What to expect:
Guests at this dinner are in for a finely paired culinary experience. Classy but not stuffy, Park Avenue Fine Wines offers a unique dining opportunity in their private downstairs dining room prepared by acclaimed Chef Joey Gibson. Vincent Fritzsche brings not only fantastic wines for this dinner but also entertaining stories of a decade of making wine in the Willamette Valley. This is always a hot dinner - buy quickly for a seat at the table!
Seating - An intimate dinner in the luxe Brass Room for 12 guests.
626 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Park Avenue Fine Wines opened in August 2016. After decades of hosting the classic Portland restaurant Brasserie Montmartre, this grand space is now a new destination for wine lovers. The beautiful wine shop and wine bar is an ideal venue for small, wine-focused events. The formal downstairs dining room is called the Brass Room in homage to Brasserie Montmarte, which occupied this space for almost 40 years.
Chef Joey Gibson of Parallel Food & Drink
Joey grew up northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Searching for something creative and active, he enrolled in culinary school directly after graduating high school. After working for a couple years in Georgia and South Carolina, he jumped at an opportunity to move to New York City. He used the opportunity to learn as much as possible, cooking under noted chefs such as Brad McDonald & Peter Hoffman. After eight years of the grinding big city cook-life, he moved to Portland, Oregon to be in a thriving food city that was also conducive to family life. Joey was a sous chef at Roman Candle Baking Co. and Olympia Provisions before committing full time to raising his daughter. He also took this time to launch his dream of starting his own project, Parallel Food & Drink. His southern roots, New York training, and mentorship by farm-driven chefs have given him a cooking style that is a seasonally-driven combination of comfort and fine dining.
Willamette Valley, OR
Vincent Wine Company is a Willamette Valley winery making Oregon Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Owner/winemaker Vincent Fritzsche launched the winery in 2009 after years of apprenticing in wineries in Oregon and California. The winery is all about low-input wine making, working with several sustainably-farmed vineyards around the Willamette Valley to produce small amounts of handmade wine without a lot of fuss.
Vincent Wine Company is named for many things. It is Vincent’s name, of course. It was also the name of his uncle and maternal grandfather. But, really, the name pays homage to the 4th century Saint Vincent of Saragossa, Spain, the patron saint of vintners. He was adopted centuries ago by the Burgundians, makers of the Pinot noir and Chardonnay, our grapes. Each year on or around January 22, they celebrate his feast day with the legendary Fête de la Saint Vincent.