2016 Orchard Banquet Series Challenges Chefs to Create Fruit-Inspired Menus


Andy Fisher, Interim Executive Director
Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland Fruit Tree Project Challenges Local Chefs to Create Fruit-Inspired Menus for 2016 Annual Orchard Banquets Series

Portland, OR:  In a foodie town like Portland, where it seems everyone is seeking new food experiences, local chefs have to get creative to really stand out. Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) invited 6 chefs to showcase their creativity by coming up with brand new menus that incorporate organic, in-season fruit for each of the Benefit Suppers that make up the 2016 Orchard Banquet Series.

The 6 events will be held in beautiful private home orchard settings, from Sauvie Island with waterfront views of the Columbia River to the grounds where stands a century-old farmhouse to the expansive gardens of the co-housing community that is Columbia Eco-Village.

Each dinner features multiple courses, which are served family-style. “We were looking for an inviting way for folks to both help raise funds for the harvest season and to experience the power of community through sharing a meal,” offers PFTP Interim Executive Director and anti-hunger activist, Andy Fisher. “It also is a fun way to engage the creativity and friendly competition of top local chefs, while giving them a way to give back to the community.”

The line-up of Portland chefs includes Johnny Nunn of Verdigris (July 10); Roberto Almodóvar of Clyde Common (August 14); Ben Meyer of Old Salt (August 21); Aaron Adams of Farm Spirit (August 28); Jaco Smith of LeChon (September 18); and Chris Carriker of Bluehour (October 16). Each banquet is held on a Sunday from 5 pm to 8 pm.

100% of proceeds support Portland Fruit Tree Project’s efforts to make fresh, healthy produce available to all. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.PortlandFruit.org/banquets.

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About Portland Fruit Tree Project: Portland Fruit Tree Project is a grass-roots non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to hunger, food insecurity and lack of access to fresh, healthy produce. For more information, visit www.portlandfruit.org.