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 birdseedfoodco.com.

Taste This! – Fresh Fish at Newport Avenue Market

For this week’s Taste This!, Donna Britt learns about the fresh fish in season this spring. Newport Avenue Market‘s Chris Alcorn shows her how the big fish that are arriving at the store now are turned into fillets you can take home and eat. 

Donna says if you’ve never tried Copper River salmon, now is the time!

Thanks to Chris and the crew for teaching us about fish.  A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the resources each week to take you on these culinary adventures. Life is short.  Eat good food! 

Taste This! – The Twist Cocktail Catering Company Shrub

For this week’s Taste This!, Donna Britt learns how to make a very interesting concoction that you can drink. Stephanie Stroup, owner of Twist Cocktail Catering Company, invited Donna into her kitchen and they started shaking things up!
 
Whether you want a cocktail, or a mocktail, Donna says making a shrub really is as easy as Stephanie makes it look and whether you add alcohol or just sparkling water to them, they’re quite delicious! 
 
Thanks to Stephanie for showing us how to make shrubs.  A special thanks to Newport Ave Market for making it possible for us to take you on these culinary adventures each week. Life is short. Eat good food!

Taste This! – Holm Made Toffee

For this week’s Taste This!, Donna learns about toffee making on a culinary adventure with Holm Made Toffee.

Thanks to Donna and Randi for showing us around and taste their toffee, which you can pick up at grocery stores and shops all over Central Oregon. Look for them at Farmers Markets at NorthWest Crossing, Downtown and on the East Side and online anytime at holmmadetoffee.com.

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for telling us about Holm Made Toffee and for giving us what we need to take this culinary adventure every week. Life is short. Eat good food. 

Taste This! – Rainshadow Organics

This week’s Taste This! takes us back in time. Back to when homesteaders farmed and ranched, doing whatever they had to do to survive by living off of the land.

Donna Britt takes us on a farm tour to see how a modern-day family is literally growing and raising everything they eat plus providing enough for a community around them.

Thanks to Sarahlee for educating us and showing us around Rainshadow Organics. Beginning this month, they’ll be firing up their outdoor pizza oven for Thursday and Saturday lunches on site at the farm.

A special thanks to Newport Avenue Market for giving us the time and resources to take these weekly culinary adventures. Life is short. Eat good food.

Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market Opens Early This Year

We usually have to wait until June for farmer’s markets to get underway in Central Oregon. Yet this year, some of the farmers asked to get an early start, so the Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is already up and running on Wednesdays.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan headed down to Brooks Alley to see what local farmers have to offer this season.

The Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday in Brooks Alley behind the Tower Theatre from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 10th. The Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market will run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 16th through September 15th. The Eastside Bend Farmer’s Market starts on July 5th and runs every Thursday in the Whole Foods east lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 27th.

Taste This! – Drake and Washington Restaurants

Our favorite foodie, Donna Britt, is back with us for the latest edition of Taste This! This week, we have a double play as she visits the Drake in Downtown Bend and Washington in Northwest Crossing with the fellow who owns both places.

Join Donna as she experiences the philosophy behind these two popular places and tastes their yummy food–and of course, a couple of their handcrafted one-of-a-kind drinks!

Thanks to Ted Swigert for taking the time to show us around and to the entire staff at Drake and Washington. A special thanks to our sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to bring you this delightful culinary feature each week. Life is short. Eat good food.

Taste This! – Brother Jon’s Alehouse

In this edition of Taste This!, Donna heads to Brother Jon’s Alehouse in Downtown Bend where she learned about an unusual thing to eat with Chef Josh.

The next time you happen to bop into Brother Jon’s Alehouse, or happen upon some squid ink at the grocery store, keep an open mind, and eat something new!

Thanks to Chef Josh and everyone at Brother Jon’s Downtown Bend on Bond. A special thanks to our Taste This! sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to do a little food adventuring each week here on Central Oregon Daily. Life is short. Eat good food.

Taste This! – Foxtail Bakeshop & Kitchen

In this week’s Taste This!, meet the woman who made a name for herself as a pastry chef, but is now expanding into the restaurant business at the new Foxtail Bakeshop & Kitchen.

Thanks to Nickol for showing us around. A special thanks to our Taste This! sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to explore some of the most interesting food in Central Oregon in a new edition of Taste This! every Sunday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Taste This! – Savory Spice

In the premiere episode of our new weekly food and drink feature, Taste This, Matt from Savory Spice in the Old Mill District in Bend takes us on a spice journey with a focus on curries.

Thanks to Matt at Savory Spice and a special thanks to our sponsor, Newport Avenue Market, for giving us the time and resources to bring you a new Taste This every week on Central Oregon Daily. Remember, life is short. Eat good food.