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welcome to the nightwood

The Nightwood is a culinary venture offering one-of-a-kind experiences in food. We are a private event space, creative incubator, and home to a rotating series of classes, including butchering instruction through Portland Meat Collective. Even in Portland's groundbreaking food scene, we felt like there was room for something totally new – immersive dining that creates a sense of community through food and design.

The Nightwood is owned and run by an all-women collective, but let's be clear: everyone is welcome! If you are as passionate about thoughtfully produced food, beautifully designed spaces, and creative collaboration as we are, then we want to get to know you. We love sharing our enthusiasm and can't wait to say: Welcome to The Nightwood. Come on in!


The Nightwood Society Farm 2 Turntable DJ Party


We're always down for a good party! Whether you need an extravagant sit-down feast for a family gathering or a cocktail/dance party and small bites for your company gathering, we can transform our space for any size event. We don't call it Wonderland for nothing! We love helping you look good for your boss and our producers are always up for a challenge. Whatever you can dream up...we got you!


Curious Kids Cooks Camp

Is there a better place for a kid to get their hands dirty than in the kitchen? We think it’s the BEST place to explore, experiment, and get a little messy! A child learning to cook stimulates the imagination, kindles a curious palate, and promotes exploration and learning about one of the most fundamental things: food. The Nightwood Society is offering a culinary camp "Curious Cook Camp" to help boys and girls develop their kitchen skills and nurture their own love of food. We will cook, taste, and play each day, plus go on adventures to discover where our food comes from and how it gets on the table. Our week-long camp wraps up with a feast prepared by your kids for two of their special guests.




What an incredible adventure we've been on! It's felt, at times, like a roller coaster. All of the emotions on the daily- on repeat. Elated, anxious terrified, full of joy and well frankly, exhausted. We've laughed until we cried more times than we can count (see kickstarter outtakes on the blog) and some of us...may have lost our lunch a couple times too.

This process, above all,  reminded us that we are human. That we have to laugh and cry and scream out loud. That we have to depend on others to help lift us up when we can't walk and that in turn you must hold space for others when they need lifted. When you surround yourself with people whom you share your values to be good humans that you can build a container of support that is, well ...profound.

We learned a lot of lessons along the way and we tripped and fell and skinned our knees and elbows many times and while we have all been wounded we've never broken. 

Now it's time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back into the ring. To live the values we have created and start making all the magic for you and yours. We're ready to party. To toast our successes and all the support you have given and we can't wait to celebrate with you!

A tremendous thank you to every one of you who backed this dream of ours. From all the
women big and small we are forever grateful for your support.