Depending on how you look at it, the fact that the July 14 Farm to Table Dinner in Hillsboro is sold out is either bad news or good news.
For those who were hoping to get in on the annual fundraiser for the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership — a 501c3 organization dedicated to revitalizing and supporting downtown Hillsboro — it's likely bad news.
But for the partnership itself, which will benefit from funds to make visual improvements downtown, organize community events, promote downtown to investors and cultivate a more vibrant community, it's good news that the dinner — which takes place the evening before Celebrate Hillsboro — is so popular.
Set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, the dinner — an over-21-only event — will be held in downtown Hillsboro on Main Street between Second and Third avenues. The five-course meal, paired with the diner's choice of beer or wine, showcases the food culture and industry growing in Hillsboro's downtown and celebrates the "agriculture meets business" theme that's an important part of the Hillsboro vibe.
All food items at the dinner are produced at local farms. Chefs are from Hillsboro or the surrounding area and this year include Richard Relyea from Clark's Bistro; Mitchel Graf from G Gourmet; Robert Bragdon of Next Dimension Bakery; and Rodrigo Huerta from Aybla Mediterranean Grill. Chef Mindy Simmons of the new Decadent Creations Bakery will provide dessert.
Bragdon will be baking French baguettes for the dinner and will supply about 600 slices of bread which he'll start baking at 3 a.m. He says he is "happy to help. It's great to be part of an event like this."
On the beverage side of the menu, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery from Cornelius, Apolloni Vineyards and David Hill Vineyard and Winery from Forest Grove, Oak Knoll Winery from Hillsboro and McMenamins Edgefield Winery will pour the wine pairings. Participating breweries include Hillsboro's Three Mugs Brewing Company, Ambacht Brewing, McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Waltz Brewing and Kaiser Brewing from Forest Grove and Golden Valley Brewing from McMinnville.
Although the dinner is sold out, community members can still attend the After-Party from 7 to 10 p.m. and taste samples from the chefs and full pours from participating breweries and vineyards. Nightlife venues will be open — Pizzario is sponsoring live music and the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department will provide games. The After-Party will be held on Main Street between Third and Fourth avenues and is free.
For more information about Farm to Table and the After-Party, visit hillsborofarmtotable.com and hillsborodowntown.com or call the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership at 503-640-6145.