Farm-to-table dining is a big hit in Mt. Hood Territory, and French-born Chef Pascal Chureau is at the forefront of the movement in our area. He's a great partner, and he jumped on a Facebook Live video with us back in 2017 at one of his restaurants, Allium Bistro, where we made an amazing dish with only a little (okay a lot) of help. Find the recipe below.
The big story, however, is the continued expansion of his sister company, Field and Vine Events and their Dinners in the Field. After offering one dinner event in Mt. Hood Territory over five years ago, the number of dinners offered continues to grow, as does the number of venues. Events typically run May through December.
Dinners in the Field are a true culinary experience, combining beautiful agricultural venues and the foods they produce with the cooking prowess of Chureau and his compatriots who make delicious, multi-course meals that are symphonies of flavor. The ingredients are often sourced right from the farm or nearby neighbors, making the food as fresh as it could possibly be. Needless to say, any self-respecting foodie needs to attend an event.
Visit their full list to find the dinner (or dinners) that best fits in with your schedule.
As mentioned above, Pascal let us in his kitchen (possibly against his better judgement) and worked with us to create a dish that was both visually stunning and delicious. In all honesty, it was one of the best things I've ever tasted, and I don't even like fish. Give the video a watch to learn just how to add this awesome dish to your repertoire, or call Allium (503-387-5604) and make a reservation and let them make it for you.
verjus - Don't worry if you had to look this one up, I needed help too. It's essentially the pressed juice from unripened grapes.
Prep: Blanch potatoes, mince shallot and cut mushrooms to size.
In a hot pan, add oil and then sear both sides of the halibut. Cook to completion (which was only a few minutes for us.) Remove, keep pan warm.
In another hot pan with oil, brown chorizo. Then add shallot. Once those are golden, add potatoes and mushrooms, stirring frequently. Add generous knob of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Add to plate. Place fish on top of fricassee.
In pan in which fish was cooked, add butter, then verjus and lemon juice. Cook for 30 seconds or so and then add sauce to top of dish. Enjoy with three of your closest friends. Or yourself if you're really hungry.