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Chef In My Garden 2014

Growing Gardens Chef in My Garden benefit dinner series 2014

Here’s our midsummer night’s dream . . .

Imagine it’s a warm summer evening, and one of the region’s top chefs is creating a delightful meal for you to enjoy in an enchanted garden.  This flight of fancy can come true.

Presenting the 2014 edition of Chef in My Garden, a series of incredible meals in local gardens to support the important work we do here at Growing Gardens – helping people learn how to grow their own food, just outside their doorsteps. Because if everyone has a garden, everyone can have a chef in it, preparing healthy, delicious meals for themselves and their families.

Join us this summer and help us make our dream a reality every day!

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July 13 | Ned Ludd
July 20 | BEAST & Expatriate
July 27 | Bluehour
August 3 | Matt’s in the Market 
August 10 | Natural Selection
August 17 | Heathman Restaurant & Bar
August 24 | The Fireside
August 31 | Ava Gene’s
September 14 | Clyde Common


Thank you for your overwhelming support!

Jul 13 | Jason French of Ned Ludd, in the gardens of Lee Kelly & Susan Hammer
Enjoy the grounds surrounding the Oregon City studio of renowned Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly. Over several decades, he’s nurtured this former dairy farm into a forested pastoral Eden with his sculptures nestled among the small ponds and wild, robust greenery. Chef Jason French, owner and operator of Ned Ludd, will share his love of the bounty of Oregon, the Northwest and greater West Coast region in this beautiful setting. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy incredible food, beautiful gardens and inspired art in one unforgettable evening.
Sponsor:  Klarquist Sparkman LLP
WineryAdelsheim Vineyards
***SOLD OUT***

Jul 20 | Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST & Expatriate in the gardens of Curtis Thompson & Joe Mitchoff
Naomi Pomeroy, a four-time nominee finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, is a native Oregonian who grew up cooking on a step stool in the kitchen next to her mother and grandmother. The first thing she learned to make was a cheese soufflé with a green salad from the garden, dressed simply in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon. Her early childhood cooking experiences taught her that sometimes simple is best. Naomi’s restaurant BEAST is a refined version of the food of her childhood. Her new venture with partner Kyle Linden Webster is Expatriate, a cocktail bar across the street from BEAST which serves libations and snacks from foreign lands. Join her in the garden of Curtis Thompson and Joe Mitchoff, a beautiful two acres of rolling grass and trees set on the banks of Crystal Springs Creek in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.  The creek is populated with heron, geese, ducks, beaver and river otter.  Complete with a historic cherry tree, the garden is an oasis in the center of dense, urban development.
SponsorThe Law Office of Jeffrey S. Mutnick
WineryBethel Heights
***SOLD OUT***

Jul 27 | Dolan Lane of Bluehour, in the gardens of Margianne & Arthur Erickson
Celebrated Executive Chef Dolan Lane, of clarklewis and Bluehour fame, prides himself on working with local producers and presenting them in a very smart, approachable manner. This feast will be presented in the Southwest Hills terraced garden of Margianne and Arthur Erickson, proprietors of Arthur W. Erickson Fine Arts and Unusual Antiquities downtown.  In 2007, Better Homes and Gardens published a spread featuring their kitchen garden, English-style garden, tropicals, persimmon and pear trees, and tremendous view. With all the tender loving care it has received since, their garden is even more lovely today. Come enjoy a warm summer breeze, the hum of the hardworking honeybees, and the delicious feast of Chef Lane!
SponsorBon Appétit Management Company
Winery:  Antica Terra

Aug 3 | Shane Ryan of Matt’s in the Market in the gardens of Carolyn & Morry Arntson 
Carolyn and Morry’s secluded Dunthorpe garden is nestled against a natural hillside backdrop. Look for deer, coyote, blue heron and ducks as you stroll around the pond and enjoy the garden the Arntsons have created and nurtured over the past dozen years. Dinner will be served in the lovely poolside garden where Chef Shane Ryan – our first ever visiting chef for the series! – will showcase his love of the Pacific Northwest. After honing his skills working at restaurants around the world, Chef Ryan of Matt’s in the Market in Seattle was lured back to the Pacific Northwest and its abundance of produce, meats, seafood, and specialty items.
Sponsors:  New Seasons Market
Winery:  Hawks View Cellars
***SOLD OUT***

