Wine Down Eugene May 15-21
My calendar is filling up quicker than ever before, and I am super excited about some events that will be taking me away from everyday life. From an inaugural Dishcrawl event in Eugene next week to a trip to Murcia, Spain next month, I have loads to look forward to.
Next Wednesday, May 22, I’m joining a group of food enthusiasts for Eugene’s first Dishcrawl event. If you aren’t familiar with Dishcrawl, it’s an eat and meet event where participants visit four of Eugene’s restaurants while receiving sampling plates and meeting the chef or owner of each establishment. It’s a wonderful chance to not only discover what’s being served in some of Eugene’s restaurants, but to also socialize with like-minded foodies. Guests aren’t notified of which restaurants they’ll be visiting until 48 hours before the event begins. But, for those who have already made their reservations with Dishcrawl for next Wednesday, I have some information about one of the restaurants we’ll be visiting: Bon Mi, a Vietnamese and French restaurant in downtown Eugene, is going to be our first stop for the Dishcrawl event. I visited Bon Mi today and was able to sample some of their fresh and tasty cuisine. I tried the Pork Banh Mi Sandwich (lemongrass marinated pork with pickled vegetables and cilantro on fresh baguette) and the Banh Rice Bowl (hoisin marinated chicken, rice, cilantro, green onions, lettuce and cucumbers). The flavors popped in my mouth, particularly the flavors of the pickled daikon radishes. The meat was savory and high quality, and everything left my mouth feeling refreshed. It was light, yet filling and really delicious. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be served during the event next week, which I heard will be all vegetarian. I’m also looking forward to finding out about the other three restaurants on the agenda.
On May 31, I’ll be heading south to Cottage Grove, where a special Domaine Meriwether winemakers dinner will be held at the Village Green Resort. I’ve never been to Village Green, but I’ve heard fabulous things about the property and the food that’s served in their on-site restaurant. With the always fun Buzz Kawders hosting the event, I know this four-course dinner featuring stellar local wines from Meriwether is going to be outstanding. A few tickets are still available on Eventbrite.
The first week of June, I’m off to Canada to attend the annual Wine Bloggers Conference – taking place in Penticton, Canada. This will be my first visit to Canada, so a fellow wine writer and friend, Michele Haid of Winehooch.com, and I will be making a vacation out of our trip to the Conference. Starting with a couple days in Seattle, we’ll then board a bus for a pre-conference excursion from Seattle to Penticton by way of the scenic and breathtaking Lake Chelan Wine Valley with a stay in Lake Chelan. After spending a few days at the conference in Penticton, Michele and I are renting a car and driving over the Canadian Cascades to Vancouver to celebrate Michele’s 40th birthday in a city neither of us have ever been to.
Two weeks after I return from Canada, I’m off to Murcia, Spain, for a tour of the wine country that surrounds the Mediterranean seaside city of Murcia. No words can express how excited I am. All of these events and trips will be giving me fabulous content for both Eugene Daily News and my award-winning website, WineJulia.com. Be on the look-out for a Local Lunch Gals: Flying Solo piece, and I’ll even be writing a special Wine Down Eugene from Spain.