The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend, Oregon – Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend, Oregon – Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery

I am a sweet tooth. Perhaps even to my detriment, according to my waist line and my doctor. But life without the errant cinnamon roll or intermittent carrot cake is life not worth living. Lucky for me, both of these delicacies can be found at the top of their game under the same roof.

Nancy P’s Bakery & Café in Bend’s River West neighborhood. Luckier for me, though, contrary to my own understanding, I frequent Nancy P’s but infrequently treat myself to their sweeter treats all because I’m obsessed with their savory breakfast pockets.

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network

I’m Obsessed with Their Savory Breakfast Pockets

As a matter of fact, while I used to split visits between the bacon, egg, and cheese filled pocket and the one that subs sausage for bacon—my son on the other hand is 100% Team Bacon 100% of the time—but once I discovered that the veggie pocket (I’m 100% Team Broccoli) is equally amazing I usually get that. I am a health nut.

“They’re our number one best seller,” says the owner of the 150 or so savory pockets that fly out the door on the daily (or more on certain days like after Bend Brew Fest because they happen to be the best, non-greasy hangover food). You may expect that person to be Nancy P, but it’s actually Katy Clabough who, along with her owner and baker Tommy, bought the eponymous bakery from Nancy Pfeiffer and her husband, Steve.

The Pfeiffers opened it in 2001 and owned it until they sold it a decade later to the Claboughs. As such, Katy and Tommy just celebrated ten years of owning one of Bend’s most beloved mom-and-pops. In true mom and pop fashion, both of their kids have worked at the café.

While Tommy has added a few original items to the menu, the breakfast pockets were among the many creations he inherited. Everything has always been made from scratch; nothing’s ever frozen.

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network Savory Biscuit Cups

Building on the pockets’ popularity, savory biscuit cups are a new, mouthwatering addition. They’re all so popular, yet laborious to make, that they cannot be pre-ordered or ordered in bulk just to give regulars a fair shot at getting one, which explains the daily line. Fear not, the friendly staff keep it moving quickly, but not so quickly as to not enjoy bantering with customers. It’s not a place you seldom visit, save for the out-of-towners who’ve cottoned to the spot.

 

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network

The Claboughs Purchased Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery in 2011

Katy and Tommy Clabough moved to Bend just as the bakery was opening and were themselves regulars. Tommy was already a chef and baker with 20 years’ experience when he was lured to Bend to work in the kitchen at Bend Brewing Co. He’d moved up to fine dining food chain but when Nancy singled the Claboughs out to buy the place, the pair pulled their resources and became independent owner-operators overnight. “We jumped right in,” says Katy, “We sat on the patio with (Nancy and Steve on their last) night and opened the next day without missing a beat.”

And there they’ve been, seven days a week from seven in the morning til’ two in the afternoon.

And they’re not alone. There are about a dozen employees, some of whom have been with them the past decade. One guy, Taylor, was a dishwasher since before they took over. Now he’s the spot’s only other baker. Evelyn is another employee with over ten years under her belt and her handiwork is on stunning visual display as the creative decorator. It’s a good thing the display case can’t be accessed from the customers’ side to prevent being drooled upon.

The scones, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, whole cakes, and pies aren’t the only great looking things in the café (that makes sandwiches and salads, too). Every wall is lined with art from local artists. Nancy P’s doesn’t take a penny of commission when one sells.

In discussing all the hard work and team building that has gone into keeping the bakery afloat and surviving the pandemic’s ever-changing policies (not to mention when some staffers got Covid and they were forced to close), Katy gets a bit teary-eyed, but it’s understandable when you think about what a symbiotic community exists between independent enterprises and long-term customers, even as other cherished Bend bakeries and restaurants have permanently closed their doors.

“The number one thing is consistency,” says Katy. “It’s customers, it’s service, and that comes from caring about your community.”

