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
GAME COOKING COMPETITION
GAME COOKING COMPETITION
The 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:
Troy MacLarty, Bollywood Theater
Edouardo Jordan, Salare
Jesse Elliot, Witness - SEA
Nicky Farms Wild Hawaiian Venison Scrapple, red cabbage, corn chow chow, beer chocolate sauce, pork crackl’n
Troy MacLarty, Bollywood Theater - PDX
Nicky Farms Wild Hawaiian Venison with shell bean
& sweet pepper curry, and spiced raita
Winner: Troy MacLarty, Bollywood Theater - PDX
Seth Fernald, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery - SEA
Nicky Farms Partridge in a Pear Tree with smoked breast, liver mousse, barley miso, bone crumb, fermented lingonberry
Kasey Mills, Mediterranean Exploration Company - PDX
Nicky Farms Partridge Phyllo Hand Pie with cabbage, carrot
muhamarra, pickled chanterelles
Winner: Kasey Mills, Mediterranean Exploration Company - PDX
Taylor Thornhill, Bateau - SEA
Dry Aged Grimaud Farms Duck & Geoduck Tartare, black truffle, fermented apple, fried potatoes
Erik Van Kley, Taylor Railworks - PDX
Poached Grimaud Farms Duck Breast with duck leg carnitas, duck neck curry, smoked soy mushrooms, crispy skin and chiles
Winner: Taylor Thornhill, Bateau - SEA
Edouardo Jordan, Salare - SEA
Scotch Bonnet Consommé with Nicky Farms Rabbit Torchon, blistered okra, freekeh, einkorn & berbere.
Earl Ninsom, Langbaan - PDX
Nicky Farms Rabbit, curry, coconut rice
Winner: Edouardo Jordan, Salare - SEA
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
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 2016 we had 45 vendors including 12 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 2015 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
Artisan Marketplace Chef Partners
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.
Artisan Marketplace Chefs – Vendor Partners