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The Bite of Oregon

Aug 2, 2013|

A discussion with Bjorn Estlund, from the Bite of Oregon, and David Warner, from Special Olympics Oregon, about the upcoming annual food and music festival, as well as how Special Olympics Oregon will benefit from it. The Bite is August 9th-11th at Waterfront Park. www.biteoforegon.com www.soor.org

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And the. You listening to that just goes -- series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host Ted Douglas well we've been have been one heck of an awesome summer in Portland has so much to offer -- we have a lovely summer like this. Boy it is the city bloom and we're hitting August which is once again time before the bite of -- and -- this whether it's going to be better than ever cannot wait to get there and try all of the wonderful -- that this town has to offer and as usual the -- is teaming up with a Special Olympics or again. As a beneficiary for large amount of fundraising so I have with me today representatives from both those organizations. I have Bjorn -- when he's the general manager of the -- of organ -- Bjorn. And I have Dave Warner he is the director of marketing and communications for Special Olympics organ howry Dave. Good Ted thank you very much for having us. Absolutely thanks for coming on the show yes. Well you think kicked off let's let our listeners know little bit about yourselves we'll start with do you Bjorn who let people know how you came to be with about a -- and. -- -- I echoed gave us gratitude Darren thank you just let us. Then this is my. Third by the war again as the general manager I'm a contractor and they have been hired by them in I think they like what I do so let's bring into the table at stake keeps having me back but you know in all seriousness my job is to produce a great adjustable. But on top of that it's really to raise money for Special Olympics or again that is our mission and then you know all proceeds from the by the war again go to support Special Olympics Oregon so. It's really an honor to work for them and work on this. Incredible festival that I really feel as a people over the Portland summertime. And then yeah I agree have lived here my whole life and always make it -- of the bite him if it's a lovely time in a lovely lovely way to try out. So many of the culinary options that are available here in Portland. Yeah no doubt about it and it's it's hard to believe this is the thirtieth. Annual -- while though I know I know it's amazing it's older than we are said. Can assure you bet you've got a certain -- And Dave how did you come to be with a Special Olympics organ. I I mean I moved to view organ about two years ago I came from Chicago and so you know I've I've known Morgan I've had friends live here for a long time and it. It felt volatile -- so. When I had the opportunity to switch from a marketing position back in Chicago. And you found that position at specialty -- and it was it was a match made haven't played I just took the plunge and and moved out here to to organ flood them with special thanks -- for coming up on two years. Here pretty soon. And how long a Special Olympics organ been around. You know we celebrate our fortieth anniversary last year so I mapped correctly we're 41 years old this this year so yeah we're excited where it's a great organization -- like he'll count myself very lucky and blessed. He used to be working with this amazing constituency these are wonderful people to work for. And just you know -- be one of those things where you you're you're happy to wake up in the morning and go to work. Sure sure -- causes so many people enjoy it's it's a really agreed organization. I'm sure that a lot of people listening have heard of Special Olympics. That maybe aren't exactly clear on what you guys are all about describe for us what what the events are what we used to. Sure a great question and you know. With Special Olympics organ brand. Our Special Olympics in general lots of people I've heard special that they think it's fantastic and and their exact. Aptly write you know what is. Sometimes is not really known as. We're more than just a one event a year you don't -- people ought to call our our that our the games are one of the game this year. Apple which is -- correct you know one of our biggest sporting activities just. Transpired a few weeks ago and down in Newburgh that's -- eight summer games where we have about 16100 athletes come down to compete in four different sports. But really if you take a look at the bigger perspective you know our athletes are training all year round and sometimes and multiple sports. So pretty much every day at every week every month there's something going -- Special Olympics you know whether that's -- sporting activity. What is the competition a regional competition practiced. Health education that I discussed there's something going on just about every day until it's not want you know once a year it's it's pretty much every day of every year. And how many athletes do you they serve. -- throughout the year we had about 101000. Participants. You know include those 340 -- three while even if you will we have. A fall sporting Indian summer sport season and a winter sporting season. And then go to you know the Olympics of course has a huge huge huge drain a range of sporting events so what are you guys haven't Special Olympics. Yet being the Special Olympics Olympic speed Nikki -- we are one of the only two other organizations are one of two organizations that are able and authorized to use the Olympics and their title since and paralympics. So it won't be having that title. You know that's part of us are our DNA is. You know we are about -- -- we're not that's not the only thing we had a doubt that we are sporting organization and we feel that we help. Goes into individuals with intellectual disability. Accomplish a lot in their lives through that means it's fortunate. Going back to your question what sports do we have a I had mentioned we had three different I think he's in the right. So you know in our winter season we have an indoor than outdoor. We