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Food News - April 18, 2008

Food News - April 18, 2008

BOR BASH Vol 1 was a success in my mind but I'm on the fence about doing it again. I write honest reviews of the meal that I pay for at a restaurant and don't ask for anything in return aside for supporting my sponsors so I can donate the revenue to charity. I take on quite a few insults from people that disagree with my opinion. I can only take so much before my fingers turn into 10 individual incredible Hulks and release the rage.

Speaking of NeighborImpact, I have finally received payment after quite a bit back and forth with AdWords so I'll be able to send that money to them asap.


Visitor counts to the Bend Oregon Restaurants site jumped this week as Google ranked my edamame post fourth in the search results when searching for "edamame". This is hilarious to me since that post is very anti edamame. Take that you boiled soy bean lovers.


Jake’s Diner and Let’s Make A Space will be partnering with Bend Community Center to raise money for the center.

On Monday, April 21st, Jake’s Diner will be turning over it’s main dining area to the Let’s Make A Space crew for a complete room makeover.

After 5 days, on Saturday, April 26th, the new dining area will be revealed and a day long celebration will commence to raise money for the new kitchen at the Bend Community Center. All profits for the day will be turned over to the Center with Andy and the LMAS crew matching their give. Other businesses chipping in to assist include Wood Awakening, Hardwood Industries, Steve Newman Custom Wood Furnishings, and Franz Bakery.


Big Island Kona Mix Plate has a newish website. After an short email exchange I learned that they will be getting rid of the Styrofoam containers for reusable flat wear. That is great news.

Aloha Web


Gusto Magazine is accepting your votes for Bend's Best of 2008.


Jenna Bush had some new ranch cuisine at the Blacksmith while visiting Bend on a book tour.

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"According to Chef Gavin McMichael, he and Bush chatted briefly about their shared connection to the Lone Star State and mutual affection for Austin."

I LOVE 6th Street!

The Blacksmith is also doing another wine tasting next Wednesday:

Next week, The Blacksmith's Wednesday after-work Wine Tasting features wines from Woodward Canyon, a Washington winery located in the Columbia Valley. A representative from Woodward Canyon will be on site to pour and discuss Woodward Canyon wines. The winery is known for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Blacksmith Restaurant has started Wednesday Tastings after work, and each month spotlights a different beverage. During April, Kevin Gilman, the Blacksmith's sommelier, will host Wednesday Wine Tastings. Cost is $10 to taste approximately eight wines, and every week will feature different vineyards, varietals, vertical tastings and other fun ways to experience the beauty of the bottle.

Kevin Gilman is general manager at The Blacksmith Restaurant and a certified second-level sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. The Blacksmith Restaurant is nationally know for Chef Gavin McMichael's New Ranch Cuisine. A recent renovation includes a new lounge and full bar, designed in backlit alabaster. The Blacksmith is located in downtown Bend in the historic Pearson Blacksmith Building, 211 NW Greenwood Avenue. For reservations and info, visit or call 541.318.0588.


Another food review by the Minkz in a new segment called Foodies Four. Get some photos going grl!

Foodies Four


Speedshop Deli's Friday Special:

A Fresh Baby Spinach Salad
tossed in a creamy Gorgonzola Cheese Dressing with Roasted Turkey Breast, sprinkled with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Almond Slivers

Today's Soup is:
New England Clam Chowder

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