Win Tickets ($300): Northwest Food & Wine Festival | 25 Of Portland’s Finest Restaurants

We are giving away  two pairs of of General Admission tickets ($150 a pair) to the 2011 Northwest Food and Wine Festival on Saturday at the Lloyd Center DoublTree Hotel in NE Portland. To win a pair, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Friday, November 4th.

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From our sponsors:
Northwest Food & Wine Festival | Portland, Oregon6th Annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival
November 5, 2011 | 4-8PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232 | (503) 281-6111

Preferred Grand Tasting: 4-8PM | General admission: 5-8:00 PM
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The 6th Annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival is only a week away!

The Northwest Food and Wine Festival will take place November 5th, 2011, 4-8pm at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center. The NWFW Festival is an event featuring premier Northwest Wines’, Spirits and Beers in combination with the most delicious cuisines from the areas famous chefs and restaurants.

This year we are hosting a professional chef competition called “Pate in Portland”, featuring 25 of Portland’s finest restaurants including Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Brasserie Monmartre, Chez Joly, Toast, Genoa, Laurelhurst Market, St Jock, University Club, Carafe, Ringside, 50 Plates, A Cena Restaurant, Allium Bistro, Urban Farmer and London Grill. Professional chefs will compete to win the coveted Golden Goose Award along with cash and bragging rights.

Northwest Food & Wine Festival | Portland, Oregon

Portland is well known for handmade charcuteries, locally grown proteins and gourmet chef creations. “We thought this would be a fun way to celebrate the chefs here and make Portland the first city in the United States to host such a competition. We’re allowing up to 25 chefs to compete within two different categories, Traditional Pate’ and Creative Pate’, it’s always fun to see just how creative our restaurants can get in Portland.

We’ve been receiving national recognition for a “restaurant town with chefs to watch as well as award winning chefs” so bringing Pate’ into the mix can’t do anything but create an opportunity to highlight our food scene even more, ” says Director Chris Cannard. Guests will enjoy samples from the restaurants and will be able to vote for their favorites in the “People’s Choice Award”.

The Northwest Food and Wine Festival has grown to be the Northwest's premier festival and a must attend for anyone who enjoys the ultimate in wines and gourmet food.

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148 Responses to Win Tickets ($300): Northwest Food & Wine Festival | 25 Of Portland’s Finest Restaurants

  1. Alyssa Siegel October 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I’m a single mom paying off grad school loans and running my own business in PDX so getting out for an evening of good food and wine is not generally an option for me :) but I sure would love to attend!!

  2. Eric October 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    would be a nice way to spend some time with the girlfriend away from the family.

  3. Melissa R October 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    As a single mom working full time and going to school, a night out doesn’t happen often.. would love to be able to take my favorite guy to something so special.. we do love our wine and really good food!

  4. Shannon October 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I’m unemployed and so my bf is always taking me to dinner. It would be awesome to treat HIM for a change!

  5. Elizabeth October 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I have a great love for food and wine and an even greater love of winning! I have never been but do love going to the wine and food pairings at the State Fair each year, this is so much closer and might be my new favorite.

  6. Soco October 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I would love to attend the food and wine festival because I love food and wine! Please pick me!

  7. Kristin October 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Food and wine are my two most favorite things in life! This would be like a dream come true for me!!! Pick me, Pick me!!

  8. Andrew October 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m too poor to take my wife to something like this, but she would looooooove it.

  9. Adam October 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Love food and have never been to this kind of event. Would be such a great opportunity to see what the NW is offering as I am new to the area. Definitely not able to attend otherwise, would be such a prize!

  10. Jared October 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    ooh boi.

  11. Rebecca October 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Portland has such a thriving foodie scene, and this would be another chance to sample some of the creative cuisine and libations that make this region so unique. Would love to attend and see what some of my favorite restaurants (that I have only ever been to once) are serving up.

  12. TL October 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    We have a 3 yo and 11 month old. My wife and I need a date night badly!!

  13. Rita October 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    My sister’s 40th birthday is Sunday and I am taking care of their 4 yr old daughter so they can have a night out – I would LOVE to surprise her with this wonderful birthday gift!