The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network

As good as Nancy P’s baked goods are, I feel like I should take something home to my family.  Perhaps a marionberry-apple pie. Or a pecan pie. Or their best-in-Bend carrot cake. And while I love their savory snacks, Katy mentioned that sometimes they up their own phenomenal cinnamon roll with crumbled bacon. Because even bacon-o-holics like my son and I can be a sweet tooth or vice versa.

Cheers,

Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network Contributor

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The Sweetest and Savoriest Bakery in Bend - Nancy P's Cafe & Bakery by Brian Yaeger Culinary Treasure Network

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Nancy P’s Cafe & Bakery

Address:

1054 NW Milwaukee Ave., Bend, Oregon, 97701

Located on Bend’s Westside Near Newport Market just off Newport Ave.

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MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss!

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss!

 MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar is an iconic whiskey bar on the Oregon Coast. Here you can find great food, awesome cocktails, and a terrific selection of whiskey. Links to articles about all of that are below.

MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar also has some utterly delightful desserts including Scottish Shortbread with chocolate and whiskey caramel sauces, Spotted Dick (Scottish sponge cake & real imported Devonshire cream), Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut Pie, Flourless Chocolate cake, and local pie.

I have enjoyed each and every one of those desserts. I have to tell you though – the dessert you really want is the Sticky Toffee Cake.

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler Damn! That is one Gorgeous Dessert!

Just look at that photo! I promise you – the steak matches the sizzle. I am a very good food photographer and in this case, my photo doesn’t come even close to conveying how good this dessert is.

Best of all, you can pair your Sticky Toffee Cake with a cop of hot coffee, a pour of an amazing whiskey, or, follow my example and get both coffee & whiskey with your Sticky Toffee Cake.

Below you will find some more info about MacGregor’s and below that, some more photos of this decadent dessert.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

#ThisIsCulinaryTreasure #HaveMagnificentMeals

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

Visit MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar

 MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar 387 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130

Links to Additional Content About MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar

MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar Manzanita, Oregon – When You Go to the Oregon Coast! https://www.savorytraveladventures.com/macgregors-a-whiskey-bar-manzanita-oregon-when-you-go-to-the-oregon-coast/

The Secret Whiskey Wonderland on The Oregon Coast https://www.savorytraveladventures.com/the-secret-whiskey-wonderland-on-the-oregon-coast/

Chip MacGregor – MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar – Culinary Treasure Podcast Episode 88 ~ An Oregon Coast Podcast  https://www.culinarytreasurepodcast.com/chip-macgregor-macgregors-a-whiskey-bar-culinary-treasure-podcast-episode-88/

Adventures on The Oregon Coast

Adventures on The Oregon Coast

 To see all of the Culinary Treasure Network’s Oregon Coast content – Culinary Treasure Podcasts, Craft Beer Podcasts, as well as Travel articles and This is Culinary Treasure articles go to www.AdventuresOnTheOregonCoast.com

Adventures on The Oregon Coast

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

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MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler MacGregor’s Sticky Toffee Cake – An Oregon Coast Culinary Gem You Don’t Want to Miss! By Steven Shomler

 

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The Piccone Donut – A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You – The Phenomenal Picconut!

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut – A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You – The Phenomenal Picconut!

Last week I had a Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner. You can read about that meal here – https://www.culinarytreasure.com/a-magnificent-meal-at-piccones-corner-portland-oregon/

During this meal I had three amazing courses. My third course – dessert was so incredibly good it was worthy of this stand-alone article.

Anna Josephson is a dear friend of mine, and she is part of the outstanding team at Piccone’s Corner. I asked Anna what item I should get for dessert. I had my eye on the Panna Cotta – vanilla and Amarena cherries – I love those cherries!

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Get The Bread Pudding

Anna said that I should get the bread pudding.

I like bread pudding and I have had lots of bread pudding in my life. I usually get bread pudding with an old fashioned. I had already enjoyed plenty of alcohol during this meal and drinking any more was out of the question.

