Event Review: Field and Vine Events Dinners in the Field

I was invited to attend and review the Field and Vine Events’ Dinners in the Field over this past weekend. I had an amazing time with my friend Bee from The Spicy Bee. We drove just outside the city to Woodburn, Oregon and Iverson’s Farm for our dinner. The views were pretty much epic. The day was beautiful. And, the food—delish!

Mt Hood View

The first thing I noticed when we drove up to Iverson’s Farm was the amazing view of Mt. Hood.

One of the attractions of the farm was the pink tractor sitting in the garden area. Not only was in beautiful amongst the flowers, but it was painted pink in honor of those dealing with breast cancer.

One of the attractions of the farm was the pink tractor sitting in the garden area. Not only was in beautiful amongst the flowers, but it was painted pink in honor of those dealing with breast cancer.

Our Menu

Our menu for the evening

Simply decorated tables were lined with candles, dinner menus, and hydrangea arrangements.

Simply decorated tables were lined with candles, dinner menus, and hydrangea arrangements.

Chef Pascal

Chef Pascal chatting with guests before the dinner.

Dinners in the Field

Chef Pascal Dressing Dessert / Artisanal Charcuterie Plate / Grilled “Carlton Farms” Pork Rack with corn succotash, andouille sausage, & cauliflower

Dinner

Heirloom Tomates with truffle scented mozzarella, pesto & pine nuts / marinated olives / grilled bread

Salad

Romaine salad with prosciutto, Oregon blue cheese vinaigrette, roasted hazelnut, and shallots.

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Dessert being prepared

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries, Lavender Syrup, and creme chantilly

Bee and Jenni

Bee (The Spicy Bee) and myself

moon in oregon

A big, bright moon greeted us on our drive home to the city.

Dinner in the Field at the Wooden Tulip Farm in Woodburn, OR

The meal was served family style and we were all able to chat with the people around us. It was fun listening to the different stories, talking about the foods, and getting to know a little bit more about the other people attending the event. I’m a weirdo about parking, heat, and bathrooms at events… so, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the parking was just fine, they placed us under tents for dinner, and the restrooms (though porta potties) were clean and had running water/soap for hand washing. The service from the team of Field and Vine events was AWESOME. Everyone dressed in flannel shirts (perfect for a dinner in the middle of the field) and worked hard at making sure drinks were full and everyone had enough food. The chef even prepared items off menu for the vegetarians in the crowd.

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (or Iverson’s Family Farm) was an amazing venue for the event. They have over 1600 acres with plants being planted and harvested throughout the year. I honestly couldn’t even keep up with everything they told us about the farm. I was so impressed. Some highlights— In the Spring there is a field of gorgeous tulips! Beautiful photos. In the Fall they have a corn maze and haunted corn maze. There is a little train for the kiddos that looks like a bunch of cows. So cute. I can’t wait to bring my kiddo this fall.

Overall, it was a lovely evening. I actually can’t wait to set up a date night to go later in the season.

Additional Dinners in the Field Events: Currently there are three more dinners scheduled: August 10 at AlexEli Vineyard & Winery, Molalla, September 14 at King’s Raven Winery, Oregon City, and September 22 at Morning Shade Farm, Canby. Additional Farm & Vineyard dinners are being added to the schedule as well, including: August 25 at Bekham Estate and September 7 at Apollini. To find out more or to find out how to purchase tickets visit the Field and Vine website and check out the “Farms & Winery Dinners” section. The events cost $75, but include a six-course family style meal, gratuity, and wine.

More about Chef Pascal: Pascal Chureau is the chef/owner of Field and Vine Events. He is also the owner/ chef at Allium in West Linn. Follow along with his twitter feed to see updates on all the fun dinners he has planned for the future!

Disclaimer: I was given free entry to this dinner. I was not asked for a post in exchange for my visit. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If I sound super excited it is because I am super excited… welcome to me.

Have you ever been to a dinner in the middle of a field? Do you want to, or would you rather have dinner indoors?

 

 

Snapshot: Field and Vine Dinner

Tonight I got to enjoy a fabulous night as a guest with Field and Vine events for dinner with my good friend Bee from The Spicy Bee. I’ll chat more about the event tomorrow soon… But, I wanted to share a few snapshots of the fun. Poor Bee got in on a lot of photos because I was wielding the camera!

All photos are from my iPhone 4 other than one that is an iPhone 5.

The Spicy Bee, Chef Pascal, and A Well Crafted Party

Bee, Chef Pascal, and myself— blurry photos are totally in, right?

Mt. Hood Rep and The Spicy Bee

Annie from Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory and Bee

Meat Platter

An amazing starter for an amazing meal

Bee, "No Pictures Please!"

Bee loves my camera… she really does.

