“At the major annual food fest [Good Food Awards], artisan producers from across Oregon scored big. (Only a certain state to our south—so, like, whatever—earned more accolades.) Alex Keith for the Portland Monthly“
Boutique, Artisan, Independent are apt descriptions of the crafters, producers and growers in Oregon’s burgeoning food industry. It is of no surprise that at the 2016 Good Food Awards, an annual ceremony celebrating the most delicious, sustainable makers and growers in the country, Oregon won 23 awards in 15 of 16 categories. The sixth annual festival received 1,937 product entries—33 percent more than ever before—in categories from charcuterie to cider. Oregon earned more accolades than any other state except California.
About Good Foods Awards: The Good Food Awards grants awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. In its sixth year, Good Food Awards are given in 13 categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and our newest category, pantry; from each of five regions of the U.S.
The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious which also supports sustainability and social good.
Poblano Peppers Frittata
I’ve been thinking about using poblano peppers as the centerpiece for individual frittatas.
For Christmas breakfast I decided to experiment on my unsuspecting guests: Lynnette, my twin sister (yes, there’s someone else in this world who looks very much like I), her hubby John, and my dear friend Jim. They all really liked the dish.
Perhaps this will be a last minute addition to the cookbook! This is not a variation on chiles rellenos, but a frittata, with a poblano pepper half holding turkey bacon ribbons, mushrooms and cheese.
2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens
Always fun, the Ashland Farmers market, also called Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, provides a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. As well as herbs, plants, soaps and crafts. Music and food booths add to the festive feel.
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters
Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano- and micro-breweries? Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.
Interested? For more information, here’s the link
Ashland Oregon Farmers Market
March 11 starts the 2014 season for the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market!
For your table, you will find all sorts of locally grown produce. For your garden, you can select a wide variety of locally-grown vegetable starts, flowers and perennials. Enjoy tasting and buying specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, pasta, coffee, tea, beer, wine and hand-made arts and crafts. Usually local musicians entertain with live music.
Every Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
March 11 – November 25, 2014
Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street between E. Main and Lithia Way, in the heart of downtown
May 3 – Oct 25, 2014
Introducing Southern Oregon Lavender Loop!
At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few “Lavender Ladies”. They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate. Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn’t a fluke, go back for seconds — err o.k. thirds.
In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley. I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public. What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields!
July 12-14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Ashland Farmer’s Market Starts 3/12
“Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market” opening day is March 12! For the valley’s best locally grown produce, flowers, and plants, as well as ready-made specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, wine and hand-made arts and crafts.
Every Tuesday starting 8:30-1:30 at the National Guard Armory out on 1420 E. Main. Not to be confused with the Historic Armory in the Railroad District! For more information go their webpage.
Ashland restaurants and eateries offer week-long specials for 2013 pre-Preview Week.
Showcasing Ashland’s culinary expertise from February 3rd through February 9th, locals and visitors alike can partake in discounted dinners and special offerings from 10 restaurants and eateries throughout Ashland.
Also everyone gets a chance to win a night out in Ashland — go here to download the drawing’s entry form. Multiple winners will be selected
Prizes include: $50 gift certificates from each of these participating restaurants – Alex’s Plaza Restaurant & Bar, Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, Milagros Fresh Mexican, Pasta Piatti, Sesame Asian Kitchen, Smithfields Restaurant & Bar, The Great American Pizza Company, Umi Sushi, and Yogurt Hut.
For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours
My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!
Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.
Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Opposition Beer, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.
While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.
For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website …
One of my new favorites: Tot Restaurant!
At 310 Oak St. (walking distance from the Chanticleer Inn) check out their menu and the website: www.totrestaurant.com
Opened June ’12, one of the newest places in town. I’ve been there twice, each time it was a delight. Wonderful food and great service.
They call themselves “Southeast Asian BBQ”, but it’s more that BBQ. Soups, rice bowls and sandwiches are available — all very well prepared with great mix of flavors! Worth going back and back, and back.
For more restaurant selections go to Ellen’s favorite eatery list.