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TABLE FOR TEN - IMAGINE MORE

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TABLE FOR TEN - IMAGINE MORE

When we were young, ‘imagine’ often manifested itself in dreams of fairy tales, made-up games or the pursuit of a far-fetched career as an astronaut or rockstar. Our imaginations were always the thing we had in common with one another and they knew no bounds.

Today, ‘imagine’ plays a different role in our lives. Often times, it falls to pragmatism and we succumb to the reality we already exist within. But think of all the amazing moments of self-reflection, innovation and potential breakthroughs when we give ourselves the freedom to imagine.

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TABLE FOR TEN - CREATING SPACE

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TABLE FOR TEN - CREATING SPACE

When we think about creating space, often times we look to the places where we live, where we work or even the room we create to do something -- anything. But sometimes, space is more than that. Rather than the physical space, we challenged ourselves and our guests to look a little deeper.  

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TABLE FOR TEN - GOSCHIE FARMS

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TABLE FOR TEN - GOSCHIE FARMS

In a season where we slow down to celebrate a bounty of harvests with hayrides and pumpkins, it often takes leaving Portland’s boundaries to immerse yourself in the agricultural industry that creates the vibrant food scene in Portland. Nestled among the scenic farmlands of the Willamette Valley, Goschie Farms provided a rich backdrop for our Fall Table for Ten event. This hop farm, which has provided hops for some of Portland’s oldest breweries, has a heritage of harvesting hops for the last 130 years. The old rustic barn, decorated with drying hops, helped inspire our theme of “breaking boundaries”. [READ MORE]

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TABLE FOR TEN ALUMNI NIGHT

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TABLE FOR TEN ALUMNI NIGHT

After nine inspirational Portland Table for Ten dinners, we invited our guests back for a Table For Ten Alumni Night. Our PDX studio served as the location for our Alumni Night Happy Hour, complete with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and sweets.

Our guests sipped on bottles of 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2014 Chardonnay, and 2013 Sangiovese generously gifted from Local boutique winery, D’Anu Wines. Located in SE Portland, D’Anu Wines only uses fruit from vineyards that are either LIVE certified or sustainable farmed.

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OLD PORTLAND HARDWARE + TABLE FOR TEN

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OLD PORTLAND HARDWARE + TABLE FOR TEN

Portland is a city saturated in history, a love for craftsmanship and a passion for finding purpose in the forgotten, bringing us to Old Portland Hardware & Architecture  for our Spring 2016 Table for Ten. Oregon native and Old Portland Hardware’s founder, Bret, told a behind the scenes story of history, passion and purpose with our guests. Our furnishings were provided by Commonwealth Rentals and decorated with antique pieces carefully selected from the showroom floor of Old Portland Hardware. Park Kitchen graced our palates with locally sourced blackened steelhead, beet chicharrones and double chocolate tart, while Bridge Nine Candles lit up our night by sending our guests home with their sustainable, hand­poured Portland Mist candle.

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WIDMER PARTNERS WITH TABLE FOR TEN FOR HOP FARM FEAST

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When it comes to libations, Oregon is a mecca for cultivating and producing some of the best beverages in the country. While the Willamette Valley grows some of the best wine grapes in the country, we're also known for a green, aromatic crop that produces a well known Oregon export: hops. With over 120 craft and mircobreweries, Oregon was just named the best state in the nation for beer and our hops can be found in beers around the world.

 

For our summer Table for Ten, iconic Portland-based Widmer Brothers Brewing partnered with Manifesto to create an unforgettable hop farm-to-table dinner paying homage to Oregon's beer bounty. They selected Goschie Farms as the dinner location, a 100-year-old hop farm nested just outside Silverton, Oregon.

 

The night kicked off at the Widmer Brothers Pub in Portland where guests were welcomed onboard a BREWVANA Brewery Tour bus and driven out to the hop farm, sipping Widmer brews en route. The Bent Brick served up appetizers upon arrival before Gayle Goschie showed our ten influencers around the hop farm (which happened to be in the middle of a 5 week, 24 hour a day harvest season). Widmer brewer Ben Dobler, a guest at the table, and Bent Brick owner/chef Scott Dolich teamed up to pair a four-course meal with Widmer beers, finishing off with a chocolate cheesecake and Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout.

 

Guests included influencers and brand marketers from Travel Oregon, Nike, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Pendleton Wool and Shwood, along with a notable creative director, commercial photographer and social media/marketing pros. A summer feast was followed by rousing guest storytelling before our we boarded the BREWVANA bus back home with a Portland City Collection tote, compliments of WILL Leather Goods.

