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From our partners at Saturday Market:
It seems like summer was barely a whisper in our ears, and yet the fall harvest is already upon us, heavy with the promise of pressed apple cider, campfires, and chunky scarves. With September and October swiftly approaching, watchful eyes are on Oregon's wine industry, when the 2010 fall harvest season will reveal what's in store for Pacific Northwest wineries. Here at Portland Saturday Market, we are ready to celebrate with treasures and treats that pair perfectly with the bounty of wines, fruits, and delicacies that fall has to offer.
The arrival of fall means it is party season; and nothing is more pleasing to the eye or easy to prepare than a platter of fresh cheeses served alongside a bottle or two of Oregon wines. For an elegant base, stop by Bengston Woodworks and check out the handmade cheeseboards. Not only do the boards make a pretty resting spot for wedges of Gouda, Brie, and Camembert; artist Jeffrey Bengston also uses locally and domestically salvaged Madrone, myrtle, maple, and cherry wood whenever possible to create them. Shapiro Porcelain also has pretty platters to display your party offerings. Their simple, yet stylish designs are a perfect for showing off cheese, bread, sushi, fruit or appetizers.
For a fast and delicious addition to your cheese platter, visit Moppethill Farm and pick up a jar of their Marion JalapeÃƒÆ’±o jelly. Come party time, simply pour the sweet and spicy jelly over a brick of cream cheese and serve with crackers. Next, head down to Wild Sweets Chocolate Factory and pick up some locally-made truffles in flavors such as Bing cherry, champagne, and amaretto. Then, grabs some sweet sesame roasted cashews from Family Free Nut Company. Both will pair nicely with soft cheeses and fall fruits like apples, dates, and figs.
Finally, for a practical and pretty hostess gift, pick up a bottle of your host's favorite vintage and ditch the cork or (gasp!) screw cap. Instead, top the bottle with a handmade wooden bottle stopper from V. Nance Wood Turner. The stopper makes a nice gift once the bottle is gone and it saves the host the trouble of finding an opener during the gathering.