WILD ABOUT GAME
WILD ABOUT GAME
Nicky USA's Wild About Game celebrates the farmers, butchers and purveyors of specialty game & high quality meats, and the chefs that use their products. The event centers around a friendly, but fierce competitive game cooking competition between some of Portland and Seattle's best chefs. Also featured is our Artisan Marketplace with a taste of the great products we offer at Nicky USA and some of our favorite Northwest food & beverage artisans.
Attended by hundreds of the Northwest's leading food industry purveyors, chefs, and restauranteurs, this is the event for the serious food enthusiast to rub shoulders with the decision & taste makers that influence the dining scene in our region.
“This event, year in and year out, brings together some of the most talented, passionate, fun and sincere food & beverage professionals from the Northwest and beyond. It is a great opportunity to network within the industry and reach a captive consumer audience. Additionally the purveyors and chefs seem to elevate the experience very time.”
— David DeWitt - Ste. Michelle Winery
The meatiest celebration in the Northwest will be held on Sunday September 30th from 11:30am-4:30pm at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort (formerly the Resort at the Mountain) in beautiful Welches, OR features the Carter Cutlery Game Cooking Competition between top Portland and Seattle chefs. Competing this year are:
Sarah Pliner - Aviary
Justin Woodward - Castagna
Aaron Willis - Ciudad Grill
Peter Cho - Han Oak
Derek Ronspies - Le Petit Cochon
Alex Barkley - Manolin
David Nichols - Rider Seattle
Chris DiMinno - Trifecta
Save room for the Maker's Mark Cocktail Competition and the San Pellegrino Artisan Marketplace with over 40 vendors serving the best bites and sips from the NW and beyond. Come hungry, try all of the tasty things, and leave fully satiated with delicious memories.
The Carter Cutlery Game Cooking Competition is a chance for Nicky USA to showcase some of incredible specialty game meats we sell as prepared by eight of our favorite chefs. The competition has evolved to a friendly, but fierce contest between four Portland and four Seattle chefs where individual and civic pride is on the line. After the dishes have been served to the judging panel, each chef's dish is served to the attendees to enjoy.
“WAG is the best industry celebration of game meats in the Northwest. So many great chefs proudly coming together for a weekend of unforgettable fun.”
— Edouardo Jordan, Salare
Game Cooking Competition winner 2016
People’s Choice Winner:
Phil Oswald, Multnomah Athletic Club - Portland
Sarah Schafer, Irving St. Kitchen - Portland
Paul Osher, Porkchop & Co. - SEA
Antelope Meatballs, tomatillo broth, sauerkraut, radishes
Phil Oswalt, Multnomah Athletic Club - PDX
Chicken-Fried Antelope Steak, miso whipped potatoes,
sunny side up quail egg, gravy
Winner: Paul Osher
Andrew Gregory & Ricardo Valdes, The London Plane - SEA
Guinea Fowl Tacos Arabes, fermented ground cherries, hoja santa, whole wheat pita, guinea fowl chicharron
Sarah Schafer, Irving St. Kitchen - PDX
Guinea Fowl & Foie Gras Ballotine Croquette, whipped chive oil,
spiced vegetable demi-glace, hen crackers
Winner: Sarah Schafer
Chris Lobkovich, Quinn's Pub - SEA
Wild Board Mortadella & Koji Cured Loin, winter squash salad, chanterelles, trotter croquette
Matt Sigler, Renata - PDX
Milk Braised Wild Boar Shoulder, onion ash creste di gallo, parsnips, scallions, pork rind bread crumbs
Winner: Chris Lobkovich
Jason Stratton, MBar - SEA
Braised & Stuffed Rabbit, caramelized kohlrabi, Matsutake mushrooms, pine nuts
Jose Chesa, Ataula - PDX
Coñejo, Tio Pepe escabeche mushrooms, bacon sofrito, pine nut praline
Winner: Jose Chesa
David Kreifels & Will Cisa,
Laurelhurst Market - Portland
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon - Portland
Greg Denton, Metrovino - Portland
Nathan Lockwood, Altura - Seattle
Gregory Gourdet, Departure - Portland (People's Choice)
Aaron Barnett, St. Jack - Portland
Joey Sequina, Harvest Vine - Seattle (People's Choice)
Shane Ryan, Matt's In The Market - Seattle
Carlo Lamagna, Clyde Common - Portland
Andrew Mace, Le Pigeon - Portland (People's Choice)
Cathy Whims, Genoa - Portland
Molly Schaefer Priest, Genoa - Portland
Josefa Jimenez de Jimenez, Harvest Vine - Seattle
Morgan Brownlow, Clark Lewis - Portland
Johnathan Sundstrom, Lark - Seattle
Rocky Maselli, Marché - Eugene & Adam Stevenson,
Earth & Ocean - Seattle
No competition was held.
John Gorham, Toro Bravo - Portland
Euoardo Jordan, Salare - Seattle
Phil Oswalt, Multnomah Athletic Club - Portland (People's Choice)
The Artisan Marketplace features our favorite vendors offering the best bites and sips in the Northwest from gourmet meats, craft beers, charcuterie, spirits, cheeses, wine, specialty foods, cider, chocolate and coffee. In 2017 we had 45 vendors including 15 who were partnered with chefs from the region's top restaurants to enhance the sampling experience for our attendees.
"Wild About Game allowed us to show how versatile our product can be to chefs and industry leaders. Nicky USA did an amazing job setting up the show and matching us with one of the most talented chefs in the region. It was a tremendous opportunity and we look forward to doing it
again next year."
-Jack Mancini, Hudson Valley Foie Gras
We could not put on our event without the generous support of our sponsors and vendors. Wild About Game 2017 featured an incredible line up and we were thrilled to work with you to make the event a success. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to you all for your craftsmanship and generosity.
2016 Event Sponsors & Vendors
Artisan Marketplace Vendors
We partnered many of our sponsors with some of the best chefs in the Northwest to help showcase their products and allow them more time to engage with the event attendees. The results were a stunning collection of bites that still linger in memory.
Wagshal's Imports/Fermin Iberico
In 2017 we hosted the first ever Wild About Game Cocktail Competition with help from our friends at Bull In China. Four bartenders stirred & shaked their cocktail creations for the event's 600 attendees. The rules were simple: use a base spirit from one of our spirit vendors - Knob Creek, Bull Run Distillery, or Clear Creek Distillery. Each bartender also decided to add a meaty component to their cocktails, certainly appropriate considering the environment! Fun was had by all and you can count on the cocktail competition becoming a permanent part of the Wild About Game festivities.
The Participants of the 2017 Wild About Game Cocktail Competition were:
The Overall Champion was Brandy Feit with her Birdshot cocktail: Duck fat washed Knob Creek rye, sweet & dry vermouth, smoked Medoyeff Truffle Vodka, Bridge City Evergreen Bitters, with a foie gras stuffed olive, duck bacon, and duck fat roasted grape skewer.
The People's Choice winner was Coli Carroll with his Duckworth cocktail: Knob Creek single barrel bourbon, charred cherry wood Infused Carpano Antica, balsamic & vermouth spiced cherry, with duck liver mousse and flake salt.
It takes a huge group effort to put on Wild About Game. Support from our vendors and sponsors is crucial to the event's success. We also like to call attention to the fabulous graphic design work by Holly O'Leary - from the event logo to the poster to the onsite signage, everything looked beautiful. Special recognition goes to our PR firm for helping to secure three of the best judges any competition could ask for and for all of the positive press - thanks for helping to shine a spotlight on little ole Nicky USA. Finally, the event would be impossible without the dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm of our staff. Thank you all for making the event one of the best in the land!