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Eloping in Portland

shamelessfood | Apr 17, 200402:02 PM

My wife (to be) and I are going from San Francisco to Portland next month to elope. I would love to find a great romantic restaurant to have dinner at after we get married.

Things you should know:
-Since this is our wedding, price really isn’t an issue, but we tend to like things more cozy than extravagant.
-Rustic, romance over chic is definitely our style.
-Simple great ingredients over complex preparation is key.
-I know everyone is going to say Wildwood and if I can not find anything else, that is what I will probably go for, but I have concerns. I have never been there, but it seems like a big place (not very intimate or romantic). Also, when you need 8 cases of every ingredient on the menu, I think it is very hard to keep quality high. I used to work at a restaurant where the owner would go to market and hand pick all her meats and produce. We had almost no food deliveries. The place was small enough and simple enough that she could fit everything we needed in the back of her pick up truck. (She also grew much of her own produce.) She would get some of the best ingredients I have ever had. There is no way you could do that for a 250-person dining room. (Name one restaurant that got better after expanding from 12 tables to 50 tables.) Additionally, after being open for years and publishing cook books and such, I am afraid the food has become formulaic. I would much rather eat at the up and coming Wildwood instead of Wildwood, if that makes sense.
- I know this is a tall order. I would be hard pressed to fulfill it in my hometown. I have always heard great things about Wildwood, so I won’t be disappointed if that is where we end up, but obviously, I am looking for something really special. It’s my wedding for Pete’s sake! ;-)

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