Pine Street is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In celebration, they're hosting a giveaway. Take your chance at winning a gift basket full of goodies by heading to their Instagram page. It's the usual like, post, tag-type giveaway. Last day to enter is Saturday, June 18.
upcoming temporary closures
Feast will be closing at 3 pm this Friday, June 16 for a private event.
The summer drink list at Solstice features a line-up of fruit forward drinks like:
𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘯, 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦-𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘳𝘶𝘱, 𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯, 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘦𝘳 & 𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲
𝘓𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦
𝘓𝘦𝘸𝘪𝘴 & 𝘊𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘮, 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘺
𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘦, & 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘦
*Photo courtesy of Solstice
Farm Stand in the Gorge is having difficulty sourcing pastrami and has had to temporarily remove it from the menu.
PESCO, the Italian food truck in the Winddance parking lot, has release its new menu. The truck rotates menus monthly, working its way through the various regions in Italy. This month's menu focuses on Liguria, a region in the northwest part of Italy. Find a copy of the full menu here or below:
A traditional light soup originating from La Spezia. Chickpeas, haricot beans, and farro
A classic street food in Liguria made with chickpea flour! Served with basil aioli
Fried cod served with Agliata sauce
Focaccia Alla Genovese
House made Focaccia bread
A classic sauce from Genoa Italy! Tossed with fresh pasta of the day.
Tonno Alla Genovese
Tuna Steak served with a rich wild mushroom sauce
specials and deals
Grasslands will be serving up beef ribs as their daily special on Saturday. This will be followed by smoked prime rib on Sunday. They also have bulk to-go items available this week: 1lb packages of brisket, burgers, and bacon as well as 4-packs of sausages.
What's up with kobe
People keep asking us "what's up with Kobe?!?!" It's been closed for over a month for "renovations." We called for more info and the story we got is that they're truly closed for renovations and plan to re-open "soon." Some people are speculating that the business is closing or selling. We'd love if we had secret details like that, but all we know is what they told us: they will re-open.
What hood river eats is currently working on
We're making a list of where to get frozen/blended drinks in town like frose! Have a favorite place? Let us know, we'd be ever grateful. Thanks!
The summer farmer's market is in full swing, with strawberries, flowers, carrots, coffee, fresh lamb, and so much more abound. This year, there have been a few vendor changes. While one or two usual suspects have gone missing, 3 new businesses have joined the market and one more hopes to join soon.
Édeske Patisserie focuses on fine chocolates, French macarons, entremet mousse cakes and other patisserie items. The baker, Tamara Biscardi, is from Hungary and learned her techniques in Holland, where she attended pastry school. Before coming to the Gorge, she worked as a pastry chef for one of National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions luxury ships. Tamara owns Édeske with her husband James. The couple located to the Gorge recently and with the business, they aim to marry Tamara's European heritage with "the beauty and abundance found here in the Gorge" (in their words).
According to Tamara, the name Édeske (pronounced <Eh-desh-keh>) means 'sweet little thing' in Hungarian.
More info: edeskepatisserie.com
Market dates: Every summer market
Lamb vendor change
Photo courtesy of M & P Ranches
Sakura Ridge/Sakurambo previously provided fresh lamb to the Hood River valley. However, they sold their business and their last week selling at the market was a few weeks ago. In their place, you will find M & P Ranches, which will not only supply lamb, but beautiful hand-spun and dyed yarn, and produce as well.
More info: www.mpranches.com
Market dates: JUNE 11, 18 25 | JULY 2, 16, 23, 30 | AUG 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 1, 15, 29 | NOV 12, 19
hooray, more farm fresh eggs
Photo courtesy of Gorge Grown/The Hood River Farmer's Market
Susan Stilmour of Stilmour farm brings eggs from pasture-raised chickens. Later in the season, she will have berries, as well.
Available at the market these Saturdays: JUNE 4, 18 | JULY 2, 16 | AUG 6, 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 15 | NOV 5, 19
Gorge's Tortes has been issued its business license and hopes to secure a spot at the Hood River Farmer's Market. Owner Techy Stenge Melinda, will be serving up dessert tarts free of allergens like soy, gluten, dairy, and eggs. They're raw, vegan, organic, and gorgeous. They do contain nuts and fresh fruits. Her goal is to offer healthy but delicious desserts. When she's up and running, she will take cash or venmo (I think all market vendors have to accept tokens, too, but I'm not 100% sure on that). Her first day at the market will be June 25.
