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June 11, 2014 09:29 AM

A few food and drink morsels:

16 Tons Café will hold a Pinot Noir Rosé Festival Saturday, June 14.

 Rosé is one of the oldest known types of wine and one of the most
misunderstood. According to 16 Tons owner, Mike Coplin, "These wines can be
incredibly complex with sophisticated flavors and a wide range of sweetness
levels. Most of them have a dry finish which makes them quite refreshing."
Rosés usually gets their gorgeous pink-red hue wine from contact with grape
skins, but sometimes through blending white and red wines. A third method,
popular in France, is called saignée: the Rosé is simply drawn from
production of red wine that is young and has not fully developed its color.

Some of the featured Oregon producers include: Colene Clemens, Boedecker,
Witness Tree, Terrapin, Haden Fig, Winter's Hill, Phelps Creek, Raptor
Ridge, Misty Oaks, Carabella, Anne Amie, Quady North, Mouton Noir, William
Rose, Brooks, Teutonic, Division, Sarver, Eyrie, and Hamacher. There are
also selections from France, Austria, Italy, Spain, South Africa, New
Mexico, and California.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and include a commemorative
glass and a complimentary first taste.  Hours for the event are 12-8pm and
the festival will be held on the beautiful outdoor patio allowing people to
enjoy summer wines in the summer sunshine. 

 

Making its way around the web is a really neat collection of maps and charts about food in the U.S. that Vox.com compiled. Check out this map, which includes data on Oregon's shrinking number of farms:

More craft beer is being canned rather than bottled. It's lighter to ship, but worries those concerned about BPA. More at The Salt.

June 3, 2014 10:22 AM

After David Minor died in a biking accident in 2008, friends and family paid tribute to the social justice activist in a number of ways, from naming the David Minor Theater in his honor to establishing the David Minor Memorial Fund with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, helping improve access to healthy, locally grown foods for low-income people.

Eugene City Bakery is helping support that goal by donating a portion of the night's proceeds to the David Minor Memorial Fund Thursday, June 5. Drop by, nosh on some pizza and listen to the Joanne Broh Trio from 5 to 8 pm. More at the event's Facebook page.

May 27, 2014 04:22 PM

If you've missed out on Bike Month thus far, there are still chances to celebrate before May runs out.

Friday, May 30, celebrate Breakfast at the Bridges from 7 to 9 am at Blue Heron Bridge, behind Cesar Chavez  School on the Fern Ridge path.

Saturday, May 31, roll with the Eugene Circus Bike Ride beginning in Monroe Park at noon and ending at Island Park in Springfield. After the ride is a barbecue picnic potluck and free circus show. More info at wkly.ws/1rj.

Saturday, May 31, is also the date of Springfield's first-ever Kidical Mass. Families will ride from Willamalane Center to Volunteer Park, enjoy (bring-your-own) lunches and free snow cones. After the picnic, the ride returns to Willamalane. See smarttripsspringfield.com for more info.

May 13, 2014 10:19 AM

Tonight Slow Food Eugene hosts Paul Durant and Libby Clow, who will talk about creating an olive oil culture in the Pacific Northwest. High-quality olive oil is much more palatable than the average grocery store stuff; there will be a tasting aftward to prove it. Learn more about cool climate varietals and Oregon Olive Mill's experimental crop at 7 pm at 16 Tons Cafe, 2864 Willamette. Come early to grab a spot.

Here's more on the speakers:

 

Paul Durant is a fourth generation Oregon farmer.  In farming olive groves in the cool climate of the Willamette Valley, he is carrying on his family's pioneer farming tradition dating to 1915.  Today the Durant family is producing premier quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils by farming on the edge to develop the ultimate in aromatic flavor expression.

 

Libby Clow is the Olive Oil Program Ambassador for the Oregon Olive Mill.  A Pacific Northwest native, her passion for food led her to work a decade ago as a shepherdess and vineyard hand on a sustainable estate in Tuscany. Prior to joining the Oregon Olive Mill team last August, she has had an extensive career in the food industry.

