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Flashback Friday: My Inner Foodie Learning Tastes & Trends

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This fall season, I have had the incredible pleasure to go to two phenomenal food festivals. The first one was Feast Portland that took place in Portland, Oregon this last September. The second was a much smaller-scale type festival, called “Celebrate the Craft.” It was the 13th annual one, taking place in La Jolla at the very beautiful venue of The Lodge at Torrey Pines at the end of last month.

What both festivals had in common was featuring some of the finest food artisans, chefs, and winemakers in the culinary industry. What attendees receive is a special taste of what these artisans or chefs have to offer.

Every year, Feast Portland features trendsetting chefs from all over the country, to collaborative panels and dinners, and hands-on classes. It has grown into one of the best in modern food festival conversation. It was founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch. Feast is partnered up with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Take a look below at some of these amazing and delectable creations that I experienced at their Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting & Tilamook Brunch Village.

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“Drinking Chocolate” by Ranger Chocolate.

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This dish was “Carlton Farms Pork Rillete with Stone Fruit Compote, Pickled Mustard Seeds & Micro Greens” made by Mike Hite of Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge, Medford, OR.


Willamette Valley Cheese of Oregon.


Photo Courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines Instagram.

“Celebrate the Craft” was created by Jeff Jackson, Executive Chef at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. His inspiration and love for food has lead to this inspiration event honoring the innovation of fresh, locally-sourced cuisine.

Below are what chefs and artisans featured as their main crafted dish. These are among the most popular of the restaurant community in San Diego!

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These delectable and innovative dishes all had something amazing yet deliciously different to offer.

I am on a journey of learning more about food culture and getting deeper into writing about it. These two food festivals have surely helped shape my experience going into it. I remain an ardent supporter of fresh, local food in our many different communities.

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Hi! My name is Jennifer Ferrada and I welcome you to my blog. I am so happy you are here. I am 33 years old and from Los Angeles, California, but currently based in San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities I've come to known. Feature writing is my passion, and only just recently I've been able to get back into it again. I hope to become a successful feature writer of sorts some day - whether it be for a popular food magazine, a travel magazine, or a lifestyle and health magazine. I have a pretty open mind! I would not even mind if I get the opportunity to write for a space news magazine -- the universe and astronomy is one of my favorite subjects. The reason I have decided to become a feature or lifestyle journalist is because ever since I was a young girl, I remembered loving reading CosmoGirl! and reading inspiring, real-life stories or advice columns that empowered young women. I love reading about people's crazy adventures in Reader's Digest. I love reading about art, entertainment, travel, nature, food, relationships, animals, inspiring and empowering tales. I was the features editor one semester for my high school newspaper and after high school I went ton to write for The Corsair at Santa Monica College for a year. My story is that I know I am always improving as a writer. Currently, my goal is to become better at food reviews because I am such a foodie in this life! By having this blog, I hope to continue towards my dream and also hopefully one day, helping inspire other writers out there. Most importantly, I genuinely want to get the good word out there -- on the interesting and fun things that life has to offer -- whether it's a gnarly seafood restaurant, an amazing cup of coffee, or a band's new album that you must absolutely check out. Au Courant is french for "stylist and current." My goal is to help you become aware about the newest information and trends in lifestyle. I hope you enjoy your time here! Xo, Jennifer

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