 

Thank you to our presenting partner Widmer, our incredible culinary partner The Bent Brick and the rest of our event partners: BREWVANA Brewery Tours, Commonwealth Vintage Rentals, Appetite, WILL Leather Goods and Goschie Farms.

 

Table for Ten will be expanding to Chicago, New York and Milwaukee later this year. Find out more about Table for Ten on our event website, www.table-for-ten.com.

TABLE FOR TEN PDX

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The tiniest details can often make the greatest impact.  Our third Table for Ten dinner was meticulously hosted at Tanner Goods' Cascadian Fabrications workshop, with an exciting collection of guests and event partners in tow. Our ocean-inspired indego table setting brought both brand mavens and creatives from the likes of Nike, SOREL, Instrument, Leatherman, Tanner Goods, Widmer, Conscious Box and artist Kate Bingaman-Burt, who graciously shared their time and stories with us, producing another awe-inspiring batch Table for Ten alumni. The backbone of these dinners lies in storytelling, an exercise that helps break barriers and unite our guests with a common thread of creativity. Paying homage to our host Tanner Goods, we adopted the local leather manufacturer's tag line, "Worth Holding Onto", and asked our guests to bring an item with this mantra in mind. We heard tales about where creativity starts, love ends, and dreams become reality. In addition to our guests, our generous partners provided an experience that was truly worth holding onto.  Guests were treated to a tour of the leather fabrication studio before urban winery Clay Pigeon provided swoon-worthy libations paired with exquisite seasonal fare from Cyril's. Handmade stoneware from Mazama graced our guests' palms, each of whom took home both a Spanish-inspired wine cup and a fresh-from-the-barrel bottle of Rosé. And, once again, our continuous partner Appetite Studio curated an environment that left our group of creative masterminds visually delighted.

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Table for Ten is a curated creative dinner series meant to facilitate a meaningful interaction and build lasting personal and professional relationships. Hosted quarterly at some of the city's most inspiring locations, we're strengthening the creative community one meal at a time. Learn more about Table for Ten and watch a recap of our second event here. More photos from this Table for Ten can be found on Manifesto's Facebook page.

TABLE FOR TEN PDX

[imagebrowser id=19] Last week, Manifesto hosted its second Table for Ten at New Deal Distillery in southeast Portland.  New Deal and Park Kitchen generously sponsored the event, coming together to create an elaborate four-course culinary experience paired with signature New Deal cocktails.

As a quarterly event, each Table for Ten invites ten incredible guests to converge on a unique dining environment for an evening of food, drink, conversation and connectivity. From innovators, creators and disruptors, to entrepreneurs, makers and philanthropists, Table for Ten is designed to facilitate a meaningful intersection of unique individuals and build lasting personal and professional relationships organically.

Guests at last week's event included brand marketing mavens, creative directors, talented photographers, and even a design researcher turned slam poet.

Decor was provided by Something Borrowed and Appetite, and Kiriko, a Portland-based company that creates accessories from vintage Japanese boro fabric, sent our guests home with a hand made pocket square.

Our first dinner was last September, you can read about it here. Additional photos from Table for Ten can be found on our Facebook page, and a video of the evening can be found here.

Table for Ten PDX

[imagebrowser id=14] Table for Ten PDX kicked off last week with a splash. Hosted at the joint MFA studio of the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft’s, we had the opportunity to work with two first-year graduate students who took our vision full speed and built us a private dining space with a bird's eye view of the working studio below. With the help of our sponsors [Appetite Studio, Commonwealth Vintage Rentals & Union Wine Company], the scene was complete. The rustic wooden structure was filled with screen-printed napkins, succulents, artisan wine, and carefully curated furniture and tableware.

Our ten guests were creative industry mavens, ranging from DIY guru Lia Griffith, leather craftsman and Tanner Goods Co-Founder, Sam Huff, even a recent Emmy winner from Intel, Billie Goldman. We only asked one thing of our guests - to bring a unique object with them as a catalyst to tell a story at the dinner table. Our guests delivered, no holds barred; photographer Holly Andres brought the catalogue from her recent retrospective at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, while head of global creative outreach at Nike, Howard Lichter, brought natural fiber sandals worn by marathon-running monks that inspired his global design team while working for Nike in Tokyo.

As a small agency, it was so fulfilling to have the opportunity to bring these industry leaders together and hear their stories. Our goal was to create an environment that went beyond networking and fostered real, organic relationships. For a short amount of time that evening, everyone’s shield of professionalism fell and in that moment the magic happened.