  14. Cori October 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I would love to win a pair of tickets so I can treat myself and my boyfriend to a fabulous night out with delicious gourmet food and drinks! What a fun way to sample some locally grown foods made by some of the best chefs! Pick me!

  15. Joanna October 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I would love to attend because…… I have been having a long distance relationship for some time now, and my boyfriend is moving out here from Chicago this weeek!!!! We would love to attend!

  16. Jeannie October 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I would love to attend a tasting like this. I would take my friend who has a birthday that weekend.

  17. Tiffany October 31, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    “Days of wine and roses laugh and run away,
    Like a child at play.”
    by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)

    I want to laugh and be like a child at play, my boyfriend and I are finding ourselves at the end of a hard graduate school career, unsure of what’s next, but much in need of a bit of carefree unwinding. It would be a pleasure to go to this event for the first time after being a Portland resident for six years, because, as Jane Austen wrote, “There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help.”

    Thank you

  18. Brigitte October 31, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    It would love to see more of Portland and the activitys it has to offer.

  19. burgerdogboy October 31, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Cause it’s likely to be the only meal we’ll have this weekend, and we’re HUNGRY!

  20. Shannon October 31, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I would love to attend the Food & Wine Festival because I have never been before and I enjoy food while my boyfriend enjoys wine! It would be a fantastic extrodinary date for us :) It sounds very informitative & exotic. Thank you!!

  21. Lady Bacchus October 31, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    why? because my passion is food and wine. what a great way to spend an evening with fabulous people, food, and wine!!

  22. Kristen October 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    as a poor college student, my wine nights have consisted of franzia as of late…this is in serious need of being remedied!

  23. April October 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I would like to attend the food and wine festival for several reasons, one being because I have never been, two because I am a poor college student not able to afford anything extra, three because I just got married a month ago 9/23/11 and sure would be a nice date night with my hubby and lastly because I LOVE Wine!!! :)

  24. Mindi October 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I would absolutely love to go to the Food and Wine event. I’ve been looking for a wine event, and this would be awesome!

  25. Lauren October 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Portland has turned me into a foodie. Before, I thought Claim Jumper was good eating. *shudder*

  26. Anna October 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Came back from living abroad to Portland for all the good things this city and region has to offer – and food and wine top the list! Would love to attend to sample some of our region’s best stuff!!

  27. Pedro October 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I moved here from Brazil and am still discovering all the American food and wine. I want to see how it compares to my country.

  28. Claire October 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    I am amazing at eating food and drinking wine, I especially like to do it in Portland. Please send me there!

  29. jonathan k. October 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I wish I had known more about this, it looks amazing. I would love to win some tickets and take my friend, who is a chef.

  30. Holly October 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    I’m just getting into trying wine, so this would be the perfect opportunity to test out local wines and see what hits the spot!

  31. laura October 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I am a chef, have a great love and passion for food and wine, would so love to win this!

  32. Jessi October 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I live in Portland because of the great food, wine, beer and activities. This would be fantastic to go to, a dream if you will. But alas the economy has not allowed for this type of expendable income. Please let me attend!!!

  33. Sarah October 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Just moved to the area after getting married 2 weeks ago. My hubby and I are eager to learn about Portland culture, food, and people. We can’t think of a better way to spend our first weekend here! This would be wonderful- thank you!

  34. Zack October 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I desperately want to take my wife to this event. I had to sadly turn her down to go to this event several weeks ago due to money constraints. I have been trying to find ways to suprise her and get tickets without any luck. I’ve even gone to the extreme and emailed some of the vendors to see if extra tickets were available. I came across your sight and have regained hope at the chance of maybe winning tickets here! I really appreciate the consideration as it would make my wife the happiest woman in Portland as she so deserves. I would absolutlety love to suprise her with this gift.

  35. Chris November 1, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Being a new resident of Portland it would be an awesome experience to expose my palette to Portland’s finest cuisines.

