Over the past year, Instagram has allowed me to ogle over food porn posted by many vegans I follow who have had the good fortune to experience Farm Spirit (http://farmspiritpdx.com/) restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Well last night my husband and I used our sweet sixteen wedding anniversary as an excuse to finally investigate what all the chatter was about. Sitting in my living room twenty-four hours later if I close my eyes I can still taste it. For the first time in my life I was unable to say that I could replicate what I had eaten. For the first time in months I am inspired to get in the kitchen and create.
Now I am going to attempt to recreate the experience though reader beware, it will not satiate you. You will need more. If you live out of state plan your trip to Oregon now. If you live in driving distance, treat yourself, make your reservation now.
Farm Spirit is truly a culinary adventure for all of your senses.
Your servers play the role of chef also, preparing your dining experience and engage with you and the rest of their guests, educating about each artistically set plate, while they stand center stage so all can hear.
From the beginning you will be visually stimulated by watching your food skillfully plated then seeing it up close and personal.
The aromas are like no other, from food pairings you would have never considered to ingredients that sound like they are from a fairy tale and smell just as dreamy.
Not often is it found acceptable to handle your food in a fine dining experience but here they promote it, going as far as serving the first few plates without utensils giving you the opportunity to play with your food.
All of these thing lead up to the climax of tasting the creation and not simply one but creation after creation until the ride reaches the end and you are ready for that proverbial cigarette or I guess these days in Portland it would be a joint.
You leave satisfied, actually full, knowing that it will only be a matter of time until you will need more Farm Spirit in your life. I have already committed to living on peanut butter and jelly in order to work this place into our budget more often.
Now for a glimpse of the visual experience. Unfortunately if you want the full show and to use your other four senses you will have to book your own adventure.
Quinoa cracker, cauliflower, coriander, mint
Chanterelle, unripe strawberry, burnt thyme, filbert
I highly recommend the drink flights. We got the non-alcoholic and the reserve wines. Both were something special.
Tomatoes, cherries, sungolds, herbs, and leaves
Cucumber, celtuce, blueberry, rhubarb, borage
Potato, sunflower yogurt, lemon balm, dill, purslane
Iona peas, burnt onion, fermented crisps, flowers
Savannah pole beans, summer savory, corn, mushroom sauce, black garlic meringue
Our Alice in Wonderland tonic aka Golden Raspberry Kefir
Loveage ice cream, corn cake, strawberries
Raspberry hazelnut tart, apricot pit cream, marigold
Mystery plate. We were told what each item was but it has escaped my memory. Everything was delicious.
All food is sourced locally so the menu changes frequently based on availability so expect an unique adventure. Check out their website here: http://farmspiritpdx.com/
Everything looks amazing. I look forward to what you recreate, so that I in turn can gve it a try
The food all looks so beautiful! I will have to go and give it a try.
Definitely worth your time!