Corks and Forks 2018


Oregon wine month is one my favorite times of the year and it is especially good if you happen to live in the Portland area. The events actually start in April and run throughout May, the “official” wine month.

Some events are focused on the wines of a region and others feature both wineries and local restaurants. Corks and Forks was one of our favorites this year held at Castaway in Northwest Portland. Below are some of the standouts from this years event.

Halibut tartar on a nori cracker with Lola aioli from @nomad.pdx You can imagine a had a number of these, I loved the nori cracker idea.

Ceviche tostadas from @altobajopdx OK, so I immediately gravitated to the raw fish tables.
I must have missed this description so you will have to use your imagination

Seared tuna, fava bean puree, snap pea, radish by @ilsolitopdx

Chilled noodle smoked tomato dashi pork belly pickled turnips by @smallwarespdx I Love Smallwares and I have a Blog post about the restaurant here – It was one of our last meals out in Portland before leaving for Spain.

And speaking of Spain….. We would be eating a lot of Paella very soon on the Costa Blanca

Grilled clams bacon ramp butter by @kingtidepdx

Tuna poke avocado papaya spicy soy by @kingtidepdx I could eat Poke all day, everyday.

Poke shots of ahi salmon and snapper from @seasweetspoke Obviously raw fish was a theme this year. I am totally OK with that!

Fromage blanc sformato spring vegetable salad vinaigrette by @grandarmytavern sformato is similar to a savory Italian flan or a firmer, less-airy and less-fussy soufflé.

Tuna poke avocado papaya spicy soy by @kingtidepdx And, back to the raw fish.

Hand smoked brisket mini hand pies from @screendoorrestaurant Screendoor is one of those Portland institutions that I have yet to visit. Something about waiting in line for 90 minutes.

Fried chicken from @screendoorrestaurant And here is that fried chicken that everyone talks about, kind of. Their signature dish is apparently Fried Chicken over waffles. Yes… I know I will have to break down and give it a try.
This was our favorite wine and food event of 2018. The 2019 event is June 6th! The event is put on by Classic Wines Auction.

Back to that Halibut Tartar. They ran out of edible flowers for their halibut dish so they went outside and found a suitable replacement
And finally you need to have desert, right?

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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