Sunday, May 14, 2017

Oregon Field and Vine Dinners in the Field 2017 Schedule Announced


Pascal Chureau, chef/owner of Field & Vine Events, and Allium Bistro in West Linn, has announced the lineup for the 2017 “Dinners in the Field,” and this year brings more events and partnerships than ever before.

Our first Dinner in the Field was at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Last year we enjoyed a Dinner in the Field on Sauvie Island

Now entering its fifth year, “Dinners in the Field” has become one of the most popular dining experiences in the region, expanding its reach with 31 events from Sauvie Island to Salem, Oregon. Held from spring through fall under starry skies or twinkling tents on the area’s beautiful farms, ranches and vineyards, the dinners bring food lovers, farmers and winemakers together to share their passion for the fertile Willamette Valley lands that supply our bounty from plate to glass.

“We’re turning farm-to-table on its head,” said Chureau, Chef/Owner of Field & Vine Events and Allium Bistro. “Instead of bringing the food grown by farmers to tables in restaurants across the state, we’re bringing people to small farms throughout Oregon to enjoy their meals, meet the farmers, and learn on-site at the farm, where their food comes from.”

Case in point, the September 9th dinner at Fiala Farms in West Linn will feature a full roast pig from Carlton Farms with wines by Solena Estate. And for the October 14th dinner with Stoller Family Estates at Cornell Farm nursery, guests will be seated in the beautiful greenhouse amid the nursery’s lush plants, a setting sure to inspire even novice gardeners to start a vegetable garden of their own.

In addition, several of the region’s top-producing, nationally acclaimed wineries have signed on this year, including Domaine Serene, a 2016 Wine Spectator top-100 winery that’s set to open a luxe new clubhouse in May, as well as Ponzi Vineyards, Penner-Ash, and Eola Hills Wine Cellars near Salem. 

“In addition to the dinners with the smaller wineries, we’re also partnering the small farmer with the big winery this year, to give the farmer even more access and connections to the big guys,” said Chureau. “But, even though we’re growing with the addition of some larger wineries, we’re still anchored in the small farmer.”

This commitment to supporting small farms is the cornerstone of Field & Vine’s events. That’s why each year brings an emphasis on agritourism, with the majority of the events held at small farms in the bucolic, vineyard-lined hills of Willamette Valley. 

And once again, Field & Vine will partner with Farmers Ending Hunger, this time expanding the collaboration to three special dinners to benefit the nonprofit, which helps gather Oregon’s agricultural resources to help feed the hungry.

The first one, hosted in June at Hunter Creek Farm equestrian center in Wilsonville, coincides with the Early Summer Classic Horse Show and features wines by Methven Family Vineyards. The second is hosted at Tualatin’s popular Lee Farms, with beverages from both Erath Winery and House Spirits Distillery. And the third is a late-harvest dinner at Douglas Farm, a fourth-generation family farm on Sauvie Island, with wines by Owen Roe.

Since its inception, Chef Pascal’s “Dinners in the Field” have been driven by his desire to give back to the community. His goal is to connect diners, farmers and producers to each other through a celebration of the very land that feeds them all. As part of its enduring commitment to this connection, Field & Vine is again working with Oregon Farm Loop for the fifth year in a row, for all of the 31 dinners, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the nonprofit to support its public educational activities.  

A portion of the profits from the dinners will also go to Meal on Wheels.

Also new this year, two hotels in Washington County are offering special packages for anyone buying tickets to a Field & Vine dinner. The Century Hotel in Tualatin offers a one-night stay in a Lakeside king guest room, a bottle of Pinot Noir upon arrival, plus breakfast for two at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, for $169.  Call 503.692.3600 to reserve this special Field & Vine hotel package.  The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport offers a 10 percent discount on any room, plus a box of chocolates and complimentary breakfast buffet. And for every hotel package booked with a dinner, Chureau will offer a bottle of wine. Guests will be required to show their room key at the Field & Vine dinner to verify they purchased the hotel package and in turn, Chureau will give the guest their bottle of wine.  