go up mount bachelor up by -- didn't we we do we have skiing well -- showing we have cross country skiing. And we had different -- and ability levels from the very beginning or some of the the ones that are a little limited in their ability ought to really an -- -- -- a lot in my life and I was up on the mountain. You know my first because the winner game is with the organization and it's just amazing the ability to peace athletes have I mean they were just went down -- hit their gates. It's really amazing to watch these people. Compete they paid they take it seriously they want to compete they're held to a strict standard of rules and regulations and they would have it any other way. -- at the long winded answer but we also have summer games down in Newburgh they host let down their the last three years -- wonderful community and we love to be down there. We had four different sports. We had athletic which is your traditional track and field. We had golf we have. Golf ball and -- -- -- -- are somewhat different types of sports that we have with our athletes competing in the. DA seems like you know -- most of time I think people think -- -- I did before I didn't -- talking to you as a few years ago for this program that. It was mostly the track and field stuff. I was very surprised said there were these year round competitions and and in the such a variety in sports softball I could believe that and golf and it's it's really amazing what you guys do enemy so much to these kids that are involved. Yeah it really does value when you go out and you see them compete not only are you seeing some great competition which are also seeing. Then block them out on the field of play and they they get to go to these bigger competitions and they meet friends throughout this from throughout the state. And you know every year they come back they rekindle those friendships they meet new friends. And these are people that are conducting them they're they're they're not made fun of they're not marginalize there there are included at this it's celebrated -- it. It could just make their day it becomes their life I mean. With with people coming in this special -- they hardly ever leave they and they connect. Date from when -- eight years old -- -- -- layup two however old or however long they wanna compete and keep coming back and it really becomes training for life that through our programs there. They're more likely to hold a job they're more likely to make peace lasting friendships. -- and it's just it's great to see them. Really flourish and blossom when they come into these programs and they don't wanna leave they have too much fun to do so. -- so how does the vital organ help out Special Olympics how important is that relationship. It's the existing relationship with through my couple years here rather -- you kind of learn a little bit of the back story which was. You know the special did you Morgan has been it's been. This -- event for the last thirty years -- -- -- -- a little bit different you know when you think it's Special Olympics or you don't think of us putting on -- successful -- -- The waterfront and downtown Portland. But it is that the way it's been in and leave gone through some iterations and into the point where are now we're really happy with where we are. And I can let Bjorn I speak to a little bit more of that that he is came to a fantastic job. Putting on the first street -- down there and really supporting us and our mission. So BR this is the bite of Morgan courses annual summer event down there on the waterfront is going on this here August 9 through the eleventh track -- -- to how many people do you expect through the gates. -- who were looking to see about 60000 attendees wow all I know I know it should be a great crowd and of course that's over the three days of the festival. You -- August 9 through eleven you know I just wanna go back and just. Days that either the reason why we do this his first Special Olympics and I'm always so moved here gave him and his crew talk about you know what they do. And the fact that that it has on their athletes to them and their families so. It truly special and it's really important for us today you know that's what you're doing when you come down to the -- of Oregon is that. Your calming down to support Special Olympics Oregon and their athletes which. You know it's just an incredible cause they showed what we really like to promote and and what we've been -- this year is that you can you get a lot. More for less of the bite of Oregon meet the highest. And I think that's been -- a huge part of our resurgence. In that. The gate admission is now five dollars will come down -- that one day admission is five dollars. We also do a two for one Friday lunch special which is from 11 AM to 4 PM. So that's two admissions for five dollars so you come down at your lunch hang out a little bit maybe have a glass of wine. You know going back to work I think is optional at that point but again a great way to spend Friday afternoon and then you have. This year is we're also offering a free admission to anyone participating in the Providence bridge couple. That's all day Sunday so you could get on your bike ride the bridges and then come hang out go to -- The thing that. That says great you also have in offer is people would buy their tickets have been in advance. Yes that's correct we started this last year and it was very successful in a very popular program and we call that the bonus byte. So if you can you purchase your tickets online and again that online purchases from five dollars as well. Others -- service speed there but what that does is it media entry to the event via an express line. You can get in there and get that first fight with no way to. And then there's some additional offers with -- with that to advance purchase bonus by it. That I would encourage her listeners to go take a look at not just by Morgan dot com. And there's door prizes special offers from vendors and restaurants. It's a really great way to kind of expedite you're experienced out of the -- That's great I remember last year I am curious to know if if you work if you do it again this year