More info: Gorge's Tortes Facebook
if you have not been
One thing that's cool that the market does is SNAP matching. If you bring your Oregon Trail or other EBT card to the market, the market will double your dollars (max $15 match). So, if you spend $15 SNAP dollars, they will kick in $15 of their own farmer's market dollars, and you will have $30 to spend. In order to get the matching, please visit the token booth, where you will swipe your card to get tokens.
Location: 501 Columbia Street (the Full Sail parking lot)
Time: Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dates: Now-the third Saturday in November
Mama Wes pop-up at Local Rhoots Friday and Saturday.
Monarch Hot Chicken will pop-up at Working Hands June 10, 2022.
Vermouth Party at Runcible Cider, Saturday
food + Drink specials
Solstice: Arugula Pesto & Artichoke pizza: artichoke hearts, arugula pesto, shaved red onion, mozzarella & parmesan on a garlic oil base.
Summer menu updates
Pine Street Bakery (1103 12th St, Hood River) dropped its seasonal summer lunch menu (pictured below).
Pfriem has released its summer menu. New items include a pate plate, pasta salad, a melon and cucumber salad, and more.
A sample of some of the food service jobs available in the Gorge right now.
Romul's: "Looking for a dedicated employee to wash dishes Monday through Saturday. Competitive wages and great tips, Pay Rate DOE. 1-541-436-4444."
Pine Street Bakery: "Seeking Part-time/Full-time year round Barista/Retailer. Must be available to work Monday-Saturday with varying hours between 6am-4pm. Wage starts at $18-$20/hr + benefits, free lunch & bread and possibility for performance raises. Please email your resume and cover letter to us at: email@example.com."
Full Sail: "Full Sail Brewing is looking for a highly motivated, energetic and completely hands-on Assistant Kitchen Manager to help support our Chef in our high-volume restaurant. Compensation: Wage + Tips. May qualify for Medical, Dental & Time Off benefits w/ full-time work. Apply online https://fullsailbrewing.com/employment/"
check out our classifieds
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Mama Wes Italian Food to host its first Pop-up at Local Rhoots Fridays and Saturdays now-July 9
Local Rhoots has been a new destination for pop-ups. Over the past few months, it has opened its space on weekends for dine-in (order at the counter and grab a table to eat) or take out featuring things like Asian noodles and Mexican brunch.
This month, Amiee Cannon, known as Mama Wes, will launch her Italian pop-up. The menu features fettuccini alfredo, shrimp scampi, lasagna, charcuterie (pictured above) and more. Prices for entrees range from $17-$19. A hot tip: we've been told people love Amiee's lasagna, which is 5 layers of cheesy, noodly goodness made with her family's recipe for sauce.
Here are a few more details about the pop-up:
Fridays and Saturdays in June as well as the first two weeks in July from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Local Rhoots: 1301 Belmont St. Order at the counter for either to-go or dine-in.
Gluten free noodles available for two of the entrees
Vegetarian option available
pament methods accepted
Cash, card, Apple pay
Artichoke Tapenade & Crostini $10
Mason Charcuterie $13
Ceasar Salad $8/$13
Fettuccine Alfredo $18
Green Chili Shrimp Scampi $19
5-Layer Lasagna $18 single/$59 family
Pappardelle with Asparagus and Mushrooms $17
Chocolate Panna Cotta $6
Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce $7
Chicken Strips $9
Butter and Parmesan Noodles $9
Alfredo Sauce with Bowtie Noodles $9
Amiee, owner of Mama Wes, has lived in Hood River for 30 years. She began cooking for the masses when her son, Wes, was in high school theater. She took it on herself to make dinner for the entire cast of his plays when they'd have long rehearsals, including the band members. The kids called her "Mama Wes." After he graduated, she went on to culinary school and then interned at Celilo, where she works to this day. One day, she would like to open a food truck in Hood River.
This post has been sponsored by Mama Wes Italian Pop-Up.
Pride month happenings and specials
Mylan Wines: Hosting a month-long fundraiser for The Trevor Project. 15% of sales will be donated to the charity. People can also donate directly to the project under the Gorge account at https://give.thetrevorproject.org/fundraiser/3919198. All businesses are also welcome to join the fundraising efforts and should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Upcoming Food Events
Spaghetti Western Co. at The Griffin House July 12, 2022: A pop-up dinner featuring a 6-course meal + wine. More details and tickets here. $225
Change The Way We Waste June 25, 2022: A summer talk about waste and sustainability at 1009 12th St. Hood River. FREE
Beer Belly .5k Fun Run, June 4: Fun run for those 21+. Cider or beer at the finish line. Race starts at 11:30 a.m. More info here. $20
changes to bar & restaurant hours
pFriem Family Brewers: Has switched to summer hours. Open every day 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.
summer food activities for kids
The Makery at Roots: Your little ones can spend their summer learning how to make crumpets and jam or even how to pickle things! More info here. Available for kids aged 5-12. Please check Roots for days and classes. $295
Golden Goods is delayed a bit.