Iverson's Farms Dinner in the Field

Lovely Olive Oil Cake for Dessert

West Elm Event: Paper Flowers with Lia Griffith

Paper Flowers with West Elm and Lia Griffith

Paper flowers by Lia Griffith

Cutting out the paper flower templates

Paper flowers cut out

Curling the paper flowers

finished paper flowers

finished paper flowers

West Elm invited me to check out their Paper Flowers workshop with Lia Griffith last week. I’ve been really impressed with the events at West Elm thus far and was excited to join in on another one. Even more excited because I had met Lia a few other times and really wanted to see how she did paper flowers.

I’ve made hundreds of paper flowers for different projects. But, I’ve never had a pattern and no two flowers ever looked alike. It was a lot of fun seeing the ways that Lia did her flowers and how she made them more accessible to everyone by creating printable patterns. Her website has a TON of paper flower tutorials with easy to follow images for each step—Check out one of her Paper Rose Tutorials. She also has printables available so you can print off and make flowers that look exactly like hers. She will be adding videos for the tutorials soon too!

My mother-in-law and my brother-in-law’s girlfriend went to the class with me to try their hands at making the flowers. All three of us came out with gorgeous looking flowers… and, I’m still in awe that you couldn’t tell the difference between our three roses in the end!

One of the big secrets to making beautiful paper flowers? Curl the paper with the back of your scissors! Similar to curling a bit of ribbon, put the back of your scissors against the paper with your thumb lightly pressing the paper to the scissors. Then, pull your scissors back quickly, pulling the paper down as well. Try not to rip the paper, but you can do this several times until your paper has curled a tad. (Hard to explain, easy to execute.)

WestElmEventAbout West Elm: If you haven’t heard of West Elm, then you are missing out. West Elm is a modern  home decor store affiliated with Pottery Barn. The store does SO many awesome collaborations with artists across the world and different local vendors. I’m sort of in love with a ton of their furniture, everything from their new Market section (think old school general store), and many small home decor items. But, I also love that they have events like these that work hand in hand with local artists and bring something more to the community. I mean, West Elm sells paper flowers… they certainly didn’t have to host a class on how to make them. But, I liked that they thought it would be a fun idea to bring this skill to customers so that they could make their own flowers for their home and mix and match with the flowers in the store. Portland locals can check out the West Elm Portland Facebook Page for updates on future classes. This weekend West Elm is hosting “Get Creative with Color” a fun class on how to decorate with color.

About Lia Griffith: Lia is a DIYer that shares her projects on her blog, “Lia Griffith: Handcraft Your Life.” She does so much more than just paper flowers… though, her tutorials for those are pretty amazing. Lia got started in the paper craft world (the business side of it all) with her Papier Couture  (wearable paper!) dresses. Seriously gorgeous work. Check it out and follow along. She posts party crafts as well as home crafts. Lia will be doing more of these fun classes in the Portland area, as well as possibly more in the PNW. So, keep updated with her blog for more information if this is something that interests you!

Disclaimer: I received free entry into the $10 Paper Flowers course.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

pretty paper flower gift topper

Things to Do: Field and Vine Events’ Dinners in the Field

Disclaimer: I was invited to join one of the upcoming events as press , complimentary. No further compensation was made. The choice to post about the event was my own. All opinions are my own! Enjoy!

If you’ve followed my blog at all you might have noticed that I’m a big fan of wine, food, and Oregon. So, when Field and Vine Events contacted me about Dinners in the Field, I had to say YES immediately. And, I’m telling the absolute truth when I say… I can’t wait! I promise to share my experience after the event. But, I wanted to share a little about the Dinners in the Field events and the upcoming schedule so that you have the opportunity to sign up if you’re in the area and love food and wine as much as I do!

Dinners in the Field Oregon Events

About the Dinners in the Field: An Oregon Dinner in the Vineyards Event Series

The Dinners in the Field events are a kick off to the new venture in catering & events by chef-owner Pascal Chureau of Allium Bistro in West Linn dubbed Field & Vine Events. Field & Vine has partnered with Oregon Farm Loop for the dinners. Each diner will have the opportunity to either arrive at the field on their own OR ride the vintage school bus to the vineyard. (I totally opted to ride the school bus!) As guests stroll through the vineyard with glasses of wine in hand they will arrive upon community tables filled with candles in the middle of the vineyard! Then they are served a 6-course dinner made from native ingredients of the Northwest, and as often as possible, sourced straight from the host farm or surrounding farms.

Are you as excited as I am!?

Here are the upcoming Dinners in the Field Dates & Locations:

July 20, 2013 | 530p Iverson’s Farm ‘Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm,’ Woodburn
August 10, 2013 | 530p AlexEli Vineyard & Winery, Molalla
September 14, 2013 | 530p King’s Raven Winery, Oregon City
September 22, 2013 | 530p Morning Shade Farm, Canby

Cost: $75 per person, including six course, wine and gratuity (additional $5 for bus from Allium)
Advance Tickets Only by contacting Field & Vine Events: 971-258-8389 or infor@fieldandvineevents.com.

