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Local U-Pick Farm Experiences Monster Tomato Crop

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.



Even Amid Closures, New Drink Spots Open

More Oregon wine, whiskey offerings for Bend
While the current two-week freeze is putting mingling on pause for the moment, several places in Bend have opened—or soon will—for lovers of wine and whiskey.

Beer & Drink

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.


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.


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.


Tough Love, 2020

Crux Fermentation Project releases a bottle ideal for sharing
Tough Love 2020, from Crux's [BANISHED] series is set to be released Thursday, Nov. 12. Don't be jealous, but I was given the opportunity to snag a pre-release bottle!

Beer & Drink

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."


Fermentation for Pandemic Times

The Deschutes Public Library has free presentations on a variety of fermented foods throughout the week
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, many are searching for new and exciting ways to eat healthier and keep our immune systems on the defensive.


The Garlic Equation

The four seasons of one beautiful plant— which starts with planting it right about now
Thick socks. Steaming soup.


Pre-Ordering Now Available for Fill Your Pantry Event

Locals fill up on large quantities of things commonly used in the kitchen
For those looking to stock up on bulk pantry items for the long winter ahead, the Central Oregon Fill Your Pantry event on Nov. 14 is the place to do it—and to support local farmers at the same time. The event lets locals fill up on large quantities of things commonly used in the kitchen, such as 10-pound bags of onions, or 20-pound bags of potatoes, for example.


Party on with the Next Take-Home Brewfest

The curated multi-pack is a Covid-era trend
Sure, you could head over to one of Central Oregon's fine beer-cooler establishments and put together your own 24 pack of brews from sites around the state—but in the era of near-endless opportunities to get exactly what you want, whenever you want it, there's something retro-cool about having someone else choose the selection. Silver Moon's Take-Home Brewfest was one of the entities that kicked off a COVID-era trend of curating packs of brews and serving up a host of other "extras," intended to offer some of the vibes one might get by attending a full-blown brew fest—something none of us, now more than seven months into this pandemic, have had enough of lately.

Beer & Drink

Children of the Candy Corns

Beyond the corn-syrup variety, here are some other corny treats for this time of year
Halloween, more than almost any other holiday, is about fun. Unlike Christmas, Easter, Mothers or Fathers Days, all of which involve a certain amount of stress and sacrifice if not guilt, Thanksgiving is fun but it's a lot of work.



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