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Brian Boitano skates to The Bites kitchen

Olympic champ trades ice for stove at annual food event
by: COURTESY OF THE BITE OF OREGON, 
Olympic Gold Medalist and Food Network Chef, Brian Boitano, will appear at The Bite of Oregon on Aug. 7 and 8.

He performed on ice, but Brian Boitano has made the hot stove and oven the passion of his post-athletic career.

Boitano, the 1988 Winter Olympic men's skating champion, appears at The Bite of Oregon, which will be Aug. 6 to 8 at Waterfront Park.

He's now a Food Network chef and plays host to his own show, 'What Would Brian Boitano Make?' He'll do his thing on The Bite's demonstration stage, following in the footsteps of Guy Fieri, Cat Cora and Rock Harper.

Chef Cory Schreiber of Wildwood will also be part of the demonstration stage. Also appearing at The Bite will be Bravo! Network's 'Top Chef' finalist Dave Martin.

In its 27th year, The Bite has added some new elements, with the Oregon Dessert Pavilion, Portland Food Cart Cuisine and Gerry Frank's Oregon's Chef's Table - the latter featuring entrees from Portland's top chefs. They join the already successful lineup of food and beer and wine festivities; there will be 120 menu items, nearly 30 craft beers and 25 wineries on hand from all corners of Oregon.

A popular show continues to be the 'Iron Chef' competition. Curtis Salgado will highlight two stages of music.

The Bite raises money for Special Olympics Oregon.

It goes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. A weekend pass is $10; daily admission is $8.

For more information, go to www.biteoforegon.com.

- Jason Vondersmith