For more information check out the Molalla Farm Loop website or the Canby Farm Loop website.

Portland Preservation Society and Pickled Asparagus Recipe

I have really gotten into perserving over the past couple of years. It is such an inexpensive, creative, and useful hobby. I started out making and canning tons of different apple and pear items and strawberry jams. Now I have been venturing into pickling. There has definitely been some trial and error. However, I’ve been having a ton of fun and have stumbled upon some tasty canned goods.

A few months ago I saw many of my Instagram friends posting images of canned items with the hashtag #portlandpreservationsociety. I was intrigued! This past week I finally got up the courage to create my own perserved items to bring to the meet-up. It was the perfect meet-up for me to go to because it was also the Portland Preservation Society’s 1-year party. Everyone brought treats and bloody mary fixins for the party.

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Things to Do in Portland: Happy Hour at The Bent Brick

Back when the sun was actually shining in Portland (our week preview of Summer) I was invited by Little Green Pickle and The Bent Brick to sample the Happy Hour at the NW Portland bar and restaurant. I was excited about the opportunity, because I had heard a lot about The Bent Brick, but I hadn’t been able to visit yet.

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Things to Do in Portland: Food Blogger Bake Sale

If you are in Portland and are wanting something DELICIOUS then drop by the Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale this morning from 10 am until all is sold out. I made CUPCAKES!!!

(By the way… .when I say cupcakes, I say it exactly as cookie monster says COOKIES! That is how big my love for these tasty little treats! CUPCAKES!! Nom Nom Nom.)

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The CRAVE Company Portland: In a Relationship with My Blog

Tomorrow evening I am speaking at The CRAVE Company’s meet-up titled, “In a Relationship with My Blog.” I’m speaking with four other blogging professionals and I am so excited to have been asked to speak!

We’ll be talking all about blogging….from beginning blogging, blogging tips, blogging for business, and building a brand. I spent the evening preparing some of my thoughts about it all and now I am just BUZZING from it all.

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{Friday Finds} Portlandia

Instagram photos from my evening at Urban Farmer

Today’s {Friday Finds} it totally about the Portland area…. sorry to those who don’t live here! However, bookmark this post in case you plan on visiting soon.

I moved to Portland six years ago. And, while it is much more expensive and has a limited job market compared to my mid-western home, it is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Living in Portland is like living in a big city that has the feel of a small community. We live about an hour from the mountains, an hour and a half from the coast, a few hours from the dessert, and close enough to get away to Canada if things get really rotten. 😉 This post may wax a little poetic about this town I’ve grown to call home.

So, here are some of my Portland {Friday Finds}:

  • Last night I had the opportunity to tour the kitchen, see a demonstration, and eat dinner at Urban Farmer. Urban Farmer has been on my list of restaurants to visit for some time now. I love their sustainable practices and the fact that they use organic, local food whenever possible. Last night’s experience confirmed it as an awesome dinner destination. I’ll be posting about my visit next week…. but, if you’re looking for a delicious steak dinner PLEASE visit Urban Farmer. You will not be disappointed if you get even a fraction of the experience that I had last night. I even ate beets there…. I am not usually a beet fan! (Although, I once made Beet Pierogies that were fairly tasty.)
  • After dinner at Urban Farmer you should totally check out the bar upstairs called Departure. It is like walking into a space ship. A space ship that serves good cocktails and has a beautiful patio with a view of the city!
  • The creative community here is one of the biggest reason’s that I am IN LOVE with this city. There are so many opportunities to build connections, do creative collaborations, or just be inspired by some pretty amazing creative people. If you are in the Portland area check out these awesome groups: Portland Bloggers (gotta plug it), Creative Connection (a women-only group of creatives), Portland Preservation Society (canning group… I can’t wait to be more involved with it), and The Crave Company (women entrepreneur group).
  • The Timbers (Portland’s MLS team) have started playing. I haven’t been able to get tickets to games yet, but it has been fun listening to updates and seeing my friends post photos from the game. I can’t wait to bring the little guy to a game.
Also,
  • Spring is near… and, with that the tulips are coming out! Today, Friday, March 8, all Whole Foods Markets are selling 3 10-stem tulip bunches for $10…. that is 30 tulips for $10. If, [cough, cough], someone’s husband thought to grab a bunch after work today then I’m sure it would make his wife extra happy.
And,

Happy International Women’s Day!

* I did receive a free meal from Urban Farmer curtesy of the PR firm, Little Green Pickle, however no promises for positive reviews were given. I really enjoyed it and want to tell everyone I know about it! No other compensation was given for this post. *
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