Feasting in the Forest

Nothing like a delicious meal in the most beautiful of settings!

View from Skamania Lodge

View from Skamania Lodge

Back in June my husband was asked to partake in a dinner series at Skamania Lodge, a luxurious hotel in the Columbia Gorge about an hour outside of Portland. When we heard that a room was included for the evening, he we accepted immediately. I am not in the habit of turning down a complimentary night away from home!

The event, called Feast in the Forest, brought two chefs out from Portland each month, from June to September, to do a sit-down, multi-coursed dinner. After the four dinners had taken place, a final dinner was planned where each guest chef would return to the lodge to cook a dish for the Grand Feast.

My husband’s first dinner was in July and he prepared this dish as his contribution:

Wild Boar Trio: homemade sausage, braised belly and rack

Wild boar sausage, braised boar belly and rack, with whipped cornbread and pickled cherries.

It was a wonderful meal and the view only got better as the night progressed:

Sunset at Skamania Lodge

Sunset at Skamania Lodge

The whole experience was so lovely that I couldn’t wait to go back…

The final dinner was last weekend, and we enjoyed the same awesome scenery with a touch of autumn in the air. Several chefs had canceled at the last minute but those who did come put out some damn good food and I ate until I couldn’t take another bite:

Pigeon-stuffed ravioli, with seared breast, dehydrated strawberries and puffed wild rice. Chef Chris Carriker, 23 Hoyt

Pigeon-stuffed ravioli, with seared breast, dehydrated strawberries and puffed wild rice.
Chef Chris Carriker, 23 Hoyt

Twinkle Lights

You all know how much I love lights like this!

All in all, a great success!

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