 

Learn more about Slow Food Eugene's parent organization, Slow Food USA, here.

May 6, 2014 01:59 PM

Annual rankings  from The League of American Bicyclists are out, and Oregon has slipped to number five from number three. Washington takes the cake with number one for the seventh year in a row. Here's the top 10 list:

Oregon's report card shows that the state gets a four out of five possible points in three categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, and education and encouragement. Its lowest category is once again infrastructure and planning.

The League of American Bicyclists offers this feedback for making Oregon a more bike-friendly state:

Repeal the state’s mandatory bike lane law.
Adopt performance measures, such as mode
shift or a low percentage of exempted projects,
to better track and support Complete Streets/
Bike Accommodation Policy compliance.
Update your state bicycle master plan. The plan update
should evaluate and build on the previous bicycle
master plan, and reflect changes in bicycle user needs.
Adopt performance measures to
decrease bicycle fatalities.
Adopt a mode share goal for biking to
encourage the integration of bicycle
transportation needs into all transportation
and land use policy and project decisions.
Adopt the National Association of City
Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guide.
Adopt a Vision Zero policy to help Oregon
reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
Increase the dedication of funding to bicycle
and pedestrian projects from 1% of state
transportation trust funds to 2%.
Adopt a policy requiring state office buildings,
state park and recreation facilities, and other
state facilities to provide bicycle parking.
Since arterial and collector roads are the backbone
of every transportation network, it is essential
to provide adequate bicycle facilities along these
roads. Increase the percentage of state highway
network that has paved shoulders or bike lanes.
May 2, 2014 12:56 PM

Whether you're feeling wild or just feeling like a wild ale, 16 Tons' Wild Ale Fest and fourth anniversary Saturday, May 3, is the place to be. It's cash-only at the event, so don't forget to swing by the ATM. More from the press release:

 

Each year we have teamed up with a brewery to brew a special anniversary beer as part of our "Phantom Limb Series" that pays homage to a famous author who lost an arm or leg as a result of their adventures. This year we are very excited to work with Breakside Brewery to create “A Saison in Hell," a Wallonian-Style Wild Rye Saison that pays homage to Arthur Rimbaud, who is from the Ardennes Region where this working class beer originated.

A few notable beers at the festival: Oakshire Frederic C. Noir, Upright El Coloquio Cervantes, The Commons Fishing with Hallet, Block 15 Wild Chardonnay Ale, Block 15 Kriek, Crux Better off Red, Logsdon / Solera Half Naakte Paasvankantie, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Double Mountain Devils Kriek, Deschutes Green Monster, and Russian River Consecration.

Some of the featured breweries include: Breakside, The Commons, Oakshire, Upright, Block 15, Cascade, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Flat Tail, Logsdon, Hanssens, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, The Bruery, Crux, Anchorage, Russian River, Stillwater, New Belgium, Evil Twin, Propolis, Rodenbach, and more!

16 Tons is located at 265 E. 13th Ave.

 

April 29, 2014 11:53 AM

Hot Mama's Wings hosted its Kamikaze Smackdown last night, and it was a spicy competition, complete with basket upon basket of hot wings. Chris Besio (below) won, eating 23 wings in 11.5 minutes. Congrats, Chris!

April 23, 2014 04:07 PM

Got a favorite soup recipe? Share it with others Sunday, April 27, at the Soup Invitational, an amateur soup cook-off in which all of the proceeds benefit Oregon United For Marriage. More details at wkly.ws/1qe.

April 10, 2014 01:55 PM

Anybody planning a trip up to Portland next week (or later this spring) should check out OMSI's lineup of food science events:

 

Cook for Life 
Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m. 
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking with Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Tse of Regence and nutritional information from Dr. Julie Briley of the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult. https://www.omsi.edu/events/cook-for-life/041514
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28 
 
Food Luminary 
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only. 
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity) 
 
Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m. 
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen 
Executive Chef Scott Dolich 
 
Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m. 
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar 
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen 
 
Low Carbon Diet Day 
Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
 
In celebration of Earth Week, OMSI and Bon Appetit Management Company will turn Theory into a fun culinary classroom offering ways that guests can minimize their carbon "foodprint" through tasty alternatives to beef and dairy. Through educational demos by OMSI and the makeover of popular dishes by Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, guests will learn that they don't have to go entirely meatless to make their diet a climate-friendlier one. 
 
