5 Fusion spoils diners, supports students with James Beard dinner
If you still haven't gone to a food tasting, don't believe the skeptics. Vanity Fair called food tastings "tyrannical," and the New York Times likened the pre-scripted dining experiences to being "a cog in an invisible machine."
In Fort Collins, craft grows in Bendian proportions
The northern Colorado town of Fort Collins (population: 155,000) is one of several medium-sized cities around the United States to earn the name Beer City USA from bloggers and travel magazine articles. In the past, that was almost wholly driven by two large outfits: New Belgium, they of Fat Tire and the Lips of Faith experimental series, and Odell, whose Myrcenary double IPA and Lugene chocolate milk stout are both standard bearers across their wide distribution (they make it as far as Idaho).
The Great American Beer Fest is like nothing else
It's seven on a Friday night and the scene around the Deschutes Brewery pub is one of controlled chaos. People from Bend and beyond line up to try some of the new brews off the pilot system, including a smoked gose, a sour Belgian-style quadruple ale, and a variant of Black Butte Porter aged in barrels from Bendistillery.
Sargent's offers a classic diner experience
Walking into Sargent's Café is like stepping into a scene from "That '70s Show." Wood paneling, amber glass dividers, and burnt orange pleather booths lend a warm but retro feeling.
Putting the 'pot' in crockpots
We've all heard about the magic brownie. There has been a comical association between pot and the beloved chocolaty desert for as long as I can remember.
Bend's Bouquet of Beer, the thoughtful gift for craftheads
Like beer? Fed up with all the pesky driving around and going to the store required to purchase beer?
Riverbend Brewing impresses
Riverbend Brewing Company is a huge surprise. They've mostly been flying under the radar since they took over the space from Rivals Sports Bar two years ago, but the word of mouth has been consistently positive.
Buyout deals at Lagunitas and elsewhere give drinkers pause
"Budweiser bought 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, OR," wrote Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee on Twitter last November (spelling and grammar cleaned up for this article). "Not because they love craft.
Sintra simply scintillates
As Bend quickly and quietly continues its transformation into a Portlandia sketch, we are now sinking in to the brunch portion of our metamorphosis. Bend has always been a breakfast town, but herald the crepes and blintzes coming out and the closing times inching closer to 3 pm.
The Terreux line hits Bend en masse
The Bruery, the Orange County-based craft beer maker founded by Patrick Rue in 2008, has nothing if not a colorful lineup. Known for intense experimentation (and, often, equally intense pricing on its 750-milliliter bottles), The Bruery's beers run the gamut from light, refreshing saisons to enormous beasts like Black Tuesday, their bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout—2015's batch clocks in at just below 20 percent ABV and costs a cool $29 per bottle.
The Barge caters to floaters seeking sweet treats
Nothing says summer like a float down the river, or the sound of an ice cream truck crawling through neighborhoods playing a tinny rendition of "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" The Barge, which officially launched last weekend, combines those summer essentials with what is essentially a floating ice cream truck.