One for The Books

Paella Fest Raises $11,653 for Food For Lane County 
Surpassing all expectations and wildest dreams, Paella Fest 2015 was one for the books. There were 35 paella makers—including many new faces—and a record breaking crowd. With great music and dancing to inaugurate the new stage, a wonderful selection of northwest beer and wine, and a hugely successful silent auction, a grand time was had by all. In addition, we were able to donate $11,653.00 to Food For Lane County—our largest contribution to date!

Helping our community while having so much fun is what makes this event truly special. Thank you to everyone—from the paella makers, guests, and donors (see below), to the musicians and dancers—for making the 10th Annual Paella Fest such a memorable one. A special shout out to Lisa Kelm and her giant paella that was the center piece hanging over the stage. And of course a huge thanks to Mo and Eric for the wonderful hilltop and all of the effort they put into this event in the weeks preceding and following Paella Fest.

Here's to next year and the 11th Annual!


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List of Donors
Spanish Table
Benton Lane Vineyards
Mike Pease
Sarver Vinyards
The Broadway
Cindy and Dan Ray
Ninkasi Brewing
Sweet Cheeks Winery
Oakshire Brewery
Action Rent-All
Deschutes Brewery
Char Decker
Claim 52 Brewing
Unwind Foot Spa
Oregon Wine Labs
Above All Sanitation
Newman's Fish Co.
Tony Corcoran
Christy McAllister
Dede Decker
Daniel Moret
Eric Gunderson
Julie Decker Massage
Bruce Newhouse
Anita Pierce
Sue Dickman
Darrel Kau

Musicians and Performers
Steve Davis
Walker T. Ryan
Martita Santiago and Flamenco Chico
Char Decker
Annalisa Morton
Stephen Hoyle
Green Mountain Bluegrass Band
Ed, Linda and friends: What Ya Got?

Paella Fest 2015

A Benefit for Food for Lane County 
Saturday, August 1st, in beautiful green Eugene

It's time once again to celebrate the rice dish of Spain while helping to raise funds for Food for Lane County. Please join us for the 10th Annual Northwest Paella Fest! 

It's hard to believe we've been at this for ten years! It seems like only yesterday that a small band of avid paella makers gathered in the woods, their pans shimmering in the sunlight streaming through pines 
as they cooked up delicious paella for a cause. 

That first year we were able to donate $700 to Food for Lane County. Last year the donation pot had grown to $6,700. Our goal this year: $10,000! We can do it! And here's how you can help:
  • Make a Paella. If you want to make a paella, contact Don to get a place at the table. Space is limited, but we want to accommodate as many makers as possible. 
  • Attend, Eat, and Donate. Seek out one of the paella makers for an invitation to the event. You must receive an invitation to attend. Each paella maker can invite as many guests as her or his paella will feed. Go to our Facebook page to see the list of this year's paella makers.
Suggested minimum donation to Food for Lane County is $30 per person, but there is no maximum limit! 

New This Year: Silent Auction
Dear Paelleros, this year is our tenth annual celebration and our goal for Food For Lane County is ten thousand dollars. To that end we asked for donations for a silent auction  and boy, did people come through! We have some fabulous items to auction off including:
  • Unwind Foot Spa by Tamara
  • Original Painting by Eric Gunderson
  • Paella dinner and lessons for 8 by Paul Calandrino
  • 12" Paella pans with wine and food items
  • Organic Food baskets
  • Wine basket
  • Framed original photo by Daniel Ray
  • Mosaic tile table and mosaic tile mirror
  • Sarver Vineyards... two flights plus cheese plate
  • Group executive wine tasting at Oregon Wine Lab
  • Cabin in the woods for a week
  • One hour massage plus lymphatic treatment
  • Studio in Canary Islands for a week (plus paella dinner)
  • Sangria vase and recipe book
  • More!

It's not too late to donate! If you have any items or skills you are willing to give for the auction please email Char. We much appreciate your generosity.

Connect with Us on Facebook
NWPF has gone social! Chat with us and get the latest breaking Paella Fest news on our Facebook page.

See below for all the details and directions.

The Concept
Each person or team who chooses to be a paella maker (paellaera?) brings everything they need to prepare their favorite rice dish of Spain out into the wide open spaces of nature. In addition each paellaera invites enough friends to eat the equivalent of their paella. The result should be a critical mass of fun and celebration with everyone sharing tasty bites of their creations. This invitation is open to all paellaeras who possess creativity, poise and dashing good looks, along with a passion for life and of course, a love of paella.

To sign up, see below.

The Location
Eric and Mo have graciously provided their lovely wooded hilltop property, located just 20 minutes from downtown Eugene — and to be known for posterity as The Dukhobar Road Paella Proving Grounds — at 86840 Dukhobar Road, Eugene, OR 97403.

For directions, see below.

The Timing
Arrival: Paellaeras may arrive and set up any time after 3:00 PM.
Cooking: You are the expert for your recipe. Begin when the time seems right.
Eating: Try to have your paella complete and ready to eat sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.

Items Provided
  • Tables (each table can accommodate 2 to 3 paellaeras)
  • Water (although you may want to bring a receptacle to have water at your table)
  • Cups for beverages (feel free to bring your own special goblet)
  • Small plates and spoons for acquiring taste bud orgasms. (Eating out of the pan is the tradition for paella, however to minimize the risk of soccorat theft, we are resorting to plates.)
Bathrooms are provided.

Items Paelleras Should Bring
  • All ingredients
  • Paella Pan
  • Burner and gas, or receptacle and fuel for charcoal or wood heat (Smokey says, “no ground fires”)
  • Utensils
  • Dish towels and pot holders
  • Beverages other than beer (and ice if needed)
  • Chair
  • Containers for taking home leftovers (yeah, right!)
  • Fire extinguisher or bucket (we want to keep the lovely wooded hilltop wooded!)
You may want to label items as things tend to migrate around in the feeding frenzy.

Items Guests Should Bring
  • Beverages other than beer (and ice if needed)
  • Chair
  • Generous donation for Food for Lane County (suggested $30 per person)
Sign Up
Paellaeras, reserve your spot at the table by signing up now! Email Don and let him know the type of paella (seafood, vegetarian, gastropod, etc.) you plan to create and, if possible, how many guests you intend to invite.

Go out West 11th to Greenhill Road. Turn left on Greenhill. As you proceed, the name of the road mysteriously changes to Crow Road. In a mile or so there will be a Dukhobar Road sign on the right. DON’T TURN HERE! Continue straight for about half a mile until you see a Dukhobar Road sign on your left. Turn left here. Continue to the end of the pavement. (Click on the map below to enlarge)

The driveway is steep, so to drop off people or supplies, drive all the way up to the house, staying right at the Y, and then return to the parking areas. Parking is at the bottom of the hill on the side of the paved road, or up the drive staying left at the Y.


Don’t feel like driving home after an evening of delicious paella, music, and good times? There is plenty of room to pitch a tent or sleep out under the stars and towering trees.

Check back often or go to our Facebook page for updates of activities, donors and the musical line-up.