No news on Votum. Is it still a thing? We don't know.
No news on when Baseline Biscuit will reopen.
Photo courtesy of Runcible Cider
It's Thursday, which means it's time for some updates on the Hood River food scene.
Pictured above: Taro root latte at Ground Coffee (picture by Ground)
Mother's Day is tomorrow, Sunday, May 8. A shoutout to all of those maternal figures out there, from those with children to those that act as mother figures to anyone. In memory of those who are gone and in celebration of those who want to be mothers but are struggling. You count too and I see you. If you celebrate the day and are looking for gifts, here are a few ideas.
A picnic blanket from red thread & co.
We love our Red Thread and Co. blanket. We take it everywhere we go because it's light yet warm and machine washable. We cannot believe how much use we have got out out of it. We like this pattern, but any of the blankets/throws are worth grabbing. This design is called the Multnomah and runs $89-$129. Buy here.
Chocolates from columbia gorge confections
Columbia Gorge Confections has tons of options for Mother's Day, like this chocolate jewelry box. Available at the store or online. (112 7th Street Hood River Oregon).
A game from hood river hobbies
110 4th St, Hood River, OR, United States, Oregon
a gift basket from packer orchards
Tons of gift baskets available in the shop. 3900 Highway 35, Hood River, OR
A mug or picture from Made in the Gorge
108 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031
This month, join Local Rhoots (1301 Belmont St.) for a Mexican pop-up. The menu will be served at Local Rhoots on Saturdays & Sundays in May from 8 am-12 pm. Order at the counter, pay, and then sit down and enjoy your food or take it with you and enjoy it at home. The menu this month comes from one of the Local Rhoots chefs, Chef Carmen.
Pozole y Taquitos | $15
A hearty stew made with hominy and pork shoulder cooked in a juaillo chili sauce and garnished with shaved radish, cilantro and cabbage. Served with house-made taquitos.
Menudo y Tortillas Hechas a Mano | $15
A traditional Mexican soup made with beef tripe immersed in a red chili sauce, seasoned with hominy, onion, lime and cilantro, and serves with house-made corn tortillas.
Fideos con Pollo
Tamales de Puerco | $3 cada
Con queso | $8
Con queso y pollo | $12
Postre | $11
Not 3, but 5 milks in this leches cake
A custard dessert dating back to the 18th century that is similar to a French Creme Brûlée, but uses ingredients native to the town of Jerica where it originated in a convent.
When: Saturdays and Sundays in May .
Where: Local Rhoots (1301 Belmont Ave.)
What: A pop-up event with Mexican food.
Questions? Reservations? (541) 340-4364.
Seating is first come, first serve. Both nonalcoholic and adult beverages are available (A Rhubarb Mint Margarita | $12). Kids items available. We think this is an excellent option for Mother's Day brunch, if you don't already have plans.
Opinions here are Melissa's. This post has been sponsored by Local Rhoots. Local Rhoots is a locally-owned business that uses local ingredients to make ready-made meals, which you can either pre-order or grab out of the grab-and-go case.
It's Tidbit Thursday and here's the news we have for you this week:
Local Rhoots will be hosting a Mexican pop-up called Estelita in May. All month, it will be hosting weekend brunch. We'll have more details available as well as a menu up later this week.
Openings and re-openings
Mt. Hood BBQ will open tomorrow in the 1301 parking lot (1301 Belmont St.). Find their menu for opening week above. On Friday, they'll also have ribs on special. On Sundays, they'll serve handmade sausage. Opening at 11, closing at 6 (if they don't sell out).
Columbia Gorge Crepes has secured its former location near Pacos Tacos and the movie theater. It will open Saturday, May 7. See the company's Facebook page for more info.
Celilo will be closed through May 10, re-opening May 11 to provide staff with a break before summer.
Mother's Day is upon us and a few places are offering special menus or brunch.
Cinco de Mayo
Kickstand has a special menu for Cinco de Mayo. Additionally, Crush Cider Cafe will have a dj and Mexican food handmade by Michoacan Grill, and Finnriver Cidery will pop by to takeover the taps for the day.
Parklets are back! Taphouse 64 already put theirs up.
Got news to share? Email Melissa at therealhreats at gmail.com
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