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Chefs and Speakers

Below are some of the bios for our amazing chefs and speakers. Bios will be added as soon as chefs and speakers are confirmed.

Culinary Bios

Friday Events - What to Drink with What You Eat...when you're eating truffles

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, Authors of What to Drink with What You EatKaren Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Authors, What to Drink with What You Eat
Weekend Hosts - Foraged Foods and Fine Fermentations
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Christian DeBenedetti, Author of The Great American Ale TrailChristian DeBenedetti
Author, The Great American Ale Trail
Friday Afternoon Panelist & Marketplace Speaker
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Friday Evening Chefs

Elias Cairo, Olympic ProvisionsElias Cairo
Olympic Provisions, Portland OR
Friday Evening Chef
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Gregory Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox RestaurantGregory Denton & Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton
Ox Restaurant, Portland OR
Friday Evening Chefs
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Shiloh Ficek, Chef, Red Hills Market, Dundee OregonShiloh Ficek, Chef
Red Hills Market, Dundee, OR
Friday Evening Chef
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John Gorham, Chef/Owner, Toro Bravo, Portland OregonJohn Gorham, Chef/Owner
Toro Bravo, Portland, OR
Friday Evening Chef
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Sarah Schafer, Irving Street KitchenSarah Schafer, Chef
Irving Street Kitchen, Portland, OR
Friday Evening Chef
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Tobi Sovak & Michael Landsberg, Noisette Pastry Kitchen, Eugene, ORTobi Sovak & Michael Landsberg, Chef
Noisette Pastry Kitchen, Eugene OR
Friday Evening Chefs
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Cyrstal Platt, Marche, Eugene OregonCrystal Platt, Chef
Marché, Eugene OR
Friday Evening Chefs
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Saturday Winemaker Luncheon Chefs

Dustin Clark, Executive Chef, Wildwood Restaurant, Portland OregonDustin Clark, Executive Chef
Wildwood Restaurant, Portland Oregon
Saturday Luncheon Chef
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Jason French, Chef, Ned Ludd, Portland OregonJason French, Chef
Ned Ludd, Portland Oregon
Saturday Luncheon Chef
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Maurizio Paparo, Chef, Excelsior Inn and RistoranteMaurizio Paparo, Chef
Excelsior Inn and Ristorante, Eugene Oregon
Saturday Luncheon Chef
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Villa Evening Chef

Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant Portland OregonJustin Woodward, Executive Chef
Castagna Restaurant, Portland, OR
Villa Evening Chef
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Grand Truffle Dinner Chef

Hiro Soune and Lissa Doumani of Ame and Terra RestaurantsHiro Soune and Lissa Doumani
Ame and Terra Restaurants, San Francisco, CA
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Aaron Barnett, St. JackAaron Barnett
St. Jack, Portland OR
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Jackie Ellis, Beaucoup, Portland ORJackie Ellis
Vancouver, B.C.
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland ORGregory Gourdet
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Jason Stratton, Chef, Spinasse, Artusi, and Aragona in Seattle WashingtonJason Stratton
Spinasse | Artusi | Aragona, Seattle, WA
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Justin Wills, Executive Chef of Restaurant Beck in Depoe Bay, ORJustin Wills
Restaurant Beck, Depoe Bay, OR
Grand Truffle Dinner Chef
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Sunday Afternoon Cooking Class Chef

Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant Portland OregonRobin Jackson, Chef
Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, B.C.
Saturday Afternoon Cooking Class Chef
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Truffle Dog Training and Growers' Forum

Growers' Forum

Dr. Christina Weden, Biologist & MycologistDr. Christina Wedén
Biologist & Mycologist
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Dr. Giovanni Pacioni, Full Professor of Applied and Environmental Plant BiologyDr. Giovanni Pacioni
Full Professor of Applied and Environmental Plant Biology
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Dr. Randy MolinaDr. Randy Molina
Mycological Consultant
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Shannon Berch, Research Scientist, Government of British ColumbiaDr. Shannon Berch
Government of British Columbia
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Jim TrappeDr. James Trappe
Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Dr. Charles Lefevre, New World TruffieresDr. Charles Lefevre
New World Truffieres
Speaker: Truffle Growers' Forum
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Truffle Dog Training

D. Glenn MartynD. Glenn Martyn
Truffle Dog Training Seminar Instructor
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D. Glenn MartynJim Sanford
Truffle Dog Handler/Trainer for the Blackberry Farm
Truffle Dog Training Seminar Instructor
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Deb WalkerDeb Walker
K-9 Behavior Company
Truffle Dog Training Seminar Instructor
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I just returned from my first Oregon Truffle Festival and I can say that it was an awesome experience, beyond my wildest dreams. The staff of the festival was very friendly and made me and others feel welcomed. I enjoyed the whole weekend OTF experience so much that I would totally recommend it to others and hope to be back in the future.
-- Tom Maler, Victoria, BC