We recently hosted our final game of our six-month Blind-Tasting Bingo series. We really went out with a bang. Naomi Pomeroy, fresh on the heels of opening her new joint, Expatriate, came ready to entertain, and the crowd, blind-folded and tipsy, asked for extra servings of every round.
Hosting this game has been a really bizarre and magical experience. We’ve seen firsthand the over-the-top skills and cleverness of so many Portland chefs, and we’ve also been thrilled at how much fun a room of people can have in total darkness, eating what is often plainly delicious — a big spoonful of buttery, pillowy homemade gnocchi — but other times, very challenging (for the mind and tongue!) — like natto, aka fermented soybeans.
We’re trying to tease out how to make this event — or others — walk that special line between delicious + unusual gustatory experience and educational local food gateway drug. More on this soon! (We’re also going to publish a free how-to on hosting your own game. So stay tuned.)
(Photo at top by Shawn Linehan.)