Food lovers rejoice: Bite Week is almost here! This is your opportunity to enjoy exclusive culinary experiences including chef dinners, vineyard tours and educational classes from the region's best chefs and purveyors. Here is your guide to some of our picks for Bite Week:
Culinary Adventures & Chef Dinners
Party Bus Dinner with Bowtie Catering and Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards
Mon., June 26. 5:30pm
Wine lovers, you'll want to be on this bus. The trip begins with a nosh and bubbles and then heads to Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards in Terrebonne. Go on a tour and sip perfectly paired wine with house-made charcuterie. Chef Gene Soto will continue to delight your palate with small plates and quality wine from Central Oregon.
Pronghorn Resort: A Summer Offering of Central Oregon Bounty
Tues., June 27. 6:30pm
Treat yourself to a gastronomic affair in a spectacular setting at the Pronghorn Resort. Start with live jazz and appetizers paired with wine and cocktails. From there Chef Kevin Linde showcases locally sourced lamb from Imperial Stock Ranch, produce from Windflower Farmers and fresh Oregon seafood. You will have an opportunity to meet the chefs and farmers, making the evening extra special.
Rockin' Dave's Backstage Lounge: Southern Comfort Food
Wed., June 28. 7pm
Take your taste buds to the South without leaving Central Oregon. Chef Josh Wormsley prepares a 5-course dinner highlighting the delights and comforts of his native South, complete with sweet tea.
Deschutes Brewery: Chef's Dinner at the Mountain Room
Thurs., June 29. 6pm
Beer lover? Deschutes' Executive Chef Brian Kerr and Assistant Brew Master Robin Johnson have thoughtfully prepared a 4-course meal and beer pairing. Throughout the evening they'll be sharing stories about the journey the food and beer took to make it to your plate and pint glass.
Cooking, Wine & Beer Classes
Whole Foods: Rosé, S'il Vous Plait!
Mon., June 26. 6pm
The only country drinking more rosé than the U.S. right now is France. So what cheeses pair well with the refreshing pink-hued summer wine? Cheese Specialist Katie Cobb will show you by pairing the perfect cheeses with the five finest rosés on the market. After tasting the combinations you'll leave knowing how to craft the perfect pairing of rosé and cheese for your summer celebrations.
Immersion Brewing: Small Batch Brew-It-Yourself Class
Tues., June 27. 5pm
If you've ever wondered what it takes to brew your own beer, this class is for you. While enjoying snacks and drinking beer you'll learn from a Brew Master the process and art of making beer.
Too Sweet Cakes: Cookies & Milk Panna Cotta, Banana Cream Pie, Espresso Crunch Mousse
Wed., June 28. 5pm
Dessert is the final impression you leave with your guests. Learn how to make desserts that are easy but will make your guests want to lick their plates. Shelbi Blok, owner of Too Sweet Cakes, demonstrates how to make a dessert flight of cookies & milk panna cotta, banana cream pie and espresso crunch mousse your guests won't forget.
Foxtail Bakeshop: Sweet & Savory
Thurs., June 29. 7pm
Pate au Choux, bless you! That wasn't a sneeze; it's a European dough that's the backbone of sweet and savory pastries such as cream puffs, eclairs and beignets. The queen of fine pastries in Central Oregon, Nickol Hayden-Cady from Foxtail Bakeshop, will demystify choux pastry and send you home with a new skill to show off when you entertain. We heard there's cocktails, too!
Navidi's Olive Oils & Vinegars: Keeping it Exciting... And Easy
Thurs., June 29. 5pm
Want to learn the trick to making your culinary life a little easier and more exciting, too? By adding flavored oils and vinegars to your repertoire, Kim Cressman will show you how to make your appetizers, salads, beverages and entrees more interesting. Leave with new recipes and ideas to share with friends and family at your next get- together.
This delicious week of events and classes sells out fast so don't wait to get your tickets. Tickets at biteofbend.com.