Anna was insistent. She said that the bread pudding was the dessert I need to get regardless of whether or not I also ordered an Old Fashioned.

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

My Dessert Arrived 

My dessert arrived and two things were readily apparent. The first realization I had was thrilling, and the second realization was confounding.

Realization #1 Anna was so right! This dessert was phenomenal!

This dish is some serious top shelf level deep fried goodness. And whipped cream & huckleberry compote – those brilliant additions put the whole thing over the top!

Bottom line – get yourself to Piccone’s’ Corner ASAP and get this dessert!

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Realization #2

And that bring us to the second realization I had while devouring this terrific dessert:

Realization #2 There is no way in hell that this culinary gem is bread pudding.

The next time Anna walked by I asked her about this incredible dessert and she spilled the beans.

To create this delectable dish, they follow 4 enlightened steps.

Step 1 They make bread pudding.

Step 2 They cut the bread pudding up into bite size pieces.

Step 3 They deep fry those pieces.

Step 4 They roll the deep fried pieces in sugar.

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network Go to Any Bread Pudding Recipe You Like

Go to any bread pudding recipe you likeNew York Times, Betty Crocker, All Recipes, Simply Recipes, Martha Effing StewartNONE of them have you deep frying the bread pudding after baking it first.  

Now don’t get me wrong – deep frying your bread pudding – this takes bread pudding to a whole nother level! In fact, this is such an evolutionary advancement that you simply can’t call it bread pudding anymore.  It becomes a new dish altogether.

This wonderful dessert that I had was very much like a first-rate donut. I am talking Blue Star or Ruckus level of donut deliciousness.

However – it’s not really a donut either. Don’t make me google a bunch of donut recipes to prove my point. No donut recipe starts out with you making bread pudding.

That being said – this desert was way more like a donut that it was like a bread pudding.

They need to fix the menu and rename this dessert. I told this to both Anna and to Austin. I checked the Piccone’s Corner website on Dec 29 as I was writing this article and this dessert was still called “Bread Pudding” – both boring and wildly inaccurate.

You could rename it “Deep Fried Bread Pudding”, but I think that does not at all convey the appropriate amount of wonderfulness for a dessert of this stature.

I vote for calling it either

The Piccone Donut    or        The Phenomenal Picconut!

 Whether they fix the name or not go get this dessert and thank me later!

Cheers

Steven Shomler

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Visit Piccone’s Corner

3434 NE Sandy Blvd, #400 Portland, Oregon 97232

Follow Piccone’s Corner

Website https://picconescorner.com/

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Rocky and bullwinkle

Inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle 

PS  As some of you already picked up on the title of this article – “The Piccone Donut – A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You – The Phenomenal Picconut!” was inspired by all of the Rocky and Bullwinkle I watched as a young child.

 

The Bullwinkle Show (1959–1963)

 Season One

Episode 1 Jet Fuel Formula/Bullwinkle’s Ride ~OR~ Goodbye, Dollink

Episode 2 Bullseye Bullwinkle ~OR~ Destination Moose/Squeeze Play or Invitation to the Trance

Episode 3 The Scrooched Moose/Monitored Moose ~OR~ The Carbon Copy-Cats

Episode 4 Rocky’s Dilemma or A Squirrel in a Stew/The Submarine Squirrel ~OR~ 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea

Episode 5 The Bars and Stripes Forever/Hello Out There! ~OR~ There’s No Place Like Space

Episode 6 A Creep in the Deep Will Success Spoil Boris Badenov?/Ace Is Wild ~OR~ The Flying Casket

Episode 7 The Back-seat Divers or Mashed Landing/Bullwinkle’s Water Follies ~OR~ Antlers Aweigh

Episode 8 The Inspector-Detector ~OR~ A Kick in the Plants/Canoes Who? or Look Before You Leak

Source – IMBD https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052507/episodes?season=1

 

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

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A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon

 A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon

I have been cheering Austin Piccone on since I met him during the very early days at Culmination Brewing way back in 2015. He would pick up our spent grain and take it to feed to the livestock at his wonderful farm in Sandy, Oregon – Wallow and Root Pasture Farm.

