04 May 2010

Around The Community — May Events

Oregon Tilth Urban Agriculture Class–Intensive Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, May 5
6:30-8:30 pm
Faubion Elementary School, 3039 NE Portland Blvd.
$35

The goal of intensive gardening is to harvest the most produce possible from a given space. Learn how to grow more in a small space in this practical class for the urban agriculturalist. Discover simple ways to maximize your garden through soil prep, succession sowing, companion planting, and vertical gardening methods. Attend this hands-on class and take home some newly sown seeds for your garden.

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Portland Indie Wine Festival
Saturday, May 8
Grand Tasting Event
2-6 PM
Bison Building, 419 NE 10th Ave., Portland
$75

Join 40 craft producers that represent the heart and soul of Oregon’s world-class wine industry as they pour their wines during the 6th annual Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival. The festival is an exciting opportunity to meet rising star winemakers from emerging cellars across the state in a farmer’s market-style setting. Most of the wines being poured are very limited in production and not widely available to purchase. This is your chance to buy wine you like from the winemaker on the spot and take them home. This year’s Grand Tasting will showcase 40 jury-selected, Oregon craft wineries and 15 of Portland’s creative culinary talents in an intimate farmer’s market-style setting. General Admission tickets are $75/person and include one tasting glass, festival passport and access to pours from all wineries and food from all featured restaurants.

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InFARMation (and Beer!)
Wednesday, May 12
5:30-8:30 pm
Roots Organic Brewery 1530 SE 7th Ave. Portland
Free

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month, Friends of Family Farmers hosts InFARMation (and Beer!) at Roots Organic Brewery. This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers, and the community in general. This month’s topic is Restaurant Sourcing, Many Angles. Deborah Kane will talk about the online interface recently developed called FoodHub, a way that farmers, ranchers, and producers can connect with food buyers and chefs online, quick and easy. Leslie Cole, Food Day reporter for the Oregonian, will talk about how consumers can navigate restaurant menus and servers to determine if a restaurant is sourcing locally. Sarah Curtis-Fowley of Pacific Pie Company and two of her sources, rancher Joe Schueller of Rainshadow El Rancho Bison Ranch and one of her local veggie farmers, will all discuss their relationships, and what the barriers, joys, benefits, and struggles are when trying to source as locally and humanely as possible.

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COCHON 555 “Five Chefs, Five Pigs, Five Winemakers”
Sunday, May 16
4-8pm
Governer Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave. Portland
$125 GA/$175 VIP

During this tribute to heritage and heirloom breeds, chefs and winemakers, Portland chefs Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Jason Barwikowski (Olympic Provisions), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), and Cathy Whims (Nostrana), will each prepare a 125 pound heritage breed hog from head to toe for this friendly competition. Guests and professional judges will determine a winner based on presentation, utilization and overall best flavor. The winner will be crowned the “Prince / Princess of Porc”. In addition, five selected winemakers will showcase their wines. Special Guest Chefs Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Tobias Hogan (EaT), Greg Denton (Metrovino), and David Anderson (Genoa), as well as the 2009 “Prince of Porc” Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place) will be in attendance.

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Oregon Tilth Urban Agriculture Class–Container Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, May 19
6:30pm-8:30pm
Faubion Elementary School, 3039 NE Portland Blvd.
$35

Learn how to grow bountiful vegetables in containers. Whether you want to grow salad greens, culinary herbs, or summer fruits, this class will show you how to start and maintain your own edible container garden. Topics include soil mixes, fertilizers, watering, and selecting varieties that perform best in containers. Attend this hands-on class and take home vegetable seedlings to begin your own container garden.

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