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Cultivate Bend: Nurturing the Seeds for Bend's Future

Cultivate Bend: Nurturing the Seeds for Bend's Future

New venture helps food and beverage companies in Central Oregon get off the ground
As COVID-19 cases rise, the pandemic continues its reign and Bend's tourist advisory discourages travel, the last thing anyone might expect from Bend's food and beverage companies is a new project. In the heat of it all comes the hyper-local trade group, Cultivate Bend. 

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Get a Taste of This Place

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance creates a new campaign to bridge the gap between consumers and locally grown food
The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance has been actively supporting local farmers and ranchers since 2012 by improving food access and supporting a sustainable food system. The HDFFA recently announced that in order to bolster its mission, it's launching a campaign geared toward helping locals recognize locally grown food.

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A First for Bend

Lava Terrace Cellars brings Bend its first winery, sustainability and award-winning vintages
Duane and Dina Barker's long-standing love of wine and sustainable farming inspired them to plant their first wine grapes in the summer of 2012. Today, Lava Terrace Cellars—the first winery to grow its own grapes in Bend, according to its owners—boasts over 4,000 vines sprawled across 5.5 acres.

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After Two Positive Tests, Lessons Learned

The co-owner of Jackson's Corner and Parilla Grill had two employees test positive for COVID-19. Now he has advice for other business owners in managing the unknown
For Aaron Christenson, co-owner of Jackson's Corner and Parrilla Grill in Bend, the threat of COVID-19 and its repercussions became all too real when one of his employees tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-July. He said he immediately shut all of his restaurant locations down and mandated employees get tested prior to reopening.

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Black is Beautiful

Crux Fermentation Project joins 900+ breweries in making a brew that raises funds for police brutality reform
A new brew is making appearances nationwide, and it comes with a mission. According to blackisbeautiful.beer: "Black is Beautiful is a collaborative effort to raise awareness for injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have done wrong.

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Keep it Suttle

Upcoming Suttle Lodge events combine regional wineries, breweries with chef-prepared cuisine
The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse has been hosting a variety of socially distanced, outdoor events since the start of summer. "We like to slow things down a bit and let people relax and enjoy the weather, great food and delicious drinks," said Alana Kambury, director of sales and community development.

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Tastes Like Summer

Local breweries GoodLife and RiverBend Brewing tap two favorite summertime fruits for their latest brews
Some things just hit different come summertime.

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The Big Quench

Homemade spicy grape juice makes a satisfying mid-summer drink
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It's in the Water

Artesian Water
If you've ever been on the Deschutes Brewery Tour, then you've most certainly heard about how important water quality is in the brewing process. I asked Larry Johnson from Shade Tree Brewing, "How does water factor into making good beer?"

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Her Special Tea

Local tea mastermind blends up mind-blowing flavor combinations from whole, natural ingredients
Cindi Neiswonger has always had an affinity for tea. After working a corporate job for 22 years, she decided that a career change was necessary.

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Plant-Based Bites

Five local vegan dishes to fool even the most dedicated carnivore
Local restaurants cater to a variety of dietary restrictions and lifestyle choices, so even those with limited diets never have limited options. This week, we're rounding up five vegan meals that many—no matter how meat-obsessed—can enjoy.

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Munching While Masking

Wear a mask indoors, but take it off while eating or drinking. Say what, now?
Since July 1, Oregonians across the state have been required to wear masks when inside public buildings—but with some of those public spaces being places we go to eat and drink, the rules can get pretty confusing. Take the mask off too early and risk being publicly shamed by a zealous mask-wearer.

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Bringing the N-A Game

Deschutes Brewery delivers a non-alcoholic dark beer
Non-alcoholic beer drinkers resigned to drinking lagers and light beers, check it out: Deschutes Brewery is going dark for you. On July 8, Bend's oldest craft brewery released a non-alcoholic Irish Stout—offering a style of N-A beer that, while not unique among the non-alcoholic beer options out there in the world, is not a style that has been widely adopted by other N-A beer makers elsewhere.

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New on the Redmond Scene

What’s new in dining in the Hub City
Eqwine Wine Bar has just opened a brick-and-mortar location in Redmond. The new wine bar is located in a renovated vintage house on SW 4th street downtown.

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The Altar of Pizza

Redmond's Grace and Hammer serves up wood-fired pizzas in a restyled historic church
Between the bright, vaulted white ceilings of the restored 1912 church and the creamy, caramelized discs of wet mozzarella on the pies, it's tough to say whether the atmosphere or the food is more of the attraction at Grace and Hammer Pizzeria, tucked along SW Cascade Avenue in Redmond.

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Home Away From Home

Vine-N-Tap is a one-stop shop for creative, locally sourced craft cocktails and "Redmond casual" cuisine
Opening a brand-new restaurant is no small task; opening a brand-new restaurant the day before statewide pandemic-fueled closures is a challenge no one was prepared for. David Fenech, co-owner of Vine-N-Tap on the outskirts of downtown Redmond, had already compiled a team of compassionate and skilled professionals with the combined potential to pull through any unexpected adversity.

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