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The Plate & Pitchfork dinner series, a literal farm-to-table experience that invites diners to feast on specially prepared meals on-site at local farms, has revealed its much-anticipated 2011 lineup, and as to be expected, it's a doozy. Every weekend from July 16 to August 28, a pair of Portland chefs will team up to create a multi-course meal served in the idyllic al fresco setting of a nearby farm, all to encourage communal relationships between those who grow, cook, and eat in the Portland area.
Where: Sun Gold Farm in Forest Grove
When: Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17
Who: On Saturday, Gilt Club's Chris Carriker teams with cart owner Rick Gencarelli (of Lardo), marking the first food cart chef to participate in P&P. Sunday's Sun Gold dinner features brand-new reality TV star Leather Storrs from Noble Rot and Michael Hanaghan from the newly revamped Brasserie Montmartre, with wine from Apolloni Vineyards.
Where: Domaine Drouhin Winery in Dayton, OR
When: Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 24
Who: Saturday evening's meal features the pairing of Genoa's David Anderson and Cameron Addy, formerly MLK's of Belly restaurant. Sunday's chef free-for-all features Aviary's triple threat team of Sarah Pilner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, paired with St. Jack's Aaron Barnett. Both dinners, obvs, will pour wine from Domaine Drouhin.
Where: Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro
When: Sunday, July 31
Woodlawn represent! The NE Portland neighborhood lends two of its best: chef Matthew Busetto of Firehouse and Gretchen Glatte from Woodlawn Pastry & Coffee. During dinner, beer and wine will be provided by Widmer Brewing Co. and Anne Amie Vineyards.
Where: Viridian Farms in Dayton
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7
Who: Jeremy Eckel from Bar Avignon teams with Din Din Supper Club's Courtney Sproule on Saturday. Sunday's dinner features Pascal Sauton (formerly of Carafe) and chef Gregory Denton from Metrovino.
Where: Viridian Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14
Who: In the second of Viridian's P&P weekends, a tag team of two 2011 James Beard Award nominees — Nostrana's Cathy Whims and Gruner's Chris Israel — kick things off on Saturday, while Ben Bettinger from Beaker & Flask and Scott Ketterman from Simpatica Dining Hall are the featured duo for Sunday's dinner.
Where: Champoeg Farm in St. Paul, OR
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 19-21
Who: A trio of dinners hit the calender at Champoeg: Kicking things off on Friday are Bon Appetite Management Company chefs James Greene (from the University of Portland) and Mark Harris (from Reed College). Saturday's dinner features the Country Cat's Adam Sappington and Castagna's Matt Lightner, while Sunday's meal combines the talents of Allium Bistro's Pascal Chureau and Fratelli's Paul Klitsie.
Where: Sauvie Island Organics
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28
In the final P&P weekend, Anthony Caffeiro from Tabla pairs with Alex Yoder from Olympic Provisions for the Saturday evening dinner. Sunday's event is a closing party of epic proportions, featuring Bettinger, Sauton, Chris DiMinno (Clyde Common), Tommy Habetz (Bunk Sandwiches), and Kristen D. Murray (Paley's Place).
This year's dinners benefit two organizations — the Oregon Tilth Organic Education Center and the Sauvie Island Center. Tickets will be available after 9am on May 31.
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