food scene in this region so unique. Travel Oregon has crafted Oregon Food Trips that take visitors on culinary tours to the farmers and artisans that are cultivating ingredients beyond Portland’s greatest dishes. Explore the best of the Oregon Coast, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Greater Portland, the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge, Southern Oregon, and the Willamette Valley. Eat and drink your way through the state with a weekend in wine country, craft beers in the high desert, a two-wheeled tour of the Hood River Valley, foraging on the Oregon Coast, and more. Learn more and download a guide to seven tasty trips on the Oregon Food Trips page of FeastPortland.com and share your Oregon experiences on social media using #traveloregon.



Feast Portland’s airline partner Alaska Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel to Feast Portland between September 16, 2014 and September 23, 2014. Fly Alaska Airlines to Portland, Oregon and save 10% on flightsusing discount code: ECMV395. Visit the Air Travel pageof FeastPortland.com for more details.


Oregon Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines! Buy a case of wine at participating wineries in Oregon’s wine country and they can fly home with you free of charge on Alaska Airlines. If you don’t have time to visit wine country, visit Portland-Metro Area Whole Foods Markets during the festival to pick up your Oregon wines and custom shipper for the flight. Visit the Air Travel pageof FeastPortland.com for more details.


Feast Portland’s hotel partners are offering special Feast Portland Packages to make your stay in Portland a one-of-a-kind experience. Check out the offers on the Hotel pageof FeastPortland.com.



Interested in getting involved at the Northwest’s flagship food and drink festival? Feast Portland is now accepting applications for volunteers. To apply, visit the Get Involved page of FeastPortland.com.



Sponsors and partners of Feast Portland include: 101.9 KINK, Acqua Panna, Adelsheim Vineyard, Alaska Airlines, Archery Summit, Bargreen Ellingson, Bon Appétit, Buffalo Trace, Charlie’s Produce, Chase Bank, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chubo Knives, Columbia Winery, Dave’s Killer Bread, Domaine Serene Winery, DPI Specialty Foods, Eater, Edible Canada, Elephants Delicatessen, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Elk Cove Vineyards, Fieldwork Flowers, FM News 101 KXL, Food 52, Foods in Season, Hama Hama Company, Hawks View Cellars, Heathman Hotel, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia, Hotel Rose, House Spirits Distillery, KATU, King Estate, KitchenAid, KitchenCru, Le Cordon Bleu, Live 95.5, National Pork Board, Nature’s Path, Nicky USA, Oregon Beef Council, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Oregonian Media Group, OSU: College of Agricultural Sciences, Pacific Seafood, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Pollinate, Ponzi Vineyards, Portland Monthly, Prosciutto Di Parma, Provenance Hotels, Provvista, R. Stuart & Co. Winery, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Sahale Snacks, San Pellegrino, Seafood Oregon, Seattle Met, Sentinel, Snake River Farms, Sokol Blosser Winery, Standard TV and Appliance, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Daily Sip, The Nines, The Westin, Tillamook, TMT Development, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Union Wine Co., USA Pears, Valrhona, VerTerra Dinnerware, Washington State Wine, Weekly Pint, Whole Foods Market, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Will Leather Goods, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley Visitors Association, William Grant & Sons, Williams-Sonoma, Yahoo Food and Zidell Yards.




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Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. For more information visit www.feastportland.com, follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter (@FeastPDX), and Instagram (@FeastPortland), and share your own Feast Portland experience on social media using #FeastPDX.


ABOUT Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet and the conversation starts. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of fashion, travel, design, and home. Under editor in chief Adam Rapoport, the brand has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards; including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, 10 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, and 28 Society of Publication Designers (SPD) nominations. Under vice president and publisher Pamela Drucker Mann, the magazine was named the Advertising Age A-List Magazine of the Year and Adweek’s Food Magazine of the Year in 2013. As of July, bonappetit.comhad 4.8 million unique visitors, a 70 percent increase over July 2013.



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Tickets are for sale: CLICK HERE  See you there!!!



It has been a hot one!  Portland has blessed us with a gorgeous summer and the hotter the weather, the better the berry season, but they come fast, and they come furious!  I have been picking up berries and baking and cooking and freezing them before they mold!  I am a HUGE fan of getting them used while they are fresh or get them frozen to enjoy through the colder months.  I bought an ice cream maker on eBay after watching some amazing photos come across the social media outlets…. I simply could not help myself, and WOW!  It is so easy! Here is my latest creation!

strawberry froyo

Fresh & Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt


  • 2 cups washed and hulled FRESH strawberries
  • 1.5 cups fat free Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar or 2 tbsp honey


  1. Put strawberries, honey and yogurt into a blender and blend until your preferred consistency, perhaps chunky, perhaps smooth!
  2. Place in fridge for about 1-2 hours to chill mixture.
  3. Slowly pour into the ice cream maker. It took me about 5-8 minutes for the frozen yogurt to be ready to serve! Uneaten portions can be put into the freezer, just bring out of the freezer for a few minutes before scooping
  4. Serves 4
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