A Community Meal 

Association is a chef and dinner speaker event centered around the idea of bringing people together over an incredible meal and a thought-provoking talk. From partners who are collaborating for the first time, to friends and colleagues who are connecting degrees of separation across the table, the evening is a delicious celebration of community that we host from time to time.

Association dinner returns on Sunday, April 23rd for Design Week Portland, with Peter Cho of Han Oak as our guest chef, and Mimi Lettunich of Twenty Four 7 as our keynote speaker.

The theme of the evening will focus on the drive behind so many design careers - an innate entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep passion for the practice.

Purchase tickets while they last! >>


Olympic Provisions + Andrew Dickson
June 2013

with Kir Jensen of The Sugar Cube, Emerald Petals, Commonwealth, and Ninkasi.

LaMama/TUSK - Sam Smith (Ava Gene's), Nora Antene (Le Pigeon), and Wesley Johnson (Castagna).
+ Andee Hess of Osmose Design

April 2016

Gray MagazineFiore Floral DesignClassic Vintage Rentals, Jordan Domont, The Good ModEmily KatzKush Rugs, Nell & Mary, and Casa Bruno Wines.

Photography : Phil Chester + Sara K Byrne

Cyril's + Heide Island, Ph.D

October 2013

with Salt & StrawCaravan PacificBase Camp Brewing, and Casa Bruno Wines.
no photos on account of darkness!

Crown Paella + Jelly Helm
May 2013

with Fieldwork FlowersOso Market, and Marushka Chocolate.
photos by Randall Garcia

Gabe Rosen of Biwa + Mayor Sam Adams
April 2013

with Salt & StrawBase Camp Brewing, and Solabee Flowers.
photos by Randall Garcia

Jason French of Ned Ludd + William Deresiewicz
March 2013




"We’ve got word of a new concept that will please both mind and mouth. Union/Pine, Ned Ludd and Merit Badge are taking the dinner party trifecta—”great food, tasty libations and inspired conversation”—to a whole new level with their monthly dinner series, “Association”. [...]" read more »



The Portland Mercury
by Marjorie Skinner
[...] At each event, a different food/booze/dessert purveyor caters and a local person of interest gives a brief, casual talk. Discussion is encouraged, networking and introductions are easy in the intimate atmosphere, and dinner is served at communal tables that are conducive to such things. [...] read more »