The Portland Japanese Garden’s 55th Anniversary Gala

One of our all-time favorite places to cater is the Portland Japanese Garden.  The Garden is without a doubt one of the crown jewels of Portland’s cultural heritage, and its patrons appreciate a sophisticated meal.  We have partnered with PJG for over 10 years on countless events (including the 45th Anniversary Gala, the 50th Anniversary Gala, and the 3-night grand opening of the new cultural village spaces designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma.)

On August 4th 2018, we catered the 55th Anniversary Gala dinner under the doug-firs in the courtyard of the cultural village after cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the pavilion in the old garden.  Here is what we served:


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Tray-Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Fried Tomatillo and Shishito Skewers
with Herb Crème Fraîche

Tamari-Glazed Pork Belly Skewers
with Watermelon and Shiso Pesto

Seared Sea Scallop
with Nocino, Chopped Walnuts, and Micro-Herb Salad

Fresh Cantaloupe
with Duck Prosciutto, Mizuna, and Basil Oil

Plated Dinner

Watermelon Salad
with Mizuna & Tatsoi, Black Sheep Creamery Fresh Cheese,
Heirloom Tomato, Shaved Fennel, and Tomato-Shallot Vinaigrette

Choice of:

Sake-Cured PNW King Salmon with Herb Coulis

Sweet Corn Flan

Charred Sea Beans and Haricot Vert


Carved NY Strip with Roasted Tomato-Horseradish Cream and Shiso Butter

Kohlrabi-Turnip Purée

Charred Sea Beans and Haricot Vert


Stone Fruit ‘Panzanella’
with Toasted Almond Cake Crumbs, Crunchy Meringues,
Sweet Herbs, and Sake Sabayon