Today in auspicious line-up reveals: GROWINGGARDENS kicks off its ninth year of pairing local chefs with successful gardeners during its summertime "Chef in My Garden" series. Every week beginning July 10, a locally minded chef visits the private garden of a local homeowner for an outdoor, multi-course meal featuring seasonal ingredients and the appropriate wine pairings — all to benefit Growing Gardens' efforts to "dig at the root of hunger" in Portland by planting organic gardens in urban backyards and low-income schools.
This year's lineup features a slew of heavy-hitters: Nostrana's Cathy Whims kicks things off, followed by Bar Avignon's Jeremy Eckel, Andina's Hank Costello, DOC's dynamic duo of Timothy Wastell and Jobie Bailey, the Heathman's Michael Stanton, Ned Ludd's Jason French, Biwa's Gabe Rosen, and 23Hoyt's Amber Webster. Tickets to each dinner cost $125 ($80 is tax-deductible) and are expected to sell out quickly; grab yours by visiting the official website.
JULY 17 Chef Jeremy Eckel of Bar Avignon, in a soulful Multnomah Village garden that blends utility and beauty.
JULY 24 Chef Hank Costello and Mama Doris of Andina, in the dramatic and grand gardens of Villa Catalana in Oregon City - home of rareplantresearch.com.
JULY 31 Chefs Timothy Wastell and Jobie Bailey DOC, in the elegant collection of Japanese maples and conifers of the AnCala estate in Waverly.
AUGUST 7 Chef Michael Stanton of The Heathman, in Asian-inspired woodland and moss gardens in southeast Portland.
AUGUST 14 Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd, in a southwest Portland paradise garden of
over 800 roses and extensive raised beds.
AUGUST 21 Chef Gabe Rosen of Biwa, in a magical inner northeast garden featuring metal sculpture and artistic design.
AUGUST 28 th Chef Amber Webster of 23Hoyt, in the southwest poolside garden with a natural hillside backdrop.