While Portland’s restaurants definitely take advantage of the nearby abundance of farms, orchards, and vineyards, many of these farms actually host their own dinners — bringing the table to the farm, as it were. What better way to “eat local” than sitting down, family style, to a long table laden with food grown only steps away from where you sit? Don your sun hat and set out for one (or all!) of these farm dinners around Portland.
Field & Vine
Field & Vine hops about, hosting farm dinners around the region all year long. Joined by the occasional guest chef, chef and owner Pascal Chureau creates his menus to highlight local produce and (since many Field & Vine events are held at vineyards) to pair well with local wine selections. With two dozen events at nearly as many locations, there’s truly a farm dinner to suit everyone’s tastes. A few stand-out locations include Rosse Posse Elk Farm, Marquam Hill Alpaca Ranch and Villa Catalana Cellars.
20-30 dinners March–December.
Plate and Pitchfork
Plate and Pitchfork lets you enjoy four- and five-course meals laden with local berries, wines and cheeses, with the added satisfaction of supporting great causes. In 2017, they launched a charitable foundation supporting organizations that work to eradicate hunger and cultivate healthy, sustainable food systems. And they still support longtime partner Farmers Ending Hunger, which gathers Oregon’s agricultural resources to help feed the hungry. Plate and Pitchfork is also one of the few farm dinner organizers to offer vegetarian meal options, as many farm dinners are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions.
13 dinners June–August.
The Side Yard
You don’t even need to leave city limits to enjoy a farm dinner at The Side Yard, chef Stacey Givens’s urban farm project. Her crop list is as unique and creative as the events she hosts, which include suppers, brunches, workshops and even bike-in movie nights. Pro tip: Spots sell out fast here, as urban farms tend to be less spacious than their countryside counterparts.
In 2017, The Side Yard launched the “Refugees Welcome” dinner series, collaborating with a different refugee family for each dinner. Attendees experience the families’ culture and stories while supporting the Refugee Care Collective, which helps refugees in Portland.
A variety of dinners and events June–August.
Our Table in the Field
Not to be confused with Outstanding in the Field, Our Table in the Field is the farm dinner series of its eponymous food cooperative, Our Table, which grows crops and raises livestock on its farm in nearby Sherwood. Our Table partners with star chefs like Sam Smith of Tusk and Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s and has garnered acclaim from USA Today and Travel + Leisure.
Three dinners July–September. Purchase Our Table in the Field tickets.
Nothing quite caps off a day at Portland’s favorite beach like a table groaning with dishes. Sauvie Island staple Kruger’s Farm is happy to provide, holding farm-to-plate dinners every weekend between mid-June and mid-September. The four-course dinners are served under a mighty 200-year-old oak tree, with hayrides to complete the farm experience. Kruger’s caters to the vegetarian crowd, too, providing meatless meal options when you reserve your seat.
Dinners offered most weekends from June–September.
If you’re intrigued by a farm dinner experience that’s one part Magical Mystery Tour, one part Mission: Impossible, Secret Supper is for you. The exact location of your dinner is only disclosed three days prior to the event, though you’ll be given a clue three weeks ahead. While little more than dates are disclosed in advance (if they told us, it wouldn’t be a secret, now would it?), past events have included a cozy winter meal cooked over a fire at Miller Farm Retreat, with locally made Pendleton blankets providing extra warmth to diners, and an idyllic picnic dinner at Tumbleweed Farms with a backdrop of Mount Hood.
Three dinners June–November. Purchase Secret Supper tickets.
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