Oregon Bounty Birthday Bash
We are entering the second month of Oregon Bounty! If you keep thinking, “I want to go to a winery dinner; I need to buy some cheese from that goat farmer down the road; I drive by that orchard every day, I really should stop and get some apples,” but keep procrastinating as we are prone to do, here’s an easy out: Organize a Bounty potluck at your office or with your neighbors.
Every month at the Lane County tourism offices, we like to celebrate birthdays at a local restaurant. But this month the Fun Committee decided a harvest lunch was in order since we live smack in the middle of a farmer-foodie paradise.
Staff walked three blocks to the farmers’ market or bought local goodies from the grocery store and set to creating culinary masterpieces. Our feast included a hearty Painted Hills Beef stew, butternut squash soup, and a colorful mixed-greens salad with spinach, corn, carrots and beets. Not everyone’s a chef, and some kept it simple with apples, a variety of Oregon cheeses and polenta bread fresh from Eugene City Bakery.
No birthday celebration is complete without dessert, so we blew out the candles on a homemade carrot cake filled with veggies grown only a few miles away, and a scrumptious homemade pumpkin pie.
This event delighted our taste buds and filled our stomachs with a bountiful feast of locally-grown food. What a great way to enjoy the company of your office colleagues, friends and neighbors, while partaking of an impressive Oregon Bounty adventure. Next time we’ll have to plan a dinner so we can try the local wine, beer and spirits!
Written by “The CVALCO Birthday Girls”.
Editor’s Note:: November is your last chance to sample Oregon artisan wines, spirits and brews and a plethora of fresh, local cuisine during our annual gastronomic extravaganza, Oregon Bounty. Check out our calendar for how to meet the vintners, chefs, brewers, innkeepers and farmers who make Oregon taste like Oregon.
About the Author: Mo Sherifdeen
Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.