A Champagne divot stomp? It’s Polo for a Purpose Oregon style

Crown Paella brought their magic to Corks + Forks at Castaway earlier this month. Dan Eierdam 

Crown Paella brought their magic to Corks + Forks at Castaway earlier this month. Dan Eierdam 

Earlier this month touted Portland area restaurants had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and pair small bites with Portland Urban and Willamette Valley wineries at the annual Corks + Forks Tasting Event.

Held at Castaway Portland, organizers took full advantage of both the indoor and outdoor space to bring ticket holders the most bang for their buck. This culinary smorgasbord is one of the five well-orchestrated events put on by Classic Wines Auction—a premier charity organization that benefits YWCA Clark County,  Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth and Friends of the Children-Portland.

Chef Aletha Potter of SE Wine Collective offered a vegetarian option of Ricotta and Pear Tartlett with Carrot Puree and Mint over a Black Pepper Pastry. Viki Eierdam 

Chef Aletha Potter of SE Wine Collective offered a vegetarian option of Ricotta and Pear Tartlett with Carrot Puree and Mint over a Black Pepper Pastry. Viki Eierdam 

Since 1982, Classic Wines Auction has raised over $40 million for their charity partners. This year’s Corks + Forks event had the largest turnout ever with a crowd of nearly 500 that showed up strong to garner over $36,000 for the well-deserving causes.

Dishes that guests noshed on into the evening included: Asparagus Soup with Smoked Trout, House Ricotta and Lemon Dill by Verdigris; Pazzo Ristorante’s Pancetta Agrodolce; Chef Aletha Potter of Southeast Wine Collective turned out Pork Rillettes Tartlet with Pickled Strawberry, Tarragon and Black Pepper Pastry; Ensaladilla Rusa Spanish Potato Salad, Oregon Bay Shrimp, Avocado Puree and Dill on Toasted Bread from Urdaneta was a fan favorite; and Saint Cupcake was, well, saintly for bringing nearly pop-in-your-mouth size morsels in four decadent flavors.

Saint Cupcake brought nearly pop-in-your-mouth size morsels in four decadent flavors. Dan Eierdam

Saint Cupcake brought nearly pop-in-your-mouth size morsels in four decadent flavors. Dan Eierdam

Aside from the tasty treats and beautiful wines, a DJ spun the best dance party mix, there was a photo booth and some attendees even got lucky at the ring toss (like me!).

Up next for Classic Wines Auction is their 2nd Annual Oregon Polo Classic being held at Hidden Creek Polo Club in West Linn on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Tickets are on sale now and, given Classic’s track record for hosting a charity series that has made Wine Spectator’s list of top ten charity wine auctions IN THE COUNTRY since 2001, you just gotta get out here for this “all-inclusive food and wine experience.” 

Photo provided.

Photo provided.

Aside from the sport of polo, there’s the excuse to go hat shopping and, once there, partake in a delicious lunch, wine taste from local producers, slip into the whiskey and cigar lounge and  be a part of a traditional Champagne divot stomp. How often will that happen in your lifetime?

It’s Polo for a Purpose Oregon style and it’s going to be the summer party to measure all parties by. So, brush up on your polo lingo, trade your stilettos for wedges, think bright colors for wardrobe decisions and cheer on those ponies!