Keeping it local: New Brews

October 2016 Posted in Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Keeping it local: New Brews

[caption id="attachment_7363" align="alignright" width="300"] Partners Andrew Fox and Eric Drliner sampling Silver Falls Brews[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Keeping it local is the goal of the new  Silver Falls Brewery in Silverton. The business logo, the name of the brews, the handles for ...

Silver Creek: Coffee and Crepes

October 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Silver Creek: Coffee and Crepes

[caption id="attachment_7391" align="alignleft" width="225"] Joshua and Elisha Nightingale are the new owners of the Silver Creek Coffee House[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Fate reveals itself to us in many different ways. For Silverton resident Elisha Nightingale, it showed up on Craigslist. “It was a ...

One bite at a time: Edible teachings in the midst of Oregon bounty

July 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on One bite at a time: Edible teachings in the midst of Oregon bounty

[caption id="attachment_7114" align="alignright" width="300"] Diggin’ Roots Farm Pitchfork to Plate dinner is held out in a field, family style.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The events are so much more than a meal. They are a celebration of local cuisine. A way to educate people ...

Taste. Learn. Celebrate.: Cascade Foothills Winegrowers hold showcase local wineries

April 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Taste. Learn. Celebrate.: Cascade Foothills Winegrowers hold showcase local wineries

Wine tasting and more Cascade Foothills Winegrowers’ Taste. Learn. Celebrate. Saturday, April 30, 1-5 p.m. Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. Tickets: $10 per person at cascadefoothillswine.com. Includes 10 wine tastes and an afternoon of music and wine education. By Kristine Thomas Jan Wallinder can ...

An original: Silver Grille adopted farm-to-fork early

February 2016 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on An original: Silver Grille adopted farm-to-fork early

By Melissa Wagoner Jeff Nizlek is telling a story of the seasons in the Willamette Valley and his story is edible. Head chef and owner of the Silver Grille, Nizlek has an inquisitive mind and has taught himself how to cook ...

Hot competition: Chili feed at annual cook-off

February 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Hot competition: Chili feed at annual cook-off

By Melissa Wagoner The competition is heating up between organizations participating in Silverton United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili Cook-off. Several teams are entered including last year’s champion, Silverton Health. Last year’s Chili Cook-off was a huge success serving more than 100 ...

Eat, drink: Enjoy best of the wurst before…

February 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Eat, drink: Enjoy best of the wurst before…

[caption id="attachment_6658" align="alignright" width="213"] Two of the Kleinstadtlers performing during Wurstfest. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.[/caption] Before you give up chocolate or television or meat during the Lenten season, take the opportunity to have some fun. Known as the Mardi Gras of Mount ...

A tasty, healthy challenge

August 2015 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A tasty, healthy challenge

[caption id="attachment_6134" align="alignright" width="252"] Francisco Stevens enjoying a juicy peach from the Harpole Farm stand.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner August is a peak production month for most food crops in the Willamette Valley. The farmer’s market and road-side stands are overflowing with berries, vegetables, ...

Local Motive: Spring opening?

November 2014 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Local Motive: Spring opening?

Silverton food co-op Silverton food co-op On Facebook as Local Motive www.silvertoncoop.com Stacy Higby, 503-581-3182; Elyse McGowan Kidd, 503-453-3698 By Brenna Wiegand At one time or another, frequenters of Silverton Farmer’s Market have probably engaged in or heard wistful discussion of forming a local food co-op. About two ...

Eating local: Thanksgiving feast straight from the farm

November 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Eating local: Thanksgiving feast straight from the farm

[caption id="attachment_5339" align="alignright" width="300"] Carl Buchholz raises several turkey varieties.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The traditional Thanksgiving dinner I ate growing up is similar to the one served on tables throughout the country. Mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce ...

An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Food & Drink | Comments Off on An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

[caption id="attachment_5041" align="alignright" width="300"] Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A small food fair at the Silverton Grange put ...

Back in style: Learning to preserve food from experts

August 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Back in style: Learning to preserve food from experts

[caption id="attachment_4958" align="alignright" width="300"] Tasha Huebner in her jam cellar. She says it’s a refuge for friends from the zombie apocalypse.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “If there’s a zombie apocalypse, my friends know whose house to run to,” Tasha Huebner said of her ...

Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

August 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

[caption id="attachment_4962" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  Sublimity residents Mark and Annette Jensen are used to people looking at them like they said something wrong when they ...

More than a market: Sense of community part of the offerings

June 2014 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on More than a market: Sense of community part of the offerings

[caption id="attachment_4846" align="alignright" width="190"] Xiong and Ying Ker of Z-K Flowers. Photo by Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Visit the Silverton Farmer’s Market and you’ll find more than farms, you’ll find bees, jams and jellies, and most importantly, community. The market opened ...

Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

May 2014 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

By Melissa Wagoner Acres of tiny trees wrapped in a white protective shield are just one sign of the change of crops grown in the East Willamette Valley. Where there were once row crops are now blueberry fields and hazelnut orchards. ...

The art in craft: Brewers showcase a wide variety of ‘hoppy’ beers

April 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on The art in craft: Brewers showcase a wide variety of ‘hoppy’ beers

By James Day The three most important letters in Northwest craft brewing circles these days are I-P-A. “Anything with the word IPA in it is hot,” said Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene. IPA, or India Pale Ale, originated in Britian ...

Bottle it: Early end to grape season

September 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bottle it: Early end to grape season

Vitis Ridge Winery 990 N First, Silverton Mid-September, Vitis Ridge will be bottling 2011 Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Red Blend-Fab Four and 2012 Marechal Foch. Once bottled, these reds will continue to age until the previous vintages are gone.  We’re expecting an early ...

Time to pick a garten: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers unique venues

September 2013 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Time to pick a garten: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers unique venues

Mount Angel Oktoberfest ‘Share Our Bavarian Hospitality’ Sept. 12, 13, 14, 15 Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. oktoberfest.org for schedule of events By Kristine Thomas Sneak a peak at a neighbor’s garden and you may discover plump, ...

Hidden gems: Local wineries welcome visitors in an old-world style

May 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | 1 Comment »

[caption id="attachment_3499" align="alignright" width="300"] Jason Hanson in his family’s vineyard. Photo by Steve Ritchie[/caption] By Steve Ritchie  Memorial Day weekend is a great time for a little wine-tasting and Silverton and Mount Angel residents are fortunate to have a several charming local ...

Heart in the art: Brewers share a passion for their craft

April 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heart in the art: Brewers share a passion for their craft

[caption id="attachment_3370" align="alignright" width="300"] Vermont Hard Cider[/caption] By James Day So how do you get noticed in a microbrew world in which another brewer seems to sprout up daily behind the nearest hop pole? How do you acquire space on the shelves ...

Buds and bottles: Winemakers tackle spring tasks in vineyard, winery

April 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Buds and bottles: Winemakers tackle spring tasks in vineyard, winery

Hanson Vineyards 34948 S Barlow Road, Monitor Spring means tulips!  Being just a half-mile down the road from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival means April is a colorful and busy month. In addition to regular weekend wine tasting, this month we have ...

Vineyards start to stir: New releases available at wineries

March 2013 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Vineyards start to stir: New releases available at wineries

Spring is right around the corner, time for wineries to shake off the winter sleep. Because most local wineries are small, family-owned affairs, many close for the winter. As we finish up the winter pruning, we reopen the tasting rooms ...

New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

December 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

[caption id="attachment_2931" align="alignright" width="168"] Connie Cummings of the New Markum Inn[/caption] By Omie Drawhorn For many local residents, a trip to the Markum Inn is a journey back in time to home-cooked food such as juicy hamburgers, steaks and chicken. While the menu ...

Vineyard update: Open houses set for Thanksgiving

November 2012 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Vineyard update: Open houses set for Thanksgiving

Visiting wineries on Thanksgiving weekend is an Oregon tradition. It’s the time of the year when wineries - large and small - throw open their doors for holiday visitors. East Valley wineries are no exception. You can go to wwww.eastvalleywine.com ...

Ingredients for life: David Mahler creates a new recipe for his life, work

November 2012 Posted in Food & Drink, People | 1 Comment »

[caption id="attachment_2661" align="alignright" width="238"] David Mahler[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, David Mahler eagerly shares the details of how he decided to write a cookbook based on the cuisine he created while living in Costa Rica. It’s not until he’s ...