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Aussie chef brings flavorful fun to Oregon

Chef Outta Water teams up with Baked Alaska’s Chris Holen

Published on September 21, 2017 5:29AM

Chefs Chris Holen (left), of Astoria’s Baked Alaska, and Michael Brine, from Townsville, North Queensland, Australia

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Chefs Chris Holen (left), of Astoria’s Baked Alaska, and Michael Brine, from Townsville, North Queensland, Australia


Chef Outta Water presents a series of food events from Thursday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 8, that are an exchange of flavors, friendship and business opportunities between Australia and Oregon.

Australian Chef Michael Brine from Townsville, North Queensland, will be the ‘chef outta water’ teaming up with Astoria’s Chef Chris Holen as part of a local makers and food producers tour though Astoria, Portland, Hood River, Bend and McMinnville.

Brine will use his skill to pair ‘down under’ flavors with Oregon produce.

“I am looking forward to experiencing a new palate of Oregon flavors and weaving in a little tropical North Queensland Australia inspiration,” Brine said.

Holen, who visited Townsville in 2016, added: “The opportunity to learn about Australia, new flavors and techniques really inspired me. By inviting Chef Michael Brine to Oregon, I am sharing Australian culture and flavors with my diners at Baked Alaska and the local food industry.”

Experiences such as these can be life-changing and inspire innovation such as the development of new products. At the first event, Chef Outta Water will be launching a specially crafted Buoy Beer, inspired by North Queensland flavors.

The Chef Outta Water program is designed to inspire through an international exchange of learning, by fostering friendships and assisting operators large and small to reach global markets and gain international exposure.

Chef Outta Water events:

1. Aussie BBQ & Buoy Beer, Thursday, Sept. 28, at Baked Alaska, Astoria. For event information, and to buy tickets, visit the “Aussie Barbecue & Buoy Beer” page on eventbrite.com.

2. Australian Chef Exchange Dinner with Elk Cove Wines, Friday, Sept. 29, at Baked Alaska in Astoria. For event information, and to buy tickets, visit the “Australian Chef Exchange Dinner with Elk Cove wines” page on eventbrite.com.

3. Aussie Chef meets American Barbecue, Saturday, Sept. 30, in Portland. For event information, and to buy tickets, visit the “Aussie Chef meets American Barbecue” page on eventbrite.com.

4. Elk Cove Vineyard wine dinner with Visiting Australian Chef, Friday, Oct. 6, Elk Cove Vineyard, Gaston. For event information, and to buy tickets, visit the “Elk Cove wine dinner with visiting Australian Chef” page on eventbrite.com.



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