Bon Appétit Hot 10 #FeastPDX
Fun Fact: I’ve been to every Bon Appétit Hot 10 Dinner at Feast Portland ever since its inception in 2014. It’s quite the event. If you didn’t get tickets this year, there’s still LOTS of fun to be had at the festival. Check it: Feast Portland
The Bon Appétit Hot 10 Dinner is held every year at Feast Portland and is hosted by Deputy Editor Andrew Knowlton and Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport. It is currently held at KitchenCru Culinary Prep Space every year, except for in its first year, when it was held at Ava Gene’s. The dinner features past and present honorees from the coveted Bon Appétit Hot 10 list, a list of the top 10 hottest restaurants in the country put together by Andrew Knowlton and Co.
This year, the dinner features Josef Centeno of Bar Amá in Los Angeles, Renee Erickson of The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle, and Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, along with a couple other surprise chef appearances from this year’s Hot 10 list. The event is always the first to sell out and one of the most highly anticipated dinner events of Feast Portland.
Some people dress up for the event, but I advise dressing casually comfortable, or as I like to call it, “The Knowlton”. The Hot 10 Dinner is more about experiencing some amazing food (and drinks!!) from the hottest restaurants across the nation, along with some great people.
In case you missed the first 3 dinners, here’s a brief history:
In 2014, the first ever Bon Appétit Hot 10 dinner was held at Ava Gene’s in Portland, OR and featured the following chefs:
Philip Krajeck, Rolf and Daughters (Nashville, TN)
Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene's (Portland, OR)
John Taboada, Luce (Portland, OR)
Ari Taymor, Alma (Los Angeles, CA)
Rachel Yang, Joule (Seattle, WA)
Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury (Washington, DC)
In 2014, Rose’s Luxury was named the country’s hottest restaurant, so Aaron Silverman came down and brought his A game to Portland, and his dishes didn't disappoint. Constant James Beard Finalist Rachel Yang of Joule stardom in Seattle, also participated along with the elusive Ari Taymor, who pretty much killed it all night with some amazing food from his restaurant Alma in Los Angeles. Having the dinner at Ava Gene’s provided a more intimate atmosphere for the first ever dinner, and it kind of set the standard for future dinners. Now at every dinner, Adam Rapoport gives a speech on the Hot 10 Dinner, and more importantly, Andrew Knowlton talks a bit about each of the participating chefs and what makes their restaurant special.
2015 was the first year the dinner was held at KitchenCru Culinary Prep Space, which was a lot more open air and communal, so people could walk up to the open kitchen to see what their favorite chefs were up to. This year, the dinner featured:
Kristen Murray - Måurice (Portland, OR)
Philip Krajeck - Rolf & Daughters (Nashville, TN)
Joe & Katy Kindred - Kindred (Davidson, NC)
Aaron Silverman - Rose's Luxury (Washington, DC)
Abe Conlon & Adrienne Lo - Fat Rice (Chicago, IL)
This year was both Philip Krajeck’s and Aaron Silverman’s 2nd appearance at the Hot 10 dinner, but their appearances took 2nd stage to Joe and Katy Kindred of Kindred in North Carolina, who took 7th that year on the Hot 10 list, and Portland pastry chef (see: legend) Kristen Murray, who stole the show with an amazing dessert. The move to KitchenCru proved to be a good one, as a giant tent was erected in the parking lot next to the kitchen, and the atmosphere was made to be very intimate with some lights and casual sociable vibe.
Some pics from previous Hot 10 Dinners...
The 2016 Hot 10 Dinner held at KitchenCru featured the best group of talent yet, highlighted by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske of Wildair in NYC, who placed 8th that year on the Hot 10 list and were pretty much on everyone else’s list in the country due to their eclectic small plates of amazing cuisine. The lineup consisted of:
Jeremiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske - Wildair (New York, NY)
Beverly Kim & John Clark - Parachute (Chicago, IL)
Rachel Yang - Trove (Seattle, WA)
Alex Barkley - Manolin (Seattle, WA)
Joshua McFadden - Ava Gene’s (Portland, OR)
This year was both Rachel Yang’s and Joshua McFadden’s 2nd time participating the dinner but a first for one of my hometown (Seattle yeah!!) favorites Alex Barkley of Manolin. Once again, the KitchenCru vibe held true by providing a space that was both communal and intimate that provided a good vibe for the long night ahead of us.
So for those of you attending the Hot 10 Dinner this year, I’ll see you there, and for those of you not in attendance, Get ready, because Feast Portland kicks off very, very soon.