Aug 10 | Aaron Woo of Natural Selection, in the gardens of Paul Duden & Francesca Stevenson 
Natural Selection chef Aaron Woo has been acknowledged by Cooking Light magazine, earning one the publication’s “Trailblazing Chef Awards” for 2013. Enjoy Woo’s produce-based cooking esthetic on the croquet lawn of Paul Duden and Francesca Stevenson in Dunthorpe. Francie and Paul’s 94 year-old country garden 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 will surely be a treat!
Sponsor:  Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods
Winery:  Colene Clemens Vineyards
***SOLD OUT***

Aug 17 | Michael Stanton of Heathman Restaurant & Bar in the gardens of Lisa Shara Hall & Kirk Hall
Chef Michael Stanton translates French classics into brilliant and seasonal Oregon-inspired dishes, and we’re delighted to have him in our line-up once again! Sitting high atop the West Hills, the garden of Lisa Shara Hall and Kirk Hall is English in style, with a lovely swimming pool. The front yard shows its full splendor during the Spring, but the terraced backyard garden is a delight during the warm, summer months. As author of Wines of the Pacific Northwest and a soon-to-be-published book specifically about Oregon wines as well as co-author of The Food Lover’s Companion to Portland, Lisa is the ideal hostess for a dinner featuring such spectacular food and wine!
Sponsor:  David and Christine Vernier
Wineries: Rex Hill & A to Z Wineworks

Aug 24 | Jake Martin of The Fireside in the gardens of Meredith and DA Hilderbrand
There’s so much to explore at the Hilderbrands’ — an impressive collection of local and international sculptures, fun topiary, winding paths through evergreens and gorgeous shade gardens. Their place is so varied and beautiful that one summer they even hosted a group of painters for a day. Come explore this Beavercreek haven, but if you wander far afield, be sure to return in time for dinner! Executive Chef Jake Martin of The Fireside thrives on the creativity of being a chef and has garnered a loyal following during his prior stints at Portland’s legendary Genoa and Seattle’s How to Cook a Wolf. His innovative and modernistic style of cuisine has also recently been showcased at Daphne, one of the pop-up dining experiences that have been taking Portland by storm. His cuisine focuses on seasonality and incorporates a thoughtful playfulness you just don’t want to miss.
SponsorGarden Fever!
Wineries:  LJC Wine Co. LLC / Leah Jørgensen Cellars & Harper Voit

Aug 31 | Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, in the gardens of Tige & Peggy Harris 
After cooking at some of the top restaurants in the country, Chef Joshua McFadden has settled back to Portland at Ava Gene’s with the belief that food must be simple, honest and of the ingredients. Come find out what all the food critics are raving about! The Harris’s garden features a gorgeous perennial border reminiscent of the English country gardens where she raised her family and lived for years. The 1880’s Cornelius farmhouse and original barn are surrounded by fruit trees and a large vegetable garden while Suffolk sheep and homebred thoroughbred horses keep the pastures trimmed. Enjoy wandering the grounds of this beautifully preserved property or enjoy a glass of wine by the outdoor fireplace as you wait to be called for dinner.
Note:  this dinner falls on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.
SponsorSponsorship still available
WinerySoter Vineyards
***SOLD OUT***

Sept 14 | Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, in the gardens of Bob and Mignon Ervin
Growing up in both the US and the Philippines and then pursuing his career through stints in Europe and Asia, Chef Carlo Lamagna is inspired by the many different flavors the world has to offer.  Chef Carlo joined Clyde Common in early 2014 after serving as Executive Chef at Chicago’s standout farm-to-table restaurant, Perennial Virant.  His love of food and wide-ranging experience will shine through your meal featuring Northwest ingredients. You will be enjoying his extraordinary menu in the garden of Robert and Mignon Ervin, a mixed use garden with an emphasis on urban food sourcing. This garden boasts raised beds, aquaponics, chickens, ducks, bees and a vineyard. The view over Oswego Lake to Mt. Hood is breathtaking!
SponsorRing Bender McKown & Castillo
WineriesMonte Ferro Wines & Cooper Mountain Vineyards
***More tickets were made available as of 08/05/14.  Chef Carlo let us add a table!***

Many thanks to Portland Roasting Coffee for providing the coffee for all of the dinners in our series again this year!

Tickets are $150 apiece and they go fast. We like to say that its $50 for one of the best dinners of your life — wine included! — and a $100 donation to a great cause!  (Of the $150 for tickets, the fair market value is $50 and the charitable contribution is $100.)  The chefs absolutely outdo themselves and the gardens are magical!

All events being 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.



Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?
Contact Hollie Allen, Development Director, at or 503-284-8420.

Interested in Volunteering at a Dinner?
Check out our Current Volunteer Opportunities Page

Special thanks to Matt Giraud of Gyroscope Creative for donating design and strategy to this year’s event!

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