Gather and Feast Farm will host a Harvest Feast dinner on the farm on Saturday, Sept. 30. This is just about the most authentic farm-to-table experience you can get: you’ll enjoy food that’s been grown on the farm and prepared with care and delivered directly to your table, set under the farm’s light-bedecked trees. You’ll also savor items from other local artisans, ranchers, and growers, prepared by a renowned local chef and an expert culinary team. Your ticket, in short, gives you access to an extraordinary culinary experience, featuring beer and wine pairings from local brewmasters and vintners, plus a multi-course, family-style meal with cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrées, bread, dessert, coffee, seasonally inspired beverages, and live music.
September’s guest chef is Billy Schumaker of Taqueria Nueve in Portland, where he serves up wild boar tacos, octopus coctel, Caesar con ceviche, and freshly squeezed margaritas. (This is Schumaker’s “last hurrah” before he and his family move to Paraguay for more gustatory adventures.) Gather and Feast Farm’s culinary partner for this meal is Flying Fish Sustainable Seafood, opened by Craig Gildersleeve in 1979 in Sandpoint, Idaho, and moved to Portland in 2011 by son Lyf Gildersleeve and his wife Natalie. The evening’s beverage partner is Heathen Brewing and Estate. Created as a response to the corporate hold on the beer industry, Heathen brewing uses fresh, local ingredients to create small batches of craft beer, designed with a sophisticated palate in mind. Last year, Heathen acquired Heathen Estate, a 20-acre vineyard property in Brush Prairie. Finally, Gather and Feast’s community partner for the Harvest Feast is La Center High School Class of 2018, which will assist with all aspects of the dinner, from original harvest to serving on the night of the dinner.
The September dinner (for guests 21 and over only) will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. The farm’s first two dinners sold out. Tickets are $100 per person—or $90 for seniors and military. Proceeds will help support the students at La Center High School. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite. Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred other lucky recipients. Due to the meal’s buffet style of self-service, dietary restrictions and substitutions can’t be accommodated, but you can choose what goes on your own plate.
Gather and Feast Farm is located at 2706 N.E. 369th St. in La Center. You can read more about their story in the latest issue of North Bank Magazine on this website—just scroll down and click on the magazine icon on the lower right-hand side of the home page. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful video:
Photo credit for still images: Kate Singh of Aevum Images.