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Farm Loop Dinner series to begin July 20

Allium chef launches Field & Vine events


Cby: SUBMITTED PHOTOS: ERIKA PLUMMER  - On right, chef Pascal Chureau, owner of Allium in West Linn, has launched Field & Vine Events, a catering and event company, to host Farm Loop Dinners this summer. The dinner series features local ingredients prepared and served at area farms and vineyards. Pictured with Chureau are his partners, Ian Ragsdale, left, and Kim Wilson.

hef Pascal Chureau, owner of Allium restaurant in West Linn, has launched Field & Vine, a catering and event company, to host farm-to-table dinners focusing on local ingredients and community building. Field & Vine Events has partnered with Oregon Farm Loop to present the first annual Farm Loop Dinner Series.

“This is a pretty exciting project,” said Chureau.

He opened Allium in West Linn’s Willamette area more than three years ago and hosted neighborhood dinners each month to bring the community together. In an effort to introduce customers to the farmers who supply the restaurant with produce, he orchestrated a farm-to-table dinner late last summer at 19th Street Farm, just five minutes from Allium. The event drew a crowd of about 110 people.

“It was wonderful! They had a little glass of wine, took a tour of the farm and we actually picked some vegetables and cooked them that night. And people loved it! People were able to see the farmer’s face and who the guy was and then hear him talk about his work. People just loved it, so this year I decided I would just go for it and formed Field & Vine. I was able to connect with Clackamas County Travel Oregon, too.”

The series kicks off July 20 with a dinner at Iverson’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. Guests can choose to drive to the farm themselves of ride the Field & Vine bus for an additional $5 fee.

“Guests will relax into each of the six courses expertly prepared by Field & Vine, along with guest chefs,” said Melissa Chureau, who is the marketing agent for Allium and Field & Vine. “As they sip from the wines of Oregon, guests will taste the native ingredients of the Northwest and, as often as possible, sourced straight from the host farm or surrounding farms.”

The series continues Aug. 10 at AlexEli Vineyards & Winery in Molalla, followed Sept. 14 with a dinner at Kings’ Raven Winery in Oregon City and concluding Sept. 22 at Morning Shade Farm in Canby.

Farm fresh foods, such as these tomatoes, will be featured at each Farm Loop Dinner.

All events begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a six-course meal, wines and gratuity. Transportation from Allium is available for an additional $5. Tickets must be purchased in advance through Food & Vine Events at 971-258-8389 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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