When news of the coronavirus illness first hit, no one could have predicted the impact it would have on food providers, bars, and restaurants around the country. With takeout and deliveries a mainstay of food access, food trucks, restaurants, and other specialty food manufacturers have had to pivot to keep their doors open and try to maintain payroll for their employees.
In Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley, many food-related businesses have answered the clarion call with creative solutions.
Restaurants and Food Trucks
Marché Group in Eugene, which operates several cafes, bars, and Provisions Market Hall, closed the restaurant but implemented curbside pickup through Provisions.
In Portland, most restaurants, such as Farm Spirit, are take-out only, although some are able to deliver as well. Check out Portland Monthly’s list of Portland-area restaurants that are still serving.
Eugene’s Cafe Soriah is giving customers 50% off their wine list, plus a take-out menu of delicious Mediterranean-influenced dishes like Chicken Casablanca and beet and goat cheese ravioli, for takeout from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Currently, they are showing appreciation for your support with 10% off take-out orders.
Noisette Pastry Kitchen in Eugene (makers of the bread in that gorgeous image at the top of this article) is delivering their popular sweet and savory goods, coffee, and sandwiches to the Eugene area for $5, plus free curbside pickup.
Check Eugene Weekly’s ongoing guide to Eugene-area restaurants and food trucks that are open for takeout.
The Source in Bend is also updating their takeout guide.
Food Providers and Farmers Markets
The Lane County Farmers Market in Eugene has remained up and running, with food providers and customers practicing social distancing. While it may take you longer to get your purchases if you have to keep six feet of separation from fellow shoppers, you can still enjoy local food, such as fresh salsa by Salsa Garcia, Eugene’s own authentic Mexican salsa brand.
The Lane County Farmers Market has created a list of their vendors that are providing some combination of online ordering, pick-up, and/or delivery options. For instance, WildCraft Cider Works will delivery orders of $40 or more for no charge, and Elegant Elephant, a dedicated gluten-free bakery, has an option to pay online and have your goods delivered to your doorstep. You can order from many of the same vendors that you would find at the Lane County Farmers Market, and combine that with your Elegant Elephant order.
Distilleries Offer To-go Bottles (And Hand Sanitizer)
Eugene’s Crescendo Spirits is selling their own hand sanitizer. They are encouraging folks to reuse containers, and have 1 gallon, 5 gallon, and 55 gallon sizes at $45 per gallon available. Contact them through their website or call (541) 255-7643.
Eugene’s Wolf Spirit Distillery will also soon be selling sanitizer, but in the meantime, you can still order bottles of their gold medal award winning Blood x Sweat x Tears vodka by calling the tasting room at (541) 505-9824 to make an appointment for pickup.
Heritage Distilling Co., also in Eugene, is selling their sprayable hand sanitizer from their website, and is offering affordable home delivery in certain areas (Tacoma, Seattle, Roslyn only, not Eugene at this time).
Farm Pickup and Deliveries
In Dexter, Oregon, organic farm Circle H has an online ordering system for farm-fresh produce: Order on Tuesdays, with pickup on Thursdays. Further south, almost 20 vendors at the Lane County Farmers Market in Eugene have quickly put together a variety of ways to access fresh and packaged foods outside of the market venue. See the link above for sourcing meats, produce, eggs, grains, kombucha and ciders, breads and more.
Local Curbside Services
You can still order pizza from Marche Provisions for pickup from Fifth Street Market, or a chef-made dinner box that serves either two or four. Options in early April included pork cassoulet, coq au vin, and wild mushroom lasagna. They are also giving customers a generous 50% off wines from Marche’s wine list.
Provisions has also implemented a personal shopping service, if you’re missing some of the other goodies that are available on the shelves, from table decor for your Easter supper to whatever specialty food ingredient you’re craving. Email Leah@marcheprovisions.com and she will shop for you and bag it up.
First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op in Corvallis is implementing pick-up and delivery. Simply type in your grocery list on their online form, or call them to place an online order from 9 am to 3 pm daily at both locations.
Customers who are immune compromised or otherwise at higher risk can choose delivery, while others can follow the pickup system. The co-op has also created a menu of “grab and go” versions of their hot bar favorites, which can be included in your pick-up and delivery orders. View the daily menu of meals and sides, including vegan, dairy free, and wheat free options.
Neighborhood markets throughout the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon are likely to accommodate special needs upon request. Friendly Street Market in Eugene is taking phone orders and bagging up groceries for pick-up. One staff member even texted a photo of their ice cream cooler to a caller, so they could make a choice!
If you’re not sure what your local restaurants or markets are willing to do, just call and ask. Many locations really want to continue to serve customers. Do be sure, though, to check and see what the current situation is, as things are changing quickly and often for everyone. We will continue to keep you updated here as best we can!