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Get Your Tickets to WAG 2014 :: Sept 7, 2014

Wild About Game celebrates the farmers, butchers, and purveyors of high-quality game and specialty meat and the chefs that use their products. This year the event will be held September 7, 2014 at Timberline Lodge. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased in advance at www.strangertickets.com (tickets will be $75 at the door).

Here is the link to purchase tickets for WAG 2014. 

We are also excited to announce the match up's for the chef competition this year.

Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Portland V Shane Ryan of Matt’s in the Market, Seattle

Josh Scofield of Toro Bravo, Portland V Rob Sevcik of Loulay, Seattle

Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi, Portland V Jason Stoneburner of Bastille, Seattle

Jason French of Ned Ludd, Portland V Mike Easton of Il Corvo, Seattle

Click here To learn about the chefs


Questions about attending, how to participate as a vendor etc.? E-mail Bree: brostan@nickyusa.com

WIld About Game Tickets Now On Sale

Wild About Game Sponsors and Artisans

The Tastes of Wild About Game

Check out the sponsors and artisans that will be sampling their produce at Wild About Game this year!

Ancient Heritage Creamery :: Ancient Heritage Dairy is a sheep dairy nestled at the foothills of the Oregon Cascades in the east shadow of Mt. Jefferson in Central Oregon. They specialize in hand produced cheeses made from both sheep and cow milk.  Their cheese making process encompasses the best of old technique and modern method.

Anderson Ranches Oregon Lamb :: The Anderson's have been raising Oregon grass fed lamb for 5 generations,  selectively breeding sheep for the highest quality of meat-producers.

Bee Local ::  Portland based Bee Local is the only honey producer to offer terroir-based honey varieties. Unique micro-batch offerings have complex flavor profiles that reflect the forage available in specific neighborhoods and regions.

Burnside Brewery :: Burnside Brewing Co. is located in Portland, OR. It opened its doors in 2010, the vision was concise. Focus on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the culinary experience.

Classic Foods :: Classic Foods is an artisan specialty foods manufacturer and distributor in Portland, Oregon serving restaurants, hotels and institutions with regular deliveries in the Portland Metro, Salem and Yamhill County areas. They are Oregon's fresh pasta specialists, with an emphasis on specialty ravioli made with local, seasonal ingredients.

Commons Brewery :: The Commons Brewery is a small craft brewery located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. They are inspired by European brewing tradition and Northwest grown ingredients. They take a very hands-on approach to brewing our small batch beers.

Double Mt. Brewery :: Double Mountain was founded in 2007 with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Located in Hood River, OR Double Mountain prides itself on being a “brewers’ brewery”, with an uncompromising focus on beer quality.

Estancia Grass fed Beef :: Estancia Cattle are raised on, and finished on grass producing a sustainable, healthy and tasty beef.

Fabrique Delices :: With over 100 different products including All Natural Pâtés, Mousses, Duck Confit, Magret, Duck Rillettes, Boudins, Sausages, Truffle Butter, Macarons, Cornichons & much more...Fabrique Délices offers the best and the most versatile line of Charcuterie in the United States.

Jacobsen Salt Co. :: Jacobsen Salt Co. is lead by Proprietor Ben Jacobsen, who strives to create the best finishing salt America has to offer. Harvested from the cold waters of the Oregon Coast, Jacobsen Salt Co.’s pure sea salts have gained much critical acclaim for their beautiful taste, texture, and appearance. Used by chefs and home cooks around the world.

La Belle Farms :: La Belle Farm is one of only three Foie Gras Producers in the United States.  Located on a 43 acre farm in Sullivan County, NY, the company has been in operation for 10 years. La Belle Farm also produces distinctive tasting Foie Gras that stands out from both U.S. and foreign competition.  Its Foie Gras growing process yields excellent taste while at the same time rendering off less fat than other products.

Manchester Farms :: Manchester Farms is the oldest, most respected, and largest producer of farm raised quail in the United States. It has been family-run for thirty five years.

Mt. Townsend Creamery :: Mt. Townsend Creamery works with local farmers to handcraft a product that captures the character of the Olympic Peninsula, reinvigorating old world traditions to produce delicious, artisan cheeses. 

Nueskes Applewood Smoked Meats :: Nationally-acclaimed, award-winning Applewood Smoked Specialties created by the Nueske family in the village of Wittenberg, Wisconsin.  Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats has been creating fine nationally-acclaimed Applewood Smoked Meats since 1933.

NW Elixirs :: NW Elixirs crafts their sauces with only the highest quality, natural ingredients. Their unique blends of common and exotic foods enhance every day, home cooked meals into culinary adventures.

Olympic Provisions :: Olympic Provisions is a USDA approved charcuterie shop in Portland, Oregon.  Their focus right now is all things pork!  They butcher, cure, ferment, stuff, dry, cook and smoke almost every cut of the venerable pig.

