The third Dine Around Oregon event at the Willamette Valley Ag Expo will feature lamb, beef, pork and poultry “stations” for diners to choose their favorite entrees made with locally sourced products.
Mary Bentley will have had a hand in all four choices.
Bentley’s Valley Catering of Adair Village will be preparing all of the meals for the flourishing Expo event, created in 2012 by Willamette Valley Ag Association manager Jill Ingalls.
Dine Around Oregon has grown to the four stations. Expo visitors pay $11 for the event. Food is served during the Dine Around Oregon event in all four of the Expo’s buildings. The event is 5-8 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
The first year, 320 people took part in the culinary tour de force. More than 500 participated last year. Bentley expects about the same number this year.
But it’s the Oregon food that attracts the spotlight.
“We get products donated from companies such as Norpac (which will be supplying soups and appetizers),” Bentley said. “Willamette Valley cheeses get donated from the dairy people” along with other foods from around the valley.
“Each of the four stations will feature a different Oregon-raised meat, along with all the sides and goodies for a full meal,” Ingalls said. “The lamb will come from Reed Anderson of Anderson Ranches (and) it will be marinated and prepared by Pat Manning of Manning Farms. Both are famous for their lamb.
“We will be putting out 300 pounds of lamb alone.”
She added that the Expo also brings in other contributions from groups such as the Oregon Beef Council, she said.
Bentley’s Valley Catering has been in business since 1998, operating out of the former Officers’ Club building on the old Camp Adair military campus. She has three staff and 30 employees working full- and part-time.
Ingalls said the WVAE board budgets Dine Around Oregon to “buy down” the cost of the ticket, and “sponsors offset costs so we can serve a $35 meal for $11.”
“The goal of this event is to bring families and customers in for an outstanding experience while promoting the Willamette Valley Ag Association’s scholarship program,” Ingalls said.