To celebrate the spirit of the season, Café Castagna will host a series of communal dinners dedicated to celebrated dishes of regional cuisine.
PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) – During the months of January, February, and April, Portland’s Café Castagna will host a series of European-style communal dinners dedicated to regional cuisines and ingredients. Each month, a series of festive dinners will feature a fixed menu alongside optional wine pairings, with diners gathered together at large tables for a single seating at 6:30pm.
The dinner series is an exploration of the European tradition of bringing people together to enjoy a communal experience around good food and good company. “I was inspired by the Italian sagre—small local fairs that are celebrations of the local bounty of the earth,” says Castagna/ Café Castagna owner Monique Siu. “They are often organized around a local dish or a single ingredient. I love finding a reason for a group friends (or strangers) to sit down together and celebrate!”
The January dinner series will run from January 25 through January 29, with a main course of Cassoulet. Traditionally a peasant dish from Southwest France, Café Castagna’s rich and complex cassoulet will showcase duck confit, housemade Toulouse sausages, and pork shoulder, all slow-cooked for hours with tarbais beans. For an appetizer, the Café will serve chicory salad and citrus salad with hazelnut vinaigrette, and diners will have a choice of a mixed berry sorbet or butterscotch pot de crème for dessert.
In February, the series will run from February 21–26, celebrating Choucroute Garnie, a traditional specialty of the Alsace region of France that reflects its German ancestry with housemade sausages, sauerkraut, and cured meats. In April, the Café will turn to classic winter ritual of the Northwest and indulge our love for Dungeness crab. A festive Crab Feed will feature plenty of freshly cooked crab in the shell, salad, sourdough bread, and dipping sauces including the traditional Louis dressing. April dinner dates are still TBD.
Reservations for all three series, as well as additional details and menu information, are available at castagnarestaurant.com/
Dining at Castagna is a wholly unique culinary experience. Located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, Castagna has been a beacon of fine dining since opening in 1999, and was named restaurant of the year by the Oregonian in 2000 and 2010. The cuisine at Castagna lies at the pinnacle of modernity and locality. Executive Chef Justin Woodward applies modern cooking techniques to locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Woodward also oversees the kitchen in Café Castagna next door—serving a bistro-style a la carte menu in a more casual setting. Most recently, Castagna was included on OpenTable’s “100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America” list.