Fall has always been an important time in Oregon for indigenous populations and the pioneers who later settled here. It’s when the fertile soils of the Willamette Valley would yield their bounty, providing sustenance for fall feasts and on through winter. Today our survival may not be as contingent on a good harvest as it once was, but the results sure are good for the soul as our farms and farm businesses open up their doors for some amazing harvest-themed outdoor dining events.
Always at the top of the list for any foodie are Field and Vine Events dinners, which take place at farms throughout Mt. Hood Territory and beyond. When you combine the freshest of ingredients, often times harvested that day from the very farm you’re dining at, with the culinary prowess of chef Pascal Chureau and his exceedingly talented team, add a local wine or two and then serve at an outdoor venue, you have a recipe for a truly memorable dining affair.
You still have time to book a dinner this fall, but hurry. Upcoming events in Mt. Hood Territory include Terra Vina Wines Vineyard in Wilsonville Sept. 16, St. Josef’s Winery in Canby Oct. 7, Tumwater Vineyard in West Linn Nov. 4 and Rosse Posse Elk Farm in Molalla Nov. 11. Visit their full list to find the dinner (or dinners) that best fits in with your schedule.
Our Table Cooperative Farm and Grocery Store is another amazing business created by people who love food and know what it takes to create a truly special meal. Located on a picturesque plot of farm land between Sherwood and Wilsonville, the food produced here is organic, and the foods sourced from other local farms are crafted with the same level of attention to detail.
Should you want to experience the magic of these ingredients prepared by the hands of an expert, plan on attending their Our Table in the Field events. The final one is Sept. 16. Dinner is at 4:30 and promises to be something truly stellar. If you’re more of a brunch type of person, then head over on Sept. 10 for their Farm Brunch at 12:30. No worries if you can’t fit it in to your schedule this year, just keep that calendar open so when they announce next year’s schedule you can pounce.
Be sure to use our #omht hashtag when you’re sharing images of your meals. We love a good food pic and will enviously follow along on your journey.
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