Three year round retail markets and one holiday market are easy and convenient places to shop for local food. Here are 4 favorite locals in Eugene.
Nothing in the display case at Springfield’s 100 Mile Bakery immediately tips you off to the fact that this place was born to serve.
For 20 years, Eugene’s Doug Furlong was known as “The Ice Cream Man.” A food scientist by trade, Furlong helped to develop some of the most popular and familiar premium ice cream brands, from Turtle Mountain and Soy Delicious to Julie’s and Coconut Bliss. And then he turned 60. In what he calls a “watershed moment,” Furlong quit the ice cream business and traveled with his wife Kari to New Zealand for an extended vacation. What happened next, was nuts. While on vacation, Furlong and friends got to talking about what was next for The Ice Cream Man. “We started… See More
If you are looking to buy the perfect gift for a food-minded friend, there’s no better place to peruse than Eugene’s Holiday Market where the tagline reads “Made by Hand, Close to Home.” Taking place at the Lane County Fairgrounds weekends from 10am to 6pm until Christmas Eve, the marketplace features artisans galore; all it takes is a little time and patience to weed through the sea of tie-dye to find the diamonds in the rough. Find funky aprons from Anna’s Haute Scrambled Aprons, hand-shaped wooden spoons at Wanna Spoon, local milled flour from Camas Country Mills, and the addictive slow burn of Hell Spice… See More
For the past 13 years, one constant has remained at Lane Community College’s Culinary Arts Program and his name is Chef Clive Wanstall. Named by the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef, Wanstall has been molding minds and helping the program move along the path of sustainability since 1998. The jovial albeit humble chef describes his teaching style as a journey with students, noting, “I’m very free spirit and kind of a rule bender.” He feels students learn best in a comfortable environment, with a dash of fun. Wanstall began his career in London, after graduating from a small… See More
Take a pot of milk and heat. At a very specific temperature, add in a bit of acid or a bit of rennent, stirring all the while. In a moment of magic, the curd will separate from the whey and you are on your way to making your own cheese. Eugene’s Keith Ellis likes this moment of magic so much, in 2008 he decided to start his very own cheesemaking adventure: Cheese Louise Creamery. The name came about because Ellis’s mother and grandmother both shared the name Louise — making his homegrown business the perfect namesake! The Local Dish: What sparked… See More
According to Stephen Sheehan, in the South the word delacata means “premium catfish.” However in Eugene, Delacata is the place to go for catfish; a gleaming black trailer adorned with its namesake, owned by Sheehan and his wife Colleen. A Mississippi native, Sheehan used to toil in the business world for companies like JP Morgan, but after having trouble getting a job in his field here in Eugene, he and his wife decided to open a southern-focused food cart. They put their money together, ordered a cart from a company in Independence, Oregon, and set out to… See More
Cocktails are important. They can be the key to a perfect meal, or can be just what you need to take the edge off the workweek with a close friend by your side. Whatever the occasion, the cocktail needs to be good and made with care. I set out to find Eugene’s most delicious and extreme cocktails, and the results are in! The Granary Pizza Company — Fifth Street Public Market Not only does The Granary Pizza Company have some of the best happy hour deals in town, they also have, hands down, the most delicious cocktails. Situated in Eugene’s… See More
PartyCart’s humble cart contains many tasty delights! Photos by: Jackie Varriano Restaurants can come in many different shapes and forms, and sometimes you find greatness in unexpected places. For example, a new addition to the Eugene dining scene boasts a true commitment to local products, changes their menu weekly, and makes as many items in house as possible – from bread to bacon. It also happens to be a food cart. Meet Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki, chefs and owners of the PartyCart. Situated in the parking lot of the Healthy Pet on the corner of 28th and Friendly St,… See More