What is better than going to a farm to table restaurant? The answer is having your dinner right in the middle of a local farm. With Oregon’s summer produce at its peak, it’s now time to enjoy the flavor and ambience of eating right where your food was grown.
These dinners, which all feature local wines, include several-course dinners at reasonable prices. You get to meet new people as you leisurely dine under the stars at long communal tables. Here are some of the best Portland farm dinners the summer has to offer.
Field & Vine
Field & Vine has several Dinner in the Field events lined up at different farms and vineyards for the rest of the summer. Like animals? Be sure to check out the one scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch with Alexeli Vineyards. Chef-owner Pascal Chureau, who is perhaps best known for his signature chocolate desserts, also has a way with duck fat string beans, orzo with pesto and with steak.
($85; Aug 6, 13, 20, 28, 30; Sept: 3, 10, 18, 24, 25; see website for additional dates)
Our Table in The Field
USA Today named Our Table in the Field as one of the 10 Best Places to dine on the farm and Travel and Leisure put it in its “Not to Miss” category for farm dinners. On August 20th, grab your special someone or friends to celebrate the release of the Portland Farmers Market Cookbook. Notable chefs Joshua McFadden of the popular Ava Gene’s restaurant, Kristen Murray of Maurice, and Naomi Pomeroy of Beast (2014 James Beard Winner of Best NW Chef) have created a menu respectful of the day’s local harvest from a 58-acre farm in Sherwood, OR. Peter’s Mountain Vineyard will be the wine partner during the event. Be sure to take time to tour the property.
($90; Aug 20; Sept 10)
Plate & Pitchfork
You’ll start your Plate & Pitchfork meal with an appetizer, a glass of wine and a tour of the farm. Then you will relax for a four- to five-course meal, with each round accompanied by a local wine. Vegetarians have the option of choosing a non-meat option. While you enjoy your meal, you’ll be able to talk with the people who created it.
($135-185; Aug: 13, 14, 21)