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Great food fuels the celebration and enhances your entire reception experience. At Abernethy Center, we understand the importance of your wedding meal as a one-time, no-redo experience, and our aim is sheer perfection.

Of all the Oregon venues, Abernethy Center is one of the rare few that offer exclusive in-house catering. Abernethy's chefs consistently earn rave reviews! Yet, nothing beats experiencing it firsthand. After all, we are dedicated to ensuring you absolutely love the food you serve and that your guests can’t stop talking about the menu. 

As a couple planning your special day at Abernethy Center, you'll be invited to a "Chef's Preview," our delightful food tasting, where you can indulge in a selection of our most popular dishes and meet Abernethy Center's culinary team. This experience lets you savor the flavors and quality of our offerings ahead of your big day, making sure you're entirely confident when selecting your wedding menu.

“The food was phenomenal. We had heard it was good but were still surprised by just how good!! Our guests loved every dish!"

Melissa - Abernethy Bride


Imagine the Chefs' Preview as a relaxed date night at Abernethy Center. It's a group tasting where you can mingle with other engaged couples. The beautiful ballroom is adorned with centerpieces from our Preferred Vendor florists. You’ll explore the buffet and pick which items you'd like to sample. Our team provides a short presentation about the menu during dinner, and our Event Specialists and chefs will be on hand to address any questions.

“I cannot say enough good things about the food. Everything was beyond delicious. People have been complimenting me on the food ever since the wedding."

Sarah - Abernethy Bride


We host two to three Chefs’ Previews per year, taking place in the fall and winter. You can expect an electronic invitation from your Event Specialist roughly six weeks before the event. Since space is limited, we recommend RSVPing promptly. If you're preparing for your wedding at Abernethy Center and want to know the dates for our next tasting, please reach out to your Event Specialist for more information. 

 “People told me numerous times that this was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding, and it was!”

Ashley - Abernethy Bride


Do I have to pay?

There is no fee to attend. We are thrilled to offer the Chefs Preview free of charge to couples who’ve booked a wedding date at Abernethy Center.

How many people can I bring with me to the tasting?

We can accommodate up to two people per invitation for the Chefs’ Preview, as space is limited. We kindly request that you refrain from bringing additional guests to ensure that all attendees have the best experience.

Can I purchase additional tickets? 

Unfortunately, no. Since space is limited, this is an exclusive event, but you can have any two people attend on your behalf, such as parents if you live out of town and are unable to travel.

Can I taste everything on the menu?  

During the tasting, you'll have the opportunity to sample a selection of our most popular dishes from the wedding dining menu. While you won't be able to taste every item on the menu, this will give you representative experience of our offerings to help you make informed menu selections for your wedding.

Does the tasting accommodate dietary guidelines like gluten-free or vegetarian?

Yes, our tasting is designed to accommodate dietary restrictions, including options for gluten-free and vegetarian preferences. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we want to ensure that you have a wonderful culinary experience that aligns with your dietary needs.

What if I’m not available on the date?

If you’re invited to a Chefs’ Preview and unable to make the date, please contact your Event Specialist to ask about future Chefs’ Preview dates you may be able to attend.

Can I attend more than one Chefs' Preview?

Due to limited capacity, we can only offer one tasting session per couple.


At Abernethy Center, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional Northwest cuisine for your Oregon wedding. Our commitment extends to providing flexible, fully customizable packages to meet your unique preferences and dietary needs. We understand the importance of crafting a menu that suits your vision, and we're here to make sure your culinary experience is as unforgettable as the occasion itself. With our team of passionate chefs and a wide range of options, we look forward to creating a dining experience that perfectly complements your special day, leaving you and your guests with cherished memories to savor.

Ready to start planning your dream Oregon wedding?


Sara O'Brien has been with Abernethy Center since 2017. She brings playful optimism and bottomless love of wedding celebrations to her role as Social Media Manager. Sara is a PNW native and nature lover who is passionate about spreading joy through honoring life's big moments.

Smooch is the official blog of Abernethy Center, Oregon's premier indoor and outdoor wedding venue.  Abernethy Center is truly one of a kind! A full-service wedding and reception venue just on the outskirts of Portland in the heart of historical Oregon City. Our property features two distinct gardens, a gorgeous chapel and a classic, elegant Grand ballroom spread out over 9 acres. With nearly twenty years in business, an expert culinary team, and a tremendous staff experienced in providing exceptional service, we have everything for the perfect, uniquely yours Oregon wedding. Abigail's Garden ----- Veiled Garden-----Abernethy Chapel-----Grand Ballroom


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