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With Dining, What's Indoors? What's Out?

With Dining, What's Indoors? What's Out?

As the freeze continues for most of Central Oregon, a clarification on what constitutes "indoor" dining
The two-week freeze that began Nov. 18 is continuing in Central Oregon's Deschutes and Jefferson counties, along with a number of other counties in the state—but with a relaxation of some rules. Under the current framework announced Dec. 1, restaurants can offer in-person dining for up to 50 people, but only outside.

Herbal Soups

Waiter, there's a salad in my soup
Last summer, I bought a pile of bitter eggplant at the farmers market. I'd never heard of it, but the green, red, yellow and orange wrinkled spheres drew me in.

2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Pickup and Delivery

Local business' takeout and delivery during these times. NEW: Edit your own business info!
We're here again, people—seeing our beloved bars and restaurants closed due to the governor's updated restrictions around COVID-19. Back in March, we got in touch with bars and restaurants in Central Oregon to find out what they were doing to offer takeout and delivery.

Local U-Pick Farm Experiences Monster Tomato Crop

A Tumalo farm shares the struggles of selling produce during the pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, many businesses have suffered—but there was at least one bright spot in the culinary scene: tomatoes. If you grew them, chances are they grew.

Thanksgiving Day Takeout

Cooking an elaborate meal for everyone and their mother is so 2019
Give your kitchen a break with these to-go or takeout Thanksgiving meals around town

A Takeout and Delivery Pivot, Part Deux

Central Oregon restaurants react to the governor's two-week freeze that will shut down dining rooms in the state
Bars and restaurants in Oregon have been through this before: For the second time this year, starting Nov. 18, dining rooms and bars around the state will close to the public as part of Gov. Kate Brown's effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Cases have spiked considerably throughout November, with record-setting daily case counts happening numerous times in Deschutes County throughout the month.

Birds: It's for the Stuffing

An unusual—and tasty—version for the upcoming socially distanced American holiday
Thanksgiving, as we observe it today, doesn't have much in common with the original feast of 1621. The temperature of the vibe between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag was above comfort level at the dinner table, with some participants arriving ready to rumble.

10 Barrel's Winter Adaptation: Outdoor "Huts"

Outdoor "warming huts" are taking up residence in the brew pub's outdoor patio area
10 Barrel Brewing's westside Bend location is taking its pandemic-era adaptations to the next level. A handful of outdoor "warming huts" are taking up residence in the brew pub's outdoor patio area, with space enough inside to seat eight to 10 people.

Riff Teams Up with Stoller Family Estate for Wine Pop-Up

90-minute tastings as well as wines by the glass or bottles
Stoller Family Estate, a winery in the Dundee Hills of Yamhill County, Oregon, has set up shop inside Riff Cold Brew Café & Taproom, in The Box Factory, for a holiday pop-up. The pop-up tasting room offers 90-minute tastings as well as wines by the glass or bottles Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, and from 2 pm to 6 pm Sundays.

Bend Food, Continued

The local farm-to-table movement boom continues, says author of "Bend Food"
Central Oregon author Sara Rishforth has written two books of fiction, as well as the 2018 nonfiction, "Bend Food – Stories of Local Farms and Kitchens." Local food podcaster/stylist Donna Britt catches up with Rishforth in this Q&A.

Veteran's Day Brewery Pop Up

With each sale, Braveheart gives back to veteran and military support groups
A local brewery and catering company unite for one tasty and refreshing pop up event. Braveheart Brewing is veteran owned, and its mission is to craft beer that "tastes and does good."

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