Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

[caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dan with Silver Falls Bread Company[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Sometimes ‘feeding your neighbors’ is a metaphorical concept, and sometimes it’s literally the best thing you can do,” Hilary Dumitrescu said when asked about the new partnership between the ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

[caption id="attachment_8727" align="alignleft" width="300"] Diners at the first MADA event at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Nine strangers were recently asked to find two things they all shared. Gathered at a Make America Dinner Again (MADA) ...

Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

[caption id="attachment_8670" align="alignleft" width="257"] Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and ...

Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

By Melissa Wagoner  When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines ...

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_8674" align="alignleft" width="300"] The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the ...

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead ...

Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

August 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

By Melissa Wagoner When 503 Distilling began producing their first canned cocktail – the Wicked Mule – they didn’t know what to expect. “The response has been really, really good,” 41-year-old Silvertonian Andy Diacetis said. “We’re selling 150 cases a month. We’re ...

Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

By Nancy Jennings The second annual Fischer’s Mill Music Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 21, 1 to 9 p.m. Seven bands will take the stage in Silverton’s Old Mill Park, located behind Silver Falls Library. Co-organizers Victor Madge and Corey Christensen ...

Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

July 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

[caption id="attachment_8523" align="alignleft" width="300"] Angels Grill owners Tami and Bill Hauth take a moment to relaxat the counter. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Bill Hauth has accumulated many miles in his choice of careers. As a volunteer Mount Angel Fire Captain for ...

Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

June 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

[caption id="attachment_8466" align="alignright" width="292"] Middle school students in Mr. Jamsa’s eighth grade science class present their Perfect Food Feast. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Daniel Jamsa’s eighth grade class prepared a “Perfect Food Feast” of rhubarb crisp, fruit salads, smoothies, spring rolls ...

Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

May 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden, Music & Band | Comments Off on Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

Craft brew fans familiar with the Oregon Garden Brewfest will discover a lot that’s new at the Oregon Garden BrewCamp June 15-17. BrewCamp is a new take on the Father’s Day weekend experience at the garden.There’s more activities – from yoga ...

Spring training: 15 wineries gather for tastings

April 2018 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Spring training: 15 wineries gather for tastings

Consider Taste. Learn. Celebrate! as spring training for wine enthusiasts on Saturday, April 28 – before Oregon Wine month begins in May. Hosted by Cascade Foothills Winegrowers, the third annual Taste. Learn. Celebrate! is a chance to taste wine crafted by ...

Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

April 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

By Melissa Wagoner As spring ushers in new energy Silverton Food Co-op members ready themselves for another year with big goals on the horizon. “We’re now, more than ever, unified in moving in the right direction,” board president Jason Codner said. Codner said ...

On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

January 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

[caption id="attachment_8115" align="alignright" width="225"] Marty and Mar’cia Schrock Nancy Jennings Samurai Madame 202 Jersey, Silverton, 971-370-0077 Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.[/caption]     By Nancy Jennings Marty Schrock loves to play with his food – in a sushi chef kind of ...

Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Christmas is all about togetherness. But not everybody is able to be with their family or relatives during the holidays. Silverton’s Senior Center and Harry and Karrie Douglas found a solution to introduce neighbors to each other: Team up ...

Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="alignleft" width="300"] The brewery is being built on the west side of the Abbey hill on Humpert Lane. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand One hundred volunteers – the majority monks and seminarians – gathered Nov. 11 on a gentle slope ...

Rock’n Latte: Adding a shot of fun for customers

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Rock’n Latte: Adding a shot of fun for customers

[caption id="attachment_8037" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ash Davidson, Cheryl Baurer and Abby Hartt of Rock’n Latte.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Would you like biscuits and gravy to go with your morning latte? Just look for the giant red-and-white guitar perched up inside of a coffee ...

Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

[caption id="attachment_8034" align="alignleft" width="169"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire in Belgium.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in ...

Broccoli & cheddar: A cozy soup for a cold day

October 2017 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Broccoli & cheddar: A cozy soup for a cold day

By Melissa Wagoner This soup is perfect for a cold winter’s day. It will warm up the kitchen and your stomach. Although not a cream-based soup, the potatoes add a silky texture that is heavenly. For Soup Preheat oven to 400 degrees. ...

Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

By Melissa Wagoner “If there was the perfect way to eat there would be one book,” nutrition and exercise coach Rita Horter said. Instead there is an entire industry devoted to the subject which, she admits, can be confusing to those looking ...

Gear Up: Silverton natives serve up traditional treats, new favorites

April 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Gear Up: Silverton natives serve up traditional treats, new favorites

By Nancy Jennings There is something to be said for the tried and true. Grandma’s preserves. Hot dogs at baseball games. Movie theater popcorn. One can add Joy Hoge’s cinnamon buns at Gear Up Espresso to the list. Her fresh-baked cinnamon buns ...

‘Wurst’ time: Mount Angel Festhalle becomes celebration central Feb. 24-25

February 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘Wurst’ time: Mount Angel Festhalle becomes celebration central Feb. 24-25

The ninth annual Mount Angel Wurstfest is a last chance to eat, drink and be merry before Ash Wednesday, March 1, which for Christians is the start of the austere and holy season of Lent. This year’s Wurstfest Friday, Feb. 24 ...