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Feast Portland


Feast Portland is a world class celebration of Oregon food, drink and everything else that makes Portland awesome. The Festival runs from September 20-23, 2012.

At the heart of the festival is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and in our country. A state where food is so plentiful should not also rank as one of the hungriest in the nation. This is part of the four-day dynamic exchange of ideas, inspiration and dialogue that Feast Portland will create with food enthusiasts from Oregon, across the U.S. and around the globe.

James Beard Foundation


The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America's culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. Since 1986, the James Beard Foundation has been at the forefront of America's culinary revolution. The Foundation was established that year in honor of James Beard, the late cooking teacher, journalist, and food consultant who is widely considered the father of American gastronomy. "The James Beard House is the best forum I know where chefs, both young and old, both well-known and not so well-known, can test their imagination and technical prowess. Without this institution, there would be a great void on the American culinary scene." – Charlie Trotter

Culinary Vegetable Institute


Bringing together innovative chefs, the community, and the most flavorful foods in the world.

The Culinary Vegetable Institute is a rustic culinary retreat in a pristine riverside setting. The lodge houses a state-of-the-art kitchen facility surrounded by the finest kitchen garden imaginable. As chefs, we have at our disposal the bounty of the farm and, every culinary resource necessary to advance, strengthen and refine the earth-to-table concept. The CVI provides a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration for America’s most forward-thinking chefs...a kitchen without boundaries dedicated to chefs with unlimited creative potential.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone


Since 1995, the CIA at Greystone has provided continuing education opportunities and career development programs for food, wine and hospitality. Today, the campus is expanding its services to include food industry business solutions, such as custom programs and research and development consultation.

CIA Hyde Park


The Culinary Institute of America is the world's premier culinary college. The Hyde Park, New York campus sits along the majestic Hudson River, just 90 minutes from all the exciting dining and cultural opportunities that New York City has to offer. CIA has the most Certified Master Chefs of any culinary college on its outstanding faculty and a network of more than 37,000 graduates, many of them leaders in the food industry. Paul Bocuse, worldrenowned French chef, has declared: “It's the best culinary school in the world.”



Catersource was created in 1992 with its primary mission to offer support and education for professional caterers. The primary focus of catersource is to provide business and culinary education for all types and sizes of companies that offer catering to their customers - including on and off-premise caterers, banquet facilities, restaurant and club facilities, contract non-commercial caterers, and other foodservice professionals. In addition, catersource provides consulting, training and evaluation for all types of catering businesses , hosts the annual catersource conference and tradeshow, as well as publishes the leading catering industry publication catersource Magazine.

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival


The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, both located at FIU.

National Outdoor Kitchen & Fireplace Association


National Outdoor Kitchen & Fireplace Association (NOKFA) is a non-profit organization established by experienced professional designers and builders dedicated to improving the outdoor kitchen and fireplace industry through research, education, and a high ethical standard.  NOKFA’s mission is to provide consumers and design-builders with the resources and information necessary to enhance their outdoor kitchen and fireplace experience through access to qualified, licensed design-builders.

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