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PORTLAND'S FEAST 2016: MORE THAN FOOD

  2016 marked a very special year in the history of Feast Portland. It was the fifth year of this annual event. Every year it keeps getting bigger and better. Headed up by the dynamic duo of Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin, the festival hosts a variety of incredible events, dinners, and chefs. Feast is more than food - it's community, sharing ideas, and most of all proceeds benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.  Jacobsen Salt Co. hosted the Opening Party featuring the musical stylings of Portugal The Man, with food provided by Chef Doug Adams, Mei Lin, Joshua McFadden, Matthew Jennings, Scott Bard, and Michael Selfo. Partners included Williams-Sonoma, Union Wine, 6 Point Brewery, Fieldwork Flowers, Traeger, Poler, World...

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HONEY vs AGAVE NECTAR: WHY HONEY IS THE CHAMP

nat·u·ral ˈnaCH(ə)rəl/ adjective Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.   Often times we are swept up in marketing hype devised by a corporate team paid to create the illusion that a product or byproduct is newer, better, healthier. This deft storytelling captures the buyer's imagination, enticing them to bring that item into their home. When done correctly, it leaves enough room for the consumer to fill in blanks -allowing them to create their own story within the narrative presented.  Once such narrative has been built around agave nectar. Agave nectar has been touted as a healthier natural sweetener far better for us than refined white sugar or other sweeteners such as High Fructose Corn Syrup...

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SALT FIRE WATER: Le Pigeon + Rolf & Daughters

Throughout the year, our #SaltFireWater event series, presented by Williams-Sonoma with Ingredient Sponsor World Foods and Contributing Sponsor Nicky USA/Nicky Farms, brings adventurous lovers of good food, drink, and community together to share exceptional culinary and communal experiences. Each event is centered around a communal feast in the casual yet upscale food hall setting at the our headquarters in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. The events feature prominent Jacobsen Salt Co. and Bee Local chef customers both from Portland and other cities around the country. On July 16th we created our latest Salt Fire Water event. Chef Philip Krajeck of Nashville restaurant Rolf & Daughters teamed up with Chef Gabriel Rucker of Portland restaurant Le Pigeon to offer diners a singularly unique version of American BBQ. We cooked Wagyu...

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SALT COAST COOKOUT: Bollywood Theater + Bull in China + Danner

Each summer we invite a few of our Jacobsen Salt Co. and Bee Local Chef Partners to our Saltworks on the Oregon Coast. This month we invited Chef Troy MacLarty of Bollywood Theater in Portland, Ore. We also invited the bartenders and masterminds of Bull in China. We foraged for edible coasatal vegetables, cooked up an absolute storm, made campfire cocktails, and our friends from Danner Boots provided the footwear. Thanks to our friends from Rainier Beer, Aria Gin, and Buffalo Trace for the beverages. And a thanks to all for an incredible weekend! Click HERE to see the full photo album on our Facebook Page    

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EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Chris Phomsopha - Shipping Department

Our employees are the heart and soul of Bee Local and Jacobsen Salt Co. Without them we simply could not function. It takes a Herculean effort to keep shipments of honey and salt going out on time.  Today we speak to Chris Phomsopha who makes sure that all the honey and salt is packed securely and safely in their shipping containers. Chris takes great pride in his work, is an indispensable part of the team, and a joy to work with. ___________   Tell us little bit about yourself. I was born and raised in San Diego and I moved to Portland almost 11 years ago. Three of four of my sisters moved up here and are doing really well. I love them...

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