Gardeners paradise opens doors to help the arts in Forest Grove

It may seem a little pricey to some, but the upcoming "Meet the Artist Dinner" offers a quadruple value: a sumptious meal; a talk with watercolor artist Marcella Kriebel; a chance to help the Forest Grove Public Arts Commission; and a peek inside the food gardener's paradise that dinner-hosts Charlene Murdock and Richard White have dubbed Nana Cardoon.

Limited to 26 guests, the $75-per-person event features a menu taken from the recipes in Kriebel's illustrated, self-published "Comida Latina" cookbook: chips with various salsas, Opuntia cactus salad, beet salad, fish and mango ceviche, a choice between Richard's roasted chicken and/or Reyna's vegetarian tamales with heirloom black beans, heirloom tomatoes with chimmichurri, watermelon gazpacho, Manchego cheese with quince paste and dessert, all paired with wines from Montinore Estate.

Kriebel learned the recipes while traveling through Latin America and has handwritten them in "Comida Latina," along with related narration.

Kriebel, a Forest Grove native, will have new, limited-edition prints and originals of her paintings for sale at the dinner, and will sign copies of her book.

This is the tenth such dinner since the arts commission came up with the idea years ago. All proceeds go to the commission, which uses the money to purchase public art for Forest Grove and to award mini-grants for free public art programs.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Directions to Nana Cardoon will be provided when tickets are purchased. For reservations, call Linda Taylor at 503-359-4690.

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