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Chef In My Garden 2016

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Join us for Chef In My Garden 2016, a series of extraordinary fundraising dinners in Portland. Our special dinners are created by Portland’s top chefs, and served in inspiring private gardens … all to benefit Growing Gardens.

For 20 years, Growing Gardens has been digging at the roots of hunger by helping people learn to grow their own food. Our work promotes better health, self-reliance and stronger communities.

What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon, enjoying a fantastic glass of wine and an unforgettable meal prepared with fresh, local ingredients by a prominent local chef. Eat, drink and be charitable. It’s a very rewarding thing to do.

Scroll down to learn about each dinner.


July 10 – Jason French | Ned Ludd— SOLD OUT!

Jason French circleEnjoy the Oregon City estate of Susan Hammer and renowned Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly— a former dairy farm transformed into a pastoral Eden, with sculptures Kelly has made over the years nestled among the small ponds and wild, robust greenery. This intriguing garden space will once again feature acclaimed Ned Ludd chef and owner Jason French. Jason’s love of the Pacific Northwest’s food and wine culture, natural landscape and high-quality ingredients inspire menus of classic, traditional, farm-driven craft cookery that perfectly embody his culinary philosophy of seasonally delicious fare.

This dinner is generously sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Rex Hill Winery.


July 17 – Carlo Lamagna | Clyde Common— SOLD OUT!

CarloLamagna circleBob Hyland and Andrew Beckman’s sunny hillside garden is perched on the edge of Forest Park in NW Portland and includes panoramic views of Mt. St. Helens and other Cascade peaks. Naturalistic beds and borders feature climate-adapted plants that thrive in Portland’s dry summers, accompanied by summer-blooming perennials. Planted containers cover the front deck, spill out of the greenhouse and punctuate the gardens. Bob is owner of Hyland Garden Design and Andrew is the former head gardener for Martha Stewart and is now publisher of Timber Press. Their impressive gardens will host Carlo Lamagna, Executive Chef at Clyde Common, where he leads the kitchen in preparing simple yet exquisitely executed food from a menu that has no borders. Born in the Philippines, he has cooked in Germany, France and Spain. Now at Clyde Common, Carlo’s dishes are a glimpse into his life: old school flavor with new school style.

This dinner is generously sponsored by Ring Bender LLLP.
Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Cooper Mountain Vineyards.


July 31 – Trent Pierce | Roe— SOLD OUT!

Tige and Peggy Harris’s Cornelius garden features a gorgeous English country-style perennial border. The 1880’s farmhouse and original barn are surrounded by fruit trees and a large vegetable garden, while Suffolk sheep and thoroughbred horses keep the pastures trimmed. James Beard nominee Trent Pierce is the Executive Chef and Owner of Roe Restaurant, a modern seafood restaurant discreetly hidden in the back of his B&T Oyster Bar. Trent and his team present a stunning yet approachable array of rotating seasonal dishes based entirely on seafood. You can learn more about Trent and Roe here.

This dinner is generously sponsored by The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Mutnick.
Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Leah Jorgensen Cellars.


August 7 – Chris Carriker | Bluehour— SOLD OUT!

ChrisCarriker circlePaul Duden and Francesca Stevenson’s nearly 100 year-old country garden in SW Portland has been designed, tended and amended by Paul for decades, in partnership with landscape architect Ingrid Hallin.  Described as a romantic, plant lover’s garden, it is an absolute treat! The garden will provide a delightful backdrop for Chef Chris Carriker, who trained at renowned Portland restaurants Wildwood and Meriwether’s before becoming Executive Chef at 23Hoyt and now Bluehour. Chris is known for creating unique, innovative and instantly satisfying dishes driven by local Pacific Northwest ingredients.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Antica Terra.



August 14 – Pat Manning | Toro Bravo— SOLD OUT!

Pat Manning circleThe gardens of Thomas McCarley and John Eader are located on an acre of land in the hills of SW Portland. These beautiful gardens feature magnificent established plantings that include multiple rhododendrons, lilacs, magnolia and dogwood trees. Highlights include a large ornamental cherry tree and a huge Japanese maple, while mature arborvitae and 30 foot cedar bushes form a backdrop for the pool. This beautiful estate is a wonderful setting for a meal prepared by Toro Bravo Executive Chef Pat Manning. Pat’s influence at the iconic Portland tapas restaurant can be seen in the seasonally-driven specials served alongside Toro Bravo’s beloved signature plates. Pat sees food as an opportunity for friends to gather together and enjoy each other’s company, and that is how he approaches the engaging, fun, family-style menu at Toro Bravo.

This dinner is generously sponsored by Garden Fever!
Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Apolloni Vineyards.


August 28 – Matthew Sigler | Renata— SOLD OUT!

MattSigler circleThere’s so much to explore in Meredith and DA Hilderbrands’ gardens — an impressive collection of local and international sculptures, fun topiary, and winding paths through evergreens and gorgeous shade gardens. This Oregon City estate is the perfect place to feature the cooking magic of Renata’s Chef Matthew Sigler. Voted The Oregonian’s 2015 restaurant of the year, Renata is known for fine cheese, intriguing wine and Matt’s magnificent pasta— which might already be the best in Portland. Matt honed his skills at two of San Francisco’s finest Italian restaurants, including the acclaimed Flour+Water.

This dinner is generously sponsored by Cinder Staffing.
Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Azzurro Wine Company.


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Thanks to Premier Sponsors Nicky USA and
Ocean Beauty Seafoods
for their support of our dinner series.

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Thanks to Portland Roasting Coffee for providing coffee for our dinner series.

Tickets are $150 each.  The fair market value of each dinner is $75.

All Chef in My Garden fundraising dinner events begin at 4 pm and typically last until around 8:30 pm.  You are encouraged to arrive as close to 4 pm as possible to enjoy the gardens.

Special thanks to Matt Giraud of Gyroscope Creative for providing design services and to Bette Sinclair of B Sinclair Public Relations for marketing assistance.

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