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Chef In My Garden 2015

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Join us for Chef In My Garden 2015, a series of extraordinary dinners, created by the region’s top chefs, served in delightful private gardens throughout the Portland metro area… all to benefit Growing Gardens.

Growing Gardens helps people learn to grow their own food. Planting, tending, harvesting and eating fresh fruits and vegetables results in healthy children, families and communities.

What a wonderful way to spend a warm Sunday evening, enjoying a fantastic meal created with fresh, local ingredients prepared by an outstanding chef. Choose a dinner; improve people’s lives.

July 12 – Jason French | Ned Ludd
Kicking off our season once again, and back by very popular demand! Enjoy 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. 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.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Purple Hands Winery.
This dinner is generously sponsored by the Meat Collective Alliance.

July 19 – Jose Chesa | Ataula
We are honored to have renowned garden designer Lucy Hardiman and Kurt Beadell, Creative Director and owner of Vibrant Table, host this dinner on their adjacent properties. Jose Chesa, Portland Monthly’s 2014 Chef of the Year, will be creating a special feast in their beautiful urban gardens in Portland. The son of an Aragonian chef, Jose was exposed to quality food from day one. He grew up cooking alongside his father and grandmother, and he began to display his own talent and exceptional palate at a very early age. This dinner is slightly smaller than the traditional Chef in My Garden dinners. Tickets will sell out fast!

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Antica Terra.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Christine & David Vernier.

July 26 – Lissa Kane | Lucca
In the lovely and spacious Sauvie Island gardens of Linda Wisner and Chet Orloff, you’ll venture from the central courtyard to wander along shady paths, through sunny Mediterranean plantings and herb gardens, and into bountiful vegetable gardens. It’s a perfect setting for Chef Lissa Kane’s rustic food featuring Italian inspired seasonal dishes made with fresh local ingredients. As you know if you’ve been there any evening, Lucca patrons are devoted – this wonderful neighborhood restaurant is always bustling!

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Adelsheim Vineyard.
This dinner is generously sponsored by New Seasons Market.

August 2 – Kasey Mills | Mediterranean Exploration Company (M.E.C.)
Carolyn and Morry Arntson’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 Executive Chef Kasey Mills of Mediterranean Exploration Company will showcase his unique Mediterranean-inspired food. Motivated by the way a region’s cuisine tells a story of its peoples’ interactions and exchanges over time, Mills brings the rich cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean to the Pacific Northwest.This will be a dinner to remember!

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Apolloni Vineyards.

August 9 – Sam Smith | Ava Gene’s
Enjoy a sunny hillside garden perched on the edge of NW Portland’s Forest Park in the gardens of Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. Borrowed landscape 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. Featured are manzanita, wild lilac, rockrose, eucalyptus, hydrangea and flowering currant accompanied by summer-blooming perennials lavender, red-hot-poker, salvia and Verbena. Ornamental grasses and sedges knit and harmonize the plantings. Planted containers cover the front deck and punctuate the gardens. A gorgeous setting for what promises to be an incredible meal by Ava Gene’s Sam Smith.

Chef Smith is known for his reputation of perfection at every level of the kitchen and passion for uncompromising excellence. Bob is a well-known garden designer, featured in both Gardens Illustrated magazine and the New York Times and is the owner of Hyland Garden Design. Andrew is the former head gardener to Martha Stewart and was garden editor at Martha Stewart Living before coming to Portland to be editor in chief and publisher of Timber Press.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Soter Vineyards.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Garden Fever! and Cornell Farm.

August 16 – Pat Manning | Toro Bravo
Executive Chef Pat Manning 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 approach will be the perfect complement to the gardens of Thomas McCarley and John Eader, 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.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Rex Hill Vineyards.
This dinner is generously sponsored by The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Mutnick.

August 23 – Carlo Lamagna | Clyde Common
With 250 feet of water frontage on Crystal Springs Creek, the gardens surrounding the home of Lane Brown and Maureen Wright are a tranquil setting right in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood. The plantings provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, from blue heron and otter to a newly invigorated run of salmon. The home was designed by the architect/owner and his wife and was featured in the Oregon Home Magazine. Here you will enjoy dinner created by Executive Chef Carlo Lamagna of the esteemed Clyde Common. Lamagna cooked in Germany and at Chicago’s respected farm-to-table, comfort-deep restaurant Perennial Virant before being recruited to Portland. His specialties are preserving, canning, and large animal cookery.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Craig Hedstrom/Italian Distributor.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

August 30 – Chris Carriker | Bluehour
Enjoy a scrumptious meal in the idyllic gardens of Lonesomeville, home to renowned Lonesomeville Pottery. Originally Blampede Farm, built in the late 19th century, it was condemned and slated for demolition when found nearly 20 years ago by Wayne Hughes and Danny Hills, who have devoted themselves to recreating her beauty and integrity. Relax on the restored veranda, stroll an acre of extensive magical gardens, and enjoy dinner in a world of natural beauty and serenity in SE Portland. Originally of Portland’s Meriwether’s, Chef Chris Carriker then took the helm at Gilt Club before moving to 23Hoyt. He has become locally known for his creative and elaborate cuisine.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Cooper Mountain Vineyards.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Bon Appétit.

September 6 – Jake Martin | Daphne
Jake Martin, who previously was the executive chef at Genoa, has been focusing now on his Daphne popups, known for impeccable food, wine, and service. His creativity and ability to use cooking techniques and ingredients and philosophies from as many different cultures as he can find – is the perfect complement to Celine Fitzmaurice and Larry Olson’s Mt. Tabor garden. It’s a colorful work in progress– Japanese influence meets English garden in an edible landscape, full of recycled plants with an eye toward four season color and compatibility. Tour Larry’s studio and immerse yourself in the intimate landscapes of his signature photographs featured in Oregon Rivers.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Cameron Winery.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Nicky Farms.

September 13 – Andrew Gregory | The Woodsman Tavern
Chef Andrew Gregory cooks American fare with traditional European influences centered around a charcoal fired Josper oven. Using the best ingredients available from local and artisanal purveyors, this dinner will surely be a hit in the SW Portland garden of Vern Nelson and Mary Sherman. Vern wrote for The Oregonian for 25 years, most recently the Hungry Gardener column, and is definitely an experimenter in the garden. Edibles are tucked in and around the garden’s established plantings: trees, shrubs and perennials, many of which were planted when the house was built in 1940. The numerous raised beds in back are where the food crops take center stage, along with chickens and a goose. With the addition of a greenhouse, covered patio and earthen clay oven, this garden is truly a place where gardening, cooking and dining come together. This final dinner of the summer will be slightly smaller, so get your tickets early to dine in this truly sustainable urban farm setting.

Wine for this dinner is graciously provided by Leah Jorgensen Cellars.
This dinner is generously sponsored by Ring Bender McKown & Castillo LLLP.

Tickets are $150 each. All events begin at 4 pm and typically last until around 8:00 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 donating design and strategy to this year’s event!

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