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Bugatti's gets local organics from CCC

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS -  The Horticulture Program at Clackamas Community College is raising organically grown produce to be used at Bugattis Restaurant in Oregon City.

Bugatti’s Restaurant in Oregon City will be serving its patrons organically grown produce from the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College, thanks to a new agreement.

Bugatti’s President Jim Hedlund met Renee Harber, chairwoman of the Horticulture Department and they agreed some sort of a partnership should be formed.

“Bugatti’s is focused on sustainably grown food. We can provide locally, organically grown produce, and we’re right down the road,” Harber said. “And our students benefit through the experience of marketing their produce as well as scheduling crops to meet the needs of the customer.”

“We had to see what crops they were growing that we could use in our recipes by talking and touring the fields and greenhouses, work out the logistics such as billing and delivery and make sure we were doing things the proper way in regard to health codes and legally,” Bugatti’s area representative Kevin Koch said. “It was a new concept to all of us, but now that all of the details are figured out, we have a local source of organically grown fresh produce for use in Bugatti’s dishes, and at the same time, we are helping to support students’ education in our community.”

Koch said they will use much of the produce to make their from-scratch sauces, salads, soups and pastas currently on the menu.

“Anything that they grow that is not used on our existing menu we can utilize for many of our daily lunch and dinner specials, where we will whip up something special to showcase this delicious produce,” he said.

To manage the proceeds from produce sales, the Horticulture Department has created a fund within the CCC Foundation, which will support student learning by providing money for seeds and other supplies for the farm to table arrangement.

“Both sides benefit from this community partnership,” CCC horticulture instructor Chris Konieczka said. “Restaurant patrons will enjoy higher quality produce while our students benefit from learning the business side of food production.”

Koch said at this time the Horticulture Program could raise enough produce to support just one Bugatti’s location, but he was hopeful the program would grow.

To learn more, contact Renee Harber at 503-594-3294 or visit bugattisrestaurant.com.

Bugatti’s Restaurants are owned by Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., who also owns Pamplin Media Group, which includes the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext 100 or by email at brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.

Bugattis Restaurant will use the locally raised organic produce to create many items on its menu, including this Pistachio Salad.

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