The Culinarium, the Latest Kitchen Store in Town
The Culinarium with an apt byline “A Delicious Discovery” is Ashland’s the latest cook store with gourmet foods and high-end kitchenware.
At 270 E. Main St, this store is conveniently located. In fact, Chanticleer Inn guests will pass this store every time they walk to the Festival’s plays.
While there are other stores for small kitchen gadgets, many of us have missed having a store completely dedicated to the kitchen and cooking — with much more inventory.
The owners, Constance and David Jesser, are very knowledgeable about all their products and about cooking. After the crazy holiday rush, starting sometime in the Spring 2017, Constance will be conducting cooking classes.
Mushrooming Class Given by Siskiyou Field Institute
Mushrooming! Learn all about the spring-fruiting fungi, including morels and more. Class emphasis will be identifying edible mushrooms as well as inedible and toxic species. The class will start with a brief spring mushroom overview at the Ashland Co-op Community classroom on Pioneer between B and A streets, in Ashland’s Railroad District, short walk from the Chanticleer Inn. Afterward the class will car pool up Highway 66 to foray near Howard Prairie Lake.
Instructor: Mike Potts
Date: Sundays, May 29 and June 5, 2016
Location: Meet at the Ashland Food Co-op Community Classroom in the Railroad District
About Siskiyou Field Institute
The mission of the Siskiyou Field Institute is to increase the understanding of, and connection to, the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion through education, scientific research, and public engagement.
SFI provides the means for the region’s leading scientists and naturalists to share their passion and deep knowledge with the general public with dynamic field courses and youth education and Naturalist Certification programs.
The Institute is where people of all ages and educational background come to learn about and explore the remarkable Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion.
The Institute provides a wide variety of courses on topics from lichen identification to snorkeling with local salmon!
Vegetable Frittatas for Sunday Breakfast
Vegetable Frittatas, a generic name for a main egg dish, can have so many combinations of vegetables, meats and herbs. Whenever a frittata turns out to be more photogenic than usual, it’s nice to take the time and capture it for the blog.
I like taking advantage of the shapes and colors nature provides. Pictured here is a frittata baked in a round 8-ounce ceramic ramekin. Nestled on top of a bed of sauteed kale, the mini-bell pepper holds a turkey bacon rosette. To finish the tableau, sliced tomatoes and herbs frame the ramekin.
Pictured below is the vegetable frittata plated with roasted potatoes. The potatoes were tossed in hot, spicy mustard and olive oil and baked in 400F oven.
Oregon Cheese Festival March 19, 2016
Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point at the Rogue Creamery
The 12th Annual Oregon Cheese Festival is open Saturday, March 19th from 10-5 at Rogue Creamery, 311 N. Front St., (Hwy. 99) in Central Point. Visitors will sample a variety Oregonian cheese: cow, sheep, and goat cheese. What better to pair these cheese, than with Oregon wines, beer, cider, and other local artisan gourmet foods?
A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) for the Saturday festival includes sampling and demonstrations. An additional $10 alcoholic beverage fee (wine, beer, cider, spirits) includes a collectible wine glass etched with the Oregon Cheese Guild logo.
The festival has been growing steadily every year. Last year we had 95 different vendors and attracted over 4,000 enthusiasts in one day. In 2016 we anticipate over 105 vendors and over 4000 guests. Culture Magazine, one of the leading periodicals in the cheese industry, called the Oregon Cheese Festival one of the Ten Best Cheese Festivals.
For Friday the night before the festival there is the Cheesemakers Dinner, 6pm March 18th at the Inn at the Commons. Special Guest will be Gordon Edgar author of A Cheesemonger — a Life on the Wedge. For an interview about the book to the author Gordon Edgar video.
Tickets for the dinner: Buy tickets for Meet the Cheesemakers Dinner
Many people come to the Rogue Valley for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Crater Lake National Park, for lodging in Ashland Oregon visit the Chanticleer Inn B&B.
Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Opens for the 2016 Season on March 1!
Ashland Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce, specialty foods, and unique hand-made crafts to southern Oregon since 1987.
The Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market consists of over 200 local members, many of whom are local to Jackson County (the town of Ashland is in Jackson County). To be included in the market, all items for sale must be locally prepared, grown, or crafted by the vendor.
Come to the Ashland Farmers Market to shop, chat, and commune with local farmers who deliver food straight from their fields to you; and with crafters who make sundry handmade art and tools.
At the Ashland Farmers market there will be:
- Freshly harvested salad greens and organically grown fruits and vegetables.
- Colorful in season flowers, plants in pots, and garden starts
- An array of prepared foods and baked goods, sustainably grown, harvested and made: such as meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, soups, salsa, pasta, pickles, honey and other goodies.
- A wide selection of unique, locally handcrafted, many totally sustainable, items for home and garden, including woodwork, pottery, homemade soaps and bath items, dried flower arrangements, quality metal artwork and jewelry.
- Occasional Chef demonstrations
- Live music played by locals
- Master Gardeners table after May
Ashland Farmers Market Details:
Locations: The Market comes twice a week: the more expansive market is on Tuesday at the National Guard Armory; the smaller market right in downtown on Saturdays. The Saturday market is convenient to the Chanticleer Inn, guests can just stroll down the hill. The Tuesday market is a short drive on East Main Street. Both locations will take debit and credit cards.
What’s local? Everything produced at the market is as local as it can be! Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is limited to growers, producers and crafters within 3 Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Siskiyou. Some of the crafters and vendors may source materials and ingredients outside of our valley. Be sure to ask individual vendors about sources of their ingredients, and why they have chosen them.
Organic or Not Organic? Not all products found at the market are organic. Individual vendors decide how they will grow, produce and/or source their products. However the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market organization gives preference to vendors that operate organically locally within the Rogue Valley. All vendors will advertise what is organic and what is not.
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
National Guard Armory
1420 E. Main Street
March – November
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ashland Saturday Market
Oak Street in the Heart of Downtown
May – October
Valentine Gala benefit for Britt Orchestra with China Forbes of Pink Martini
Live performance by China Forbes (of Pink Martini) for the Britt Orchestra’s gala. The Valentine Gala will be at the Inn at the Commons in Medford. The evening will include wine from South Stage Cellars and a sumptuous three-course dinner, with an entrée choice of beef, chicken or vegan. Following dinner, Ms Forbes will be joined by Music Director Teddy Abrams for an intimate concert.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Inn at The Commons, Medford, Oregon
PLATINUM TABLES OF TEN: platinum seating is sold out
GOLD TABLES OF TEN:$125 per person/$1250 per table
COCKTAIL HOUR: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
THREE COURSE DINNER + WINE: 7:00 p.m.
Silent Auction Packages include:
- A package with Music Director Teddy Abrams, including a signed manuscript, conducting lesson and lunch with Teddy.
- A gourmet dinner, private concert and reserved seat tickets for the Symphony Pops concert, for 8.
- Deluxe lodging and dinner package to coincide with the Britt Orchestra performances at Crater Lake this summer.
- Dinner for 10 at the Voorhies mansion, followed by a Britt Orchestra concert.
- Biplane ride over Crater Lake.
- Dinner at the former Bennett Estate, catered by the Jacksonville Inn, followed by a Britt concert and artist meet and greet.
To make the evening even more special, patrons can take a chance to win a “diamond toast,” in which you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and one lucky winner will receive a 1/2 carat diamond, courtesy of The Crown Jewel in Jacksonville.
* Tickets to the Valentine Gala include a seat at a table of ten, food, wine, and the performance.
* Member benefits do not apply to this special event.
* Online ticket orders will include a $7 fee per order. Call the box office to purchase without the $7 fee at 1-800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077, or visit the box office at 216 W. Main St. in Medford.
* Tickets for the Valentine Gala are limited to 300.
“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