At the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Yamhill River in the Willamette Valley, sits the historic town of McMinnville, Oregon. Fresh off of a full day exploring Portland following The Hello Sessions the night before, at least a dozen of my friends and I headed 40 miles southwest for the ‘Love Where You Live’ wine country dinner.
Co-hosted by the gracious Chelsey Nichol of Type A Press and my savvy friend, Maggie Battista, of Eat Boutique, guests were served passed hors devours, cocktails, and a 5-course family style meal prepared by Let Um Eat Collective inspired by Maggie’s new cookbook, Food Gift Love. Chelsey’s fourth generation family-owned printing warehouse, which houses her antique letterpress, and the studios of painter, Zach Hixson and sign painter, Mitch Horning, served as the venue.
Until you make it up to Oregon for your next weekend getaway, and I strongly suggest you do, here is a taste of McMinnville for you to enjoy at home.
“Newby’s Ransom Punch”, named for the founder of McMinnville, William T. Newby, and the locally produced Ransom Spirits, was served in a large punch bowl. If you are the kind of person to mix your own drinks in the first place, I think you and your friends will be able to figure out the proportions together at your next gathering. It’ll make for a deliciously fun time, Portlandia style!
Ransom Spirits Old Tom Gin
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Orchard Peach Liqueur
Ginger Oleo Sacharum
Each guest received a gift bag filled with local edible souvenirs and discounts from these sponsors:
Thanks, McMinnville! We all LOVE where you live!