Chef in My Garden Dinner Series

Attention foodies! Join Growing Gardens this summer for their 8th annual Chef in My Garden dinner series. Growing Gardens has coordinated a total of seven unique meals, each to be prepared by one of Portland’s most respected chefs and situated within lovely and skillfully designed local gardens. Dinners will be paired with the region’s best wines and sweets. What could be more satisfying than feasting on sumptuous seasonal cuisine in a gorgeous edible garden among like-minded Portlanders, all while supporting Growing Gardens’ worthy cause?

See below for details. Visit Growing Gardens for more information.

Seating is very limited so be sure to get your tickets well in advance. Tickets are $125/person – $80 is tax deductable. Sure to sell out fast! To purchase tickets, contact Growing Gardens at or call 503 284 8420.

Kenny Giambalvo of Bluehour, at the home of Maryellen Hockensmith and Michael McCulloch.
Chef Kenny draws on his Italian heritage and classical French culinary training to create his seasonally inspired dishes from the vast bounty of the Pacific NW. Enjoy a wonderful meal in the setting of a Pietro Belluschi-designed home with breathtaking overlooks and owner-designed cascading terrace gardens.
Wine: Adelsheim
Sweets: Two Tarts
Kasey Mills of Toro Bravo, in the gardens of Carl Munz.
Chef Kasey Mills showcases his appreciation of purity with a focus on classic regional dishes. Enjoy his wide array of specialties in a unique double garden setting in NE Portland. Carl Munz opens up his adjoining lots to reveal a layering of various styles of urban backyard gardening.
Wine: Purple Hands/ROCO
Sweets: Alma Chocolate
Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, at Lonesomeville Pottery Co.
Chef Gabriel Rucker serves vibrant French-inspired food using classic techniques to build and develop flavors. His adventurous cooking finds the perfect setting at Lonesomeville, a SE haven of craftsmanship, lovingly restored by owners/artists Wayne and Danny.
Wine: Elk Cove
Sweets: Pix
Sponsor: New Seasons Market
David Anderson of Genoa, at the Lake Oswego home of Mike and Linda Darcy.
Chef David Anderson’s own experience and inspiration transform classic Italian recipes into regionally-inspired cuisine. Local celebrity Mike Darcy (“In the Garden with Mike Darcy”) and his wife Linda have created a purposefully designed garden by arranging plantings in rooms of unfolding treasures.
Wine: Small Vineyards
Sweets: Pix
Dolan Lane of ClarkLewis, at home of Jess and Jered Bogli.
Chef Dolan Lane’s hearty dishes from the wood-fired hearth/rotisserie find their perfect complement in the fresh flavors of regional ingredients, amongst the simple and utilitarian edible garden at Jess and Jered’s contemporary NE Portland home.
Sweets: Pix
Sponsor: Organically Grown Co.
Jake Martin of Fenouil in the Pearl, at the home of Michael Bums and Paul Beal.
Chef Jake Martin emphasizes color, fancy and the seasons in his modern, French-influenced cuisine. Dine on terraces overlooking Michael and Paul’s steep (no high heels please!) hillside garden with Asian and Italian influences, filled with whimsical and fanciful garden art.
Sweets: Xocolatl de David
Sponsor: The Dussin Group
Scott Ketterman of Simpatica, at Linda Wisner’s Flicker Farm on Sauvie Island.
Chef Scott Ketterman creates a cuisine that is sometimes simple, sometimes striking, and always satisfying to eat. Venture from the central courtyard to wander along shady paths, through sunny Mediterranean plantings and herb gardens, and into two bountiful vegetable gardens.
Sweets: Sahagun

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