Bontá Natural Artisan Gelato opens shop downtown

Starting today the popular Bontá Natural Artisan Gelato expands from being a mobile gelato cart to a brick-and-mortar “Scoop Shop” in downtown Bend, and they are celebrating today with a grand opening featuring $2 cones!

Bonta Gelato

Here’s from the press release that was sent out:

Things will be getting a whole lot sweeter in downtown Bend. Bontá – Natural Artisan Gelato will be debuting their new brick and mortar location, at 920 NW Bond, Suite 108 on Friday, April 10th.

To kick things off, owners Jeff and Juli Labhart plan to host a fundraiser donating a portion of Friday’s sales to Central Oregon Locavore, who has helped Bontá grow as a company from their early beginnings. In celebration of the grand opening, Bontá will be offering $2 cones all day long.

The new location will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with their signature, locally made, small batch gelato, sundaes, milkshakes, pints and tubs to go. Bontá has also recently finished building a new creamery at 924 SE Wilson, Ste. A, where all the gelato will be made fresh daily. The creamery will also feature a future tasting room where customers can pick up pints and tubs to go.

Bontá’s gelato carts are available for catering parties and events.

I like that they will still have the cart(s) as well. Make sure to stop in to their new location today and this weekend!

“Bend Beer” book signings at Paulina Springs Bookstores

This weekend I have two book signing events for my book Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, taking place at the excellent Paulina Springs Books locations in Sisters and Redmond. Have you been to Paulina Springs Books (either one)? They have a terrific, wide selection of books, toys and games and more, and host quite a few author events, so I’m excited to be a part of that as well!

Paulina Springs Books

The first event takes place tonight (Friday, April 3) at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, starting at 6:30pm. I’ll be signing books and talking about beer and history (possibly I’ll do a reading), and as a bonus, Sisters’ own Three Creeks Brewing will be on hand pouring beer samples as well! So come out and see me and say “Hi!”, sample some beer, and get a signed copy of the book!

And tomorrow night (Saturday, the 4th) I’ll be at the Paulina Springs bookstore over in Redmond for another talk and signing—and Redmond’s Juniper Brewing will be on hand, pouring beer samples. It’s going to be a fun evening, come on out!

Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards’ beer and wine making competition

Amateur wine & beer makers competitionFaith, Hope and Charity Vineyards over in Terrebonne is hosting their third annual Amateur Wine & Beer Makers’ Competition next month, on Sunday, April 19, and have the call out now for beer and wine makers to enter. Here are the details:

We are hosting our 3rd Annual Amateur Wine & Beer (and Cider!) Makers’ Competition on April 19th from 1 to 3PM! So if you brew at home or know someone who does, register for our awesome event!

Randy Scorby will be one of the judges for our competition: he is a Grand Master II Beer and Mead judge certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and the BJCP Continuing Education Director, who has judged about 70 homebrew competitions, as well as some commercial beer competitions.

“In 2011 I won the National Homebrew Competition and was named National Homebrewer of the Year. I have been homebrewing for 10 years, usually brewing around 20 batches per year,” said Randy. This gives our winners some definite bragging rights!

$15 per entry, all applications must be received by April 11th and all of the home brews and wines must be dropped off at the vineyard by noon on April 19th.

With a deadline of April 11 that should give you some time to get something together if you’re planning to enter. And if you want to attend the event itself that day, it’s a $5 entry fee which is waived if you’re participating in the competition. They will have live music from CinderBlue during that time, and the actual judging will take place at 2pm.

You can register online here, so if this is something that interests you don’t wait too long.

TEDxBend tickets! Get your TEDxBend tickets today!

TEDxBendFirst things first: They go on sale this morning at 10am, and you will be able to get them here.

TEDxBend returns for 2015 and is taking place a month from now, on Saturday, April 18. This year it’s taking place at Bend High School, starting at 1pm. They don’t have speakers listed on the website yet, but the Source has revealed two of them already: Nicole LeFavour and Tchicaya Missamou.

There’s also the 21-and-over “Bash” afterparty, but I don’t yet have details on that.

Here’s the description and ticket breakdown:

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Individual + Sponsor a Student ($85) tickets: An individual pass for TEDxBend is $55 (+fees). Did you know that for only $30 more you can make it possible for a deserving Central Oregon high school student to attend this event along with the community? We provide tickets and transportation for 200 students in communities near & far – including Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Madras, Burns, and Sisters. Without the support of our patrons – including YOU! – this would not be possible. Thank you for selecting the Individual + Sponsor a Student option when you purchase your pass!