  36. John Jay November 1, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    I would like to take my aunt out to this exciting event! November 3rd is her birthday and it would make a great belated gift. She’s introduced me to many of my favorite pdx restaurants and is an avid gourmet food lover. She also showed me the Portland Bite event, this looks like a chance to experience something like that again!

  37. Diana P November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    My husband and I have 8 children and 5 lovely grandchildren. We have had a busy few months with weddings, children moving away, children moving back, birthdays, sellling our home and buying another home, losing jobs and finding new jobs, and thats not including just the every day stuff. So we would appreciate and enjoy a night of delicious food, palate pleasing wine, and each other. And where would there be a more desireable place than the 6th Annual Food and Wine Festival.

  38. griz November 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    this sounds amaze-balls!

  39. michael israel November 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    i would pass out standing up if i won tickets to this event

  40. Sarah November 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I’d love to surprise my husband with this for our belated anniversary.

  41. sally November 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    You had me at CHEESE! And I love to support local food and beverage industries.

  42. fred November 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    I need to win these tickets. My palate ain’t going to widen itself.

  43. Pam November 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    My boyfriend and I have been apart for two and a half months… This would be a wonderful event for us as he is flying in to PDX this week

  44. annie November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    This is my first month off food stamps. Can you think of a better way to celebrate?

  45. brad November 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    This week, my newlywed wife began her volunteer position at a non-profit food organization that works to build appreciation of local organic produce in under privileged youth by teaching gardening, running a CSA program, and providing the yielded produce to their families. This would be a great surprise for her as a memory to sustain her through the upcoming service to our community.

  46. Jon November 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    This is a really terrific event. Great wines there, always a look forward to trying some new wines. Didn’t realize it was such a pricey affair, hope I get a chance to go.

  47. Jesse Grant November 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    I eat food. I love food! I want to taste food! I need to understand food and how ingredients are combined to make unique tastes. Yum, I can taste it already!

  48. Cody November 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    As someone who has recently overcome severe agoraphobia, I’d be forever grateful to win tickets to the 2011 Northwest Food & Wine Festival. It’s wonderful seeing how Portland has and hasn’t changed since 1983.

  49. sarah November 2, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    i need an adult-no-babies-crying- kinda-night!

  50. Jen November 2, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Oh my G-d-0 what an amazing give away! No wonder there are so many responses. I’m feeling lucky that I will win!

  51. Kimberly November 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    After an incredibly hard and long year in which my good friend and lover of wine recently just lost her mother to cancer, I would love to treat her to this event and take her as a guest – just a simple day of wine and food to lift her spirits up and help her to remember how easy it is to find happiness in little everyday things.

  52. Hilary Andriesian November 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Portland chefs are rock stars and they will be rocking the pate Saturday night. It’s a pate party, and the competition will be thick, rich and opulent. Portland is the first city to have this competition, so this will be The Premier Pate event of this or any other season. I’m drooling. And thirsty. This event promises to satisfy my appetite for food, drink and fun on so many levels.

  53. Leonard November 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Have always wanted to attend this event!

  54. Celeste November 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    I have always envied the “tasters” on Top Chef, and to win these tickets would make a fantasy come true! Please, please, please? :)

  55. Brian November 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I like food.

  56. Jeannie November 3, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    I start my vacation Saturday, so an evening of food and wine would be a great way to kick start the occasion!

  57. AriH November 3, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    This would just make a very nice ending to a rough week. Everything is better with charcuterie! I’d love to be able to go.

  58. Ayesha November 3, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I would LOVE to win tickets- for the wine and food- but mostly because my girlfriend promised she would buy a sexy black dress for this occasion.

  59. Angie November 3, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    My husband and I will be traveling to Portland this weekend/next week, from Idaho, and I was poking around the internet for great things to do while there and found your website. This would be a great introduction to your lovely city. We are both huge wine lovers and foodies and would love to experience all Portland has to offer.

  60. Lesley Bailey November 3, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    …because we lived in nyc and ate the best food ever, then we traveled the world for one year and ate the best food ever,
    then we had a child 4 years ago, and haven’t eaten since.
    we’re starving.

