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Clients can mingle with the movers and shakers of Portland’s culinary community during Foodportunity, a popular networking event scheduled for Sept. 13, 2010, at the Heathman Restaurant and Bar. Food lovers attending the event have the chance to meet the city's food professionals and share ideas with local chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, food photographers, food companies, food journalists and bloggers. “It’s hard to find time to meet all the different people in Portland’s food world, so Foodportunity brings them all together in one location on one night,” said Foodportunity founder Keren Brown. During the event, the following foodies are available for informal questions and conversation:• Philippe Boulot, 2001 James Beard Award for Best Chef Pacific NW; Maître Cuisinier de France; Culinary Director of the Heathman Restaurant and Bar and Executive Chef of the Multnomah Athletic Club.
• Liz Crain, food writer for various print and online publications; author of Food Lover's Guide to Portland; editor at Hawthorne Books.
• Matt Lightner, executive chef of Castagna and 2010 Best New Chef, Food & Wine Magazine; and the Oregonian’s 2010 Restaurant of the Year. Nominated for Rising Star Chef from the James Beard Foundation.
• Naomi Pomeroy, owner and executive chef of Beast; Food Network’s Iron Chef America challenger and Best New Chef 2009 Food & Wine Magazine. Nominated for the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Chef Pacific NW and received Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year in 2008.
• Gabe Rucker, owner and executive chef of Le Pigeon and Little Bird (coming soon); Best New Chef 2009 Food & Wine Magazine. Nominated for the 2010 James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef and Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year in 2008.Executive chef Boulot is serving a selection of appetizers alongside several Portland restaurants, including Beaker & Flask, Clarklewis, Gilt Club, Nostrana, Ten 01 and Scratch. Attendees can buy beer and wine, and food products from local companies are available to sample. Foodportunity takes place from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person.