Winter Workshop + Long Table Dinner

Recently, I had the pleasure of designing a winter photography/food styling workshop and long table dinner alongside my friends Eva Kosmas FloresChristiann Koepke and Stacey Clark. You can’t get more Christmas-like than our location, inside a beautiful restored barn at a former Christmas tree farm near Washougal, WA. Since it was just before the holidays we made sure to include lots of festive and warm touches - perfect for a rainy winters day. 

We were joined by a wonderful group of creative guests and spent the day learning a ton about color, light and getting the perfect shot from Eva, Christiann and Stacey. I think even shots of my 3-day old leftovers will now look straight out of a 5-star restaurant…well maybe not, but I certainty gained immense knowledge from these three! 

Taping into our creative juices worked-up an appetite, so the amazing lunch prepared by Jaret and Mona of Foster’s Craft Cooking was well-timed and simply delicious! To start, they treated us to fabulous whole roasted cauliflower with an Oregon hazelnut romanesco, treviso and parsley leaf salad with shaved celery, manchego, and a sherry vinaigrette. The second course was a chorizo, clam and white bean stew prepared outside over an open fire in a gigantic, three foot paella pan.

The day was not all smooth sailing though; while cooking dinner our stove unexpectedly broke. Not to worry though, Mona and Jaret didn’t skip a beat and finished dinner on top of the wood burning stove without even a flicker of panic - total rock stars! Working with these two really made my day. Their passion for cooking simple/natural food in an authentic rustic style was so inspiring! Check out the complete menu below & contact me for help in creating a similar event for your next occasion!

In closing, I am excited to announce that Eva, Christiann and I will be partnered-up again to present four Secret Supper long-table dinners in 2016 (one for each season)! Each event has a unique theme, menu and sponsors. The winter theme is Fire & Ice, and will take place on Saturday, February 27th. All 5-courses will be prepared over an open fire filled with smoldering wood and glowing coals. We've found a magical location tucked away in the woods outside of Portland, OR and would love for you to join us. You can register via the link below or better-yet, sign-up for a season pass (available for a short time) to pre-book for all four suppers at a discounted rate. Hope to see you there!

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Netarts Bay Oysters on the half shell with Pink Peppercorn Mignonette

2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

Late Autumn Crudites with Bagna Cauda



Wild Mushroom Tartlets with Sherry, Cream & Thyme

2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Riesling 



Mixed Chicories Salad with Shaved Fennel and Pomegranate with Banyuls Vinaigrette

2014 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Riesling 



Short Ribs Braised with Fennel, Red Wine & Prunes

Celeriac Puree

Braised Root Vegetables & Chestnuts

2013 Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir



Maple Panna Cotta with Bourbon Chantilly Cream

Served with Westward Whiskey spiked Alma Hot Chocolate

Such a huge thanks to all of our amazing sponsors. It is so wonderful to have such a fantastic selection of hand crafted, artisan products. 

Vermont Creamery @vermontcreamery - Goat cheeses, cultured butter, creme fraiche

Sheldon Ceramics @sheldonceramics - Handmade ceramic platter

Amity Vineyards  @amityvineyards - 2013 WV Pinot Noir, 2014 WV Riesling, 2014 WV Pinot Blanc

Boundfor.Design - Printed menus

Foster’s Craft Cooking @pdxoystersocial - Lunch & dinner catering

The Modern Proper @themodernproper - Linen napkins

Treehouse Chocolate @treehousechocolate - Hot cocoa mix for each attendee

notPerfect Linen @notperfectlinen - Linen aprons for each attendee

Mountain Rose Herbs @mountainroseherbs - Vanilla English Breakfast + Chai Tea

Fran’s Chocolate @franschocolates - Salted caramel chocolates for each attendee

Heirloomed Collection @heirloomedcollection - Linen tea towels for each attendee

Heart Coffee @heartroasters - Delicious fresh-brewed coffee with each meal

Billie Hardy Artistic Design@billiehardyartisticdesign - Notecards for each attendee

Marley and Lockyer @marleyandlockyer - Ceramic star ornaments for each attendee

Hatchery Box @hatchery - Subscription box for each attendee

Union Wine Co.@unionwinecompany - Mulled wine and a bottle of mulled wine for each attendee

Krista’s Baking Co. @kristasbakingco - Cookie mixes for each attendee

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery @getyourhotcakes - Molten fudge cakes for each attendee

Alma Chocolate @almachocolate - Melted hot chocolate for cocktail

Commonwealth Rentals @commonwealthpdx - Benches, flatware, salad dishes

Westward Whiskey @westwardwhiskey - Whiskey for cocktails

Felt + Fat @feltandfat - Handmade ceramics

 Old Salt Marketplace - Shortribs

 Green State Sugaring - Maple syrup 

 Grand Central Bakery - Puff pastry crust for tartlets