 A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network .      A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Visiting Piccone’s Corner for the First Time

Last week I had a truly magnificent meal at Austin’s newest endeavor – Piccone’s Corner. This establishment is both a restaurant & a butcher shop.

Everything I ate from beginning to end was really, really good, and I loved the ambiance. All of that being said – I did have one major complaint and we will get to that in a bit.

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Let’s Start with The Great Things!!

My “first course” included a very well craft crafted negroni that had just the right amount of bitterness. I also had a very tasty “bubbler” – prosecco with Chambord or St. Germain. This time Chambord was the choice, and next time I will get the St. Germain.

The food with the first course was soup of the day (more about this soup later), the arancini, and the “olives.”

The arancini was good. The marinara served with this dish was cool and I would have preferred it to be warm.

The “olives” was a quite tasty dish that featured Castelvetrano olives stuffed with house sausage, fried with a panko coating, and served with an aioli. If you already like olives (I love olives) – get this dish. If you are not a fan of olives – you might want to get something else.

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

The Second Course 

My “second course” included the Braised Beef Shank Sandwich, the Chopped Cheese Sandwich and a glass of Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019. I somehow missed getting a photo of the wine. Don’t know how I did that.

The braised beef sandwich reminded me of a pot roast sandwich – a very, very good pot roast sandwich. The next time I order this sandwich I will ask for extra aioli, and extra Calabrian chili. By the way – I took half of this sandwich home and enjoyed the next day, heating it up in the oven – still a terrific sandwich even 24 hours later.

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network Chopped Cheese

The Chopped Cheese sandwich somewhat reminded me of a deconstructed cheeseburger, and I liked it. A very dish simple ground beef, pepper relish, American cheese, fancy sauce, and yellow mustard. I must say I love it when a chef has the courage to put American cheese on the menu.

This was my first chopped cheese sandwich ever and I liked it. If you know of other places in the Portland, Oregon area to get one – please let me know.

I knew that I had heard of this sandwich somewhere, I just could not remember where. Once I got home and googled it, I immediately remembered – a “chopped cheese” is a New York City delicacy found in bodegas across Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Here are two amusing videos I came across about New York City’s Chopped Cheese:

Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York’s Chopped Cheese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cugl5mmfcxY

The Real New Yorker’s Sandwich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gu0v2ITeYU

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Get Yourself to Piccone’s Corner

My “third course” – dessert was so incredibly good it was worthy of a stand-alone article –The Piccone Donut – A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You – The Phenomenal Picconut!

Here is link to that articlehttps://www.culinarytreasure.com/the-piccone-donut-a-culinary-gem-or-we-present-to-you-the-phenomenal-picconut/

The bottom line is this  – if you have not yet been to Piccone’s Corner – get yourself there and thank me later!

And here is a  pro tip – while you are there for your meal, pick up some meat from the butcher case to take home with you, and don’t overlook the Rodolphe Le Meunier Beurre de Baratte (churned salted butter).

Anna (more about Anna below) recommended that I get this butter and she was so right! It is spectacular.

Immediately below I have my one compliant, and below that are more than 40 other photos from recent visit to Piccone’s Corner.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

The Piccone Donut - A Culinary Gem! ~OR~ We Present to You - The Phenomenal Picconut! Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

Visit Piccone’s Corner

3434 NE Sandy Blvd, #400 Portland, Oregon 97232

Follow Piccone’s Corner

Website https://picconescorner.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/picconescorner/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/picconescorner/

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network  A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

That Damn Soup

Now it’s time for my MAJOR complaint

This complaint starts with the amazing Anna Josephson. I met Anna on July 13, 2019. I was attending a fantastic dinner out Austin’s farm in Sandy, Oregon – https://www.culinarytreasure.com/wallow-root-farm-dinner-with-tournant-and-piccones-corner/

That magical warm summer Saturday evening Anna was wearing several hats – pouring wine, doing bad ass chef stuff, and taking time to visit with the guests. Anna and I had a delightful chat that evening, and I fell in love with her right away. Simply put – Anna is the kind of wonderful & talented person you want to be lifelong friends with.

