margaritasAt Feast Portland’s tasting panels, Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe, local and national beverage industry experts guide an intimate group of attendees through a tasting of premium beverages. Feast panelists share their extensive knowledge along with a few good stories as they explore new trends in the wine, beer and cocktail world.

One of the most exciting panels coming to this year’s FEAST is

Margarita’s Moment
Friday, September 18, 2015
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

It’s one of the most popular cocktails in the world, but it doesn’t always get the treatment it deserves. Find out how to make the best Margarita possible and learn about the history of one of the most iconic cocktails around.


Panelists:

  • PAUL CLARKE from IMBIBE (PORTLAND, OR)

Paul Clarke is the executive editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles(Spring House Press, 2015). When not drinking whiskey or writing about whiskey, he’s traveling to bars and distilleries around the world to learn more about this special spirit. He lives in Seattle.

 

  • JAIME SALAS from MILAGRO TEQUILA (NEW YORK, NY)

Milagro Tequila Ambassador, Jaime Salas, has an unrivalled knowledge and reference for the art of tequila and mixology. His expertise has been consistently featured at some of the country’s most prominent events, including Tales of the Cocktail and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen as well as in a range of national print, online and broadcast media such as Cosmopolitan, The Daily Meal, Eater, Haute LivingInStyle, NBC Miami and Refinery29 among others. Involved with the United States Bartender’s Guild, Jaime recently completed phase two of Certificado de Catador Entrenado given by world renowned Master Tequilera Ana Maria Romero. Jaime also holds a Tequila Expert & Taster certification given by Academia Mexicana de Vino, Tequila y Mezcal S.A. and a Master Mezcalier accreditation given by Comercam, which is the government entity in Mexico that regulates mezcal production and certification.

 

  • JEFFREY MORGENTHALER from CLYDE COMMON / PEPE LE MOKO (PORTLAND, OR)

Jeffrey is an award-winning bartender, working since 1996 in everything from neighborhood taverns and college nightclubs to fine restaurants and upscale lounges. He currently manages the James Beard Award nominated bar program at Clyde Common. Jeffrey’s recipes and wisdom have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Wine EnthusiastPlayboyWired, and Imbibe magazines. Forbes Traveler called him one of the “Cocktail Movers and Shakers” of 2007, Playboy.com named him one of the top ten mixologists in the United States, and Tasting Panel Magazine awarded him as a “New Leader” in 2009. In 2011, he was named a “Rising Star Mixologist” by StarChefs, and Bartender of the Year in 2013 by Nightclub and Bar.

 

  • BOBBY HEUGEL from ANVIL BAR AND REFUGE (HOUSTON, TX)