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Farm to Fork: A Restaurant Review



The Dundee Hills are considered the heart of Oregon wine country. Located in the Willamette Valley these rolling hills offer a sanctuary to escape the everyday hustle and bustle. At the top of these scenic hills, you are surrounded by vineyards and masses of oak and fir trees. Standing on top of these hills is surreal. It is a peaceful and silent existence and on a clear day, you can see Mt. Hood seemingly watching over the precious valley fruit. The rolling hills resemble pictures I have seen of Burgundy but never experienced, I imagine it is a similar feeling. At the bottom of the hills, just off highway 99, there is a restaurant called Farm to Fork. Just over a year old, this restaurant has be getting some serious attention. Located inside The Inn at Red Hills, Farm to Fork, makes everything in house from the mayo to the pickles. The restaurant also sources everything from local producers within 200 miles of Dundee, with the fruit coming from the local De Lancellotti Vineyards and Farm. Executive Chef, Paul Bachand, creates seasonal menus to promote sustainability and freshness.




After a day of taking photographs in the valley, we stopped at Farm to Fork for an early dinner. With an open floor plan accommodating a cafe, wine bar and restaurant, we opted to sit closer to the wine, of course. The menus were presented and I have to say, I loved the layout. Each page represented a different course from salads, cheeses, meats and fish. With about 5 options per page, I was amazed with scrumptious choices. For the first course, we ordered the butter lettuce salad. The presentation was grand! Stacked tall with red onions and fresh parmesan cheese and just enough bleu cheese dressing, I was hooked and ready for more!



The next dish was a warm goat cheese tart drizzled with honey served with an arugula salad topped with beet chips. The tart was amazing! First of all, I love goat cheese, but the flaky, house-made crust stole the show! That isn't to say it dominated in flavor, but rather you could tell it was freshly made by the way it just melted off your tongue. It was a real treat and made me wonder why I ever settle for generic crust. The beet chips on top of the salad were also delicious! I wonder if I can't make those at home....



Next we had a Duck and Pork Rillettes which is very similar to meat pâté. Served with olive oil crostinis and a papaya salad. The Rillette was well made and creamy in texture. The crostinis were a nice crispy balance to the buttery pâté. Finally, (as if I still had room for more!) the halibut arrived with giant butter beans in a light butter sauce, topped with leeks cooked in lemon juice. The halibut was cooked to perfection, juicy and flaky. Every time I went to take a bite, the fish seem to slide right off my fork. The only bad thing to say about this dish was with the leek topping. There was so much lemon juice added that it became the only flavor you could taste. Being a lover of leeks, I was a little disappointed.



Now I'm sure you are wonder where is the wine? I'm not sure if it was the romantic rilling hills or the sunset but I fell in love. Throughout the meal, I was drinking and in awe of, the recently release 2008 Bergstrom Pinot Noir. Made locally by the same family who own De Lancelloti Vineyards, (which I mentioned above,) this pinot absolutely captivated me with all its subtleties and finesse. It was "my" style of pinot, full of dark cherries, raspberries, a hint of earthiness on the nose and layered with a touch of oak and lots of baking spices. This is the kind of wine I want to grow old with. Retails for $25. The winery also has single vineyard designated wines, I will be making a trip to the tasting room to try those!

Overall, the food and wine were amazing! I recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner during your next wine tasting trip in the Willamette Valley. I would also caution to go with patiences as the service has yet to be on par with the food and wine or pick up delectable picnic salads and sandwiches to go from their cafe.

Santé and Happy Dining!

Reader Comments (3)

Seriously this looks amazing Charlotte! When Trish and I come and visit in August, you must show us around!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhuggies80

If I'm not back in your neck of the woods by then, I will show you around for sure! Lots to explore!

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Was definitely yummy, even though the service left a bit to be desired :) T.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT @ Poppy Place

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