We were fortunate enough to attend one of the 'Chef in my Garden' dinners this past weekend.
These benefit dinners for http://www.growing-gardens.org/ have become one of the highlights of our summer.
This year, we found ourselves at Villa Catalana. A most impressive home, just 10 minutes from our humble abode. Fashioned after a Spanish Cathedral, surrounded by Mediterranean plants.
Who knew that Spain was just around the corner.
Food prepared and served by Andina Restaurant.
Overhead misters, kept the diners comfortable. WOW
Peruvian delights such as:
A potato to remember.
The best lamb chop, EVER.
and that is just the appetizers :)
New York steak with corona bean and Burrata cheese salad.
My favorite...fresh Salmon, pickled cucumber and apricots.
It looked prettier, but I ate half of it, before I took the picture..heehee
Lavender-scented Peruvian pastry with poached peaches.
Until next summer.......
Thank you Growing Gardens for helping families and students learn to grow and preserve their own food. Every time Growing Gardens installs a garden, they help bring individuals together by creating a space for interaction and conversation. By focusing their efforts in low income urban neighborhoods and schools, they are building community and providing healthy organic food, where the need is greatest.
Many thanks to our hosts and to Andina Restaurant of Portland, for a fabulous evening.