Supper Club: Securing Funding Through the Bend Venture Conference

Wednesday is the deadline for companies to apply to vie for a chance at funding at the Bend Venture Conference this fall. For this week’s Supper Club, Lisa Carton sat down with a member of EDCO, Brian Vierra, angel investor, Julie Harrelson of Cascade Angels and previous winner of the BVC, James Nicol of SnoPlanks, to talk about what it takes to secure funding in this competitive climate.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Origin Story: Hop in the Spa

We Central Oregonians love our beer. We enjoy drinking it, making it, and cooking with it, but one place in Sisters, Oregon is changing the way we think about beer, by brewing up their own hoppy concoctions for soaking in. In this week’s Origin Story, we take you to Hop in the Spa.

If you’re interested in hopping in the spa, you can connect with Mike and Sally at their website, or on social media at Hop in the Spa.

Taste This! – Local Culture Krauts

For this week’s culinary adventure, Donna Britt takes us into Sarah Frost-McKee and Paul Trendler’s local kitchen, where fermentation is happening and where old-fashioned sauerkraut is getting a delicious modern twist.

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources to take weekly culinary adventures!  Life is short.  Eat good food!

Origin Story: Wren and Wild

After two decades in the cosmetic industry, Mandy Butera knew too much, so she taught herself how to clean up her body and mind. She opened wellness studio Wren and Wild so she could teach others how to clean up their own lives and have fun while doing it.

If you’re interested in clean living and want to visit Wren and Wild for products or yoga classes, it’s located in downtown Bend at 910 NW Harriman Street, or you can check them out online at and on social media at Wren and Wild

The Great Outdoors: Justesen Ranch & Recreation

If you head north past Madras, there are endless acres of beautiful grasslands as far as the eye can see. In this week’s Great Outdoors, brought to you by Parr Lumber, Brian Jennings takes us to Justesen Ranch and Recreation, where agriculture and recreation go hand in hand.

Origin Story: Birdseed Food Co

In this week’s Origin Story, where we meet people who have turned their passion into a profession, Allison Roecker introduces us to Ashley Chase.

When Ashley Chase was 24 years old, she only had half the amount of blood in her body that a healthy adult female should have. Her mind was constantly foggy and she was only living her life at half of her potential. The culprit of these ailments? Gluten.

Now, Ashley is redefining what healthy foods are with her brand of homemade granola. Birdseed granola can be found all over Central Oregon in grocery stores like Newport Avenue Market and Market of Choice, coffee shops like Spoken Moto and Jackson’s Corner, and many other places.

You can follow Birdseed Food Co on social media at @birdseedfoodco, or online at

Origin Story: Dyad Adornment Co.

Allison Roecker joins us for our weekly Origin Story segment where we meet Central Oregonians who turn their passion into a profession.

Selling plants and handmade jewelry out of an Airstream trailer outside of Spoken Moto might sound like an unconventional business model, but one Bend woman, Courtney Willis, is making it work and we guarantee you’ll want to rush over there to check it out!

The Dyad Adornment truck is open Tuesday through Saturday right outside of Spoken Moto next to the Box Factory in Bend. You can follow her on Instagram at @dyadadornmentco, and although she doesn’t have all of her inventory on her website, you can find a selection at