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The Key to Virtual Happy Hour: Simplicity

The Key to Virtual Happy Hour: Simplicity

Easy cocktails, hand sanitizer... and liquor—which can now be delivered to your door
It's a strange world we're living in. We have a real-life pandemic calling for social distancing, and now all the bars are closed and our nation has called upon distilleries to make hand sanitizer.

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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.

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2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Pickup and Delivery

We've been working like mad to bring you this full directory to every place we know offering takeout or delivery. It's here!
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. ⇓⇓

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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.

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Platypus Pub Extinct

Beer bar and homebrew shop's closing mark end of an era
On March 9, I joined a small group of regulars and beer industry folks gathered to pay their respects on the final night for one of Bend's original beer bars, The Platypus Pub. Open in the basement of the old Nazarene church-turned-fine-dining-restaurant-turned-homebrew shop since 2011, the Platypus Pub was a lived-in, homey basement bar focused on great beer and camaraderie.

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The Spirit of Collaboration

Many food & drink products are made in Central Oregon. Now, there's an organization to help them thrive
From hot sauce to dehydrated adventure meals to coffee fruit tea to toffee candy to organic nut butters, an array of food products are produced in Central Oregon. Despite the geographic challenge (over two hours to nearest metropolitan area) which contributes to distribution hurdles, among other things, local food product producers seem to agree there's an entrepreneurial spirit in the air.

Chow

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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Cabin 22 Expanding

"Cabin South" is set to open in Brookswood Meadow Plaza
Cabin 22, the popular bar and fire-pit spot on Bend's west side, is planning an expansion into a location on the south side. "Cabin South" is set to open in Brookswood Meadow Plaza, in the former Local Slice location on Amber Meadow Drive, off Brookswood Ave. Cabin South will offer a bar, grill and lottery, and feature small back and front patios.

Chow

Passion is Key Ingredient in Culinary Careers

Local female chefs, loving what they do
The most recent Data USA report shows 77.6% of chefs and head cooks are men—but it appears this traditionally male-dominated field is evolving. More than half the students at the Culinary Institute of America are now women.

Chow

She Can Brew It

10 Barrel's Brewmaster of Research and Development gives a look inside her relationship with beer
The craft beer industry has evolved over the years, and imagining it as a male-only trade would be silly. Plenty of women brew beer, and Central Oregon is lucky to host a lot of that talent right here.

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Cutting Waste in Deschutes County

Learn what we can do to reduce waste in our community.
Know Future: The Future of Waste in Deschutes County Learn what we can do to reduce waste in our community.

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Future Gardening: Dining Room to Table

Tech hits the dirt with less space, more veggies
A wheel filled with lettuce and herbs rotates and glows in my dining room. It's there because my partner backed the Kickstarter for OGarden, a technology-driven indoor gardening system from Quebec that got funded in six minutes.

Chow

Foraging the Forest

In search of a delicious cocktail, courtesy of Mother Nature
Maybe it happens after a u-pick berry outing or a mushroom hunting trip in which you finally discover a stash of morels. However it comes on, foraging can be addictive.

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C.O. Breweries Win Big at Oregon Beer Awards

Immersion takes Best Small Brewery; Boss Rambler earns Best New Brewery
Central Oregon brewers took home a host of awards at last week's Oregon Beer Awards. Best New Brewery went to Boss Rambler Beer Club of Bend, while Sunriver Brewing got a nod for its Excellence in Brewing Operations, representing Oregon's Central region.

Chow

Chow on the Cheap

Four Bend lunches, $7 or less
For a city of fewer than 100,000 people, Bend has a plethora of food options. But finding lunch options that don't require dinner-price payouts?

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The Spirit of Oregon Beer

A statewide collaboration that catches the Oregon vibe
This Saturday marks the 12th annual iteration of the statewide brewery open house, Zwickelmania. Organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild, Zwickelmania gives beer lovers an intimate peek behind the curtain and into the cellars of breweries around the state.

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