Oregon Brand Management :: Oregon Brand Management is a locally-owned wholesale brand management company that provides sales and distribution for some of Oregon’s premier wineries as well as small estates from Europe.  

Painted Hills Natural :: Painted Hills Beef was founded in Wheeler County, OR . They strive to provide high quality beef, which is pasture raised and grain finished, without added hormone or antibiotics.

salt & straw :: salt & straw ice cream is handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy with the best ingredients Oregon has to offer and imported flavors from around the world. Their ice cream is made with 17% butterfat, very little air in the churn process, and a low sweetness level...so their unique flavors can shine through!

Shun Knives :: Since the 13th century, Seki City has been the heart of the Japanese cutlery industry. For more than 100 years, it has also been home to the Kai Corporation, the makers of Shun fine cutlery. Inspired by the blade-making traditions of ancient Japan, today’s highly skilled Shun artisans produce blades of unparalleled quality and beauty.

Snake River Farms Kobe Beef :: Snake River Farms produces American Style Wagyu (Kobe) Their family-owned business is over 15 years old and started with a small herd of Wagyu cattle from the Kobe Region of Japan. They also produce American Kurobuta Pork, that’s 100% pure, all-natural Berkshire pork, raised by a small network of family farmers

St. Maries and Ankeny Lakes Wild Rice :: For centuries, Native Americans in the northern and eastern United States depended on wild rice for 25% of their staple diet.. St. Maries and Ankeny Lakes Wild Rice grow, process, and sell wild rice grown in the Oregon and Idaho.

Tails & Trotters :: Inspired by the regional cured hams of Europe, Tails & Trotters is the Pacific Northwest’s first signature pork producer developed from pork finished on local hazelnuts.  They raise their heritage hogs in Ephrata Washington in partnership with Pure Country Pork, and butcher them at Nicky USA’s Portland USDA facility.

Wapati River Elk::  Alberta Wapiti Products Co-op (AWAPCO) is a producer owned and operated cooperative based in Leduc, Alberta, Canada AWAPCO is proud to produce offer ranch raised elk meat from animals that are naturally raised on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Xcolatal de David :: Award winning chocolates and confections handmade in Portland, OR, including treats that incorporate bacon, pork rinds, and foie gras.

Wild About Game 2014

Save the Date :: September 7, 2014

Save the Date for Nicky USA's Wild About Game 2014!

We are returning to Timberline September 7th, 2014 for the Northwest's meatiest culinary celebration. Wild About Game celebrates farmers, butchers and purveyors of specialty game and high quality meat, and the chefs who use their produtcs. The full day event will include a head to head cooking competition, artisan marketplace and an industry-insider persepctive on the Northwest culinary scene.

The 2014 Game coooking competition puts Portland chefs against Seattle chefs in four rounds. At the end of each round attendees will be able to step up, taste their dishes and vote for their favorite. This year's stellar line up includes:

Jason French:: Ned Ludd::Portland, OR
Josh Scofield :: Toro Bravo:: Portland, OR
Jason Stoneburner :: Bastille Cafe & Bar and Stoneburner :: Seattle, WA
Shane Ryan :: Matt's in the Market :: Seattle, WA
Joshua McFadden :: Ava Genes :: Portland, OR
Jin Soo Yang :: Bamboo Sushi::Portland, OR
Mike Easton :: Il Corvo :: Seattle, WA
Rob Sevcick :: Loulay :: Seattle, WA


Tickets go on sale Tuesday July 8th, 2014!


Wild About Game 2014

Congratulations Wild About Game Winners

Aaron Barnett of St. Jack and joey Serquinia of Harvest Vine Take Home Top Prizes

Aaron Barnett's stuning pheasant dish was the judge's favorite at Nicky USA's 13th Annual Wild About Game. People's Choice Award went to a Filipino inspired Water Buffalo dish from Joey Serquinia at Harvest Vine.

The winning dishes for each round were from:

Aaron Barnett, St. Jack
Stuffed Guinnea hen leg , glazed carrot, fermented plum, liver & pretty greens

Water Buffalo
Joey Serquinia, Harvest Vine
Water Buffalo Short Rib Adobo with Coconut Sticky Rice and Fried Padron Peppers

Erik Van Kley, Little Bird
Rabbit Porchetta: Liver, Sausage, Roasted Carrot, & Rabbit Jus

Team: Ben Bettinger and Patrick McKee, Imperial and Paley's Place
Smoked Elk Tongue and Moxie Braised  Elk Shank Taco, Fire Roasted Salsa, Corn Relish, Pickled Jalapenos
Served With a Lime- Shandy


Congratulations Wild About Game Winners

Wild About Game 2013 Recap

Some nice press

Once again our annual customer appreciation event/trade show/party has come to a close. We heard many rumblings that it may have been the best year yet. Some great recaps of the event hit news sites.  See the links below.

Wild About Game 2013 Hilights :: The Portland Mercury

Portland Chefs Nearly Sweep Wild About Game 2013 :: Eater PDX