Chef Christian Wins Iron Chef Portland!

 

Congratulations to Executive Chef Christian Russell!

What an amazing evening at the Portland Art Museum for Portland’s Original Iron Chef Competition. The competition was being held as a tasting and fundraiser for LifeWorks NW’s Children’s Relief Nurseries. With nearly 400 attending this year’s event, it was a night to remember for The 9900 family. With a loaded field of chef competitors from top iconic restaurants in the area, our own Executive Chef Christian Russell came out on top after the popular votes were tallied up.

Iron Chef

Executive Chef Christian Russell will compete in Portland’s Original Iron Chef!

SAVE THE DATE
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2018, 6PM TO 9PM
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
KRIDEL GRAND BALLROOM

Tasting and Fundraiser for LifeWorks NW’s
Children’s Relief Nuseries

Guests will taste signature appetizers prepared by celebrated local chefs and vote for their favorite to be named the 2018 Portland’s Original Iron Chef. Plus, the evening features a silent auction, Winner’s Choice raffle, live auction and more!

Come support (and vote for!) The 9900’s own Executive Chef Christian Russell compete against local top chef’s. Tickets for the event are on sale here.

For full details click here.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD – BIG SMOKE 2017

On my recent trip to Vegas  (Nov. 18 2017) I was asked “Hey, so why do they call you Lefty?  Is it because you are never right?”…Somebody wake up the drummer, two shows nightly, and tip your servers.  I didn’t leave Vegas with a photo roll like on the camera in The Hangover, but I did have a great time there again.
So why was I in Vegas?  The Big Smoke 2017 at the Mirage, which is basically an excuse for a bunch of guys from all across the country to smoke a bunch of cigars in Vegas.  What a great combo!  I have been incredibly fortunate to be involved at this yearly event due to the graciousness of the Arturo Fuente family and team there to display our Fuente cigar artwork by Noah Fine Art.  The Fuente family truly personifies class, passion, and family, and to be a part of this family is a great honor helping raise awareness and support for The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.
So what is the Big Smoke?  This event is put on by Cigar Aficionado magazine and is far more than just an excuse to smoke the finest cigars.  It is a ticketed event open to the public which takes place in two sessions:  3 hours on a Friday night and then 3 hours again on Saturday.  A VIP ticket is also available for purchase to allow access one hour early for each session.  There are many other opportunities, such as seminars on various topics throughout the day and special events to hear from some of the leaders in the cigar industry.
To give a mental picture of what actually happens there, ticketed guests are provided a coupon book, and when the doors open enter the Mirage special events center like a herd of cattle in a stampede racing to their favorite cigar booth to get whatever product is being passed out.  Many of the large cigar manufacturers are present, including Fuente, JC Newman, Padron, and Oliva, as well as Tatuaje, Alec Bradley, LFD, and many others.  Cigar Rights of America also has booth there to discuss all the fine work they are doing. Its just a great time to not just enjoy premium cigars but also to meet prominent members of the cigar companies and discuss cigars with them.  Certainly special thanks to the Oban, Lagavoulin and Tin Cup, among others, for sharing their fantastic whiskies as well.
I also want to mention my great experiences at certain local cigar lounges.  On the previous Thursday evening Tatuaje put on a great event at En Fuego cigar lounge in Henderson, and offered some terrific cigars  including their Cojonu maduros.  The Cigar Box is also one of my favorite stops.  Its a great spot to enjoy a latte, beer or wine, and cruise their very comprehensive humidor.  The layout and brick industrial decor creates a great environment.  Another lounge I have been frequenting lately is the Havana cigar lounge on Flamingo, which features a darker intimate feel with a prominent TV screen great for games and movies, as well as classic cigar artwork such as Al Pacino from Scarface.  And of course, Casa Fuente is the main place to hang, smoke Fuentes, and drink the best mojitos in Vegas.
All in all I had a great trip, trying to learn as much as I can to help bring the best possible cigars to our Chamber.  I love using the reason of “research” to experience as many premium cigars as I can, so we can all continue to enjoy the great camaraderie together at our special Chamber at 9900.
Lefty

Pumpkin Ridge Part 2

Winner of the second golf outing auction item cashes in. John Hill and Dean Andrews teed it up on a beautiful day at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge with The 9900 founders Jason Chambers and Lou Perez. We would like to thank all that attended the Fuente at The Chamber event and to those that participated in the silent auction. Over $1000 was raised for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day at Pumpkin Ridge

It was a beautiful day in North Plains, Oregon for a round on Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge with The 9900 founders Jason Chambers, Lou Perez, and J Hootman winner of the silent auction item for a golf outing with Jason and Lou. J chose our very own Loni Kroshus to round out the foursome. We would like to thank all that attended the Fuente at The Chamber event and to those that participated in the silent auction. Over $1000 was raised for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

Fuente At The Chamber Event Follow Up

Thank You for Making The Fuente Event Special

The team at the Chamber at 9900 really want to thank each of the patrons for your partnership in our recent Fuente Event.  It was truly a special night with a packed house filled with great camaraderie, along with some fine cigars, great drinks, and the incredible courses from Chef Christian and the kitchen team.  We want to especially thank Rick Zunt from JC Newman and Russell Livingston sharing their expertise in cigars and wines with us.  The raffle items provided some great takeaways, including tickets to the WinCo golf event at Pumpkin Ridge as well as a terrific package to the Beaverton Beer Festival.

We are very proud to report that our silent auction items, which included official Arturo Fuente artwork, a golf outing with Jason and Lou, and a certificate to the Steakhouse at 9900, among others, raised over 1000 dollars for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.  We all can be very proud of this effort to band together to help the Fuente and Newman families with the incredible needs in the Dominican Republic.   Thanks again to everyone who attended and made this possible, and we are excited to use it as a template for many great events ahead!

May 2017

As The 9900 launches the first newsletter , there is a lot of excitement to bring you the latest updates and what is in store for The Steakhouse at 9900 and Lou’s Bar for the month of May. As The Steakhouse continues with construction and renovation, Lou’s is busy preparing for the opening of The Steakhouse as Lou’s will service all of the cocktails for the restaurant as well as serving up the same delicious plates in the bar. As award winning Executive Chef Christian Russell continues to fine tune the menu for The Steakhouse, be sure to stop by and try out the full menu that is available now.

The Steakhouse at 9900 is scheduled to open late Spring/early Summer 2017. As Chef Christian finalizes The Steakhouse menu, updates and pictures will be send out via email and all of our social channels. Please Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Lou’s Bar is slated for renovation starting Monday May 8 and reopening May 15.

New updated full menu. Check it out here.

-The 9900