niblets: fair food edition

  • If you’re anywhere within hearing distance, you already know the Fairgrounds have turned in to that fried food glory palace known as the Lane County Fair.  These shots are from last year, since I haven’t been yet, but I’m willing to bet there’s a similar line up.
  • And in very different food fairness news, join us on Food for Thought on KLCC this Sunday at noon for developing coverage on the canola planting controversy in the Willamette Valley.  More resources about the temporary rule change — and the stay of the action in appeals — here.  We’ll be joined by Andrew Still, a farmer and seed developer in Sweet Home.  He co-owns Open Oak Farm and Adaptive Seeds, who will be affected by canola cross-pollination.  We’ll also be joined by Mark Kosmicki of PartyCart fame, on to talk about the locavore cart and its latest experiments in both food and cart management.
  • Congratulations to Chef Jeff Strom, who won not only the Iron Chef Eugene competition but also the coveted Iron Chef Oregon title for 2012!  He did us proud last weekend up in Portland.  Strom joins Iron Chef Oregon 2010 Gabriel Gil, who represented Eugene for the win two years ago…

…and is currently cooking Mexican-American cart food at PartyCart as a special guest chef for the week.  You still have until Friday to check it out — some wonderful stuff, including the octopus-jicama-cilantro-cucumber salad and little cheesy dumplings with spinach, mushrooms, and a rust-red chile sauce.

Word on the street is that Chef Gil’s former home away from home, Rabbit Bistro, will be opening at its new location downtown in October under a new name with a fabulous new menu that allows Gil the ability to prepare innovative PNW cuisine.  We can’t wait!

  • NEW RESTAURANT ALERT!  Bon Mi, at 8th and Oak, is a Vietnamese-French sandwich shop featuring bahn mi, the delicious delicious Viet sandwiches that usually consist of marinated pork, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and a slice of soft organ-meat cold cut.  Bon Mi makes it more Eugene-friendly, allowing paté as an add-on to very respectable pork, beef, or tofu bahn mi on extra fresh and crusty baguettes.  The pho isn’t quite as good, but the broth is better than others in town.
  • As you may have seen in the Register-Guard, Brails is under new stewardship.  They are offering more classic diner food at dinner time.
  • Falling Sky Brewery now has an industry discount on Monday nights.  Inquire within (their Facebook page).
  • And don’t forget that Marché restaurant is offering Julia Child at 100 specials for the next few days.  See a menu and more information here.

  • Interested in trying your hand at canning?  The Lane County Fair judges say there’s been an upsurge in young people entering items at the fair.  You can try out your hand next year if you win some canning equipment being raffled at the Springfield Farmers Market (Sprout) tomorrow.  5th and A Streets at the Library Fountain Plaza, 3-7 p.m.  Good luck!

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