Farm to Table Events
unique menus with local farm ingredients
Chef Charleen brings the farmers' food to you ...
and sometimes she brings you to the farm...
Farm to table may be a marketer’s
favorite buzzword, but for chef Charleen it describes the only way she wants to
cook. “Once I tasted fresh, locally grown produce, dairy, meats and poultry and what they did for my food,
I couldn’t go back.” Her philosophy is to truly let the ingredients be the star
of the show and shape her menus.
For chef Charleen, farm to table dinners
or “farm dinners” are part of a greater dining experience. “I want to create a
sense of excitement of being on a farm and being outside. The experience is a
combination of the ambience, the gift of the food, recognition of the farmer, good
music and the fun of being with friends.” For her part, Charleen's gift is
creating the food inspired by the harvest and the season.
For a recent fall fundraiser dinner
in honor of Pendleton King Park, chef Charleen worked with dozens of her
favorite local farmers to dream up an elegant appetizer spread and four-course
Appetizer highlights included egg salad folded with smoked salmon and
topped with a roasted poblano butter glaze (one of her signatures); rustic
homemade bread for scooping up garlicky kale dip; and roasted okra dusted with
Indian spices. Dinner featured a mixed fall greens salad scattered with pickled
onions and sweet potato croutons; herb-crusted smoked pork with wild mushroom
ragout served with mixed grains loaded with chard, roasted sweet peppers and
local goat feta cheese. Vegetarians were treated to hearty lasagna layered with
tender sweet potato and a creamy béchamel sauce, while everyone savored African
squash pudding crowned with cinnamon whipped cream and caramelized apples for
Whether you host a dinner on a nearby
orchard, lavender farm or in your own dining room, chef Charleen creates a
truly one-of-a-kind farm dinner experience with a delicious combination of custom
farm-inspired menus, stress-free entertaining and warm hospitality.