Kitchen experiments

October 2017 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Kitchen experiments

By Melissa Wagoner As the wife of an Italian, a devoted gardener of tomatoes and the daughter of a dessert enthusiast I was confounded recently to learn that my youngest daughter shows an allergy to wheat and tomatoes (among other things) ...

Merlot with a twist: Mount Angel Book Club uncorks fun

October 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Merlot with a twist: Mount Angel Book Club uncorks fun

By Nancy Jennings Oprah Winfrey has one. So do most libraries. Now you can add Mount Angel’s Glockenspiel Restaurant to the list. Raise your glasses and toast “Wine & Words” – their new book club. Started in January, the free monthly ...

Food carts: Rolling restaurants find their fans

October 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Food carts: Rolling restaurants find their fans

By Melissa Wagoner Food carts are gaining in popularity across the state including in the Willamette Valley. With low overhead and ease of mobility, cart owners can combat getting mired in an unprofitable area by picking up and moving to a ...

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 ...

Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

January 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other | Comments Off on Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

By Melissa Wagoner When asked where they are from, Josh and Elisha Nightingale look at each other and laugh. The couple has lived in many different places over the years but they agree that Silverton is finally home. Owners of Silver Creek ...

Keeping it local: Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Keeping it local: Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_7476" align="alignright" width="300"] Megan Wellman & Jason Codner[/caption] Colorful, locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked pies and breads, handmade soaps and lotions, local flour and more lined shelves and filled baskets in the Main Street Bistro and ...

Adventure with wine: Minimalist winemaker seeks authentic tastes

November 2016 Posted in Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Adventure with wine: Minimalist winemaker seeks authentic tastes

[caption id="attachment_7470" align="alignleft" width="300"] Franchere Wine Co. owner and winemaker Mike Hinds[/caption] By Kristine Thomas It wasn’t in Oregon, where he grew up, where it happened. Or California, where he went to college. Both states well-known for their wineries and vineyards. ...

New Venue: Farmers find a warm place to meet

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on New Venue: Farmers find a warm place to meet

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_7495" align="alignright" width="168"] Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton hosts the Late Season Saturday Market, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m[/caption] Customers greeted each other with hugs and handshakes in the warmth of Silver Falls Bread Co. ...

Getting Saucy: Local chef wins awards for BBQ Sauce

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Getting Saucy: Local chef wins awards for BBQ Sauce

[caption id="attachment_7400" align="alignright" width="300"] Tyna Mays-Schey with one of her Saucy Minx sauces.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Chef Tyna Mays-Schey’s mother always told her not to play with her food. “Well, I showed her,” Mays-Schey laughed. Mays-Schey is the owner of Saucy Minx BBQ Sauces ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...