Ladies in the Fields Dinner

Event date: August 2012

A beautiful summer evening, outdoor setting at the Buchanan Family Century Farm, lovely wine from Tyee Wine Cellars and Ponzi Vineyards, and a wonderfully tasty dinner prepared by Chef Heidi Tunnell — all came together perfectly for SFC’s Ladies in Fields dinner, a celebration of local women in mid-Willamette Valley agriculture. While munching on appetizers and sipping wine, guests and farmers enjoyed the backdrop of a perfect Oregon August evening. Scio artist Rebecca Waterhouse displayed her portrait series of the featured farmers at the open-air barn gallery Meanwhile, guests took turns touring the enticing Buchanan Farm landscape on a wagon pulled by Hal and June, two mighty Brabant Belgian draft horses under the gentle care of Sweetwell Farm’s Lise Hubbe.

Chef Heidi Tunnell’s four-course dinner featured products sourced from local family farms:


Beet & House Cured Bacon Salad with Citrus Yogurt Sauce served in mini bamboo boats
Grilled Crostini with Hazelnut Pesto & Ricotta
Beef Tongue (from Heidi’s farm-raised beef!) on Ciabattini & Cabbage Slaw


Lamb Pate (ground Cattail Creek Lamb wrapped in house-cured bacon)
Green Salad, Fraga Farms Raw Milk Rio Santiam, Hazelnut Vinaigrette


Grilled Chicken with Gooseberry Verjus
Tomato, Grilled Zucchini, Basil & Fraga Farms Feta
Grilled Sprouting Broccoli with Romesco Sauce
Ciabatta Rolls with House Made Butter


Pots de Creme with Strawberry & Rhubarb Compote
Basil Shortbread Cookie

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This event captured what Slow Food is all about –– family farms, the farmers, the land, local foods, and talented chefs.

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