Hello there! My name is Maureen McShane, and I am the Executive Assistant for Oregon Fruit Products Co. and this week’s guest blogger.
Salem, Oregon, is known as the Cherry City, the capital city of Oregon and the home of Oregon Fruit Products. The Historic Deepwood Estate’s summer fundraising event is known as Cherry Jubilee, so it was natural that they asked OFPC to partner with them. We provided the caterer with our canned Red Tarts, Dark Sweets and Royal Anne cherries. Our #10 institutional size cans were used as centerpieces with our Dark Sweet Cherry labels on them. The event was held on a beautiful Friday night in August and the gardens could not have been more beautiful. The 50s and 60s theme had people in poodle skirts, bobby socks and Hawaiian shirts. The placemats were old 78 rpm records and there was a cherry red Cobra on the grounds in keeping with the theme.
The Queen Anne Victorian home at Deepwood was built in 1894 and the gardens were formally designed in 1929. They have matured into today’s wonderful mixture of gardens that delight visitors for a leisurely walk or a wedding or other celebration. Sunset Magazine named Deepwood as one of the four “Best Historic Homes” in its “Best of the West” section in 2002.
The cherry entries in the menu consisted of spinach salads with manchego cheese, sliced almonds, a cherry sherry vinaigrette dressing along with each of our cherry varieties. That choice was way more tasty and healthy than croutons! The desserts consisted of Italian panna cotta topped with a Royal Anne, Dark Sweet Cherry brownies and mini tarts made with our Red Tarts. They were the perfect size so all three could be eaten without guilt!