Blind-Tasting Bingo 
Thursday, April 24, 6 - 9 p.m. 
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind-Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. With their eyes covered, the players/guests will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize! 
 
Mother's Day Breakfast 
Sunday, May 11, 8-11 a.m. 
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory. 
February 25, 2014 10:40 AM

Phone calls aren't always from who the caller says they are — keep that in mind if you get calls from EPD or the IRS and they seem fishy. According to EPD:

Eugene Police recently received a call from a man and his twin in another state who have received two calls from someone claiming to be from the Eugene Police Department advising that they have warrants for both their arrest and that they need to return the call immediately to ‘get this taken care of.’ This is not a practice EPD would use for a warrant.

There was another reported scam from a UO student within the last week, who sent $1,000 to “the IRS” using a pre-paid money card. He was told his bank account would be frozen and he would be arrested if he didn’t pay.

The police remind you not to feel weird about refusing to speak with a caller until calling back at an established number, like EPD's non-emergency number, 682-5111. They add a few recommendations:

  • Don’t give out personal or financial information to someone who calls you.  If you are unsure, hang up and independently find the phone number of the alleged represented agency and call yourself.  A law enforcement agency will not ask you for this type of information or request that money be sent by way of money order for any reason.

  • Beware of high pressure techniques, such as the need to give information or make a decision on the spot.

  • If it sounds quirky or weird, it probably is.

Yep, watch out for those quirky ones.

February 18, 2014 10:15 AM

Next time you're out and about, keep in mind that EPD is watching for common causes of accidents: speeding, misuse of cell phones, misuse of seat belts, following too closely, lane violations and failure to obey traffic control devices. Of course, EW readers always drive wisely.

Here's where they plan to be:

 

·         February 26 - Valley River Way & Valley River Drive
·         March 18 - I-105 & West 7th
·         April 29 - West 18th & Chambers 
·         May 19 & 23 - MLK & Coburg Road  
·         June 17 - West 11th & Bertelsen 
January 28, 2014 04:44 PM

Post-snowball fights, etc., here's some UO news we can be proud of:

 

EUGENE, Ore. — (Jan. 28, 2014) — Geraldine Richmond, the Presidential Chair and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Richmond will begin her three-year term as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the AAS Board of Directors on Feb. 19 at the close of the 180th Annual Meeting in Chicago.
 
“The impact of Dr. Richmond’s work can be seen on this campus and around the world,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president for research and innovation and dean of the UO Graduate School. “For her, research is a means of discovery and of training and of cultivating the scientists of tomorrow. Her passion for scientific research, teaching, and international engagement makes her an ideal choice to serve as the president-elect of the world’s largest general scientific society. We congratulate her on this tremendous honor.”
 
Richmond received her Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. She is a distinguished researcher in the field of surface chemistry of complex surfaces and interfaces, a discipline with relevance to environmental remediation, energy production and atmospheric chemistry. She has served on several national scientific advisory boards, including the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Advisory Committee and her current appointment to the National Science Board.
 
In her candidate statement, submitted after being nominated for president-elect, Richmond said she planned to work with the AAAS’s members, officers and directors toward a common goal of assuring the health and vitality of the scientific enterprise around the world. She spoke of the importance of scientific diplomacy and international collaborations and the unique global role played by the AAAS, as well as the need to continue to advocate for science funding and to assure a strong, diverse, motivated and inclusive scientific workforce.
 
