The 2012 Chef’s Night Out brought together Lane County’s finest restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries to benefit Food for Lane County at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR. Chefs’ Night Out has become one of, if not the premiere Lane County food and wine event, and King Estate is proud to have once again been the title sponsor for the event for the fourth year in a row.
This year’s King Estate Rib Feast took place over two weekends with a total of six seatings. Guests enjoyed locally sourced ribs, chicken, and veggies amid bouquets of organic estate grown daffodils and King Estate NxNW wines.
Join us on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, one week before the Eugene Marathon, for a scenic 5K run through the rolling hills of our certified organic vineyards. Fingers crossed for beautiful weather like last year, but as is the way in Oregon, this event is going on RAIN OR SHINE.
This April, at the invitation of the Four Seasons Hotel at Marunouchi, in Tokyo, Japan King Estate Executive Chef Michael Landsberg will spend a week in Tokyo preparing several special meals at this prestigious hotel. Chef Landsberg is honored to accept this invitation, and we can’t wait to see what inspiration he finds on the road to bring back to our own estate restaurant! The guest appearance will include the presentation of a number of lunches and dinners, several cooking classes, and will culminate with a delectable 5 course gala dinner.
King Estate’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest consisted of 11 seatings over 4 weekends and featured unlimited Dungeness Crab and Pinot Gris. Dungeness Crab is a seafood delicacy that thrives in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest Coast. The best crab is available in the middle of winter at the peak of harvest, and is a perfect pairing with our Pinot Gris. The menu consisted of steamed Dungeness Crab, assorted flavored butters and aioli, chunky wild mushroom and yukon potato chowder, German potato salad, Russian black kale with roasted garlic, cabbage slaw, Tobi’s Famous Corn Bread, and assorted desserts from The Bakery at King Estate. Over the course of the event over 3000 pounds of Dungeness Crab was served.
Did you miss out this year? Don’t worry, we host this event every weekend of January, so keep an eye out for next year. Crab Fest sells out quickly, so join our mailing list for a reminder and other King Estate updates and event information.
This year, King Estate had the pleasure of catering the 8th Annual FOOD for Lane County Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction which took place Saturday evening, October 1, in the FOOD for Lane County warehouse. Storage docks that normally hold boxes of food were transformed into a harvest fair complete with shops replete with colorful awnings and stocked with auction items for all to see and bid on. A live auction was conducted in between dinner courses in the dining area, where guests had the chance to win trips to Hawaii and Mexico, Oregon sunstone jewelry, season passes to the Bach Festival, and lots of other exciting packages. Watch the video below that played before the meal to get a closer look at the 5 course menu King Estate prepared and meet some of the farmers that supplied ingredients.
This year’s sold-out Tower Club BBQ aimed to please with sumptuous Northwest cuisine, great wine and a special performance by band Five Guys Named Moe of Portland, Oregon. The menu featured strawberry glazed northwest salmon, tangy BBQ smoked chicken, northwest potato salad, wild rice with local mushrooms, Tobi’s famous sweet corn bread, grilled zucchini, and assorted estate baked goods and fresh fruit.
The summer season is in full swing at King Estate. Willamette Valley summers are exceptional, and there is never a better time to visit the estate and enjoy lunch with a bottle of wine on our terraces. The spring flowers on our organic fruit trees have transformed into small apples, figs, and cherries soon to be enjoyed by visitors ordering our cheese and fruit plate.
Weddings occur most often during the summer due to the Willamette Valley’s mild weather and King Estate’s beautiful, green vines. With full time event planners on site and catering from our restaurant and bakery, a wedding at the estate is a perfect celebration.
Our inaugural Wine Country 5K was a great success. Two weeks before the event we had to shut down registration due to overwhelming response and to save space for on-site registrants. This being our first year putting on the race, we wanted to make sure we could accommodate the parking needs and keep the runners safe. We ended up with 479 runners and many more spectators. We look forward to building on this success next year and hope you’ll join us! Big thanks to our friends at the Eugene Marathon for helping us put this together.