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Joel Palmer House where Oregon Mushrooms reign supreme!

The Joel Palmer house stems from a family history of restaurants that started with  great-grandfather, Joseph Czarnecki, who opened Joe’s Tavern in 1916 in Reading Pennsylvania. Gradually the restaurant changed it's focus to fine dining and wine with an emphasis on wild mushrooms. 


Jack Czarnecki brought the restaurant to Oregon in 1996 when he  purchased The Joel Palmer House in Dayton and moved to where is could focus more on the wild mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.  Now his Jack's son, the fourth generation, Christopher Czarnecki mans the kitchen continuing the family tradition.

The cooking revolves around wild mushrooms and truffles which they gather themselves and incorporate into their recipes with other locally raised ingredients.  The menu offerings are  complemented by local Oregon wines.

Numerous reviews agree that this is a Five star restaurant - pricey but worth it.

For this special meal due to high demand on this restaurant we can only get seating for a table that seats 4.  I have reserved one table for 4 and will request another table if there is additional interest.  If this dinner fills up you must let me know if you are interested in starting a second table as soon as possible since the remaining tables may fill up quickly.  We will try to have the second table in the same room at the same time.  Dayton is about an hours drive from Portland, so we will try to leave for the restaurant around 6 pm, consequently we have set the dinner time to 7:30 pm so we don't need to feel rushed to get there and can avoid rush hour traffic.

Deposit Required: Some of you may not be familiar with how my deposit system works so please read this before you sign up. You are being asked to pay a deposit to hold your spot of $22.00. This is not the cost of your dinner. When you show up for dinner I will hand you a $20.00 bill which you can apply to your dinner. The other $2.00 is split between me and Amazon - I put my $1.00 towards the $140.00 a year I pay to host the web site. IF YOU DON"T SHOW UP YOU DO NOT GET ANY REFUND. If the entire dinner is canceled for any reason, you will get a complete refund. But you not showing up because you have other plans, your aunt came to town unexpectedly, the playoffs were on TV, whatever - NO REFUND.

No Shows: Restaurants survive by making a certain amount of money for their seats every hour they are open. Even though you are willing to forfeiting your $20.00 deposit, I still need to know as soon as possible if you are not going to show up. If you don't show up and don't let me know that you can't make it so I can advise the restaurant to free up their seats for other customers, I will have problems with the restaurant, someone else who wanted to come will have missed the opportunity and you will probably get kicked out of this group. I will send everyone that signs up my cell phone number a few days before the dinner so there will be no excuse for not calling me and letting me know. (You can e-mail mail me if there is enough time.)


Sample menu:

 First Course

Joe’s Wild Mushroom Soup – rich essence of puréed suillus mushrooms finished with crème fraiche 9

 Matsutake Mushroom Chowder 7

 Oregon White Chanterelles in Cream and Bacon over Puff Pastry 15

Mixed Greens Salad – goat cheese, hazelnuts, and oranges in raspberry vinaigrette 7

 ½ dozen **Oysters on the half shell – with pinot noir mignonette 15

Selection of Artisan Cheeses 10

Second Course

Heidi’s Three Mushroom Tart – this tart is the essence of what wild mushrooms are all about 14

Escargot – with black trumpet mushroom duxelle, garlic butter over polenta,

chimichurri sauce and bell pepper purée 13

Scallop Quenelles – with lobster mushroom-tarragon cream sauce,

black trumpet popcorn, and trout caviar 12

Pinot-Noir Poached Torchon of Foie Gras 15

 Main Course

Filet Mignon – Painted Hills Oregon Beef with porcini and Schezwan pepper sauce 40

pan seared foie gras with Mushroom Candied Onion $15 supplement

Beef Stroganoff – with wild mushrooms over seasoned rice 30

Peking Duck Palmer House – pan-seared duck breast with five-spice honey,

hoi sin, and cilantro pesto 29

Apple Wood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin of Pork – with kapusta (Polish style sauerkraut with split green peas and porcini), black trumpet mushrooms, dried cherry and pepper purée 29

Maine Lobster, Portobello, and Havarti Cheese wrapped in puff pastry

served with Oregon White Truffle Cream Sauce 29

Marinated Sturgeon – over quinoa with wild mushroom duxelle and cayenne aioli 29

Penne Pasta – in cream with wild mushrooms 21


There is also a special Mushroom madness menu but we would have to agree that the entire table order this to try this special menu.





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  • Larry

    If you like mushrooms prepared in a unique delicious way, Joel Palmer House is your place!

    December 25, 2011

  • John M

    Treated myself to the "mushroom madness menu" plus two glasses of Pinot Noir, then said goodbye to 2011 even though New Year's Eve is still one week away.

    December 24, 2011

  • Laura M.

    This was a great choice by Joanne. The food was beyond scrumptious. I loved every dish in the tasting menu.

    December 24, 2011

  • Joanne

    Flawless 5 star meal - pricey but worth it. Read my review here:

    December 24, 2011

  • Larry

    Joanne and I will be coming from the Portland area south to Dayton and I believe you will be coming north and west so I doubt we can carpool with you, John. See you tonight at 7:30!

    December 23, 2011

  • John M

    I'll be coming from the Dallas/Salem area and I'm willing to carpool.

    December 23, 2011

  • Larry

    Since there are only 4 of us going tomorrow is there any interest in car-pooling, or shall we just meet there at 7:30?

    December 22, 2011

  • Betty

    The menu sounds fabulous, but I already have plans. Hope there are more of these in the coming year!

    December 22, 2011

  • Joanne

    None that come to mind Richard. Since we are going to be a small group for this event we can try to car pool.

    December 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aren't there any comparable establishments closer to town?? I travel less to hunt mushrooms; may need to find a mushroom cooking class!!!

    December 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The menu sounds Fabulous!

    December 6, 2011

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