Richmond holds the UO’s Presidential Chair in Science. She delivered the UO's Presidential Research Lecture last May, in which she discussed the essential properties of water – everything from the way water and oil interact to the ways in which water sustains life.
In addition to her service to the National Science Board and the University of Oregon, Richmond served on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of the Oregon University System and its seven universities, from 1999-2006. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Physical Society (APS) Davisson-Germer Prize for Atomic or Surface Physics, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Charles L. Parsons Award, and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
Richmond also is the founder and chair of COACh, an organization created to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers both in the U.S. and in developing countries. COACh provides training workshops, mentoring and networking activities and support to recruit and retain women for careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
 
Richmond received an AAAS fellowship in 2003 and is one of 36 current or retired UO faculty members who have been recognized as AAAS fellows by their peers for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Most recently, in November 2013, the UO’s J. Josh Snodgrass, a biological anthropologist, and Tom H. Stevens, a biochemist, were named fellows. They will beformally presented with official certificates and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pins during the AAAS annual meeting in February.
At the close of the 2014 Annual Meeting, Richmond will begin her term as president-elect and Gerald Fink will begin his term as AAAS president. Fink is a professor of genetics and founding member of the Whitehead Institute at MIT. The current president, Phillip A. Sharp, will become chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors. Sharp is a 1983 Nobel Prize winner and professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.
 
Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.
The full election results can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1evhmJ5.
January 17, 2014 03:13 PM

And you thought "Double D Blond" was eyeroll-worthy. Hop Valley got some bad press when Rebecca Rose of Jezebel wrote about a post from Beervana's  Jeff Alworth that claimed the real name of Hop Valley's "Mr. IPA" is "Mouth Raper." Alworth cited an alias page from ratebeer.com as proof, and a commenter added that she'd looked up the brew on Untapped after seeing it on Twitter as "Mouth Raper," and all the reviews there listed that as its name.

Hop Valley says it's just "Mr. IPA." The brewery posted a response on Facebook: 

We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created.

Commenter Dana Garves replied to Hop Valley's post, accusing the brewery of lying rather than admitting its mistake. The comments were later taken down, and Garves says she did not delete them herself. A couple of other comments skeptical of the apology are still up as of 1:30 pm Friday, Jan. 17. Here's what Garves originally posted:

Maybe Hop Valley can brew some special batches named for feminist superheroes or something? I'd buy that, even if it was an IPA.

PS: Anyone making the argument that the name was "just a joke" should read Lindy West on how to make a rape joke and Patton Oswalt's excellent essay about rape culture and rape jokes.

December 20, 2013 01:13 PM

On Jan. 1, penalties for talking on the phone in your car are going up. And for the first time, there's no smoking if a kid's in the car. From ODOT:

 

Fine increases for mobile device usage

Senate Bill 9 changes Oregon's traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device from a Class D violation to a Class C. The minimum fine for a class C violation is $142, and the fine for this offense can be as high as $500. The fine's increase is aimed at reducing the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting. In Oregon from 2009 to 2011, nine people died in crashes involving a driver who was reportedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash, and 673 people have been injured.

Using a cell phone while driving falls under the category of "distracted driving," and this type of distraction is an increasingly dangerous behavior across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the U.S. 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 3,267 in 2010.

The behavior is especially dangerous for younger drivers: 11 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

Any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving is dangerous. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study revealed that physically dialing a phone while driving increases the risk of a crash as much as six times. Texting is riskier still, increasing the collision risk by 23 times.

Even though a majority of Oregonians believe texting and hand-held cell phone use while driving is unsafe, some still choose to do so. According to a 2012 phone survey of Oregon drivers, more than 70 percent said they know cell phones are a safety problem and that phoning and texting while driving are illegal. In spite of this, cell phone convictions in Oregon have steadily risen from an initial 40 in 2008 to 22,892 in 2012.

New smoking offense created

Senate Bill 444 created the new offense of smoking in a vehicle while a person younger than 18 years old is in the vehicle. The maximum fine for the first offense is $250, and the maximum fine for repeat offenses is $500.

This new law is considered a "secondary" law: a police officer may cite for this offense only if the officer has already stopped a vehicle for another violation or offense.