▶️ Taste This! Cascade Culinary Institute’s Bakery Kiosk

It’s a combination that sets future bakers up for success: hands-on training while earning a college degree.

The folks who know about the Bakery Kiosk on Friday mornings know it well; it’s student-run and student-led, which draws a crowd to the Cascade Culinary Institute.

Emily Kirk got to visit with the students & staff in this year’s Baking and Pastry program’s winter term course to learn more about what goes into a career in culinary.

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▶️ Taste This! Sampling pickles at Newport Avenue Market

Pickling is a practice that goes back thousands of years. In the current day and age, there are thousands of recipes and ways to pickle things.

We head to the pickle aisle at Newport Avenue Market to try some well-known brands and some that are not so well known.

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▶️ Taste This! Hablo Tacos

Hablo Tacos is Spanish for “I speak tacos,” and that’s a language and a love many people share in common. Located on Bend’s east side, you can find tasty margaritas, vampiro tacos, guacamole and more.

Emily Kirk visited with the folks behind one of Bend’s newer Mexican restaurants.

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▶️ Taste This! HDFFA’s SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser Preview with Anthony’s

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is hosting its inaugural SOUPer Bowl fundraiser on Saturday, February 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bend.

The event brings soup samplings from local restaurants including 10 Barrel, Anthony’s at the Old Mill District, Bodega Market, Brasada Ranch, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Fix & Repeat, Mountain Burger, Pine Tavern, Schoolhouse Produce, Spork and Westside Tacos.

Proceeds from the event will go to support HDFFA’s programs and resources available to community members and those in the agriculture space. 

Emily Kirk got to learn more about what goes into Anthony’s award-winning clam chowder with HDFFA board member & head chef, Brian Kerr.

She also spoke with the executive director of HDFFA, Sharon Maier-Kennelly, about HDFFA’s efforts and upcoming fundraiser.

▶️ Taste This! Sauces & flavorings to try with Newport Avenue Market

When dressing up dishes, it can be intimidating to stare at shelves upon shelves of sauces, flavorings and add-ons to try.

But this month with the help of Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Emily Kirk got to sample a few in the store.

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▶️ Taste This! BOSA Food & Drink

It’s an Italian food restaurant in Bend owned and operated by chefs Bill Dockter and Nate King. BOSA Food & Drink is located on Galveston Avenue and is a great option for a date night with authentic cuisine.

Emily Kirk sat down with the owners to get a closer look.

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▶️ Taste This! Humm Kombucha

They’re one of Bend’s largest beverage companies and they’ve grown to all 50 states, Canada and now have a presence in Europe. 

Humm Kombucha now has expanded its offerings with Whole30, Zero sugar, seltzer and soda options to go along with their original flavors.

Emily Kirk got to visit with one of the founders, Michelle Mitchell, and got a closer look at the taproom on 2nd Street and production facility in Bend.

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▶️ Taste This! Shimshon

Their food is unique in Central Oregon and was inspired by cuisine made on the other side of the globe.

Tahina sauce, stuffed pitas, falafel and mezze samplers await at Shimshon at its new location inside The Grove on Bend’s westside.

Emily Kirk met with the owner to learn more.

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