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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chef in my Garden 2011

We were fortunate enough to attend one of the 'Chef in my Garden' dinners this past weekend.
These benefit dinners for  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.
Lovely views...

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

The Tower!

The Arches!!

The Flora!

What's next?

Lavender-scented Peruvian pastry with poached peaches.

Rare plants

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.


  1. wow that looked incredible. My Vickie says there is nothing like that even in our whole state. You are very lucky


  2. Mom just had to mop up the drool from the keyboard! What a wonderful meal in a gorgeous setting for a most worthwhile cause. Thanks for sharing the info with us :-)

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  3. I am so jealous!!! You get to go to the BEST places!!!

  4. A big paws up for da Growing Gardens folks. Butt, where are all da pups....da real masters of da garden? And is dat a flower floating in dat dere Gazpacho?

  5. That lambchop made my mouth water


  6. OMD, that looks incredible. The lamb chop alone would have satisfied the Momster. What a wonderful idea!!! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  7. Wow! that is sooooooooo cool!!! Love the organization's concept and would lovelovelove to attend an event!

    Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
    Stumpy and me

  8. He he - if you were trying to make us all envious - it worked !!!! That looked totally awesome !

  9. Wonderful photos - beautiful scenery and what a special meal - and for such a good cause. Thanks for sharing!

  10. That looks like a great dining place!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  11. Gosh what a beautiful place and look at the food!!
    Benny & Lily

  12. My mom is all green with jellyness over this marvelous meal!!! AND.. wow WOW WOW!! the LOCATION!!! Sigh...

  13. Hi Wyatt,
    I have seen a public TV show about the wonderful dinners they put on!!! I would surely love to go to one. Thanks so much for sharing yours with us your fans in Blogville.
    I am going to foster a dog soon, real soon.
    xx, fern

  14. What a beautiful home and the FOOD it all looked pawsome. For me though the lamb chop made my chops water!

    Woos, Tessa

  15. That looks a great meal and a lovely setting.

  16. Beautiful scenery, fantastic food....good company.....who could ask for anything more.

    A couple of Airedales, perhaps?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  17. Our mouths are watering! yummmmmmmmmmmmm

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  18. Holy moly!!! Didn't they bring you Wyatt and Stanzie?!

  19. OMD...what a beautiful place and super delicious food!:)

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  20. Bravo - my mum and I were considering licking the screen at that yummers foodables! Beautiful place too!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

  21. Fantabulous post looks like an excerpt from a PBS Italian cooking show...really! Loved it!

  22. And what a fabulous evening it looks like it was! The menu and presentation were divine; the setting amazing; and the cause so deserving! Thanks for sharing a truly sparkling event.

  23. Awesome pictures!!! What a beautiful place!!! Our mama would like to go there!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  24. That lamb chop looks delicious! Drooling here...

  25. What a wonderful meal in such a beautiful place!! We're drooling !!!
    ~ Eva

  26. What a neat event and great scenery!