It’s cold, windy and rainy days like this one that make me long for summer. A big part of summer for me is cooking outside as much as possible, often with my husband who is a chef in Portland. If we’re not grilling in our own backyard, we’re cooking alfresco for special events sourced through the restaurant.
This past summer, we did an extravagant pig roast for Archery Summit Vineyards and an urban garden dinner for The Portland Fruit Tree Project. Last summer one of my favorite events was a collaboration dinner with the chef of Lardo (Portland’s latest media darling who is now a good friend) for an event called Plate & Pitchfork.
Plate & Pitchfork brings chefs together with local farmers, so each chef gets paired up with a farm, uses their produce and puts out a multi-coursed family style dinner at the farm. It’s pretty awesome.
Here’s some scenes from our dinner which was held at Sun Gold Farm in Forest Grove. We served about 120 people, using one gas burner and two huge grills.