It started with a simple idea -- a meal that celebrated the amazing food grown in our own backyard. It has evolved into a summer celebration. A gathering that reinforces the connection between the farm and the food on your plate.
Behind this simple idea is a powerful message. A couple actually. We're committed to increasing your awareness of the multiple benefits of eating local foods – social, environmental, health, economic, gastronomic. As preachy as that might sound, we're not here to give you a lecture. We just want you to know your options when you're purchasing food. And we want you to remember what it feels like to have the juice from a freshly picked peach trickle down your chin.
Plate & Pitchfork is an adventurous evening that celebrates and supports local farms. In fact every Plate & Pitchfork dinner begins with a farm tour. We want to make sure that you have a chance to meet your farmer and get to know a little bit about them and how they run their business. Our host farms range from 10 to 110 acres and their business models and produce are varied, but they all have one thing in common and that's a commitment to using sustainable farming and business practices.
Plate & Pitchfork has a long standing tradition of re-investing in our community. Our 2013 season was solely focused on raising funds for Farmers Ending Hunger, and we raised enough to provide more than one million servings of vegetables to Oregonians needing emergency food assistance. In 2016 we're working with two organizations who share our goals of growing healthy food & healthy Oregonians. Read more about the good work of the Oregon Tilth and Farmers Ending Hunger by visiting our beneficiaries page.
Meet the Team
Erika Polmar: Founder, Event Producer, Chief Dishwasher
Erika has been building things for as long as she can remember -- first with Crystal Climbers and now through technology or a good old-fashioned handshake. She has spent the last 20+ years in positions ranging from Santa's Helper to pink-slip wielding acquisition manager to corporate spy. Somewhere in the midst of all that Plate & Pitchfork began as a summer project and a decade later, Erika is still building. Plate & Pitchfork has allowed her to hone a funky blend of culinary, technology and marketing expertise, while developing a keen awareness and understanding of the issues facing both the culinary & agricultural communities. She puts these skills to the test every day as she builds Plate & Pitchfork from a simple farm dinner series to an organization that brings complex issues to the fore so that together, as a community, we can create a healthy, economically viable and delicious place to live. When she's not washing dishes or planning the next great thing, you'll find Erika and her rambunctious labrador baking, hiking, and foraging.
The Plate & Pitchfork Crew
Each Plate & Pitchfork event is staffed by an amazing group of individuals who are passionately committed to making Oregon a better place to live. Amidst our ranks we have accountants, account executives, technical product developers, product & process engineers. They aren't necessarily the folks you'd expect to be serving dinner or washing dishes, but every summer that's precisely what they do -- and for that we are ever grateful.
The photos and video you see on this site and in our various promotions come from Erika and a number of talented individuals who have graciously spent time with us in the field. Josh Chang ~ Jeremy Fenske ~ Andrea Lonas Photography ~ Alan Weiner