food for thought today with sandor katz and christina canto

We’re thrilled to welcome two special guests on Food for Thought on KLCC today.  Boris and I will be joined by Christina Canto, Rogue Track Town’s new head brewer, and Sandor Katz, master of all things fermented and the author of a new definitive work on fermentation, The Art of Fermentation.  Listen in today at noon (PST) on 89.7FM in Eugene, or its sister stations in Oregon, or live on the web.

Edited to add: Listen to the show’s audio archive.

the sky is falling

And we have a brewpub in Eugene with food I like!  You may have a hard time finding a seat, since Falling Sky Brewing is already popular since their soft opening last week.  Grand opening will be February 7, and they hope to have at least a couple of their beers ready to go.

Executive Chef Corey Wisun, formerly of the Nosh Pit and Field to Table catering, whose cart graced the Saturday market for the past few years, has crafted a promising and thoughtful menu that isn’t too chichi…or too downmarket, either, thank goodness.  It’s really taking a smart assessment of changing tastes in Eugene, with many small plates and vegetables.

I tried the chef’s choice meat board and the pork belly on toast with quince jam and pickled vegetables with my glass of Two Towns cider, really the best cider I’ve had in the U.S.  Delicious!  I wish there had been a cured meat instead of one of the cheeses, and the chicharrones (directly above) were far too much for one person to handle, but I love the board concept and the pickles were quite good.

My favorite of all was the potted rabbit rillettes (top), as plain and nondescript a dish as possible, but almost addictive spread on bread.  The man across the table from me enjoyed his corn chowder soup and radicchio/frisée salad.  I also heard appreciative murmurs about the vegetarian version of what I was enjoying: a board of mushroom paté, beet terrine, winter squash rillette.

Looking forward to going back to enjoy Red Wagon Creamery’s beer-influenced ice cream, the poutine, the greens, and the beer!

more food events, now with beer

I’ll be the first to admit that travel is not friendly to blog posting, especially with so many Eugene food events that occur in July.  So don’t miss these Oregon Craft Beer Month-related events.  God, we’re so lucky.

1) Cheese Wars II, July 19, 5:30 or 8 p.m., Supreme Bean, $20.

The Supreme Bean (29th & Willamette) will host 16 Tons and Oakshire Brewing for CHEESE WARS II. Cheese Wars is a food-pairing showdown between two ancient beverages. We will feature 5 courses of cheese carefully selected by Oakshire’s cheese enthusiast extraordinaire Eriel Hoffmeier. Each cheese course will be paired with a beer and a wine. Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk will choose and present the beers; Isaac Silva of Estelle and OBM will choose and present the wines. Which pairings work best — only you can decide. Cheese Wars is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the processes of making beer, wine, and cheese. Tickets are limited. Purchase tickets at 16 Tons or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Should be fab.  Read more here!

2)  Carts and A Cold One, July 31, 5-8 p.m., Ninkasi Brewery, $15 advance/18 at door.

Slow Food Eugene and Ninkasi Brewery present “Carts and A Cool One.”  This is a cook-off between cart vendors from all over the area, with pairings of beer for each sample. Visitors vote for their favorite cart. Proceeds of the event go towards the School Garden Project, the Farm to Table Program, and sending local delegates to Terra Madre.  TICKETS:  $15 packet–in advance from Brown Paper Tickets.  $18 packet at the door.  $4 for individual tastes (only available at the door).

Support your local food carts, The Nosh Pit, Devour, Red Wagon Creamery, Rolling Stone Pizza Company, Betty Rocker’s Street Kitchen, and PartyCart, with carrot hot dog above.  Read more here!