and last year you had died lenders were offering three dollar on trader or sample plate. Yeah how well its head you know you're kind of be a little humble there because like side you hit it at least. Nice 1230 that -- -- -- -- business this salute an impressive showing how will that but it's actually program and we started last year and are. Small bites program and that is. Where we ask all of our restaurants on -- to provide -- Toppers or he's acting decides portion right and that portion it's actually five dollars but it's really amazing what you. You kit for that five to all yeah I and again that's response or an answer to the consumer's request that they wanna try a little bit of ever. That was always my thing every time I've been have been going to this since it started and it was always like I'll I'll walk around I'll smoke smells little C would everybody has to offer and then it's like -- spend all my money and one mile an unfold and I don't really try everything -- Last year was nice to be able to go and try deal whole bunch of stuff. It -- a whole bunch of stuff yeah. Yeah I know it did it worked out really well and and the restaurants have really gotten behind it so every year the offerings are better the portions are you know. You know they're not huge but there -- larger and it's it's just a great value and a great way to check out the by. If you're just joining us you're listening to -- your scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest -- and selfless Washington. I'm your host Ted Douglass my guests today are Bjorn asked Lindy is the general manager of the bite of Morgan. And Dave Warner who is the director of marketing communications for Special Olympics or again. Of course those two things work hand in hand every summer to give us the -- of -- and find out all about it at. Bite of organ dot com we could find out about Special Olympics at SC OOR dot org. And it's it's coming up right away August 9 to the eleventh down at waterfront park. There's all kinds of options take you to get in get discounts or this or that but basically it's five dollars at the gate if you buy them in advance online to get some special deals there are so -- go to the website he invited Morgan dot com and in doing that. Let's talk about the event itself how many restaurants you have involved here. Will this year there's fourteen restaurants. Again now they're all offering these -- -- standardized items. At least two and then of course they have their regular on trade as well a couple of the standout this year again another staple is Adam's ribs. Who's been with us over fifteen years. And that is where to get your barbecue. And he doesn't write down there -- and then kind of on the lighter side we've got an incredible crepe vendor. Last year he won the best of the the -- award with his chicken artichoke -- This ruling that Beatles spinach -- -- really -- and then now another great one springs living is serving a pastor of salmon blt. Meant actually featuring local wild steelhead so. You know that's really a trend that we've seen is that people are going back and our restaurant or going back to this form of four concept. The local organic. Food it's what the consumer once it's what we're seeing you know when we go out to dinner. And that's really what you're gonna find at the -- of war again it's an upscale local experience. And a course in addition to the restaurants. Portland's food cart community has exploded over the last few years so you've got two representatives from their two. I don't think you would be a Portland -- -- without a few food carts horse you know we'd certainly love the African more person and support them. But again being Portland you have to have the food cart. And we do have food cart section which is at the North End to the event were bringing back our friends in a -- -- further excellent Hawaiian food. And then now of course I always like to say that the patriarch. Of the Portland food cart seen. Bowl Kwan and Kuwait fusion yes of -- talk he just can't goes. Korean fried chicken tacos -- out of this world that's the original KFC. And then we've also got the honey pot and Portland fish out of water represented down there are so. Really solid -- car lineup and just goes with this. Excellent team that we have this year of just incredible food. -- told me about the organ Downey chef's table. Yeah our blog we're really excited to announce this year we've developed a partnership with the organ agricultural commission and the kid and it's really our effort to bring the consumer at this. Farm to -- concept. Although what we're calling this is deep farm acceptable movement. Which -- partners us this year -- Five different consumable commissions that seafood -- in the Blackberry raspberry commission the blueberry commission. A potato commission and the peace council shall we compare to that piece dealerships which is professional chefs of war again. There are chefs are partnering with these commissions. To present items that the Oregon bounty chef's table that showcase their ingredients. -- -- I'd love to give yet he's Serb but I I have to extend your listeners to by the Oregon dot com to take a look at this manual. But it is incredible. Childers to entrees -- or to Hastings sized portions at each of these commission -- Each day. Those are four dollars a piece so again a great value a great way to taste you know meaning different items at the bite and I'm Tony there are some really high end. Here I imagine so and so and of course -- -- what you when you meet all the staff and you just got to do just that little bit of room left needs up to Sweden good. What do you have for -- is here. Well I mean you know you have to take -- this week to learn that over the years. Members and other purveyors of on site all across the board we've got peach. Blueberry. Oatmeal bars all the way to tropical triple which of them macadamia and white chocolate will be -- And our staff they brought by some samples and brawl completely addicted to those so. Really have to give a shout out to those folks and then everything else from. Cheesecake to raspberry lemonade cake commando muffins word ever your sweet