Plate & Pichfork at the Smith Berry Barn

Cooking it up at the Smith Berry Barn On Saturday, Jen and I went to an event called Plate & Pitchfork together with our friends Ben and Maria. What's Plate & Pitchfork? It's very much a Portland thing. A bunch of Portlanders (7,000 over the course of this summer) come together on one of our local farms (literally in the midst of berry fields in our case), where one gets served gourmet meals by the area's top chefs all made with local ingredients and accompanied by a number of different wines from one of our resident vineyards. In our case, the host was the Smith Berry Barn, our chefs were from Nick's Italian Cafe and the Dundee Bistro and the produce came from the Gaining Ground Farm. Wine was supplied by The Eyrie Vineyards. A few thoughts. 1. The Berries were excellent. The dessert dish was
Cooking it up at the Smith Berry Barn On Saturday, Jen and I went to an event called Plate & Pitchfork together with our friends Ben and Maria. What’s Plate & Pitchfork? It’s very much a Portland thing. A bunch of Portlanders (7,000 over the course of this summer) come together on one of our local farms (literally in the midst of berry fields in our case), where one gets served gourmet meals by the area’s top chefs all made with local ingredients and accompanied by a number of different wines from one of our resident vineyards. In our case, the host was the Smith Berry Barn, our chefs were from Nick’s Italian Cafe and the Dundee Bistro and the produce came from the Gaining Ground Farm. Wine was supplied by The Eyrie Vineyards. A few thoughts. 1. The Berries were excellent. The dessert dish was “Triple Crown Blackberries in Vincotto with Absinthe Zabaglione.” I don’t know what Zabaglione is but this dessert made me forget chocolate cake. 2. We got to meet some really interesting people. Interesting in a good way. 3. They didn’t quite serve enough wine or food. I would have expected there to be plenty of both. 4. You can volunteer at these events, which seems like a fun way to spend, eat and drink on a Saturday evening. 5. At some point during the dinner, a cat jumped on the table next to ours. I probably still wouldn’t bring Otto to one of these things. [gallery=5]

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Totally agree with you about the food and wine portions, Mario. I know it’s a fund-raiser but for the amount we paid, I expected decent-sized portions. Instead, Jen had to split your pasta and all I got were a few noodles and a lot of diced tomatoes! But in retrospect it didn’t really detract from a great evening and event. And any night out with my wife is always worth the effort.

    It was fun to meet you both, as well as Maria and Ben. Could have been more enjoyable if it had been a table for six, if you know what I mean. Have fun on your trip to the land of Adi Dassler and good luck with the marathon (and 1/2 marathon for Jen).

    Scott

  2. Anonymous August 12, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for posting these Mario! Great pictures!
    FYI – I just posted a quick blurb on numberh.blogspot.com but linked to your post.
    Scott – you are too funny. Nice to meet you as well!

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