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Fungi Festival Celebrates the Culinary Wealth of the Oregon Forests

The 6th annual fungi fest is set to 'shroom on Oct. 8
Get set to explore the mystical and magical world of mushrooms during the Fungi Festival hosted by the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and the Central Oregon Mushroom Club on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be walks and talks, a mushroom ID station staffed by members of the Cascade Mycological Society, children's activities and a mushroom display with different species of wild fungi labeled for viewing.


The Confusing Case of Cold IPAs

No one argues they're not cold. But are they IPAs?
If you're the type of craft beer drinker who casually peruses tap lists but really, you're just searching for the IPAs, you've possibly come across something called a cold IPA. Instead of that being something darker and maltier in the vein of a Winter IPA, it's actually lighter and drier.

Beer & Drink

Dump City Gets New Digs

Dump City Dumplings has a new brick-and-mortar home, taking over the Galveston Avenue location recently occupied by Primal Cuts Market. The dumpling business that began life as a food cart moved into a more formal location in the Old Mill in 2018, but moved its operations to the west side of Bend this month, celebrating its grand opening on Sept. 23.


Thai Street Food Popup at Boss Rambler

The Pranom popup is a Thai food operation that doesn't just pop up in one region, or even just one state—but moves around wherever "The Noodle Man" wants to go. This week, Pranom Chef Dream Kasestatad will bring his flavors to Bend.


Eggplant Caponata Tapa

This simple Italian-inspired vegetable spread makes a perfect small plate
A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. Tapas can be hot or cold and are often combined to make a full meal.


Heirloom Tomato Chicken Piccata Stack

In-season tomatoes add a touch of sweetness to this tart lemony piccata dish
The definition of piccata in cooking is thin slices of meat, typically veal or chicken, that are dredged in flour, sauteed and served in a lemon butter sauce. A piccata is typically associated with Italian cooking although it’s quite possible it actually originated in the U.S. in the 1930s in Italian-American kitchens.


The Flamingo Room is Feeling The Local Love

San Simón's west side sibling offers a vibrant atmosphere, cool cocktails and thought-out food
Opening another bar is like deciding to have another child. All you remember is how much fun you had with the first one and how cute it was (at least in the beginning), forgetting all about the long, sleepless nights and dirty diapers.


Lady Bird in the Old Mill

A Bend-based chef is opening his own fine dining restaurant after years at Drake and Washington Dining & Cocktails
The former leader of the culinary team at Drake and later Washington Dining & Cocktails, John Gurnee, announced a new fine dining experience in the Old Mill at the former location of Flatbread Neapolitan Pizza. Lady Bird is set to open this fall continuing selling wood-fired pizza like Flatbread before it, as well as its own Mediterranean-inspired menu.


Crave Mini Donuts Now at On Tap

Cart moves into east side food cart lot
Crave Mini Donuts, the food cart that serves an array of delightful small donuts, has moved. Crave, formerly located at the Bend Factory Stores parking lot, moved to On Tap in earlier this month.


Paradise Lost: Closures at Little Pizza Paradise, Flatbread Pizzerias, Some at Least Temporarily

Two longtime pizza places in Bend have closed their doors in recent days
Two longtime pizza places in Bend have closed their doors in recent days—though for at least one of them, it may not be forever. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, the regional chain based in Idaho with a location in the Old Mill, closed its doors this summer.


Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon Bits & Bleu Cheese

Crisp-tender green beans are a side dish star with any meal, especially when paired with bacon bits and creamy cheese
Growing up in the South we always had a big garden in the summer: corn, potatoes, peas, onions, tomatoes, peppers and lots of green beans! One of my daily chores once the green beans came on was to pick the beans.


Wonderland Chicken Expands to Bend

Wonderland opened a new, second location at the Bunk + Brew hostel and food cart pod
Wonderland Chicken Co. has been the go-to spot for Nashville hot chicken sandwiches in Sisters since opening in 2021, and now, Bendites don't have to drive quite so far to enjoy the spicy goodness. Wonderland opened a new, second location at the Bunk + Brew hostel and food cart pod on NW Hawthorne Avenue early this month, featuring the same fried chicken and sides found at the Sisters location.


Forget Pumpkin Spice. It's Fresh-Hop Season, Ya'll!

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival brings the goodness of the harvest to your glass
Some people call this time "pumpkin spice season," or maybe "smoke season," but those who live for that cold, frosty beverage at the end of the day know the end of summer instead as "fresh hop season." Harvest time is a glorious season for brewers and hop farmers alike, as they both get to revel in the making of a special seasonal beer featuring the freshest hops, right off the bine.

Beer & Drink


Yoli brings Korea to the Northwest
The food scene in any city exists as something of an ecosystem. It has its own microclimates, apex predators and geographic anomalies, while still allowing for an invasive species to show up and create a bit of culinary chaos.


Take a Tiki Escape in the Old Mill District

Rapa Nui Tiki Lounge offers delicious housemade food along with lively cocktails
It was November 1934 that Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr. opened a small bar and restaurant in Oakland, California which became Trader Vic’s, which eventually became a famous worldwide chain of Polynesian-themed establishments. Bergeron himself was one of two people who claimed to have invented the Mai Tai cocktail.



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25th Annual Sisters Folk Festival

25th Annual Sisters Folk Festival - Sisters Artworks

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