The Local Dish team picks the best Portland food shops to please the “local food” lovers in your tribe.
The observation deck at Keeler Estate Vineyard.There is a place not too far where you can enjoy tastes of the holiday and avoid the stress: Willamette Valley’s annual Wine Country Thanksgiving. Numerous vineyards, some of which are closed to the public for much of the year, open their doors to offer tastes and treats over the Thanksgiving weekend. There are too many to visit them all in a few short days, so we narrowed our picks to wineries open year round that have established innovative land stewardship practices on the road to producing top wines. The Carlton Winemakers Studio is a collection of more than… See More
No holiday meal is complete without pie. But making pie might mean more work and clean-up in a kitchen that’s already limited in counter and oven space. You could buy grocery store pies, but you’d end up with unfamiliar ingredients and unnecessary additives when you could have had a pie made from local ingredients you would have used yourself. Willamette Valley Pie Company sets high standards, making it an easy choice to buy locally made pie. Not only are their pies visually appealing and delicious, you can feel good about serving a pie packed with locally grown berries from the Willamette Valley and… See More
Hood River Fruit Loop provides memories of fresh fruit, farms and wineries for local food lovers.
The Willamette Valley Cheese Company is located right in the heart of Willamette Valley’s wine country and draws inspiration from the surrounding vineyards, offering cheeses like Pinot Crushed Gouda from their extensive selection of cheeses. Best of all, visitors to the tasting room can try as many different styles as they want: for free! Owned by the Volbeda family, the family had been dairy farming for decades before opening the Willamette Valley Cheese Company, one of the first farmstead cow’s milk cheesemakers in Oregon. Using sustainable farming practices, the Willamette Valley Cheese Company is a major supplier of cheese to… See More
Portland’s neighborhoods are overflowing with restaurants and artisanal food spots that draw nationwide attention. On one nondescript corner a short walk from Waterfront Park, Pine Street Market has gained notoriety since its opening in April 2016 as a microcosm of the city’s creative powers and fascination with ethnic eats. As food halls have begun to trend across the country, the Market’s similarity to the iconic “mall food court” rests only in the communal tables. A few of Portland’s renowned cooks are the distinguishing factors rather than the usual suspects of fast food chains. The seven eateries, from Mediterranean food to fresh pressed juice, are drawing regular crowds. Brass Bar from Barista, is a stand-out in the… See More
Every year FEAST Portland gives food lovers a big bite, and more than a few sips, of Pacific Northwest flavors, from morning to night, over a long September weekend. With events like Brunch Village, Smoked! and Cocktail Crawl attendees quickly learn that pacing is key. One of the best ways, though, to sample Oregon’s finest purveyors of small batch handcrafted food companies, large and small, is at The Grand Tasting. Although the event highlights major brands, such as Oregon Berries, National Honey Board, Oregon Cheese Guild, and Guittard chocolate, among the 80 vendors, FEAST Portland gives dozens of craft food and drink producers the chance to show the collaborative spirit… See More
You know that bottle of olive oil you bought at your local grocery store? It was probably labeled Italian, perhaps even virgin or extra virgin, right? Odds are high there is something else inside that coveted purchase, such as canola, coloring, and fragrances, that make it quite un-virgin. Unfortunately, when it comes to imported olive oil, there is less truth in labeling. A local olive tree-to-table alternative to tainted imports can be found at the Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms. As one of the first families in Oregon to plant wine grapes in the 1970’s, the Durant family began a four-decades long… See More
Portland chefs, farmers and winemakers orchestrate the best of dinners in the field featuring locally grown food.
Views and vines make for luxurious wine tasting day trips for Portland Metro wine lovers. A short half hour drive puts oenophiles in their element.