In Albany, Oregon, farm-to-table living is a lifestyle. Our small city is celebrated for its award-winning chefs and stunning al-fresco dining territory. Earlier this year, we entertained diners aboard a historic covered bridge, and within a private garden alongside the banks of the broad Willamette River. These unique dinners supported local non-profits such as the Albany Regional Museum and Veterans Day Parade.
At September’s “Secret Garden” dinner, Chef Matt Bennett from Sybaris Bistro (a James Beard Award Nominee for Best Chef of the Northwest), tweaked culinary items once found in Albany cafes, hotels and restaurants during bygone eras. Bennett’s creativity surpassed itself when he recreated an “abalone chop suey” from a 1920s establishment, The China Café—substituting flavorful mushroom for the protected shellfish. J. Scott Cellars provided the accompanying wine for each of Bennett’s five courses.
The Weddle Covered Bridge dinner in neighboring Sweet Home highlighted Oregon’s true romance between fine food and wine. Chef Derek Ridgeway of the 1847 Bar & Grill prepared dishes with hearty local flavor, including stuffed grape leaves featuring Oregon’s renowned Anderson Ranch lamb, and hazelnut short bread with mixed local berries topping a triumphant buttermilk panna cotta. Wine from Sass Winery celebrated each course.
The Willamette Valley is renowned for its wine and food pairings. There’s no shortage of fresh bounty from local winemakers, farmers’ markets or ranches. The crown jewel, our vineyards, won Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Number One Wine Region of 2016”—an international honor.
We invite you to join us for more epicurean delights at our 2018 farm-to-table series. Keep in touch—subscribe to the Albany Visitors Association E-news. Subscriptions are free and monthly travel news is delivered straight to your in-box: www.albanyvisitors.com. Telephone us at 541-928-0911 for more information.