I’ve loved Wild About Game in the past. It’s a chance to relax in a stunning Mt. Hood, Oregon setting, watch the meat-based cooking competition between well-known Pacific Northwest chefs and taste and sip the day away. And, tickets go fast so put this on your calendar.

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Spirits, wine, beer and more is available for sipping and tasting in a beautiful mountain setting. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

The Pacific Northwest’s meatiest cooking competition returns on September 30, 2018, at the Resort at the Mountain on the slopes of Mt. Hood, featuring a battle between the region’s emerging top chefs.

Nicky USA, the host of Wild About Game, is excited to announce the 2018 lineup for this friendly but fierce game meat cooking battle between Portland and Seattle’s best and brightest chefs featuring their signature Nicky Farms game meats.

Wild About Game 2018 Competition

This year’s Carter Cutlery Cooking Competition and celebration of game meats will be held at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., on Sunday, September 30. At Wild About Game, in addition to the cooking competition, a full line up of high-quality meats and specialty game will be prepared by some of the region’s best chefs in the Artisan Marketplace. Nicky USA, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite meat purveyor, hosts the event to thank their loyal customers and showcase their restaurants, as well as their suppliers, farmers, and local food artisans.

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Enjoy sipping at tasting at Wild About Game. Photo Courtesy Alan Weiner

During this meat-centric culinary event, four chefs from Portland and four chefs from Seattle will face off in a cooking competition with four different game meat-based categories. Each dish is presented to a panel of renowned culinary experts for judging. Attendees will also be able to sample each chef’s dish and judge for themselves, as part of the People’s Choice award. Wild About Game is a fun and educational experience, giving attendees a chance to learn about – and sample! – different game meats from culinary experts.

Wild About Game 2018 Chefs

This year’s competing chefs include:


Peter Cho, Han Oak

Chris Demenno, Jack Rabbit

Sarah Pliner, Aviary

Justin Woodward, Castagna


Alex Barkley, Manolin

David Nichols, Rider

Derek Ronspies, Le Petit Cochon

Aaron Willis, Ciudad Grill

This September, one talented chef will take home the ultimate Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Overall Award title. Past winners of the event include Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Gregory Denton of Ox, and Edouardo Jordan of Junebaby.

Last year, Chef Sarah Schafer of Irving St. Kitchen beat the stiff competition overall with her dish of Grimaud Farms Guinea Hen & Foie Gras Ballotine Croquette, whipped chive oil, spiced vegetable demi, hen crackers. The Overall Award was decided by an esteemed panel of judges, Ruth Reichl, Justin Chapple, and Karen Brooks.

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2017’s winning dish from Chef Sarah Schafer. Photo courtesy John Valls

One of the highlights of Nicky USA’s Wild About Game is the San Pellegrino Artisan Marketplace, where the region’s favorite and up-and-coming small batch producers sample their products, including artisan salts, cheeses, chocolates, ice cream, spirits, wine, beer, Nicky Farms proteins, and samples of premium meat products in the Nicky USA lineup. Attendees can taste these items, talk with the chefs, artisans and producers who create them – getting up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the Northwest’s food community.

When You Go to Wild About Game

Tickets will be $75 per person in advance, and $85 at the door, and will go on sale in July 2018. Please visit the Wild About Game website for upcoming ticket and event information. Stay overnight at The Resort at the Mountain. For more things to do, see our Oregon articles from Wander Writers.

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Getting a little wild at Wild About Game. Photo by Elizabeth R Rose

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