Individual ($55) tickets: You get a ticket for yourself to the main event and the Bash (21 and over, please).

Additional 2015 Les Schwab concerts

With today’s announcement of Phish coming to Bend, there have been a number of additional summer concerts added to the Les Schwab Amphitheater lineup since I last posted the list:

  • Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, May 25
  • Phish, 2 shows, July 21 and 22 (can’t help but notice they’re coming after July 1…)
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, September 6

So far that’s 11 shows in all (not counting the free Sunday concerts), a pretty fair lineup.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Guide (2015)

The return of what has become an annual feature—the St. Patrick’s Day pub guide! With St. Paddy’s tomorrow (Tuesday) this year, I figured I’d try to post this a bit early, so once again here’s the guide for your pub-crawling pleasure on this most Irish-of-holidays.

As always, this isn’t meant to be a definitive guide to all the watering holes in Bend, but rather more what “feels right” for St. Patrick’s Day options. Feel free to leave others in the comments.

First, the breweries:

Deschutes Brewery
1044 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-9242

Bend Brewing Company
1019 NW Brooks St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-1599

McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 330-8563

Cascade Lakes Lodge
1441 SW Chandler Ave. Suite 100
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-4998

Silver Moon Brewing
24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 388-8331

10 Barrel Brewpub
1135 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 678-5228

GoodLife Brewing
70 SW Century Dr. #100-464
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 728-0749

Crux Fermentation Project
50 SW Division St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 385-3333

Worthy Brewing
495 Bellevue Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 639-4776

Rat Hole Brewing
384 SW Upper Terrace Dr.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-2739

Bridge 99 Brewery @ Wubba’s BBQ Shack
63055 Layton Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 213-2121

RiverBend Brewing
2650 NE Division St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 550-7550

Downtown, or close by:
The Blacksmith
211 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 318-0588

Brother Jon’s Ale House (Downtown)
1051 NW Bond St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 728-0102

D & D Bar & Grill
927 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4592

JC’s Bar and Grill
642 NW Franklin Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-3000

M & J Tavern
102 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 389-1410

Sidelines Sports Bar
1020 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-8898

The Summit Saloon and Stage
125 NW Oregon Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 749-2440

Wall Street Grill (behind Taj Palace)
917 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-7098

Downtown/close by (cont.):

Corey’s Bar and Grill
928 Northwest Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 317-1468

Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 728-0066


Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 323-2337

Brother Jon’s Public House (Westside)
1227 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 306-3321

Cascade West Grub & Alehouse
64 SW 14th St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-1853

Cheerleader’s Grill & Sports Pub
3081 N. Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 330-0631

Kelly D’s Sports Bar
1012 SE Cleveland Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-5625

The Hideaway Tavern
939 S.E. 2nd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 312-9898

20565 Brinson Blvd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4270

The Platypus Pub
1203 NE Third St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 323-3282

Reed Pub
1141 SE Centennial Ct.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 312-2800

Southside Pub
61160 S. Highway 97 #B
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 383-7672

The Phoenix
594 NE Bellevue Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 317-0727

Third Street Pub
314 SE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 306-3017

Timbers Bar & Grill
2570 NE Twin Knolls Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-3502

The Mountain’s Edge
61331 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-8178

Westside Tavern
930 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4810

Pour House Grill
1085 SE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-2337

Cabin 22
25 SW Century Dr.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 306-3322

Riverside Market & Pub
285 NW Riverside Blvd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 389-0646

Northside Bar and Grill
62860 Boyd Acres Rd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-0889

Redmond’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

If you’d like to get a start on your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, head over to Redmond this weekend: their St. Patrick’s Day Festival starts today (Friday) at 5pm, and runs all day Saturday (10am to 9pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).

Redmond St. Patrick's Day Festival

Welcome to the Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Redmond Oregon. This Festival is a fun family Event. So bring your kids and enjoy the Kid’s Zone. Beer and Wine from local Central Oregon Breweries and Wineries Dance in Centennial Park to music from local bands. Enjoy local food vendors, & Arts & Crafts Vendors in our Market Place.

All proceeds generated by this festival go to support Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon. They have a ton of live music lined up and beer and wine from a healthy selection of our local favorites, including Silver Moon Brewing, Worthy Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, Solstice Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, Volcano Vineyards, Wild Ride Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Bend Brewing, and Deschutes Brewery.

There’s even a “Little Leprechaun” costume contest for the kids! That one takes place Saturday afternoon.

The festival is taking place at Redmond’s Centennial Park, at Evergreen and 7th Street.