While the dinner guests at Tualatin Valley farm-to-table dinners may be from all over the United States, the food they are eating often comes from the very soil that rests at their feet. Find your feast at these farm dinners that are just a quick drive from downtown Portland, trading Portlandia for farmlandia.
Enjoying great food right at the source is an intimate experience, which means there is a set number of seats for each farm dinner. Understandably, these tickets go fast—reserve your farm dinner experience in advance.
Amidst the summer lineup of farm dinners in the Tualatin Valley, one standout is the Field & Vine Dinner with Lee Farms (July 29, $85 per person). Chef Pascal Chureau of Allium Bistro will use Lee Farms (and the delicious berries they grow) as inspiration for his six-course Spanish-themed dinner. After the decadent meal, you can have a nightcap at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill before retreating to the lovely rooms at the attached Century Hotel.
Plate & Pitchfork is another curator of farm dinner experiences and it is no surprise that they have chosen farms in the Tualatin Valley for half of their 2017 summer events. Their first dinner in the Tualatin Valley has already sold out, but you can grab seats to the reprise farm dinner at Smith Berry Barn (August 6; $140 per person). Take a tour of the berry farm with a glass of Pinot from Bergstrom Wines in hand. As the day settles into the evening, you’ll be guided through a culinary experience with two well-loved Portland chefs. For a getaway that ignites all senses, book an Airbnb reservation at the nearby Mountainside Lavender. You’ll have purple-hazed dreams and wake up to the smell of late-season lavender.
Plate & Pitchfork touches our soils again with a two-night event at Forest Grove’s Sun Gold Farm (August 12 and 13; $140 per person). Three esteemed Portland chefs have a bounty of ingredients from the farm for the multi-course meal as Sun Golf Farm grows a plethora of tomatoes, beets, snow peas, potatoes, fava beans and a variety of crunchy-fresh lettuces. Of course, your farm dinner experience will begin with a farm tour that ends at the farm’s outdoor dining space. In a word? Magical. The magic then continues with a stay in the nearby McMenamins Grand Lodge. Stay in one of the property’s new rooms, which are quirkily themed after famous books and musicians. You can even seek out the secret passageway to get to your room that is decorated with Jerry Garcia’s face and quotes.
For more food fun, get a little soil underneath your nails with some nearby u-pick farms the morning after your farm dinner.