  61. Jevon Simerly November 3, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Portland has become a foodies Paradise. This event allows great local chefs to combine talent with exceptional local foods to produce delicious dishes. So much fun to be apart of…

  62. BobGuy November 3, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Another great birthday present… They must know that mine is coming up!!!

  63. Minna November 3, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    What a great chance to check out what makes the NW a haven for fine food aficionados. Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. Roya November 3, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I would LOVE to go! This sounds amazing and I would love to blog about the experience!

  65. Sarah November 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    This would be amazing to attend!

  66. John November 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I used to live in NYC and would love to see how PDX’s palette compares. Also it would be a nice treat for my girlfriend who has endured a lot of football thus far this fall.

  67. Jac November 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I’m a starving artist and my husband is going to law school And we are both living off of his Student aid money. Going to this event would be a very nice treat for us!

  68. Shannon November 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    mmmmm wine!

  69. Kelly November 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Sounds fantastic… would love to go!

  70. Tim November 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I’ve fallen in love with a wonderful woman, but my military duties will be pulling me away from her for a while. This would be our opportunity to enjoy a truly romantic evening together.

  71. Chelsey Brown November 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I am a registered dietitian in Portland and am always looking for restaurants to recommend to my clients. Portland has so many gourmet restaurants that not only cater to special dietary needs but also focus on fresh, local food. I just opened a private practice and trying to build it up so I am on a very tight budget. I would LOVE the opportunity to sample many different restaurants that I can then recommend to my clients. Thank you!

  72. Lisa Stephenson November 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I am a student in wine. This would be a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about the fabulous wines and exciting new adventures that Northwest Wine and Foods offer. It would be a great learning experience!!!

  73. Brooke November 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I work too much, play too little. My life revolves around serving others and my community. I’d simply love a drink I don’t have to pay or work for :) something about being able to shut my mind off, take a sip and RELAX that seems so incredibly rewarding.

  74. Matt November 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Because I love food, I love wine and I am on a budget which is preventing me from enjoying both.

  75. Nikki November 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Would love to be able to enjoy such an unique experience and enjoy the bounty of wonderful things the NW has to offer.

  76. anna November 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Oh man, my hubby and I would love to go!

  77. Kimie November 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    The kids are away this weekend! Perfect opportunity! Just learning about wine too. Would love to attend but can’t afford to purchase tix!

  78. Rick November 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    My wife and I are very good at wine and also food. I am two month behind on our anniversary diner because our new baby. And this would be a great way to celebrate living in the NW (on a budget).

    And I said please?

  79. Dan November 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    This looks amazing. I really want to go, but it is waaaay out of my price range. I’ve been involved in the urban farm movement for a few years now. I grow acres of food for the Oregon Food Bank, train beginner farmers and work with at-risk youth to learn how to grow vegetables on a small vegetable farm in Portland. I would love the opportunity to get in front of some chefs to talk about how we could work together to create more community around food and produce even more quality, local food for those who are most in need…plus a night out without the kids would be really nice. :)

  80. Deanna Jones November 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    YES! Could it be better that Jupiter’s Indulge event?

  81. Dr. Smarty November 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    What better way to pre-funk for Karl D doing Sticky Fingers than by getting sticky fingers sampling the best the northwest has to offer.

  82. Lucinda November 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Ohmygoodness! I just tried pate for the first time at Ned Ludd and to my surprise, enjoyed it! I’d love this!

  83. Keri A. November 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    My boyfriend has been unemployed since April and I got laid off in September. We don’t do a lot of nice things for ourselves as foodstamps only feed us for so long. A night out with delicious food and wine would be such a treat and a HUGE morale booster for us!!! Thanks for thinking of us!!

  84. DBP November 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to go to this with my sweetheart! Have been going without the luxuries after having my hours cut (am a contractor). Well, a lady can dream. Thanks for the opp!

  85. Brian November 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    This looks amazing and would love to go. I recently moved to Portland and this would be a great introduction to the city’s cuisine.

  86. Kim Oates November 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    A haiku for you….

    Unemployed am I ~
    Desperate for food and wine ~
    And we need night out ~

  87. Alex November 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    I’ve been in the culinary industry for years and a nice like this would be a real treat.

