Southern Feast

Vibrant Valley Farm Southern Feast with pFriem Brewery

A benefit for The Pongo Fund and Street Roots
Saturday, July 13th. 6pm
18850 NE Reeder Rd. Sauvie Island
$125 includes family-style dinner, pFriem beer pairing, and gratuity

La Ruta PDX presents a family-style outdoor farm-to-table dinner on beautiful Sauvie Island at Vibrant Valley Farm. Toro Bravo Inc chef John Gorham and PLAZA DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler will design a menu inspired by John's home state of North Carolina featuring Vibrant Valley Farm's fresh, local, and ecologically sound ingredients.

We'll kick things off with a crawfish boil and spread of Southern-style ham and pickles and then sit down for a traditional dinner with sides from the farm, pastrami leg of lamb, and more! Each course will be paired to an artisan beer courtesy of pFriem Family Brewers.

Bluesman and Blues scholar Steve Cheseborough will turn 2019 Portland into a 1925 Mississippi jook joint with his trio’s take on Delta Blues and hokum.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Pongo Fund and Street Roots, two Portland nonprofits working to support Portland's homeless population.

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Toro Bravo Culinary Trip to Spain
with John Gorham

October 1-10 2019

Chef John Gorham and Aborígens are happy to announce their third food exploration tour around the hidden corners of Catalan and Galician cuisines. After two previous successful trips that brought us to the most amazing food and wine temples of the Basque Country and Andalusia, this time we will explore the North-West section of the Peninsula, where the wild Atlantic coast is the door to an unexplored world of rural flavors.

A small group of lucky travelers, together with John and his crew, and a local, insider guide from Aborígens, will start this journey in Barcelona; a lively city with an ancient culinary tradition as well as a vibrant current food scene. After some urban and country exploration (unexplored parts of Rural Catalonia that we’ll keep secret until you get there…), we will make our way to Galicia, a country with unique seafood, wine and people.


La Ruta PDX Fermentation Fest Dinner: An Evening with David Zilber
October 9

PLAZA DEL TORO. 105 SE Taylor, Portland OR 97214

Tickets Coming Soon

Join David Zilber, head of fermentation at 2-Michelin-star Danish restaurant Noma, for a multi-course dinner at gastronomic society and private event space, PLAZA DEL TORO. Chef Michael Kessler and Tasty n Alder chef Perry Austin will design a menu based on ferments from Zilber’s new cookbook, The Noma Guide to Fermentation. Zilber will be available to answer your fermentation questions after dinner and each guest will receive a complimentary copy of his book.

“We created PLAZA DEL TORO as a gastronomic society for chefs to study and play, so this is exactly the kind of event this space was built for. We are thrilled to invite David to join us for the evening and I can’t wait to see what our team does with his ferments.”

— Restauranteur John Gorham of the Toro Bravo Inc Restaurant Management and Design Group