Fall and winter are seasonal favorites for many people. Whether it's the transition from heat waves and packed social schedules to a reinvigorated focus on intentional family time and other relaxing indoor activities, seasonal dishes and culinary occasions often play a central role in that shift.
Bend has many upcoming options to get your holiday food fix. Whether it's take and bake at home, or an out-about-town food venture, it's time to get down on some season's eatings.
> Thanksgiving Food Faire
Central Oregon Locavore is hosting its third annual Thanksgiving food faire. Thanksgiving brings the opportunity to celebrate family, food, and festivities with loved ones. This is an opportunity to celebrate those festivities while also supporting local farmers and the local economy. The cornucopia of local foods includes:
Free range turkeys (quantities limited), breads, pumpkins, squash, potatoes, beans, grains, locally-made wines, beers, and spirits. They are offering pre-ordering of ready-made seasonal fare, which is a great option for those who are limited on time to prepare their food. Locavore is also offering a large selection of hostess gifts, with 20 local vendors participating in this year's event.
"The desire of putting on our food faire is that our patrons can reconnect with the historical culinary traditions that were forged by our ancestors," says Locavore founder Nicole Timm. "Locally sourced and seasonally appropriate purchasing of food helps support farmers, the economy, and fosters sustainable living in the community."
10 am-4 pm, Saturday, Nov. 21. Central Oregon Locavore 1216 NE First St., Bend. Prices vary. centraloregonlocavore.org
> Roaring Twenties Soiree
Do you ever find yourself enjoying the aural pleasures of listening to swing music? Or the sudden urge to break into dance when a Benny Goodman jam comes on? If so, this event may be for you. Hosted by the Assistance League of Bend, this 1920s culture themed event is sure to get you out of your chair, and will likely be one of the more memorable events of the season. Good food, good drinks, and depending on the participant, good dancing. Proceeds from this event will go to help clothe needy children in Central Oregon.
6 pm. Friday, Nov. 20. The Riverhouse Convention Center, 3075 Hwy 97. $100. assistanceleaguebend.com/Gala.html
> Mcmenamins Thanksgiving Buffet
The heart of the event is aiming to create a traditional-style Thanksgiving feast. Any event on the Mcmenamins campus is a real treat, because it's an old Catholic school taken over for the purpose of connecting the community through their special brand of socializing, eclectic environment, and whimsical ambiance.
The event will have an assortment of culinary delights, including: carved roast, turkey, fireside port cranberry relish, roasted pork loin with Edgefield cider jus, poached salmon, garlic green beans, mashed potatoes, traditional dressing & old-fashioned gravy, fresh fruit, salads, brandied pumpkin pie, and assorted desserts.
Come with friends and family, or meet some new people and enjoy a delectable dinner reminiscent of what your grandparents used to make.
Noon-6 pm, Thursday, Nov. 26. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. Reservations required. $30 adults, $18 kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under.
> The Original Vegan Thanksgiving
This event is being hosted by Bethlyn's Global Fusion, and is a personal favorite amid the numerous selections this year. Vegan options are typically few and far between, and the creation of a Vegan Thanksgiving event right here in Central Oregon is a real treat. If you have not yet experienced Bethlyn Rider's delectable culinary creations, then you are in for some delightful-palate experiences. Bonus: 20 percent of all profits will go to VegNet.
"Thanksgiving is a great day to recommit ourselves to just giving and give thanks," Rider says. "My passion in life is to cook good, healthy cuisine. It fills me up when I see the customers delighted when their plates arrive. Having a Thanksgiving feast for the community, family style, is priceless."
6 pm, Sunday, Nov. 22. Central Oregon Locavore 1216 NE First St., Bend. $35 ticket in advance at Global Fusion or $40 at the door.
> I Like Pie Run/Walk
This annual Bend fun run/walk, sponsored by FootZone, is a fun gathering of quasi-cardiovascular engagement—and of course, eating pie. The event also supports a great cause, with proceeds going to NeighborImpact. Distance options include 2k, 5k, 10k, and 10-mile routes. Last year, they were able to collect 5,500 pounds of food and are hoping to top that this year.
9 am, Thursday, Nov. 26. FootZone 845 NW Wall St., Bend. $5 and 5 pounds of canned goods donation.
> Thanksgiving Dinner at Carson's American Kitchen
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Bend Oregon’s picturesque Sunriver Resort and savor the most delicious flavors of the season at Carson’s American Kitchen. Award-winning Executive Chef, Travis Taylor will be hosting the resort’s annual Fall Harvest Thanksgiving Buffet on November 26th where diners will enjoy a gorgeous spread including Butternut Squash Bisque, Cedar Plank Wild Salmon, Pacific Northwest Oyster Stuffing and more.
For those who would like to dig into Thanksgiving turkey from the comfort of their own home, Sunriver Resort is now offering a delectable menu of fully cooked Holiday To Go Meals for Thanksgiving Day. Each package is just $155 and can serve six-eight hungry guests. To make a reservation for the Fall Harvest Thanksgiving Buffet or place a Holiday To Go Meal order, call 541-593-3740.
1-8 pm, Thursday, Nov. 26. Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr, Sunriver. $51 adults, $23 children ages four to 12, kids three and under free.