Paley's Place

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This month’s Portland Food Adventures brought us to a staple of Portland dining, Paley’s Place, owned by Chef Vitaly Paley with Executive Chef Patrick McKee. Since it’s opening in 1995, the 50-seat Paley’s Place has been very influential in creating an ambiance conducive to an intimate dining experience.

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We started out with appetizers including oysters and gruyere filled puff pastries.

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Vitaly Paley came out to introduce himself and his wife Kimberly, both of whom were a strong presence of hospitality throughout the night. We also got to hear from Executive Chef Patrick McKee and a little bit about the history of Paley’s Place.

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Next up was an assortment of charcuterie, one vegetarian with grilled radicchio and mozzarella as well as an assortment of meats served with fruit mustard and pickled vegetables.

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The wine pairings were also fantastic, with a Domaine de Nizas Rose for the first course. Following was a seared Oregon Albacore tuna Tonnato, served with chickpea socca, cherries and arugula salad paired with a 2011 Matello Pinot Gris.

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Our third course was a ham and mushroom stuffed saddle of rabbit, with fresh corn polenta and a sauce Blanquette de lapin.

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Around this time I snuck into the kitchen to check out the action behind the scenes. Chefs Patrick and Vitaly were both busy directing our next course.

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This was definitely my favorite dish of the night, a Silvies Valley Ranch Veal Osso Buco, served with herbed spatzle, glazed carrots, brussel sprouts and chantrelles.

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Finally Chef Vitaly came out to mingle a bit with the adventurers, and talked with us about some of the great gift certificates we were receiving that evening which included Imperial and Portland Penny Diner, Raven & Rose and Nuestra Cocina. We also got our final course, warm gingerbread, harvest fruit compote and vanilla bean whipped cream.

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Such a lovely evening, full of great food and conversation, the energy of the room was light and excited. A very unique culinary experience with some of Portland’s finest.

To keep the adventure going, Chefs Vitaly and Patrick will be doing a live demonstration “In The Kitchen” at the beautiful Standard TV & Appliance showroom in Beaverton. The perfect follow up to such a fantastic evening.

Next up Portland Food Adventures takes on Cocotte! December 10th.