Get Your A$& To Wild About Game
The Portland Mercury Handicaps The Game Cooking Competition
Nice little article (they are the authors of the PG-13 headline) in The Portland Mercury about our Wild About Game event, including for the first time a critic's bracketology picks for the chef match ups in the Game Cooking Competition. Read the full story here. There are a few tickets still available but they are going fast... Purchase tickets here.
Nicky Farms Chef Beer Series Release
Happy Hour Party At Honky Tonk Taco
We kicked off the release of the Nicky Farms - Gilgamesh Brewing Chef Beer Series with a happy hour party at Honky Tonk Taco. Chef Carlo Lamagna created the first beer - Deaduardo Hibiscus Lager w/ Coriander - available from September through October while supplies last. The beer is available at Zupan's, Green Zebra and other area retailers, and on tap at Honky Tonk Taco. $1 from every 22oz bottle and $10 from every keg goes directly to support The Portland Kitchen, who helps underserved teen chefs set the table for successful futures through the culinary arts.
Click here to see an interview with KGW from the happy hour release party with all of the collaborators.
Articles And Interviews Featuring Nicky USA
Portland Tribune 2/17/16 - Metro Innovators: The Farmer - Geoff Latham, Nicky USA
Portland Monthly 10/19/15 - After 25 Years, Sustainable Meat Pioneer Nicky USA is Just Getting Started
KPTV 10/7/15 - Wild About Game Cooking Competition
ORLA 10/5/15 - 2015 Associate Member of the Year: Nicky USA
Portland Tribune 3/25/15 - Nonprofit Stews Up Meaty Enterprise
oregonlive.com 3/11/15 - Central Eastside Business: Nicky USA
Real Food Traveller 12/26/14 - Nicky USA's Unique Meat Festival
Right at the Fork 8/26/14 - Interview w/ Nicky USA's Geoff Latham
Portland Monthly 8/22/14 - Nicky USA Steps Up Their Game
OPB 3/20/13 - Always a Sausage Fest at Nicky Farms
The Portland Mercury 9/7/12 - Purveyor Profile - Nicky USA
The Oregonian 8/18/12 - Nicky USA to Expand into Seattle
Nicky USA 25th Anniversary Video
A Look At Where We Came From & Where We Are Today
Has it really been 25 years? Hard to believe. It seems like yesterday that owner & founder Geoff Latham was selling just rabbits out of the back of his Ford Escort to a few intrepid chefs that were the beginning of the Portland food revolution. Join us for a look at a little at Nicky's history and where we are today serving hundreds of great customers across the Pacific Northwest.
Many thanks to the chefs, purveyors and Nicky staff for their time in the making of this video. Huge thanks to Nolan Video Works for their generosity and professionalism - if you want Portland's best videographer look no further.
Chef Carlo Lamagna Wins Wild About Game!
Good Time Was Had By All
Congratulations to Chef Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common for taking the overall prize in Wild About Game. His dish of Nicky Farms Rabbit Arroz Caldo won the judges over for its creative & complete use of the rabbit, in addition to its well executed expression of Filipino comfort food. Le Pigeon's Andrew Mace took home the People's Choice Award with his dish of Nicky Farms Chicken-Fried Quail w/ Smoked Foie Gras Pumpkin Pie. All the dishes were fantastic and worthy of praise, but this isn't tee-ball and not everyone wins a prize. Portland Chefs took the head to head competition against their Seattle bretheren 3 to 1, avenging last year's defeat to the Emerald City team.
Here is a complete list of the chefs, restaurants and their dishes, including the victors for each round.
Round 1 Nicky Farms Water Buffalo - PK & Wiley Frank, Winner
Johanna Ware, smallwares - Water Buffalo Bolognese w/ Liver, Gochujang, Rice Cakes, Fish Sauce Slaw
PK & Wiley Frank, Little Uncle - Water Buffalo Noodle Soup w/ Wai Wai Noodles, Lu Chin Water Buffalo Meatballs, Fried Garlic Oil, Celery, Chile Vinegar, Shredded Water Buffal Jerky
Round 2 Nicky Farms Rabbit - Carlo Lamagna, Winner & Overall Winner
Carlo Lamagna, Clyde Common - Rabbit Arroz Caldo w/ Smoked Rabbit Leg, Rabbit Confit, Lumpia, Offal Cracklin', Pickled Ramp Relish, Garlic Chips, Valencia Rice Porridge
Brian McCracken, Spur Gastropub - Rabbit & Mushroom Terrine w/ Carrots & Tender Herbs
Round 3 Nicky Farms Quail - Andrew Mace, Winner & People's Choice Winner
Andrew Mace, Le Pigeon - Chicken-Fried Quail w/ Smoked Foie Gras Pumpkin Pie
Stuart Lane, Spinasse - Boned Quail Leg Stuffed w/ Quail Mousse & Lightly Fermented Quail Egg, Celery Root Purée, Smoked Quail Consommé, Crispy Quail Mortadella Chip
Round 4 Nicky Farms Wild Hawaiian Venison - Doug Adams, Winner
Doug Adams, Imperial - Venison Gumbo w/ Venison Carpaccio, Bone Marrow Vinaigrette & Pickled Chanterelles
Eric Sakai, Restaurant Marron - Venison & Mushroom "Stroganoff" w/ Toasted Brioche Dumplings