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James Beard in Oregon

A significant feather in Oregon’s culinary hat occurs this spring in Portland. On March 20th, the James Beard Foundation brings together the five James Beard Award and fourteen James Beard Nominee Chefs at the Multnomah Athletic Club to celebrate the icon of American cooking, James Beard, at an event open to the public called James Beard in Oregon.

In conjunction with this event, the James Beard Foundation will announce their 2011 National Nominees, on Monday, March 21st, from the campus of Oregon Culinary Institute.

As a former chef who apprenticed to past Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon ACF Chapter President (and international competitor) David Strouts, it is with great humility that I share my company’s involvement in this event.

I have asked Chalkboarder’s closest ally, Scene Marketing Group, led by the talented and vivacious Shannon Pratuch, to partner together in our supporting role to Oregon Culinary Institute and Lane PR – in collaborative execution of an exciting social media strategy for this event. The focus here, is on James Beard’s heritage from Oregon, as America’s Master Chef.

The focus is on those nineteen Oregon Chefs who have received James Beard Awards and Nominations. This event is about their accomplishments. We are extremely excited to be part of social web coverage and promotion of this recognition of the culinary talent in, what I call, the Culinary Eden of North America, Oregon.

Following on the heels of the International Association of Culinary Professionals international conference (Spring 2010) here in Portland, numerous accolades from major media about Oregon’s culinary prowess and CNN Travel stating that Portland has the hottest street food scene in the world, we are truly blessed to live and eat well here.

Beginning today, I assume significant responsibility in co-tweeting from @BeardInOregon. The social media team, led by Oregon Culinary Institute, and in very close collaboration with Lane PR and the James Beard Foundation, have planned a dynamic social media strategy.

Please join all of us in celebrating these talented Oregon Chefs for their accomplishments. More information can be found on the James Beard in Oregon website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Stay tuned there for lots and lots of fun! Jeffrey J Kingman

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