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Founded In 2010 By Mike Thelin
We are strategic planners and community builders.
We help our clients identify and express their deep story  through effective partnerships, skillful communication, beneficial civic engagement and compelling immersive experiences--uniting individuals and organizations in ways that build community, increase connection and benefit, and reinforce vision and purpose. Our work has resulted in world-class culinary festivals and events, collaborations with regional governments,  immersive experiential and storytelling campaigns, award-winning urban design projects, and strategic road maps that have enabled organizations to grow revenue, attract and retain partners, create wonderful programming, and earn global recognition in culture. Our clients include destination marketing organizations, hospitality groups, non-profits, media organizations, large-scale events, real estate developers, regional governments, and private sector businesses of all scales--from mom-and-pop  to Fortune 500.

Program Design, Revenue Modeling, Branding, Master-Planning.

Culinary and Hospitality

Strategic Planning, City and Regional Identity, Large-Scale Event Ideation and Revenue Modeling, Engagement, Partnership Strategy, Talent Strategy.

Media and Community

Branding, Master-Planning, Media/Industry/Community Engagement, Strategic Planning, Execution.

Strategic Partnerships

Sponsorship and Partnership Strategy, Revenue Modeling, Master Planning, Public-Private Partnerships.

Immersive Experiences

Large-Scale Festival Creation, Activation Planning and Design for Multi-City Campaigns, Partner Engagement, Bespoke Events.


Editorial, Narrative, Program Design.

Mike Thelin
For two decades, Mike Thelin has been a strategic advisor and partner to the top organizations in the food and media universe, and has created two of the premier culinary festivals in America. As principal of Bolted Consulting, Mike works with leadership in the tourism, non-profit, real estate, governmental, and private business sectors to imagine, create, and grow large-scale projects, events and initiatives within the food, media, civic, and hospitality realms. With an extensive background in media, Mike is passionate about using culture and deep storytelling as vehicles to drive real world entrepreneurial opportunities and outcomes. He is co-founder and owner of both Feast Portland and Hot Luck in Austin, Texas, and has helped create numerous events for clients, including the annual Eater Awards in New York City. 

Mike has been a food critic and columnist for Portland Monthly Magazine, television commentator on the Cooking Channel show Unique Eats as well as Netflix Street Food, author of the Oregon chapter of the Phaidon America cookbook, founding editor of Eater Portland, judge for the James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Awards, and was named one of the 55 most influential people in food and beverage by Observer in 2019. His events have donated more than $550,000 to local and national charities. He lives in Portland and is an active volunteer for civic and community organizations.
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