Chick-fil-A is causing traffic jams around its new location at 185th in Hillsboro. But are there better choices in Portlandia, and even not so far from it in suburbia? The Atlanta chain last had outlets in Oregon in 2003, and much has changed in the interim for Portland and the rest of the country. Here’s how it stacks up to some local fried chicken sandwiches. They are presented in alphabetic order.
The 2016 lineup for the Dinners in the Field series includes 25 events from spring through fall at vineyards, farms, ranches and barrel rooms in the greater Portland area and Willamette. The series is hosted by Chef Pascal Chureau of Field & Vine Events and Allium Bistro in West Linn, Oregon.
The dinners are a chance to meet the farmers and vintners while having it transformed into a group feast. They are rain-or-shine events held under clear, starry skies or moved to tents or barns as needed. Tickets are $85 to $90 per person for a six- to seven-course meal and beverage pairing, with gratuity included. Only advance tickets are sold. Field & Vine Events Tickets
May 14: Kestrel Barn with Owen Roe, 990 SW Long Farm Road, West Linn, OR 97068
June 11: St. Josef’s Estate Vineyards & Winery, 28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby, Oregon 97013
June 18: King’s Raven Winery, 11603 S. New Era Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
June 26: Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery, 28101 SW Petes Mountain Road, West Linn, OR 97068
July 9: Stoller Family Estate with Chef Jaco Smith ofwill LeChon Restaurant, 16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton, OR 97114
August 6: Christopher Bridge Wines, 12770 S. Casto Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
August 13: Fiala Farms with Erath Winery, 21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn, OR 97068
August 20th: Beckham Estate Vineyard, 30790 SW Heater Road, Sherwood, OR 97140
August 28th: Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars, 11900 S. Criteser Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
September 3rd: Fir Point Farms with Ecliptic Brewery & Ribera Vineyards, 14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, OR 97002
September 10: Terra Vina Wines, 33750 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
September 18: Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch with Alexeli Vineyards, 35835 Oregon 213, Molalla, OR 97038
September 24: Ardiri Winery & Vineyards, 35040 SW Unger Road, Cornelius, OR 97113
October 1: Douglas Farm with Owen Roe, 15330 NW Sauvie Island Road, Portland, OR 97231
October 15: The Urban Farm Dinner at Sprout Factory, 931 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger
October 22: Stoller Family Estate with Fresh & Wild, 16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton, OR 97114
November 5: Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm with Forest Edge Vineyard, 32690 S. Mathias Road, Molalla, OR 97038
December 3: Dobbes Family Estate, 240 SE 5th Street, Dundee, OR 97115
December 10: WillaKenzie Estate, 19143 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill, OR 97148
Tickets are required: Field & Vine Events Tickets
Disclaimer: as is common in travel writing, the author was hosted to attend the dinner.