tooth is calling for you can certainly -- about the -- this year. Fantastic and is always years have several stages with either your musical accident also food demonstrations in the like. I told us about some of the highlights. Yeah absolutely you know one of the biggest attractions at the bite is is certainly the shaft stage and that is this year at the dining out in the northwest. Took -- stage presented by food services of America. Who have just been an incredible partner and are really supporting Special Olympics in many different ways. But one of those ways is presenting mission upstaged. And there's programming on that stage all weekend long but there's two that were all really excited about this year. The first one is the higher mix all adjusted. Yeah I know that takes place on Saturday at 345. -- really celebrating Portland cocktail culture. Meant certainly that high end cocktail culture or. But we have the two bartenders we have to bartenders from Clyde common. And -- 820. Who were polled considered two of the best and talent. And they're gonna be whipping up some secret spirits. Mixing -- with some local. Organ product. And then creating their masterpieces. To be displayed and certainly also to be sampled. Poor folks that are 21 and over at the organs shut stage. Than the other one that we're all really a buzz about is our feature on Sunday at 345. Which is. Put a bird on -- yes and that does it. Does the -- around the office and we got rocker. And what that means -- -- gave -- of -- pigeon and little bird be stroked it's gonna be on site. On stage she's going to be demonstrating signature recipes from his new book. Which is the late cajun cooking at dirty bird cookbook. And if you had a chance -- go to either one of those restaurants they are just phenomenal. Gave an incredible guy a great supporter of Special Olympics and this is so wonderful opportunity to have come down to the by Ian Cook. And again all of the dishes that are prepared on the -- stage are available first sample. And will be passed around to the audience to try what they're doing on our status. We'll believe it now or come and appear on the end of our time but I wanna make sure we mention also does it Iron -- -- and again. Eight annual always a blast. Of course you're gonna have craft -- it wouldn't be a Portland vessels out some of those. And why we have so many the wineries around town that this didn't really make sense to have them represented there. And of course kids -- which is you know we haven't said yet I don't think that this is huge and we event bring the kids. Bring the kids you know it's it's we really ramp up our our kids' activities and we have expanded the kids area this year there's programming all weekend long. Fund saying face painting balloon animals all those great activities that but the -- is really enjoyed so it definitely a family event this year it's. And again this all comes back around to -- huge benefit for these Special Olympics or again. Which is just a wonderful organization. Can you -- -- all about the -- SO OR dot org you can find out all about tickets and schedules and entertainment and food and all the stuff the comes with a bite of organ. At -- of -- dot com. And wanna come back to use Special Olympics here for just a quick moment Dave. You guys also -- -- huge volunteer base how can people help they wanna help. Yes that that's a great point and we are nothing would without our volunteers they are the real heroes along with our athlete you know we we get the chances. Here in the Portland opposite -- Help administrator that's really the people down on the ground in our thirty local program which pretty much Miree with each of the counties and organ. And they are the ones that are doing it won't hobbled their full time jobs. But they do it because they love. Athletes. We we always need more volunteers we always need more coaches than they confine your listeners can find out more about those opportunities on our web site he's given -- a few times which is. Ethical. That that helped Ohio from a data -- coaching perspective for you today of -- event. -- again I can't say -- we love our volunteers and we encourage everyone to. Come out who volunteered his once you do what you see that smile on these people basis did you hear this uptick -- you wanna act and we would love all the help that we can get. Fantastic yeah of course say you know if you don't have that -- now at least make some time to go to the vital organ the -- because all that money goes to Special Olympics organ it's a a great way to feed your stomach and then help out some wonderful people putting a wonderful events. Well I think you both for coming on is there anything else -- you either you would like to say before we go. I just like to say thanks Ted thanks for everything that you're doing it for Special Olympics in and for the community in general it's it's always a pleasure to talk to you enough thanks again -- and upon -- for supporting Special Olympics and the vital organ. My pleasure then of course we'll have you back on next year we'll talk about it again. Fantastic all right that'll do it for this edition of -- scoping and Entercom communications public affairs program. I've been your host Ted Douglas if given nonprofit or public affairs organization that you would like to let others know about. Please email me admit to scope and entercom.com. And intercom starts as an. And please put -- a scope in the subject lines and doesn't get snagged by my spam filter according go directly to the station's website click on the community Lincoln to make your information there. Also be like here this program again. You can visit our podcast page and microscope PX -- com where you'll find this and the last couple months worth of episodes. And please feel free to post it to your FaceBook you MySpace your blog Twitter you're Google+ whatever you got blistering get this information out to as many people as possible. And slowly got to get down to the waterfront August 9 the eleventh and have some food. It's a great great times well thank you Dave thank you Bjorn thank you all so much for listening because this is then -- -- The good.