  88. Bid November 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    As my great uncle Pete used to say, winning tickets to the NW food and wine festival is like shooting swedish fish in a barrel in corduroy overalls.

  89. Kelvin November 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m an aspiring farmer and my sister’s been letting me crash at her place between internships. Since I’ve been cooking for her every night, I’d love to treat her to a night out of good eats.

  90. Hayden November 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I would LOVE to go!

  91. Stephanie November 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I am a small business owner that is trying to get on her feet. I don’t have the money for fun currently. It puts a strain on my relationship with my boy friend some times. I would love to go with him to something like this..He loves wine and I love him dearly.

  92. BETTIE November 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I would Love to WINE and DINE!

  93. Matthew November 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I’m more of an oenophile than most. Please?

  94. natalie November 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    This would be awesome to attend. I would love to see what innovating dishes would be making their way onto plates in the upcoming months, and steal some menu ideas for myself :-)

  95. Teresa November 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I am not a single parent, I am not celebrating a belated (or on time) birthday or anniversary, and I am not in a food or wine type business. HOWEVER, I do love me some food and I do love me some wine. I am a hard worker that never gets to do anything for myself.

  96. daVe November 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    no better way to ruin my diet, PLEASE…

  97. Yen November 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Oh my god, have you clicked on the NW Food and Wine Festival link? Their webpage is hideous!

  98. Crystal November 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I recently decided that I was going to spend more time reading weekly emails that I receive. For the last two weeks, I’ve read through PDX Pipeline and realized how much I have been missing or just didn’t know about. And then I realized after several years that I could actually submit to win free tickets…how about that? Inundated with emails, or clearly unobservant…either way, I am tuned in now. If I won these tickets, it would just affirm the value of your weekly reminders. Thanks pdxpipeline!

  99. Celina November 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    this. is. amazing. would love to attend!

  100. AprilK November 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I’ve only been to about half the restaurants listed, would love to try the others.

  101. Tara Tokura-Ellsworth November 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Oh wow, how amazing it would be to get to attend this event! My boyfriend and I *LOVE* to try new food and wines, this would be a wonderful treat for us!

  102. Ed November 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    We’re celebrating our anniversary and this would make a special day one we would never forget. Deep appreciation if you can make this happen for us.


  103. Katie November 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I just really like wine. A lot.

  104. Lois November 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Winning this would be a dream come true!!!!

  105. Stephanie November 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    WOWSA!!! :) I would LOVE to win some tickets– I am a very hard working 27 year old (single) 4th grade teacher. If you pick me i will take full advantage of this opportunity by stuffing myself to the gills with gourmet food and wine…and mingling of course! :)

  106. John November 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    My girlfriend and I are both super broke, both single parents and both in need of a relaxing day of fun!

  107. steadycat November 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I can’t think of a better way for you to witness statistical improbably than to select me to attend this event. And bacon.

  108. mark fields November 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    WOW!!! I would love and appreciate this AWESOME prize!

  109. robin November 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I had no idea this festival exists. I love full bodied red wines and am always looking for good ones. Pates I adore. I lived in France during and after college and gained my appreciation for both then. I am single and would never buy a ticket to go alone to this. With a pair of tickets I would have an excuse to invite a gentleman I’ve met via eharmony who is also a wine connaisseur; we’ve not yet met in person. I can’t think of a better 1st date!

  110. Kate November 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    This would be amazing! My fiance and I have a 3 month old baby, and it would be lovely to win these to have a nice date together. It’s been so long since we’ve gotten to do a fun “grown-up”activity.

  111. Nick November 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    A few weeks ago my Unicorn Fredrick and I were headed to the coast to visit his Grandmother Isadora in Lincoln City. She had recently fallen ill due to consuming Gummy Worms imported from Argentina. Unbeknownst to Isadora, the barge that the Gummy Worms were stored on had been taken over by an extremist group from Guam. They were upset because a recent printing error caused the world’s 2012 supply of Gummy Worms to be misprinted to say “Guamy Worms”. This extremist group, already upset because Gummy Worms are illegal in Guam, was sent over the edge by the mistake and vowed that if they couldn’t eat Gummy and Guamy Worms, the rest of the world couldn’t as well. Being devious creatures though, they didn’t want to simply dispose of the shipment. More could be made and the world would continue to eat Gummy Worms. Instead, they poisoned the entire supply with the rare poison, Selenium.

