To kick off our 2012 season, Plate & Pitchfork hosted two farm dinners at Champoeg Farm (est. 1856). Both nights were filled with fantastic food and wine, and each dinner highlighted the amazing eggs and poultry from Champoeg Farm. For our first night on the farm, we were treated to a fantastic meal prepared by Leather Storrs of Noble Rot, with wines from Patton Valley Vineyards. The next evening was a joint effort between the chefs at DOC and Grain & Gristle, with wines from Lumos.

We couldn’t have asked for a better opening weekend. The rain and the gloom tried to dampen our spirits, but we simply put a tent over the dining room and proceeded as normal. (We’re Oregonians – a little rain doesn’t scare us!). In the end, the clouds parted and we were treated to a couple of spectacular sunsets (and even a double rainbow!).

Thanks to each and every one of you who attended the dinners, your support means the world to this. Thanks to all the servers, staff, winemakers and chefs who worked tirelessly to make these events possible. And, of course, we must thank the wonderful people of Champoeg Farm: Mark, Katie, Bernadette, and Gemma. We’re grateful for your commitment to sustainable farming, your passion for ethically raised poultry, and you willingness to allow us to host dinners on your gorgeous property.

Here’s to a great start to our 2012 season!

A FEW PHOTOS FROM OUR FIRST TWO DINNERS:

The stunning Champoeg Farm (Est. 1856). Who knew that dining on a poultry farm could be so beautiful?

Smoked salmon and snap pea pasta salad, with fresh cavatelli pasta. From the folks at DOC and Grain & Gristle.

Despite the rain, the dining room was still gorgeous!

Griddle almond cakes with strawberries and whipped cream (made by Leather Storrs of Noble Rot).

After the rain subsided, a double rainbow appeared. We take it as a sign of a great season and great things to come!