Foodie Gerry Frank, a well-traveled man with a big appetite, divulges his five favorite places to eat in Oregon. Today when he’s not greeting customers at his Salem restaurant, Konditorei, Frank lets his love of food take him to destinations around the world. Aside from his own eatery—which is known for its savory quiches, homemade soups and remarkable cakes—here are five of his favorite food stops in Oregon.
A new way to stock up on healthful staples and boost your local economy in one annual shopping spree is taking root. Aptly called Fill Your Pantry, these one-day farmers markets fill community halls, schools and granges with food producers and consumers for one big, all-local sale that leaves everyone with a sense of accomplishment.
Chef Gregory Gourdet takes his healthy lifestyle to the next level written by Mackenzie Wilson | photography by Andy Batt Gregory Gourdet doesn’t have his own cooking show on television, but he’s as close to a celebrity as a chef can get. In the past four years, the 41-year-old, who lives and works in Portland, has been on the “best of” chef radar for the Northwest food scene. His innovative use of local ingredients at Departure, where he is the executive chef, has earned him accolades including “Chef of the Year” from the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2013 and Eater Portland in 2014. The James Beard Foundation named him a semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest and he took runner-up on season twelve of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef in 2015. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gourdet moved to Portland in 2008 and made a monumental shift in his way…
Red Lily Vineyards quest to create the perfect Oregon Tempranillo written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503 For Rachael Martin, winemaker and co-owner of Red Lily Vineyards, winemaking is truly a family affair. Rachael’s husband, Les, worked in the hospitality industry for years, and on their frequent travels to Europe they fell in love with Spanish Tempranillo. When they found the future home of Red Lily just outside of Jacksonville, they knew what would come next. In 2004, they planted their first Tempranillo grapes, and shortly thereafter Rachael, Les and their two kids moved to the small town. Growing the Tempranillo Red Lily Vineyards—named for the rare red flower found in the neighboring Siskiyou Mountains—opened in 2011 and focuses on the Tempranillo grape, which grows beautifully in Southern Oregon. Their wines reflect their passion for Tempranillo as well as their passion for family. They’ve named wines after their children including…
Potatoes have a bad reputation.
Once the kings of sustenance and preservers of civilizations, potatoes in modern society have been viewed as starchy carbs that aren’t good for us. Potatoes have been used and abused as the vehicle for bright and shiny things—French fries with ketchup, mashed potatoes with gravy, chips and dip.
Oregon is not one to drop the ball where beer is concerned. For those of German descent, who have ever been to Germany or who just like to drink good beer, you meet the requisite criteria to attend Oktoberfest this September. Festival tents will go up anywhere in the state where there is beer, especially in Portland and Bend. But, for my bier money, I’m heading to Mount Angel. Time to pull out the lederhosen and practice saying, “Prost!”