    Needless to say, it was working on Isadora. Many had perished from the Great Guamy Gummy Worm Guam Gang (nice alliteration there but a tough one to say 10 times fast). It took most lives fairly quickly but obviously Unicorns are far more tough and resilient than humans, dinosaurs, and Harry Potter. Each passing day Isadora grew closer and closer to death. When Fredrick and I learned of this, we took off as fast as we could. Isadora was Fredricks last living relative and for all we know, the last of his kind besides himself.

    When we finally made it to Lincoln City, Isadora was very close to the end. Isadora lived in a cave on the cliffs so she could always see and smell the ocean. She was surrounded by a group of friends. There was Aarnold Draff, the old cobbler from down the road. Also, Jean Watkins, who owned a small flower shop in town with her sister Mildred who couldn’t make it due to her arthritis, which made it challenging to rappel down a cliff into a cave. Finally there was Sharlene, the local Shawman. Fredrick and her never got along very well as Fredrick didn’t believe in her healing powers, but she was always a loyal friend to Isadora, so Fredrick politely greeted her. All had been with Isadora for days tending to her every need, trying desperately to keep her alive.

    Fredrick walked teary eyed over to his grandmother for the last time. She had lost the ability to speak. Her breath was labored. We all went to the front of the cave to give them some privacy. Fredrick wept over his grandmother, holding her hooves to comfort her and running his hand through her coarse disheveled mane. Within 5 minutes, Isadora was gone.

    Fredrick was devastated. He knelt beside her for hours singing ancient Unicorn hymns which sound oddly enough like a Kenny G sax solo. It was quite breathtaking. After he composed himself, he lifted her up in his arms, walked to the edge of the cliff, and took of flying. He slowly ascended into the clouds and then disappeared. We all strained to see what had become of the two, but could no longer make out their shapes in the clouds. Without a word, we all sat down on the edge of the cliff and waited. Hours passed and still nothing. Night was beginning to fall and the weather was turning frigid and windy. Just as we were getting up to leave, a figured emerged from the clouds. It was Fredrick. Isadora was not with him. Nobody asked what he happened to her body. We all had a strange sense that she was were she needed to be.

    Ever since the passing of Isadora, Fredrick has been heart broken. I’ve given him space and time to grieve. He not only lost his beloved Grandmother, but also the last known of his kind. While he’s adapted well to the normal world, he always found solace when visiting Isadora. She was able to relate with him like nobody else. I tried taking him to farm once to meet with mare named Jezebel, but that just turned out awful. That’s a story for another Food & Wine Festival posting.

    He hasn’t left the house since we got back from Lincoln City and I’m becoming very concerned. I’ve tried looking online through ancestry websites and message boards to fine another Unicorn that can possibly help, but have been unable to find a single one. I don’t know if there are any left. I’ll keep trying though. In the meantime, I think he’d greatly benefit from a night out. An outing where he could enjoy delicious food and wine with great people might remind him that while there may not be any Unicorns left, there are plenty of good people left in the world that can bring happiness to his life.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this if you actually made it this far.

  112. Donald November 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Portland is such a foodie town. I’d love to go to this with my sweetie and find out what the current trends are. There are already 110 other people begging. Do I really have a chance?

  113. Chris November 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Just went to the Friends of Multnomah Library Used Booksale at this same location. I think it would be a fun space for food & wine!

  114. Dave November 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I have a shit palate. I would rather not.

  115. Dave November 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Whoops, I cussed. See what I mean, moderator? I’m a little rough around the edges and could use a little refinin’. I need to chat up the upper crust and tell ’em all about how I met Thee Joel Godard.