Fast forward to my visit to Piccone’s Corner last week on Wednesday Dec 22, 2021. Shortly after I was seated Anna came over and started chatting with me. I was SOOO happy to see her.

Eventually I asked her what I should order, she approved of the game plan I had, and additionally Anna insisted that I order the white bean and sausage soup. So of course, I did!

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Stupendous Culinary Experience

I was not all prepared for the stupendous culinary experience I had when the soup arrived.

This was the best soup I have ever had in my life. I don’t say that lightly.

This soup had depth of flavor that went on for miles. So rich and so wonderful! – simply exquisite! Something you would most assuredly put on your last meal ever menu.

I immediately began planning the content I could create to celebrate this soup and do my part to get everyone on the planet to want to come have it.

For starters I began joyfully scheming how quickly I could get back to Piccone’s Corner to film an episode of Your Next Craving about this soup. I was thinking the second week of Jan 2022 would work with my schedule – I am traveling out of state the first week of Jan 2022.

A few minutes later Anna stopped back by my table and as I enthusiastically shared my plans with her she told me something devastating.

This soup was a “one off” that she had cooked up in the kitchen at the spur of the moment the day before and it was not part of the ongoing menu.

I protested vehemently and begged her to consider putting this soup on the permanent menu.  Before I left Piccone’s Corner that day Austin arrived, and I pled my case with him.

This spectacular soup more than deserves a place on the permanent menu and it’s absence is a despicable travesty.

Since Anna and Austin have yet to acquiesce to my request, I have been reduced to crying out to the soup gods. I believe in miracles and hopefully this dream of mine to have this soup on the permanent menu will yet come true.

Steven

Below Are More Than 40 More Photos From My First Visit to Piccone’s Corner

 A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

A Magnificent Meal at Piccone’s Corner Portland, Oregon Photos by Steven Shomler Culinary Treasure Network

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Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild's 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

In this video Steven Shomler with the Culinary Treasure Network and Oregon Cheese Guild Executive Director Katie Bray provide an in-depth look at everything in the Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit.

 Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

To watch this video hit the play button in the center of the image below

Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild's 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

6 Lbs. of Oregon Cheese – The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit Brief Overview

In this video Steven Shomler with the Culinary Treasure Network and Oregon Cheese Guild Executive Director Katie Bray provide a brief overview of the Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit.

 Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

To watch this video hit the play button in the center of the image below

The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit Contains

ln your Winter Wedge Oregon Cheese Tasting Kit, you get…

By George Farm Honey & Sea Salt Fromage Blanc

Don Froylan Queso Oaxaca

Face Rock Creamery Face 2 Face Mixed Milk Cheddar

La Mariposa Chubut with Herbs

Nestucca Bay Creamery Asiago

Oregon State University Gochu Cheddar with Korean Red Chili Flakes

Portland Creamery Cranberry-Orange Chèvre

Rogue Creamery Crater Lake Blue

Tillamook Hickory Smoked Cheddar

Tillamook English Style Sweet Cheddar

TMK Creamery Chipotle Ranch Cheddar Curds

Umapine Creamery Mutschli

Walla Walla Cheese Co. Halloumi

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Aged White Cheddar

DriftWest Cranberry Grape Raspberry Water Kefir

Kelly’s Marionberry Habanero Pepper Jelly

Effie’s Homemade Original Oat and Corn Cakes

Portland Creamery Goat Milk Caramel Sauce

Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

 

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6 Lbs. of Oregon Cheese – The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit Brief Overview

The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

6 Lbs. of Oregon Cheese – The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit Brief Overview

In this video Steven Shomler with the Culinary Treasure Network and Oregon Cheese Guild Executive Director Katie Bray provide a brief overview of the Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit.

 Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

To watch this video hit the play button in the center of the image below

Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild's 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

Everything in The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit!

In this video Steven Shomler with the Culinary Treasure Network and Oregon Cheese Guild Executive Director Katie Bray provide an in-depth look at everything in the Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit.

 Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

To watch this video hit the play button in the center of the image below

The Oregon Cheese Guild’s 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit Contains

ln your Winter Wedge Oregon Cheese Tasting Kit, you get…

By George Farm Honey & Sea Salt Fromage Blanc

Don Froylan Queso Oaxaca

Face Rock Creamery Face 2 Face Mixed Milk Cheddar

La Mariposa Chubut with Herbs

Nestucca Bay Creamery Asiago

Oregon State University Gochu Cheddar with Korean Red Chili Flakes

Portland Creamery Cranberry-Orange Chèvre

Rogue Creamery Crater Lake Blue

Tillamook Hickory Smoked Cheddar

Tillamook English Style Sweet Cheddar

TMK Creamery Chipotle Ranch Cheddar Curds

Umapine Creamery Mutschli

Walla Walla Cheese Co. Halloumi

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Aged White Cheddar

DriftWest Cranberry Grape Raspberry Water Kefir

Kelly’s Marionberry Habanero Pepper Jelly

Effie’s Homemade Original Oat and Corn Cakes

Portland Creamery Goat Milk Caramel Sauce

Go to https://thewedgeportland.com/ to purchase your 2021 Winter Wedge Tasting Kit

 

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6 Noteworthy Lake Chelan Wineries 

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Celebrated wine writer Tamara Belgard recently visited the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area (AVA) located on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, just three-plus hours from Seattle and six hours from Portland.

Here are 5 Lake Chelan Wineries that Tamara came across worthy of your time and attention. Please note – these wineries are listed in alphabetical order. For More info on the Lake Chelan AVA please see Tamara’s article: Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

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Cairdeas Winery

Located on the North shore in Mason, Cairdeas has built a brand new tasting room in a rustic looking barn that blends right in with the surrounding hillsides to showcase their Rhône-style wines. On any visit, you might taste Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, Carignon, Viognier, Roussanne, and others from their estate and premiere sites around Washington. The small artisan winery was established on principle of friendship and goodwill, so in that spirit, they’re family, dog, and picnic-friendly.

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Fielding Hills

Just five minutes from downtown Chelan, Mike and Karen Wade describe their location as a place to drink in the view. They say they pair their world-class view with world-class wines. Stellar 180-degree views first grab your attention, the handcrafted, small lot wines will hold it. The Wades have vineyards on the Wahluke Slope that produce Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Carmènére, and Tempranillo and whites including Chenin Blanc, Chardonanay, and Roussanne. The one-acre vineyard surrounding their stunning tasting room produces a tasty Malbec. In addition to a wide variety of reds, whites, and rosés, Fielding Hills also has their Concentric Wine Program where winemaker Tyler Armour makes limited of wines he calls serious experiments. Check them out if you can.

5 Noteworthy Lake Chelan Wineries by Tamara Belgard Noteworthy Wine Journal

5 Noteworthy Lake Chelan Wineries by Tamara Belgard Noteworthy Wine Journal

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Karma Vineyards

It took 14 years to build Karma into what it is today, but now, Karma features 14 acres of selected varietals including Gewürztraminer, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier and rests on the beautiful south shore of Lake Chelan where its north-facing slope creates a relatively late harvest season. Karma is well-known for their sparkling wine program and was the first in the area to cane Pinot Noir (a production technique known for decreasing mildew in this tight-clustered grape). Taste flights of their Methode Champenoise sparklers and other wines on their patio alongside lunch with the best ingredients sourced as locally as possible from their 18 Brix Restaurant (described as “Washington fresh, with a French twist”). One taste and you’ll see, they’re passion bubbles over.

