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Hood River Eats focuses on great food and drink in Hood River and our neighboring dining communities. The Gorge has many talented chefs and entrepreneurs who create a range of food, drink and dining offerings as unique as our region. We invite our food + drink businesses to share their unique offerings and promote them with us. www.HoodRiverEats.com. Email: TheRealHREats@gmail.com
Greetings, Columbia River Gorge. Good, local food has always been something I have enjoyed and the food we have in The Gorge is especially appreciated. We have an abundance of items grown right here. I have been told there are more than 150 varieties of apples, pears, cherries and stone fruit available. The apples available right now, including some I picked up from one of our local orchards, are amazing and ready for a holiday recipe.
“Savor the Gorge,” a publication we did during our Hood River News days, is no longer around but I find similarities in Hood River Eats. I welcome the idea of an online venue centered around food and drink in the Gorge, and celebrating those that grow and produce in our area.
The ways in which our local restaurants create menus that cater to seasonal offerings in the Gorge is a unique gift that residents of small towns seldom have. We get many people from elsewhere coming to our communities to visit and dine at our restaurants, and I believe our fresh, local food and impressive culinary scene is one of the reasons why.
Hood River Eats will continue to focus on food and drink in Hood River, but we will also include our neighboring dining communities as well. By adding the greater Gorge area to our mix, we will be able to highlight culinary happenings in our neighboring communities as well as those in Hood River.
The name Hood River Eats will remain the same. Founder Melissa Haskin started a great service helping local restaurants to get information and updates out to the community during the Covid pandemic. It gained momentum and has a strong following. Melissa made Hood River Eats what is today, and I am appreciative of her great work. I only regret that we never had the opportunity to work side by side, as she has moved out of the area.
The website, blog, and social media will continue with weekly posts and updates. We have the ability to pull from our weekly newspaper, Columbia Gorge News, to add a variety of features and news on our local food and drink businesses. I believe the Columbia Gorge News and Hood River Eats will complement one another nicely. This partnership will expand the audience on both sides and reach new readers and followers. Our quarterly publication, The Gorge Magazine, will offer an additional marketing opportunity. We will cross-market when possible across the newspaper, magazine, website and social media, so each has maximum reach and visibility.
In the coming weeks you’ll see some changes to the Hood River Eats website, including the ability to offer advertising opportunities. If you’re interested in advertising, please reach out.
We will include stories by our writers from the Columbia Gorge News, but also contributors from the community who have an interest in what we’re doing. We believe this diversity and range of voices will offer variety for our audience.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions for food-related coverage on Hood River Eats, please email: TheRealHREats@gmail.com or reach out to publisher, Chelsea Marr, 541-386-1234 Ext. 100.