  116. Maureen D November 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    We would love to go to the Northwest Food & Wine Festival featuring 25 Of Portland’s Finest Restaurants and chefs of the area. This would be better than watching the food network channel. I would be able to recommend restaurants back at school in the lunch room based on the food. We all enjoy talking food, recipes and places to dine out. What a great opportunity to sample what Portland has to offer at a pretty cool event. This sounds like the type of adventure you talk about for a while.
    Now this would be reality instead of TV. YUM! I’ll keep dreaming who know it might happen.

  117. JD November 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I want this more than YOU!

  118. Sarah November 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    My boyfriend has never been to a wine tasting and is very new to wine in general. He is also very epicurious. I think this event would be a wonderful way to introduce him to the world of food and wine and share my love of such with him.

  119. Francisco November 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I have never been to a wine tasting, and know my wife would love it. We´ve been stressed and this would really help. Thanks for the oportunity

  120. Amanda November 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I would love to take my brother to this — he’s a major foodie and is working to become a chef, and he would die for the opportunity to go!

  121. John November 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    I would love to take my girlfriend to this. We’ve been working very hard for many weeks – this would be a great way to celebrate each other and Portland!

  122. tom November 4, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    yes, please. jobless, wineless, & gormetless… the only way i’m going is with pipeline tix. ftw.

  123. Salmón November 4, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Carving time out of a very concrete schedule is like scooping out scoops of granite with a rubber ice-cream scoop. We’ve carved a free night out of our thick schedule and got a sleepover for the 2 yr old and 11 yr old for tomorrow night! My wife might actually have sex with me again if I get this! Please hook a brother up!

  124. Joe November 4, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    This sounds like a great evening. I would enjoy all the tastings.

  125. Jessie Kincaid November 4, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    I would like to win!!!

  126. Mike Grover November 4, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I would like to win these tickets because, as Turkey Joe best put it in John Waters’ DESPERATE LIVING, “they’s expensive!”

  127. Laura November 4, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    The only thing better than Northwest food and wine is free Northwest food and wine.

  128. shae November 4, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I’m halfway through Chemeketa’s wine-making program and I love food and wine. I can’t afford to eat or drink very much of it though. Hook me up!

  129. Gayleen Williams November 4, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Ewwww 2 of my favorite things to do…EAT & DRINK!

  130. Boomer November 4, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I’ve been away for work for weeks in a spot where the only food choices are Subway and bad Chinese and Mexican restaurants. I need some real food!!

  131. Tim November 4, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

  132. Heather R November 4, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Nothing interesting to say, no sad story, it just sounds like fun and so I would like to go of course :]

  133. tara November 4, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I love wine and pate!!!

  134. Steve and Lori November 4, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Its a league game, Smokey…

  135. John B November 4, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I hope you pick randomly!

  136. esteban m November 4, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Just under the wire. Wish me luck

  137. Jared November 4, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Food, wine, and an escape from the rain. Count me in!

  138. Bob November 4, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    My wife and I would LOVE this as a much needed date night!

  139. Jaime November 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    A girl’s gotta eat, right? There is nothing in this world I like more than quality food.

  140. Jeff November 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    The Pacific Northwest – Great food and amazing wine! Please-please-please let me win!

  141. Amber H November 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Oregon wines are my favorite!

  142. Heather November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm #


  143. Eric November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Just moved here and would love to learn about the local food and wine scene!

  144. Melissa November 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    It is time for me to spoil a friend who always take the time to spoil me… what better way to be nice to a foodie?

  145. Sandy November 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    what a great opportunity, my husband I need a night out together. We have been just venturing into the wine market and we would love to learn more about pairing food with wine.

  146. Allison Guest November 5, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Miles: “I like all varietals. I just don’t generally like the way they manipulate chardonnay in California. Too much oak and secondary malolactic fermentation.”
    Jack: “Huh?”

  147. Salmon's Wife November 5, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    We just found out that my husband’s comment won us a pair to the festival tonight! I’d say that yes, he’ll be getting some tonight! Thanks!! Two working parents who consider themselves foodies REALLY need this, more than you know!

  148. erin November 5, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Please, please, please!!!

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