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Mellisoni

Rob and Donna Mellison provide next level tours and tastings from their location on the South shore. The stunning views and scenery provide the perfect backdrop for tasting their high-quality, small-batched collections of wine. The Mellisons built their winery around the concept of agritourism, which they learned about on a trip to Italy, where they strive to create deeper connections with visitors about the food and wine from a specific place. When they first started their winery in 2006, there were just nine others in the Lake Chelan area. Named Washington Winery of the Year 2021 by WinePress NW, they currently produce 5,200 cases, which sells out every year. They have 10 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Verdot. Try their 2018 Reserve Merlot. It’s plush, velvety and downright sexy, with aromas of black currant, tobacco and leather; rich and deep, it will change the way you think of Merlot.

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Succession Wines

On the North shore, in the town of Manson, you’ll find Succession Wines and a remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Winemaker Brock Lindsay and his wife Erica lost their home in the 2016 Carlton Complex Fires, but somehow turned that devastating event into an amazing opportunity. In pursuit of a more balanced life, where they could focus on their family, they took their passion for wine and somehow transformed a dream into a legacy. Succession Wines is now a retreat for visitors, where they can relax on the large tasting room patio overlooking the vineyards and the lake and sip on Brock’s extraordinary wines sourced from the estate and acclaimed vineyards throughout the state. With a variety of red, white, and rosé wines to tempt you, my favorites were the Black Label wines, particularly the Candy Mountain Merlot, dripping in chocolate covered cherry cordials, and the mouth-watering and perfectly balanced Bacchus Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon from the White Bluffs AVA near the Tri-Cities.

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Tsillan Cellars

Owner and founder Dr. Bob Jankelson has created an Italian oasis for guests that embodies the expression La Dolce Vita (the sweet life. The estate incorporated dramatic architecture, expansive terrazzos, and an open-air ristorante called Sorentos that might make guests wonder whether they’ve been transported to Lake Como in Italy. Pronounced “Chelan” which means deep water in the indigenous language, Tsillan Cellars produces 100% estate-grown wines from their South shore location. The vineyard, which was planted in 2000 was one of the earliest vineyard sites in the area (the first planting was at Amos Rome). The 135-acre estate has 40 acres of grapes planted to 14 different varieties, including Syrah, Malbec (their superstars), Dolcetto, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Ironically, their Italian varieties (Barbera and Sangiovese) are the most temperamental, but their Sangiovese is silky and smooth.

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Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

For More info on the Lake Chelan AVA please see Tamara Belgard‘s article: Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

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Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

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Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating by Tamara Belgard Noteworthy Wine Journal

Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating

When someone mentions Washington wine, Walla Walla is often top of mind; that area just seems to hog the spotlight. There are other wine regions in Washington that are more than worthy of center stage though, one of which is the picturesque and remarkable Lake Chelan.

Situated in north-central Washington, Lake Chelan is both a recreational area and American Viticultural Area (AVA) on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range just three-plus hours from Seattle and six hours from Portland. Aside from its obvious beauty, there are many things that make the area unique for growing wine. Most of the wine regions in Pacific Northwest were impacted by the Missoula Flood, the cataclysmic event that carved the Columbia Gorge; the Lake Chelan region is the only AVA in the Pacific Northwest that was not. The soil is relatively young with layers of volcanic and granite pumice from eruptions at the nearby Glacier Peak, and local winegrowers describe it as the type of soil vines love to struggle in under the blanket of hot summer days and cool summer nights.

Lake Chelan Wine – Because it’s Naturally Intoxicating by Tamara Belgard Noteworthy Wine Journal

The glacier-fed lake is a natural fjord. At 55 miles long, it’s the largest in Washington and the third deepest in the U.S. It also has a tremendous influence on the surrounding vineyards, creating more mild temperatures with a great diurnal swing (the temperature difference between hot days and cool nights) up to 30-40 degrees that keeps the grape’s acid in check, and buffers against winter frost.

