Archive for March, 2011

March 23, 2011

Oregon's Best Chefs Dominate James Beard NW Nominations

The sassy and irreverent Portland-Man-About-Town Byron Beck nailed it Monday in his blogpost “Chefs Night Out: Beard Celebration & Ace After Party“, when he described Sunday’s James Beard in Oregon Dinner at the Multnomah Athletic Club as being “the food equivalent of the Battle of the Network Stars.”

As beautiful Jennifer Heigl of Daily Blender eloquently stated in her article “Portland Hosts James Beard Awards Pre-Announcement Soiree“, it was the “must-attend spring event in Stumptown”, bringing together in community our best culinarians, foodies and food media, hipster elite and high society (the Schnitzer’s bought the first VIP table).

MAC Executive Chef Philippe Boulot was in fine form, even with arm in sling from a reputed vehicle accident, hobknobbing with every VIP guest and almost everyone else. As host, the MAC’s food station was glamorous, befitting the societal stature the club enjoys here in Portland.

Oregon’s “Culinary Old Guard”, including Philippe, Vitaly Paley, Greg Higgins, Cory Schreiber, Cathy Whims and the culinary team of Caprial & John Pence pressed flesh and passed foods, receiving foodie-love like Eric Clapton or Paul Simon at an Earth Day concert. What a pleasure – for me – having been away from Oregon from 1995-2009, to bear witness to these fine chefs thriving so well. We’re so fortunate in Oregon to live in the food-Eden of North America, leading the US in local chef/local farmer philosophy for thirty years.

The other chefs being honored – Daniel Mondok, Matthew Lighter, Charlene Rollins, Scott Dolich, Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Andy Ricker, Christopher Israel, Oswaldo Bibiano, Jenn Louis, John Gorham, Gabriel Rucker, Jack Czarnecki and Naomi Pomeroy – I have only just begun to get to know over the last two years. It is a distinct pleasure to begin knowing you all.

Nicky USA, perhaps the best meat purveyor in North America, led by the venerable and determined Geoff and Melody Latham, rolled up in style to both the MAC and the Clyde Commons after-party in a stretch white Expedition (yes, I did get to sneak in for a sip of whiskey).

In beverages, while local coffee was not represented, Widmer Bros, Willamette Valley Vineyards, House Spirits, Sokol Blosser, Hawks View Cellars and Anne Amie Vineyards provided delicious sips for a crowd estimated at 650 or so.

Social Media Coverage

Active social media coverage began months ago with a team led by Oregon Culinary Institute and Chalkboarder. Numerous video interviews were produced by Kevin Richards of OCI and distributed on the James Beard in Oregon Facebook Fanpage. The Twitter account @beardinoregon spear-headed the Twitter hashtag #jbfa into Portland’s trending Twitter topic all evening, by tweeting the night’s program in the hours leading up to the dinner.

James Beard Foundation 2011 Nomination Announcement Lunch

For a great description of the media-only lunch at Oregon Culinary Institute on Monday, where James Beard Foundation read-out the final nomination announcements, please visit Daily Blender’s blogpost “Oregon Culinary Welcomes the 2011 James Beard Award Finalist Announcements“. Nice write up over there.

Congratulations are in order to Gabriel Rucker for being one of five Rising Star Chef of the Year nominees. A pleasure to know you, Chef.

Oregon led the category Best Chef Northwest, with nominations going to Christopher Israel, Cathy Whims and Andy Ricker.

Finally, appreciation is due to the students of Oregon Culinary Institute – you represented yourselves with professional distinction in assisting the Chefs, MAC Club, Lane PR and James Beard Foundation in executing this high-profile event.

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March 11, 2011

Northwest Center for Photography – new client

We’re very excited this afternoon to announce a new relationship with Northwest Center for Photography and iWitness Gallery, in Portland Oregon. The Northwest Center for Photography offers classes and workshops for both professional, avocational and beginner photographers. Instructors include the former White House (USA) Chief Photo Editor and Sunset Magazine Director of Photography. The iWitness Gallery offers rotating exhibits from some of the world’s finest photographers.

“We’re extremely excited to consult Northwest Center for Photography and iWitness Gallery on their social web optimization. Compelling imagery is incredibly valuable in a digital world; photography schools, like NCP, that take advantage of the connectivity and community building available through the social web are able to not only achieve full enrollments, but also expand reputations. Photographers able to maximize their presence online can see their art increase in valuation and reputation” says Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO of Chalkboarder.

Chalkboarder is providing Northwest Center for Photography and iWitness Gallery with social media consulting and seminars on social media for professional and avocational photographers.

March 11, 2011

Brazilian Coffee Exporter NUCOFFEE and PDX-based Pail Design – new client

We’re very excited this morning to announce our newest international client, NUCOFFEE, based in Brazil. NUCOFFEE focuses on providing the best green coffee beans from Brazil to roasters around the world.

Chalkboarder was retained by Pail Design (Portland, OR), marketing representative of NUCOFFEE, to provide complete Social Media Optimization of NUCOFFEE to North America. The mission of this SMO Plan is to connect North American coffee roasters and consumers with Brazilian coffee producers/farmers.

“The beverage industry just became a natural fit for us after working with many beverage clients over the last ten years. We take pride in helping our international clients such as NUCOFFEE (based in Sao Paulo, Brazil) grow and gain awareness through all kinds of mediums while staying on top of the technological wave” said Jessica Bernert, owner of Pail Design.

“Connecting consumers, roasters and coffee shops with top Brazilian coffee farmers and producers is a natural extension of Chalkboarder’s social media competencies. We’ve been in the specialty coffee and tea industry for two years, building relationships internationally for other clients, such as Coffee Fest Tradeshows. Social media optimization provides NUCOFFEE and Pail Design the ability to create a lasting village” says Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO of Chalkboarder. “We’re very excited to work with NUCOFFEE and Pail Design, creating a global community.”

For more information please contact:

Jeffrey J Kingman : (503) 481-2479 : jkingman@chalkboarder.com

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Pail Design

Pail Design, is a ten year old, Portland, Ore. Based creative agency which specializes in the food and beverage industry. Made-up of Art Director and owner, Jessica Bernert who has worked continually with Barista Magazine, and clients such as: Aviation Gin, Portland Roasting Coffee, Domain De Canton, with business partner and web director Gregory Spies.

Pail does two things very well: Make things look better for happy clients, and loving what they do, passionately.

NUCOFFEE

NUCOFFEE. You may be trying to imagine the meaning of this unusual name.

NU is a modern abbreviation for new. NUCOFFEE is a new way of thinking the coffee chain. Simple, more humane and transparent.

NUCOFFEE connects growers, cooperatives and roasters in a transparent business partnership. We offer support and integration through commercialization of quality coffee, helping to create a closer relationship between demand and origin.

Our commitment is to value the origin and recognize the producer, promoting quality excellence, adding real value and creating effective evolution throughout the coffee chain.

NUCOFFEE is an initiative of Syngenta, leading company in agribusiness that reinforces our commitment with a sustainable agriculture.

Chalkboarder

Chalkboarder creates interlocked and interdependent villages for brands, organizations and consumers internationally. We offer strategic brand and concept development, relationship engineering and social web optimization. Discover more of our core competencies here.