FIRST ANNUAL​ LA RUTA PDX: A GASTRONOMIC FESTIVAL COMING TO PORTLAND JULY 13-16

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La Ruta PDX: A Gastronomic Festival is an industry and trade focused event series celebrating

the culinary culture of Spain in Portland, Oregon from the 13th to the 16th of July 2017. Chefs

from Spain will join forces with chefs from Portland in a series of collaboration dinners. Events

throughout the festival will showcase Spanish products, purveyors, and specialty equipment to

encourage collaboration and mutual enrichment between the two gastronomic cultures.

This year’s guest traveling chefs and ambassadors include Michelin-starred chef Manuel Alonso

of Casa Manolo in Valencia, Basque chef Mikel de Luis chef Juanjo Canals of Con Amor in

Madrid, Jordi Parra formerly of Ferran Adriá’s Michelin 3-star restaurant elBulli, David Ramos

from Klimer in Madrid, Spanish food insider Alex Cardona of Aborigens in Barcelona. Spanish

chefs and ambassadors will collaborate with Portland chefs in an exclusive dinner series at Toro

Bravo, Can Font, Bar Casa Vale, Urdaneta, and Park Avenue Wines. The festival’s paramount

dinner will feature a collaboration between all guest Spanish chefs at PLAZA DEL TORO.

Live Wire host Luke Burbank will moderate a panel with the chefs at the festival’s finale, Tastes

of Spain, at Director Park in downtown Portland.

Spanish winemakers include Ana Lopez of Gramona Winery, Xavier Exteve of Avinyó Winery,

and Benoit Petillon of Faustino Winery, Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda and Albert Jane of

Bodegas Acústic Celler. More than 50 wines will be presented by winemakers, importers, and

distributors throughout the festival at the feria and trade show, Tastes of Spain, collaborative

dinners, and wine seminars.

VIP tickets include ​VIP access to the festival premiere and private film screening, early VIP

access to the feria & trade show, early VIP access to Tastes of Spain, access to exclusive after

parties each night of the festival, and a seat at one ambassador dinner of choice. Ambassador

dinners are limited to 10 VIP tickets per dinner and are first come, first serve. Only 50 VIP

tickets will be sold. VIP and General Admission tickets are available through

www.larutapdx.com​.

Proceeds from the festival benefit The Portland Kitchen, a nonprofit using food and cooking to

change the lives of underserved youth.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FESTIVAL PREMIERE​ – Thursday, July 13

The festival launches with a festival premiere party followed by a private screening of the

Spanish documentary film Soul at the Portland Art Museum co-presented by NW Film Center

about Basque Country 3-star Michelin chef Eneko Atxa tackling the complex universe of haute

cuisine. A cocktail hour before the film will offer cava from Suriol and passed tapas from PLAZA

DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler. VIP access will include paella from Jaret Foster and Mona

Johnson of Tournant and Gramona Cava. The film will be introduced by Soul film producer

Pedro Peira. A cheese and dessert reception after the film will feature Soul star Eneko Atxa’s

txakolina being poured in Oregon for the first time.

AMBASSADOR DINNER SERIES – Friday, July 14

Chefs, ambassadors, and winemakers from Spain collaborate with chefs from Portland in

private seated dinners at some of Portland’s top Spanish restaurants:

● Michelin-starred chef Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo (Valencia) with Josep Vidal and

winemaker Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda winery at Can Font

● Mikel de Luis (Bilbao/NYC) with Javier Canteras and Benoit Petillon of Bodegas

Faustino winery at Urdaneta

● Juanjo Canals of Con Amor (Madrid) with Nate Tilden and Valdespino Sherry shown by

Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company at Bar Casa Vale

● Jordi Parra (formerly of Ferran Adriá’s elBulli) and David Ramos (Madrid) with John

Gorham and winemaker Xavier Esteve of Avinyo winery at Toro Bravo

● A reunion dinner featuring Toro Bravo alumni chefs Kasey Mills (Mediterranean

Exploration Company / Shalom Y’all) and Josh Scofield (Pollo Bravo) with Spanish food

insider Alex Cardona of Aborigens (Barcelona) and winemaker Ana Lopez of Gramona

winery at Park Ave Wines.

SPANISH WINE, SIDRA & SHERRY SEMINARS – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 14-16

Guests are educated through intimate discussion and tastings of regional Spanish beverages by

Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda, Albert Jané of Bodegas Acústic Celler, Jim Asbel of Ciders of

Spain, and Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company.

FERIA & TRADE SHOW​ – Saturday, July 15

PLAZA DEL TORO and Southeast 2nd Avenue between Taylor and Yamhill transform into an

trade show featuring an array of products and equipment from Spanish and local purveyors,

culinary demos, and an extensive variety of beverage tastings presented by winemakers,

distillers, brewers, and cider makers from Spain and Oregon. Demos include paella cooking by

Aneto Natural, knife sharpening by Murray Carter, rabbit butchery by Camas Davis of Portland

Meat Collective, and jamón carving by Manuel Recio of Conserva and Viridian Farms. Guests

can enjoy product samples, GinTonic competition, Miro Vermut Hour, Carter Cutlery knife raffle,

and an exhibit of oil paintings by Holly Grosvenor of the Asturias region of Spain.

LA RUTA DEL TORO DINNER​ at PLAZA DEL TORO- Saturday, July 15

Chefs from Spain collaborate for the festival’s paramount dinner at Portland’s PLAZA DEL

TORO gastronomic society. Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo (Valencia), Jordi Parra (Barcelona),

Mikel de Luis (Bilbao/NYC), and Juanjo Canals of Con Amor (Madrid) will each present a course

at this seated dinner with dessert by Luis Moyano (Madrid/Portland) and winemaker Albert Jane

of Bodegas Acústic Celler. Classical Spanish guitarist Ryan Walsh will set the tone of the

evening.

TASTES OF SPAIN​ at Director Park – Sunday, July 16

The final event of the festival features bites from more than 15 local and Spanish chefs and

artisans with extensive beverage tasting from winemakers, brewers, and sidra makers of Spain

and Oregon. Luke Burbank of Live Wire will host a panel on the main stage in Director Park with

the traveling Spanish chefs and Kelly Cox from PBS Food’s Original Fare will interview

participating festival chefs, artisans, and winemakers. Live entertainment will be hosted by Pepe

Raphael (of Pepe and the Bottles Blondes) with live music and dance from Espacio Flamenco,

who will also offer a pop-up Flamenco class for kids who will perform later in the event.

Additional entertainment includes Barcelona street art, face painting, and students from

nonprofit My Voice Music will open the live entertainment with an original Spanish song written

in collaboration with Pepe Raphael.

For additional event details and lineup of participants, please visit larutapdx.com.

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