Former Portobello chef Aaron Adams says Farm Spirit, his new vegetarian plant-based restaurant next to Floyd's Coffee on SE Morrison, is very close to opening — so close that he's ready to start selling dinner tickets this Friday.
Although those 9- to 12- course dinners won't start until mid-June, Farm Spirit will soon be very softly open, as Adams and his staff will be dialing in some 300 hours of family and friends dinner services between now and when the restaurant officially opens to the public.
As for what those dinners will be made with, Adams says he's not yet sure. "The season and the market will determine what we'll be making." What he can say is that the dinners will be available to just 14 people who'll gather around a chef's counter where he and his team will prepare their courses. And because there will be only one seating each night, you'll never feel rushed.
Adams says he's really excited about the ticket-buying process, too, because it won't just help guests reserve a seat, it'll let them list their allergies or dislikes, as well as offering them the option to pair each course. Plus, he says, it'll help them gather information on each diner's preferences, which they'll take into account the next time you dine with them.
If there is any drawback to the process, it's that the tickets are non-refundable. They are, however, transferable, so if something comes up, you can always switch your dinner to a later date, or, if you're feeling generous, you can gift it to a friend.
Farm Spirit, 1414 SE Morrison St., Portland