Since its inception in 2013, Cork & Barrel festivities have been inaugurated with Winemaker Dinners held at various locations throughout Central Oregon. Last year, we had four spectacular dinners with unique menus and dynamite chef and winemaker duos.
But this year, we couldn’t decide on just four. Yep, that’s right! This year, you have the difficult task of deciding between five winemaker dinners. This lineup is smokin’ folks. From veteran Cork & Barrel restaurants like the beautiful CHOW Restaurant, to the new and improved CURRENTS on the Riverhouse, July 19th is an evening that you don’t want to miss.
We know you’re thinking, “How will I pick just one?” Keep reading and hopefully you’ll be able to land on your favorite! Chefs are working hard to craft menus and we’ll post them on our website as we receive them. But don’t wait! Remember that seating is limited to just 40 guests per dinner and tickets are going fast!.
Winemaker Dinner #1: CURRENTS at the Riverhouse with Laurel Glen Vineyard
CURRENTS at the Riverhouse features a totally re-imagined restaurant, patio and lounge with innovative beverages and a fresh Pacific Northwest menu with local ingredients. Chef Michael Stanton delivers light, bold and clean flavors in contemporary interpretations of classic French cuisine. Incorporating modern American and international influences, Stanton orchestrates an exciting dining experience that reflects the unique energy of Bend’s iconic Riverhouse on the Deschutes. What could be better than sipping on iconic Sonoma County wines; noshing on expertly matched dinner courses; and an intimate evening with winery owner, Bettina! Laurel Glen has been producing since 1968 and is considered one of the iconic producers in Sonoma.
Winemaker Dinner #2: The Brickhouse Restaurant with Rodney Strong Vineyards
Jeff Porad, owner of the Brickhouse, is ecstatic to work with Rodney Strong Vineyards, as he has featured these wines on his list for a number of years. The Brickhouse is a beautiful restaurant in the heart of downtown Bend, known for their quality steaks and inviting atmosphere. Winemaker, Greg Morthole, will be on hand for this very special evening highlighting the Rodney Strong commitment to craftsmanship and their wine’s sense of place. Rodney Strong Vineyards received the “American Winery of the Year” award by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2013.
Winemaker Dinner #3: The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse Restaurant with Donelan Family Wines
The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse sits on the edge of Suttle Lake, an icon of the Central Oregon region. The culture of the newly renovated lodge will pair with the modern and hip flair of Donelan Family Wines for an evening of wine, food, and fun. KIDS Center has partnered with Bend Party Bus to provide transportation to and from this dinner ($20 per person) locale for 20 people. Guests will get to know winery owner, Cushing Donelan, on the ride out to Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. Limited rooms are available at discounted rates for overnight stays. Contact Suttle Lodge and reference Cork & Barrel.
Winemaker Dinner #4: CHOW Restaurant with Quivira Vineyards
CHOW restaurant was opened in 2007 as one of the first “farm to fork” restaurants in Bend. Owner/Chef David Touvell favors good vibes over pretension and keeps dishes simple, so the flavors stay front and center. The CHOW attitude partners perfectly with Quivira Vineyards, a premium producer of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rhone varietals built upon intentional wine growing and a thoughtful commitment to sustainable and organic farming. Winemaker Hugh Chappelle’s experience in the world of wine is lengthy, and this dynamite and complementary winemaker dinner will no doubt be one of a kind.
Winemaker Dinner #5: The Victorian Café featuring Chef OJ Robinson with Limerick Lane & Mauritson Family Wines
The Victorian Café has generously opened up their beautiful outdoor dining space for this Winemaker Dinner featuring Chef OJ Robinson, a long time supporter of KIDS Center and Cork & Barrel. Chef OJ is the Culinary Director at The Benson Hotel in Portland. Owner/winemaker, Jake Bilbro of Limerick Lane, and owner/winemaker, Clay Mauritson of Mauritson wines, are childhood friends who have each developed their own, individual wine making styles. Both wineries have a rich history in Sonoma County that spans generations – Limerick Lane first planted grapes in 1910 and Mauritson in 1868.
Help us kick off the Cork & Barrel weekend! We hope to see you on July 19th – grab your tickets here.