Field & Vine's farm-to-table event series Dinners in the Field opens its 2014 season with a French-meets-Dutch dinner at Woodburn’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Guests are invited to sip Northwest wine and beer, engage with the chefs as they prepare the evening’s meal, and chat about local agricultural while surrounded by tulips in full bloom before a dinner under the stars.

For the kick-off event on May 3, chef Pascal Chureau of Field & Vine (and West Linn's Allium Bistro) will partner with chef/owner Willem Paul Klitsie of downtown Vancouver’s Willem’s on Main (and the recently-shuttered Pearl District institution Fratelli) to create a unique menu of international flavors. Chef Chureau, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, will create the evening’s gallic entrees, while chef Klitsie, who hails from the Netherlands, will be dishing up the Dutch fare. 

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is located along the Molalla County Farm Loop, one of Oregon’s most scenic agricultural communities. The loop offers an unbeatable drive past nearly 50 visitor-friendly farms and wineries along the way. The farmers and friends of the Oregon Farm Loops aim to educate the public on the role modern farming plays in today’s society, and better understand how food gets from farm to table. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Oregon Farm Loop’s educational activities. 

Tickets for the kick-off event on May 3 start at $80 and can be purchased on the Field & Vine website, but we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, tell us why local farms are important to you in the comments below. We'll pick a winner at noon on April 23. And yes, the event is in May, but have no fear—dinner will be served, rain or shine!

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