Spanish flavors are one of the main attractions in Portland, Oregon, thanks to La Ruta PDX: A Gastronomic Festival. This event comprises a series of activities that aim to celebrate Spain’s culinary culture and to “showcase Spanish cuisine, products, purveyors, and specialty equipment to encourage collaboration and mutual enrichment between [Spanish and American] gastronomic cultures.” Spanish and local chefs will team up for a range of activities.
Participants from Spain include Albert Jané, a winemaker from Bodegas Acústic Celler; Alex Cardona, a food journalist from Catalonia; Ana Lopez, Export Director for Gramona; Benoit Petillon, Export Director for Grupo Faustino; Chef Jordi Parra; Chef Juanjo Canals, from Con Amor restaurant in Madrid; Chef Manuel Alonso from Casa Manolo restaurant in Valencia; and Victor Charcan, Sales Director at Bodegas Roda, among others.
There are two noteworthy events coming up. On September 22nd, the film Constructing Albert will be screened at the Portland Art Museum. It takes an up-close look at Albert Adrià’s career, first at elBulli and then beyond as he builds his own empire out of his famous brother’s shadow. The film will be preceded by a tapas reception, with food provided by several restaurants such as Toro Bravo and Bar Casa Vale. There will also be wine, sherry, cava, paella, and a live ham carving.
The second is a “food exploration” trip to Spain, from October 1st to the 10th. Participants will travel with chef John Gorham and they will meet artisan producers, winemakers, and local chefs.