Each of the 31 dinners in and around the greater Portland/Willamette Valley farming region focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from the host farm, and is designed to spark a deep sense of community between all attending. At each dinner, long communal tables invite conversation and conviviality, as guests enjoy a six- to-seven-course dinner paired with wine, beer or spirits from nearby wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Chureau and Chef/Partner Ian Ragsdale actively engage with their guests, often sharing samples and stories while cooking over an open fire. Meanwhile, the host farmer, winemaker, or rancher leads guests through an intimate tour, and shares tales from the field and vine, highlighting the ingredients used in that evening’s meal.  

Events are held rain or shine, with dinners hosted in barns, barrel rooms, or under a tented, lit dining room during inclement weather. Diners with dietary sensitivities are accommodated with vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free options. The cost for each dinner is $85 to $90 per person, which includes a six- to seven-course dinner, beverages such as wine, beer, cider or spirits, as well as gratuity. For “Dinners in the Field” tickets, please visit www.fieldandvineevents.com or on Facebook at Field & Vine Events.  Advance Tickets Only.

“Dinners in the Field” 2017 Schedule

May 20
Eola Hills Wine Cellars

May 27
Gran Moraine Winery with Vibrant Greens Farm
17090 NE Woodland Loop Road, Yamhill, OR 97148

June 3
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyard with Indio Spirits
33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn, OR 97071

June 10
Beacon Hill Winery with Pitch Dark Chocolate and chef Paul Bechard
22070 NE Ridge Road, Gaston, OR 97110

June 17
King’s Raven Winery with Tranquil Farms and Pitch Dark Chocolate
11603 S. New Era Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

June 23
Hunter Creek Farm Early Summer Classic Horse Show with Methven Family Vineyards
14441 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger
June 24
Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery with Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese
28101 SW Petes Mountain Road, West Linn, OR 97068 

June 25
King’s Raven Winery Summer Solstice Sock Burning Party with Friends of Timberline
11603 S. New Era Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

July 1
Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch with AlexEli Vineyards
35835 Oregon 213, Molalla, OR 97038


July 8
Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards with Portland Creamery 
18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee, OR 97115

July 15
EZ Orchards with Cristom Vineyards
5504 Hazelgreen Road NE, Salem, OR 97305 

July 15
Ponzi Vineyards with Our Table Cooperative
19500 SW Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, OR 97140

July 22
Christopher Bridge Wines with Tranquil Farms
12770 S. Casto Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

July 29
Lee Farms with Erath Winery and House Spirits
21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger

August 6
Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars with Portland Cider Company
11900 S. Criteser Road, Oregon City, OR 9704

August 12

Beckham Estate Vineyard with Portland Creamery
30790 SW Heater Road, Sherwood, OR 97140

August 26
Domaine Serene with Dundee Hill Food Forest
6555 NE Hilltop Lane, Dayton, OR 97114

September 2
Fir Point Farms with Twill Cellars 
14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, OR 97002
September 9
Fiala Farms with Solena Estate 
21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn, OR 97068

September 16
Terra Vina Wines with Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese
33750 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070

September 23
Douglas Farm with Owen Roe
15330 NW Sauvie Island Road, Portland, OR 97231  
 Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger

September 30
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars with Briar Rose Creamery
15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Road, Newberg, OR 97132

October 7
St. Josef’s Estate Vineyards & Winery with Portland Cider Company
28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby, Oregon 97013

October 14
Cornell Farm with Stoller Family Estates
8212 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225


October 21

Fairsing Vineyard with Briar Rose Creamery
21455 NE Burkett Hill Rd, Yamhill, OR 97148

October 28

Eola Hills Wine Cellars
501 S. Pacific Hwy, 99W, Rickreall, OR 97371


November 4
Tumwater Vineyard with Tranquil Farms
375 SW Barrel House Way, West Linn, OR 97068


November 11
Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm with Forest Edge Vineyard
32690 S. Mathias Road, Molalla, OR  97038

December 2
Dobbes Family Estate with Green Bison Ranch
240 SE 5th Street, Dundee, OR 97115

December 9
WillaKenzie Estate
19143 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill, OR 97148