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Raising the Bar

Serving drinks to thirsty customers is fraught with concerns for bartenders—but customers have a role to play, too. Read what happened during a recent Friday morning at a local greasy spoon.
Some bar owners are throwing caution to the wind, letting people pack their locales. Meanwhile, other downtown Bend staples are removing barstools and hiring bouncers dedicated to enforcing guidelines in every way they can.

El Sancho Heads West

New location opens in old Longboard Louie's spot
This actually happened: I was at a stop light, half a Oaxacan cheese taco in my mouth, when the light turned green. There I was, attempting to finish the taco while maneuvering a left turn, to-go box falling, while also shifting into second with my stick shift.

The Summer of the Sidewalk

Downtown Bend restauranteurs advocate for a car-free summer
Downtown Bend restaurants and retailers are lobbying in favor of a car-free summer, hoping that proposed street closures will make social distancing guidelines easier to implement. The majority of local eateries have had to cut the number of dining room tables in half.

Too Soon?

While many local businesses celebrate Phase One reopening, others are taking the slow route to a safe reopening
As of May 15, much of Oregon was officially able to begin Phase One reopening under Gov. Kate Brown's guidelines. Over the past two months, some local restaurants shut their doors entirely, others shifted to takeout and delivery.

No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

Tips to finding delicious fungi this morel season
Eight morels found last year. It was lackluster; I worried my hunting spots were drying up.

John Prine's Weed Pesto

New project: Foraging for foods (some from your backyard) that can recharge you this spring
If he didn’t already know what a Spring Tonic is, John Prine was the kind of person who would have been disappointed to learn it isn’t an alcoholic drink. But I bet he knew.

New Restaurants, New Hurdles

A few local food spots had only just launched before being hit with the executive order banning dine-in. Here's what it's like for them.
Alejandro Cantu dreamt for several years of opening up his own food truck. But with no seed money, it remained a dream—that is, until last summer when he found an investor.

2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Pickup and Delivery

Who's open for takeout and delivery during these times. NEW: Edit your own business info!
It's here people: Our much-awaited, constantly updated directory of places open for delivery or takeout during this weird spring of 2020. ⇓⇓ Click the image to see all the updated takeout/delivery listings. ⇓⇓

COVID-19 Will Forever Change the Food Industry

Can we help our food community?
Earlier this month I was wondering why we don't have any cheese makers in Central Oregon and bummed that our young local baker, Reggie Strom, didn't win "Kids Baking Championship" on the Food Network. I thought for sure he was going to get the title; he won three episodes, plus his skills were on point.

Planting Seeds for the Future... or Just Dreaming of Spring

In a time when everything is rooted at home, it's a good time to start planning your future food forest
My first seed catalog of 2020 arrived in late November. The timing could not have been better.

Meet your Farmer Dinner

5th Annual Meet Your Farmer dinner, hosted by Central Oregon Locavore
Central Oregonians have another chance to connect with the farmers who produce their food through the 5th Annual Meet Your Farmer dinner, hosted by Central Oregon Locavore. The evening features products from Barley Beef, a group of small, family-run local farms producing hormone-free beef.

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Too Soon?

    • Mr. Nichols should remember that this is NOT 1918. We do NOT have two million…

    • on May 22, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Nice article, Lisa! I definitely don't have eyes for morels yet. Hopefully someday soon!

    • on May 14, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Lianayada - Thanks for the heads up. We've updated the story.

    • on May 11, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Incorrect information: No permit for mushrooms needed this May, due to Coronavirus restrictions. So you…

    • on May 11, 2020
  • Re: 2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Pickup and Delivery

    • Thanks for doing this. Many restaurants are having to adjust their hours. We own Longboard…

    • on April 3, 2020

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