An age-old celebration of the pig; Maialata is a workday and feast steeped in ancient traditions in accordance with folklore and biodynamic practices.
In the small mountain towns of Northern Italy, winter months afford the natural refrigeration necessary to process an entire animal into sausages, salumi, prosciutti and ragù that will feed the family for the year to come. This process of butchering, salting and preserving animals is no small task. So, rural communities would come together in a central town and work all day to prepare their pigs. Then, at night, feast on the bounty of their labor and pay respect to the animals that provide their nourishment.
Cathy Whims and Rudy Marchesi, along with a little help from Dario Cecchini, have recreated this experience at the Oregon Maialata. We hope you will join us for a long day of learning from Dario's butchery demo, along with wine drinking, chef-lead hands-on workshops, and a beautiful farm lunch. Plus meet and mingle with the chefs as much as you'd like.
At the end of the day, sit together for unforgettable multi-course subterranean dinner in the wine cellar with masterfully prepared food from the day's production, presented by Cathy Whims’ team of chefs including Paolo Calamai of Burrasca, Rick Gencarelli of Grassa/Lardo, Rob Roy of Nostrana, Eric Bartle of Abbey Road Farm, and Sarah Schneider of The Nightwood Society. Dinner will be paired with yet more Montinore Estate wine.
For full schedule, menu, and workshop information: maialatapdx.com.
- 90-minute butchery demo by Dario Cecchini
- Welcome snacks, Caffé Umbria coffee
- Montinore Estate wine tastes all day
- One pre-assigned workshop
- Lunch by The Nightwood Society
- 5-course cellar dinner + wine Pairings
Questions should be sent to [email protected] or by calling +1-971-808-2899. Please do not contact Montinore Estate for information.
This dinner offers a menu of regionally-specific food and wine and dietary requests will not be offered.
If you are interested in learning more about our offerings, please fill out the request form and we will contact you to discuss details.