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Estes Italian Popup at Dame Collective, Portland, OR

Estes, Dame Collective, Romaine and Farro Salad, Beet SaladMany thanks to Estes for hosting this meal. As always, all opinions are my own.

Dame Collective, one of the most gorgeous spaces to dine in Portland, recently launched a new chefs-in-residency program inviting chefs to flex their creativity in a collaborative environment. Chef Patrick McKee, formerly of Perlot/SouthFork, is the first to join Dame Collective with Estes, his new restaurant concept based on his Italian heritage. You can find Patrick in the kitchen at Dame from Sundays to Wednesdays starting at 5:30pm.

When developing the menu at Estes, Patrick reached out to his mother for McKee family recipes from his childhood. The result is refined Italian home cooking that celebrates the seasonality of the Pacific Northwest. I was recently invited to experience Estes, and I was thoroughly impressed by the simple elegance of every plate. You may find different dishes on the menu when you visit as Patrick intends to change the menu from time to time, but you can expect plenty of vegetables and excellent pasta… oh, the pasta!

To start, I nibbled my way through the roasted beets with marinated citrus, sweet herbs, and hazelnuts. Next, I moved on to the romaine and braised farro salad with leeks, fennel, green onions, vegan feta, and aged balsamic. The brussels sprouts with calabrian chile-olive relish was especially delicious with the touch of preserved lemon. After the veggies, I happily twirled the semolina pasta on fork. Perfect pasta with romanesco, carrots, and calabrian chile oil. Last, but not least, I enjoyed a refreshing blood orange sorbet for dessert.

To pair with the food, Dame offers a global selection of natural wines (yep, they’re vegan). If you’re not sure which bottle to order, Dame owner Jane Smith can help steer you in the right direction based on your preferences. We enjoyed several skin contact orange/amber wines, which was very fitting for the first warm, sunny day of the year.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlynn Schotland
    April 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    What a fun pop up! I haven’t been to Dame in a long time. Love that they are doing a chefs-in-residency program.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 1, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Hope you have to chance to visit Estes at Dame soon. The food, the wine, oh my!

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    Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    April 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Those salads look phenomenal! Spring is here, so I’ve been alllllll about the salads. I’d love to try them out with Estes at Dame!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

      If you love your salads, Estes is perfect for you! You gotta go!

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    jana
    April 1, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I keep hearing good things about Dame! I clearly need to go!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Yes, you do!!

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    Amanda
    April 2, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Wow all these dishes look delicious! That pasta looks so thick!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

      That pasta is everything… yum!!

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    Erin @ Platings and Pairings
    April 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

    How great that Dame is hosting popups! It’s such a beautiful space.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:03 am

      I was lucky to get there early enough to snap a couple shots while it was still light out. So beautiful!

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    Renee | The Good Hearted Woman
    April 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I love that they are doing a chefs-in-residency program! What a wonderful opportunity for chefs and diners alike.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Yes! I’d love to see how the menus change and the chefs rotate over time.

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    Kelsey
    April 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    The presentation, the colors of the food, the beautiful space! Lovely.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Right?! Such a lovely spot for date night or a girls night out.

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