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Portland Culinary Alliance: Beautiful Beans: Grow.Cook.Eat

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:41 PM

Local bean queens come together to celebrate the wondrous dry bean. Join the Portland Culinary Alliance for Beautiful Beans: Grow. Cook. Eat, an educational evening featuring a panel of Bean Enthusiasts Hannah Kullberg, Carol Boutard, Katherine Deumling and Dr. Samantha Brody. Members of the panel will share experiences growing dry beans in Oregon, cooking and storing the beans and the healthy benefits from eating your beans! Moderator Hannah Kullberg represents The Better Bean Company, a Portland-based family owned company with the first refrigerated freshly packaged beans. Guests will also enjoy an Ayers Creek Farm heirloom bean tasting and display and Borlotti Bean Bruschetta prepared by the chefs from Ava Gene's.



WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland

COST: PCA Members $10; non-PCA members $15 (A no-host bar with beer and wine is available)

WHAT:  An evening discovering all the benefits of beans – from growing and cooking to healthy eating! Join an enthusiastic panel of bean supporters and embrace this healthy    and versatile ingredient.

TICKETS:  Tickets available on the PCA website at http://pdxca.org/upcoming-events/



Hannah Kullberg grew up in Portland’s foodie haven. She left the Northwest to attend Vassar College in New York’s Hudson River Valley where she studied food systems and worked on an organic CSA farm. She returned to Portland to help her father build The Better Bean Company, earning the title Bean Queen for all her roles in the business. Hannah is a community activist, serving on the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council for the past two years. She believes we can effect system wide change through changing the way we eat. She is grateful that she can wake up every day and help people eat healthier and live more sustainably.

Carol Boutard, together with her husband Anthony, owns and operates Ayers Creek Farm in Gaston, 45 minutes west of Portland in the Wapato Valley. Ayers Creek grows a wide array of certified organic cane fruit, stone fruit, grains, greens and roots. In addition, the Boutards have over a decade of experience growing and selling beans.

Katherine Deumling is the owner and operator of Cook With What You Have – a small business devoted to making cooking a regular, delicious and creative part of people’s lives. She partners with area farmers to promote local produce and works with non-profits and public agencies to empower people to create healthy, delicious meals. She also works with local CSA farms, creating weekly, customized recipe packets for CSA members. Katherine is particularly found of beans and the bounty of dry beans growin in the Northwest and teaches how to use this delicious, nutritious staple in everyday cooking. Katherine is the chair of Slow Food International’s Executive Committee.

Dr. Samantha Brody is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and acupuncturist and the owner and founder of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon. She earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 1996 and her Masters in Science in Oriental Medicine in 2001 from the National College of Natural Medicine. She has a general medical practice with an emphasis on empowering patients to make changes that are in alignment with their health values and goals. She is a skilled diagnostician, most often finding answers by looking at the whole picture, instead of simply at a symptom.


The Portland Culinary Alliance (PCA) is the foremost association of culinary professionals in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1987 PCA has provided educational programs and invaluable networking for chefs, educators, nutritionists, winemakers, entrepreneurs, cookbook authors, food journalists and others whose work or studies relate to the food and beverage bounty of our region. Members generally reside in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Monthly programs are designed to meet members’ educational needs and curiosity about food trends and techniques. For more information, please visit www.pdxca.org or follow us on Facebook at Portland Culinary Alliance.

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