As weather turns cooler in Yamhill County, residents celebrate the onset of Fall and warms up with food (of course!) for a good cause. Part collaboration dinner, part street party, the 3rd annual Light the Fire benefit on October 1 is bringing local chefs and winemakers together to showcase local food, fine wine and fun in an event that supports the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) Regional Food Bank and Newberg’s Youth Outreach program.
In 2015, Ruddick and Wood hosted its first Spring into Summer Block Party, which acted as a community food drive for the YCAP food bank. The event was so successful that YCAP approached owners Kyle Lattimer and Paul Losch to help plan a fundraiser for the fall, and Light the Fire was born.
The event kicks off with a multi-course collaborative chef dinner featuring some of the Willamette Valley’s most talented chefs, Paul Losch of Ruddick/Wood, Sunny Jin of Jory and Dario Pisoni from Agrivino in Carlton. Outside, the street party offers bites such as made-from-scratch s’mores, flaming cocktails, farmhouse ales and farm-to-table fare.
“We’ve switched up a few things this year, which I think will make the event even more enjoyable,” Losch said. “On the dinner side, we have Andrew Turner from Valley Wine Merchants and appetizers from Sunny Jin and outside we have the Unipiper escorting guests, a fire performance and a cool fire heart sculpture. I think we’re all pretty excited to bring the Unipiper to Newberg!”
Based in Portland, the Unipiper is known for playing flaming bagpipes while riding a unicycle and has appeared at many regional events as well as national TV shows. Other street party entertainment includes live music, fire dancers, cocktails featuring local spirits, food trucks, fire pits, illuminated art installations and a raffle from the “wine wall” stocked with 150 bottles of Willamette Valley wines.
Food and fire-dancing aside, Losch says the best part of the event comes from collaboration—the chance to see friends and to serve the community together.
“My favorite part of the day is having our friends come into the restaurant to cook and bring the community together,” Losch said. “The chef’s dinner is a lot of fun with everyone lending hands to get the plates together and out to the guests, and then we all get to hang out during the street party and after. We are all so busy through the year that we don’t get to always spend the kind of quality time together that this event has offered us each year.”
Tickets for the chef collaboration dinner are $100 per person, including four courses and wine pairings curated by Valley Wine Merchants, as well as the street party. The street party is $10 per person for entry and entertainment, food and beverage is à la carte. Both events are 21+.
Light the Fire Fall Fundraiser
Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Ruddick/Wood – 720 E First Street, Newberg
Chef dinner: 5:00-7:00pm
Street Party: 6:30-8:30pm
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: yamhillcap.org/lightthefire.