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2014 Cookie Exchange and Truffle Demo

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Attend the PCA annual Holiday Cookie Exchange and get an exclusive preview to the Oregon Truffle Festival coming to Portland!

On Sunday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. we will kick off the holiday season with our annual Holiday Cookie Exchange. Bring three dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to exchange with fellow PCA members and a tin to take home your treats. Zuppa Catering will be providing coffee and tea for our event.

The Oregon Truffle Festival is coming for the first time to Portland, and the PCA has an exclusive preview! Charlie Ruff, culinary director for the festival will be joining us at our holiday event to talk about the Oregon truffle phenomenon. Oregon is native to several varieties of truffles, each with their own unique flavor profiles and culinary uses. And now, new inoculation technology makes it possible to actually grow them! Come hear about this fascinating new facet of our state’s agriculture, and all the ways you can take part in the delicious festival events.

Space for this event is very limited. Sign up now!

Date: Sunday, December 7th

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Place: Northwest Portland. Address will be provided upon RSVP confirmation.

Member Price: $10



Non-Member Price: $15

A PCA Exclusive: An Intimate Evening with Cookbook Author Alice Medrich: Nov 4

Geared for an audience of culinary professionals, join Alice Medrich, two-times James Beard Foundation cookbook award winner, for a small group talk, tasting, Q & A, and book signing. Alice will share her expertise as a baker, writer, and teacher in the pastry arts. Alice’s new cookbook, Flavor Flours, will be published by Artisan in November 2014.

Photo credit: WSJ

Photo credit: WSJ

Alice Medrich’s honors include two James Beard Foundation Awards for Cookbook of the Year and IACP’s 2011 Best Baking Book award for Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies. She received her formal training at the prestigious Ecole Lenôtre in France and is widely credited with introducing the chocolate truffle to the United States, when she began selling them at her influential dessert shop, Cocolat. She has since left the retail world, devoting much of her career to teaching and sharing her expansive knowledge about baking (check out her online baking courses at Craftsy.com).

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, November 4th

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Place: Attendees will receive the location information once they have rsvp’d.


Maximum 18 guests

Member Price: $25.00, includes copy of the book ($35.00 value)


Non-Member Price: $35.00


Annual Dinner with Holdfast Dining: Nov 2

Don’t hesitate. This year’s PCA annual dinner on November 2nd will sell out quickly. This exclusive pop-up dinner experience is created by Chefs Will Preisch and Joel Stocks of Holdfast Dining fame and will be held at Jacobsen Salt’s new warehouse space in inner SE Portland.


Photo credit: Erin Mckalip, Bakerybingo.com

At the entryway, around a sleek marble-topped table, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly or a special botanical-based cocktail created with artisanal syrups from Portland-based Raft Syrups. While enjoying your handcrafted beverage, you can mingle with other Portland culinary professionals.

The seven-course sit-down tasting menu with wine pairings will follow. In the open-air space, flanked by exposed-brick walls and wooden beams, guests will gather around a 20-foot table made from an old oyster trailer stored at the company’s former Netarts Bay facility and salvaged by Jacobsen himself. This bountiful meal, crafted by Chefs Preisch and Stocks, will focus on local seasonal flavors, combining beauty and taste with influences from European modernist techniques.

This is sure to be an incredible event, allowing you the opportunity to network with other PCA members and get a fantastic meal.

Photo credit: Erin Mckalip, Bakerybingo.com

Photo credit: Erin Mckalip, Bakerybingo.com

Date:     Sunday, November 2, 2014

Time:    6pm

Place:   Jacobsen Salt at 602 SE Salmon, Portland


Maximum 45 guests

Member Price: $100.00


Non-member Price: $125.00


What the press is saying about Holdfast Dining:

The Oregonian 2014 Restaurant of the Year

Food Republic: The World’s 11 Best Supper Clubs

Look no farther; Holdfast is one of our favorite secret societies & invitation-only dinner parties.

USA Today: Up and Coming Chefs—Will Preisch is one of them

In these food-obsessed, chef crushes are all but inevitable. Whether your tastes lean towards elegant toques or tatted-up rebels with a colander, professional cooks inspire the sort of excitement and intrigue once reserved for rock stars and tweed-wearing thesis advisors. We cast our gaze on five up-and-coming chefs whose groundbreaking restaurants, innovative projects and culinary je ne sais quoi render them awfully crush-worthy on our eyes.

Eater: Meet the 50 Eater Young Guns Semi-Finalists for 2014—includes Holdfast

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together to welcome the final 50 Eater Young Guns nominees for the class of 2014. The result is a list of the 50 most promising up-and-coming talent in the restaurant industry.

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