Friday, May 17, 2013

CityFocus: Portland, OR

As summertime quickly approaches, Portland can be a great option for meetings as a reprieve from the heat. It stands out in particular as a culinary hub, focused on the creation of healthy, local cuisine that represents the spirit and culture of the city.

Options for recreation and offsite events are numerous with their famous breweries, bustling farmer’s markets, and unique fine dining establishments. Here are a few other ways to incorporate unforgettable dining into your trip:

Forktown Food Tours: Great for recreational travel or a corporate outing, these tours offer you the opportunity to learn more about local restaurants and growers while trying a plethora of dishes. A three hour tour includes five or six stops, each with food and beverage tastings.

Portland’s Culinary Workshop: Take your team-building to a new level with a hands-on cooking class that ends with a shared meal at the end of the day. With the abundance of seasonal and international cuisine that Portland specializes in, there are always fresh and new dishes to try!

Ox Restaurant: This new restaurant is located in close proximity to the Oregon Convention Center, and is a gem for corporate events due its professional, yet welcoming environment. The cuisine is Argentine-inspired and events can be hosted at a communal table indoors or an enclosed patio.

Patanegra Catering: Patanegra restaurant has been a famous favorite in Portland for nearly a decade, but the excitement has been renewed with their new catering options. Let Patanegra come to your venue and match exquisite food with local and Spanish wines. They often partner with the Willamette Valley wineries due to the compatibility their dishes have with the region’s wine.
Check out more culinary gems of Portland here!

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