As summer finally comes to a close and friends begin to return home from their various vacation destinations, we always find ourselves shifting out of day-at-the-beach mode and into dinner-at-home mode. After all, fall’s crisp days and cool nights present wonderful opportunities for gatherings of friends. Even if we aren’t hosting or attending these events ourselves, we are always down for living vicariously through those who are. Our friends Christiann Koepke, Eva Kosmas Flores, and Danielle Firle recently hosted an outdoor dinner that is satiating our entertaining-craving from afar.
Christiann, Eva, and Danielle are the founders of Secret Suppers, a series of events that celebrate friends, food, nature, and the Portland, OR region. Each supper, true to its name, is hosted at a secret location, disclosed only 24 hours prior to the event. Their most recent, nicknamed “Thicket,” took place on a wooded property at the foot of Oregon’s Mount Hood. The trio collaborated with regional caterers Tournant on a menu of Middle Eastern fare. The meal was served at a low table constructed of vintage doors and surrounded by pillows and blankets for a casual, intimate affair.
“Hosting outdoor Suppers in the Pacific Northwest year-round can be tricky,” Christiann says, “especially with rain clouds often looming nearby, but we can’t help but be adventurous! Just before the Supper started at 6 pm, the clouds broke free and the sun shone through! Minutes before in fact, and we were so blessed to have a beautiful, rain free evening.” Take a peek at Christiann + Eva’s photos of the event below!
Marionberry Sage Aviation Gin Spritzer
Pea hummus on pita with dill creme fraiche, chevre + microgreens
Charred broccoli, caramelized fennel, feta, + asparagus mini-skewers
COR Winery, Alba | Gewurztraminer/Pinot Gris
Middle Eastern Wedge Salad
Little gem lettuces with za’atar ‘ranch’ dressing, feta, dates, and pistachios
Syncline Winery, Mourvedre
Northwest Fresh Fattoush with pita, snap peas, radishes, sorrel, mint + sumac
Honey Harissa Roasted Carrots + Turnips with labneh, preserved lemon + rose
Duo of Whole Fire-Roasted Lamb + Shawarma Spiced Braised Lamb
Analemma Winery, Atavus Gewürztraminer
Rhubarb Rose Ice Cream with Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
↑ Above photos by Eva Kosmas Flores
↑ Above photos by Christiann Koepke