Though grapes are not new to the area, with recorded plantings from before the turn of the 20th century, it’s better known for apples and pears. In fact, the area exports 23 million boxes of tree fruit a year! But as Bob Jankleson, founder of Tsillan Cellars says of his location, “If you can grow great tree fruit, you can probably grow great grapes.”

Lake Chelan currently supports 700 acres of vineyards with 40 wineries and tasting rooms on their North and South shores, but that number is rapidly growing.  Lake Chelan wineries are open year-round, so go ahead and make your plans now, it’s just as magical in the winter.

Here is a link to my article featuring 6 Lake Chelan wineries worthy of your time and attention – 6 Noteworthy Lake Chelan Wineries

By Tamara Belgard

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Go Take a Private Vineyard Hike in Oregon Wine Country – Knudsen Vineyards Dundee, Oregon

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High atop the Dundee Hills, Knudsen Vineyards, one of Oregon’s premiere wine growers, planted a seed that would bear fruit long into the future. Situated on a 200-acre plot of land, the Knudsen family planted some of the earliest Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines in the area, and in 1975, with 55 acres planted, they’d become the largest vineyard in the Willamette Valley.

Now planted to 75 acres (125 acres total planted including their adjacent vineyard), guests can explore this picturesque site with a private vineyard hike, wine tasting, and luncheon guided second-generation owner and founding partner Page Knudsen Cowles. Guests can choose which portion of the property they want to see as well as the intensity of their stroll. The more leisurely path through the Chardonnay block will take hikers on a 1.5-mile excursion, followed by wine tasting and a snack. Or, opt for the “Positively Pinot” experience featuring a vigorous one-mile hike through 50-year-old Pinot noir plantings, followed by wine tasting and lunch.

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Some interesting facts visitors might find discover along the way (spoiler alert!):

  1. There are 229,000 individual vines on the property.
  2. They have one of the oldest blocks of French Dijon clone Chardonnay in the New World.
  3. A human being touches each vine a total of 17 times during each growing season. Which is truly astonishing when one considers the first point here, that there are 229,000 vines.
  4. Knudsen was one of the first to irrigate their vines in the Willamette Valley. And while dry farming has its merit, the irrigation is proving to be valuable insurance in this time of global warming and a changing climate.

Go Take a Private Vineyard Hike in Oregon Wine Country - Knudsen Vineyards Dundee, Oregon Noteworthy Wine Journal

Aside from the expansive Valley views afforded guests from the top of the hike, at 1,000 feet elevation, Page strategically stops along the way for hikers to enjoy the wines from that specific area of the vineyard. Visitors might get to experience the Snapshot Pinot Noir, which is part of their Talking Blocks series of wines, wines that provide a snapshot of both time and place. This bottle looks through the eyes of Blocks 12 and 13, among the largest and youngest on the estate. 2018 was a roller coaster of a season: a mild spring and hot, dry summer eased into cooler August and September days. The rich, red clay volcanic Jory soil held moisture and slowed ripening to produce consistently high-quality fruit. The spicy and edgy Pinot noir is full of red fruit and beautifully expresses its distinctive influences.

Knudsen is a centerpiece in the history of the Willamette Valley, providing Pinot noir and Chardonnay to Argyle, Erath, and others for decades. They’re celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Dundee Hills this year. Dick Erath, an early partner lived on the property for years and actually had the first bonded Oregon winery in that location. The Knudsen family remodeled the old home, converted it into a tasting room, now called The Outlook, which opened up to guests in 2020. So, if a hike through old vines with stellar views along the way isn’t of interest to you, you can still relax and enjoy a wine flight on their deck.

Make your reservation for the vineyard guided hike or Outlook tasting experience here. Feel free to bring your own picnic to enjoy on their deck and stick around, there’s often live music, and pets are allowed with advance notice.

By Tamara Belgard

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Knudsen Vineyards is located at 9419 NE Worden Hill Rd, Dundee, OR 97115

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