Poutine Pop Up Brewery Chef Competition at Deschutes Brewery PDX

Poutine Photograph by Amanda Ahn, dbimages/Alamy

Poutine Photograph by Amanda Ahn, dbimages/Alamy

Who does not love poutine, especially when your favorite brewery chefs are competing for the best beer poutine recipe? This event is sponsored by Face Rock Creamery, hosted by Deschutes PDX, and serves a benefit for Sisters of the Road, a charity that works to build community and fight hunger and homelessness in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. On October 29th, Face Rock Creamery presents “Curse of the Haunted Curds” poutine pop-up at Deschutes Brewery in Portland from 6-8pm for only $10.
More from the press release:
This year’s competing chefs all hail from breweries including Deschutes, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and Rogue Ales. They must use one of their beers in their gravy concoction. During the evening competition, the judging panel – Portland’s premier cheesemonger Steve Jones (Cheese Bar, Chizu, Cheese Annex) and local “Citizens of Portlandia” actors Dana Millican, Andrew Dhulst and Angel Bouchet – will decide which chef will survive the curse. Another Portlandia favorite, comedienne Kristine Levine, will MC the event.
Face Rock Creamery
On October 29, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., diners at Deschutes will be able to order a special plate that offers a taste of each chef’s poutine for a $10 donation to Sisters of the Road charity, who provide meals to homeless and struggling persons and families for $1.50 per meal. Guests who purchase a tasting plate are invited to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be announced during the live judging competition.
“We had a lot of fun with this event last year and I’m excited for the brewery twist this year,” says Greg Drobot, President of Face Rock Creamery. “The enthusiasm by the chefs to create off the wall gravies and toppings for the poutine is contagious. Cheese should be fun, and we love that the offbeat nature of this competition adds a quirky element to Portland’s food and Halloween festivities.
In just two years, the Bandon, Oregon, creamery has gained a strong following for its cheese of great character, and has earned multiple first place awards from the American Cheese Society and the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. The man behind the curds is Brad Sinko, a founding head cheese maker at Beecher’s, who spent a decade in Seattle creating cheddars that won many American Cheese Society awards and a best in show title at the World Cheese Society competition, beating more than a thousand competitors.
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  • JohntheKiwi
    Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:20 AM

    I’m a little confused. The first paragraph says 6-8pm, but the part below says 11am-7pm. Is it the same event all day or is it something different from 6-8pm?

    • Samurai Artist
      Samurai Artist
      Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:46 PM

      good call. I checked the press release I received and it has the same contradiction. Will follow-up with the organizers to clarify.

      • Lisa Donoughe
        Lisa Donoughe
        Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:52 AM

        Hi there, sorry for the confusion!

        The poutines are available all day but the actual live competition takes place from 6-8 pm so if someone wants to come and see the chefs present his/her dish, hear what the judges think and then see who wins, they should come to the pub between 6- 8pm. Thanks!