Portland Secret Dining Society Founder
Remington moved back to Oregon in 2011 after a 14-year hiatus. During her time away, she traveled the globe. Living, working and eating in places like Alaska, Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and Ireland to name just about a handful.
During this formative time Remington realized she belonged in restaurants. Her passion started where most do, around the kitchen table. Growing up in a large family, she’s one of 7 the oldest and only girl, dinners were always an occasion. Remington had a knack for setting a table that was beautiful, functional and could fit at least a dozen people. She followed that passion to her first job as a cashier for a pizza shop on Ramstein Air Base. She quickly grew bored of being a cashier and started getting involved in all facets of the business.
She didn’t stop there; she worked her way through the ranks of several restaurants on base. She was even honored and privileged to serve monumental military figures like President George W Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and 4 Star General Robert “Doc” Fogleson.
During her time in Europe she met the man of her dreams, now husband Kadence. They moved back state side together in 2008 where they married at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsboro Oregon, but settled in Boise Idaho.
In 2011 Remington and Kadence made the move back to Oregon as Remington was promoted within a prominent restaurant downtown Portland. Later that year Remington gave birth to her first child, Neahm Robert. In 2013 Remington welcomed her second child, Kale Whitney. In December 2016 Remington welcomed her third child Brogan Gerard, he was the best surprise!
After 16 years in full service restaurants she decided it was time to take everything she loved about the restaurant scene; talented chefs, amazing food, phenomenal staff, and an experience you can’t duplicate, pair it down and add a bit of mystery. Portland Secret Dining Society was born.
When Remington isn’t dreaming of sophisticated yet simple and beautiful tablescapes, or scouting locations for the next secret dinner; she’s spending time with her wonderful husband and children, volunteering at their school, and growing her knowledge of wine and food visiting with local winemakers and chefs.
An Oregon native who spent her childhood living all over the United States, Tara Lynch is making a home for her family in the Clackamas River Valley. There she is simultaneously raising their one-year old son and starting a farm. The daughter of two chefs, and from a long line of home cooks, farmers, and ranchers, Tara attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute after graduating high school in 2004.
While in Phoenix, Tara honed her skills working at the long-standing House of Tricks, and made life-long friends with coworkers at Lola Tapas. All this while also holding down a job with McCormick and Schmicks where she quickly advanced, and eventually became a supervisor. In this capacity Tara assisted in the opening of the now closed Scottsdale location.
During the summer of 2010, Tara made her long-time dream of moving home to Oregon a reality. She settled in Tigard and continued working for McCormick and Schmicks, it was here she met Kevin Lynch, whom she married in the summer of 2013. She went on to do work at The Screen Door, and Farm to Fork before being offered a position as a sous chef with McCormick and Schmicks, over time, she made way to their Harborside location in Downtown Portland.
After a brief hiatus over the winter of 2014, during which her family bought a 14-acre parcel of land outside of Oregon City, she returned to McCormicks in the Spring of 2015 as a line cook, intent on starting a family.
Somewhere along the way, Kevin and Tara got the bright idea that they should start a farm on their newly acquired land, so in 2016, while pregnant with her first child, Tara attended OSU Extensions’ Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship Program. Tara and Kevin moved into their new home at Cnoc Alainn Family Farm that autumn and welcomed their first child, Arlo, in December.
Tara now spends her time getting the farm up and running; chasing after Arlo, their chickens, and dog; and working with Portland Secret Dining Society. She also provides caramel and simple syrup to local coffee shops and breweries through her home business Carver Hill Caramel.