The Great Summer Chef Off

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On August 19, at the majestic Bladberry Farm on Sauvie Island, the Parr Lumber Great Summer Chef Off will once again bring together four of Portland's finest chefs, pitting them against one another to determine who is the very best on a beautiful summer evening.

Organized by the Harrington Family Foundation, the annual event is the perfect way to spend a mid-August evening, with live music, fantastic local wine and beer and of course great food.

Imagine beautiful Sauvie Island on a warm evening in your flip flops, the sun setting with a cold beer or glass of sparkling, four of Portland’s elite chefs at the grill, going head-to-head for Grand Prize: Best Dish, the smell of charcoal-roasted peaches and sizzling hanger steak, rich Salt and Straw ice cream dribbling down your chin, bluegrass music serenading your conversations with family and friends: this is the Parr Lumber Great Summer Chef Off.

Proceeds go to support the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship. To learn more and buy tickets, visit: https://impactflow.com/event/the-parr-lumber-great-summer-chef-off-1716

Relive the Excitement of the Signing Day Dinner

Watch the Signing Day Dinner show and then read this nice recap courtesy from Chris Naugle of The Duck Store.

10 Reasons to Become an Oregon Club of Portland Member in 2017

A new year is almost here, and for us Duck fans, that means a chance to renew our excitement around Oregon Football, Oregon Basketball and all of Oregon Athletics.

With 2017 quickly approaching, we're offering members a chance to save on an Oregon Club of Portland membership. Save $10 on any membership level now until December 31!

Need to know more about the value of OCOP? Here are 10 reasons to become an Oregon Club of Portland member in 2017.

  1. Join a Community of Fellow Fans - There is no better way to experience the excitement of Oregon Athletics than spending it with fellow Oregon alumni, fans and friends. Join our hundreds of members!
     
  2. Insider Access - Our members, especially those who attend our dinners, get access to insider info on our top programs, including the upcoming Signing Day Dinner.
     
  3. Hear Directly from Coach Taggart - Oregon Club of Portland members have a chance to hear from new head coach Wiliie Taggart, in person, at the Signing Day Dinner and will hear from him other times throughout the year at various OCOP events.
     
  4. Save Money for Being a Supporter - All members save money when registering for our various events, whether that be dinners, auctions, tailgaters, etc. Every member also enjoys a 20% off coupon to the Duck Store!
     
  5. Celebrate Basketball Success - The Men's and Women's Basketball seasons are just heating up, but there are plenty of expectations set for both squads as March Madness approaches. Celebrate their success with fellow members!
     
  6. Duck Talk - Our weekly newsletter, providing the best rundown of Oregon Athletics news you'll find anywhere, is becoming a member-only newsletter in 2017. Stay informed!
     
  7. The Whole Family is Invited - Oregon Club of Portland serves all generations, from grandparents down to grandchildren and every age in between. Our events are family-friendly and a great time for all.
     
  8. Tailgaters! - Not to brag, but we feel we have the best tailgate at Autzen. Good food and drink, plenty of Oregon pride and tons of Oregon fans make our tailgaters can't-miss events. 
     
  9. Honor All Oregon Sports - Most of our events focus around football and basketball, but we support all Oregon sports, whether that be through our auctions, promoting when teams come up to Portland or honoring them and their accomplishments across our social media accounts.
     
  10. Coach and Player Interaction - You know you'll get to meet and hear from the coaches, but there are opportunities to ask questions to players to, especially at our annual football luncheons. Come one, come all!

Four Things to Know About New Oregon Head Coach Willie Taggart

It's official! News broke early Wednesday morning that the University of Oregon and Athletic Director Rob Mullens have hired University of South Florida's Willie Taggart to be our next head football coach. 

Taggart, 40, comes to Eugene after guiding USF to a 10-2 record in 2016. Taggart took over the Bulls program four years ago, building it from a perennial loser into one of the top non-Power 5 teams.

Taggart brings to Oregon an offensive mind, strong recruiting skills, the endorsement of Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and an amazing level of enthusiasm. 

Here are four more things you need to know about new Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart:

Quarterback Success: Taggart played at I-AA Western Kentucky, earning the starting quarterback spot four years in a row, while twice being named a Walter Payton Award (I-AA's Heisman Trophy) finalist. 

Florida Native: The Ducks haven't had the best of luck recruiting Florida in years past, but that may all change with Taggart at the helm. A Tampa Bay native who was an all-state quarterback in high school, Taggart maximized his time in Florida, recruiting in the number one class in the American Athletic Conference multiple years - this going head-to-head for kids against Florida, Florida State and Miami.

Turnaround King: As noted, Taggart took USF from 2-10 his first year to 10-2 in his fourth. That comes after taking WKU from 2-10 (they lost 20 straight games prior to his arrival) his first year to 7-5 his third year. What's often overlooked is his time as an assistant coach at Stanford, where he helped guide the Cardinal back up the national rankings as the running backs coach. Taggart not only coached Toby Gerhart, who was arguably the top running back in the country, but was a linchpin in recruiting Andrew Luck.

Belief in the Run: Taggart coached Stanford's running backs, creating one of the most impressive backfields in the country. After his time in Palo Alto, he coached a multi-time All-American running back at WKU, while guiding USF to the tenth best offense in the country in 2016. This year's USF team held one of the nation's most potent running attacks, with two 1,000+ yard backs, while ranking fifth in the country averaging 291.8 yards per game. He should make Royce Freeman, Tony Brooks-James, Taj Griffin, Kani Benoit and the rest of the Oregon running back crew very happy.