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July 2, 2015 01:00 AM

Nathan Bernard strolls through the third-story lookout and swings open the door. Salty breezes from the sea float over the tiny town of Yachats and up to the rooftop. Bernard steps out to the middle of the flat roof, built into the side of a cliff. “This is where the tap house will eventually be,” he says, motioning to the open air and pointing to where a bar and wood-fired oven will sit.

July 2, 2015 01:00 AM

Downtown Eugene isn’t the only urban core in the area experiencing a revival — downtown Springfield is undergoing a resurgence as well. 

July 2, 2015 01:00 AM

In 1981, when Philomath hops purveyor David Wills first started tinkering with home brewing, “microbrew” was a burgeoning term, and not all that familiar to Oregonian ears. 

July 2, 2015 01:00 AM

Take a stroll, brew a beer: That’s the concept behind Beers Made by Walking, a program that uses the beauty of nature to inspire new brews in states around the country. 

June 25, 2015 01:00 AM

It’s no easy task picking the top events of OBF, but here’s a working list. For a full lineup of events, times, locations and tickets, visit oregonbachfestival.com

June 25, 2015 01:00 AM

More than a decade ago, in a speech at the Oregon Bach Festival, former New York Times classical music critic John Rockwell suggested that OBF bring in historically informed ensembles so audiences could hear how contemporary authentic-practice Baroque performances differed from then-OBF music director Helmuth Rilling’s “1950s and ’60s interpretations.” 

June 25, 2015 01:00 AM

Signing up Portland singer Storm Large as the star of The Seven Deadly Sins might seem like typecasting. After all, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s scorching 1933 satire tells the story of two sisters, Anna I and Anna II, who venture to a septet of cities, each representing one of the biblical mortal transgressions.

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

Last year, Food Network star Guy Fieri brought his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to Eugene. In the episode, Fieri stopped by popular Whiteaker food truck The Sandwich League.  

“I couldn’t have asked for a better advertisement,” Sandwich League owner Dawn Sellers says. “It’s been amazing.” 

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

Alex Moon has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years, but it only recently occurred to her that she could open up her own place. “It’s a relatively new idea for me,” she says.

Moon, who currently works at Belly Taqueria, launched a Kickstarter in February to raise funds to open Sundial Café and Bakery. The gluten-free, vegetarian breakfast and lunch spot doesn’t have a home location yet, but it does have $12,000 of Kickstarter-raised money to back it up. Moon hopes to open sometime between July and October, depending on when she finds a space to set up shop.

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

On a drizzly May morning, Membrillo Latin Cafe offers a warm departure to sunnier climes. Notes of simmering black beans and caramelizing onions fill the air as music wafts from the compact kitchen. 

“This is my home,” says chef and co-owner Corey Wisun. “And when others come into my home, this is how I want to treat them.” 

Since bursting on the Eugene foodie scene in May 2014, Membrillo has gained an ardent following for its fresh, locally sourced Cuban, Spanish and South American flavors. 

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

“Food is my heart and soul,” says Coalesce Juicery & Whole Foods Kitchen’s chef and owner Karina Wolford. “It’s what makes me happy.” 

Wolford, who opened her food truck in April, promotes healthy eating as one way to combat serious health issues, including her own bout with multiple sclerosis.

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

For Joe Placido, owner of Placido’s Pasta Shop, cooking has always been a part of life.

“Me and my sister, when we were kids, we used to play restaurant at the house,” Placido says. With Placido as the cook and his sister as the waitress, they would serve their parents’ friends from a menu with a single dish, which was “pretty much spaghetti sauce.” 

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

To understand what the Sushi Star Brigade is, you first have to realize that it is two things at once. Conventionally, it’s a new food booth at the Lane County Farmers Market, serving up vegan nori wraps on Saturdays. 

A little less conventionally, it’s the mission post of a galactic collective originating from the “Nori Nova” in the Milky Way galaxy, and its mission is “to teach the people here how to use agriculture sustainably so they don’t destroy the planet,” says sushi chef David Feldman, who also goes by the name Captain Monday. 

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM

There’s a new beer garden in town, and it’s called — well, it’s called beergarden. 

“We wanted to keep it as simple as possible,” says co-owner Patric Campbell, “and it ties in to Gray’s Garden Center next door. The period makes it more of a statement.”

June 18, 2015 01:00 AM
April 2, 2015 01:00 AM

When Curtis Shimmen founded Kore Kombucha three years ago, he was already dreaming about opening a kombucha taphouse.

“Taphouses are a great way to introduce people to a wide variety of kombucha,” Shimmen says, pointing out that most stores carry only a few flavors of the bubbly, fermented drink, leaving out some more enigmatic concoctions, such as coffee kombucha with raspberry or vanilla chai kombucha. 

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM

If you’re not sure what Cambodian food is like, Horn Nov, the owner of Angkor Cambodian Cafe, offers some tantalizing clues.

“Next door to Thailand, next door to Vietnam,” he says about Cambodia’s closest neighbors. “A lot of fresh ingredients, lemon grass, turmeric, ginger.” 

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM

You don’t have to live in a big city to enjoy the benefits of an Asian market: Eugene and Springfield have a smattering of markets full of the best and most unusual ingredients Asian cuisine has to offer. Some have been here since the ’90s and some are only a few years old, but if you have a recipe (Asian or not) that you’re dying to try out, make sure to stop by these locally owned grocery stores first. 

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM
#MUTLIPLE#

The ancient Chinese invention of the noodle still enjoys popularity in Asian cuisine to this day. The types of noodles available differ almost as vastly as the common dishes in which they appear. Here is a short guide to a select few of the most common noodle soups, as well as the various noodles found immersed in their broth.

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM

“The term ‘fusion food’ gets used so much nowadays,” says Tony Ngo, co-owner of Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery, which won third place for food carts in EW’s Best of Eugene. “Vietnamese food is one of those organic fusion foods.” 

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM

Though perhaps not the salmon nigiri you’ll rave to your friends about or the most amazing Cali roll you’ve ever had, 541 Sushi Bar’s conveyer belt-style fare really isn’t half bad — especially at a consistent $2 a plate. And the restaurant, which opened Dec. 10, doesn’t aim to be fine dining, anyway. Owner Wookyn Lee would be the first to tell you this.

April 2, 2015 01:00 AM
March 12, 2015 01:00 AM

Lately, press releases from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission are a deluge of marijuana updates. In February, however, the commission announced that 2014 was a record-breaking year for spirits sales, raking in $531.6 million. Of that total, $68 million came from products distilled in Oregon. 

March 12, 2015 01:00 AM

Jacob Franklin, 28, dubbed by voters as “the Ginja Ninja,” says bartending is “a passion I’ve had for a long time.” Franklin has called Eugene home for a decade now, but his first job slinging drinks was at a country bar in his hometown of Chicago.