Fall is finally here in the Pacific Northwest. Berry season is, for the most part, over. [Insert super sad face here].
But, I’m an Oregon girl. I hold onto Oregon berry season for as long as I can. Usually that means picking several pounds of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and flash freezing them to last throughout the fall and winter.
Sometimes, that means publishing photos of an event featuring Oregon berries at their finest just as the weather starts to turn, so we can savor the sweetness of Oregon’s summer bounty for just a little bit longer.
Gala Berry Dinner
The Gala Berry Dinner was the premiere event of the Lifewise Oregon Berry Festival. Held this past summer on a sweltering, sunny day on the rooftop of the EcoTrust Building in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, a delicious ending to a fabulous weekend celebration of Oregon berries (read my Celebration of Oregon Berries, Part 1: Oregon Berry Festival and Part 2: Unger Farms).
The berry celebration began at the bar, with berry-focused beverages:
- Eastside Marionberry Whiskey Cocktails
- Wild Roots Raspberry Vodka Cocktails
- Wine by Artisanal Winery
- Blackberry Baltic Porter by Breakside Brewing
The Oregon Red Raspberry Mule featured Hot Lips Soda and Wild Roots Raspberry Vodka was a sweet way to start the evening.
HORS D’ OEUVRES: Cornbread with mascarpone and smoked strawberry conserva.
Bruschetta with roasted salmon with fennel and blueberries
Chicken with summer lettuces, strawberries and almonds
Pork with blackberries and aged balsamic vinegar
Along with dinner, we enjoyed one of my favorite Oregon Pinot Noirs: the Adelsheim Elizabeth Reserve.
The food was inventive, the pairings were thoughtful, the service was attentive and friendly, the atmosphere was jovial, and the night, overall, was a warm and welcoming celebration of Oregon’s best summer berries.