Plate & Cup

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Greek Night at Niche Wine Bar

Break some plates and shout “Opa!” at Niche Wine Bar‘s Greek Night, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Niche is celebrating the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and the Greek deities who gave Wonder Woman her powers with a Greek-inspired menu from Chef David Higginbotham, paired with six Greek wines chosen by Niche’s proprietor and wine expert, Leah Jackson. (Hmmm…we wonder if she will serve retsina, a pungent white wine infused with pine resin. It’s an acquired taste but delightfully refreshing!) Fifteen “passports” will be given away throughout the evening, with each passport containing information about Greece, maps, and room for your tasting notes.

To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

  • Grilled artichokes with feta, garlic, and lemon
  • Zucchini cakes
  • Greek salad
  • Braised local goat or lamb with stewed tomatoes, oregano, yogurt, lemon, and garlic

Niche Wine Bar is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, next door to the historic Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery. For more information and to keep up with goings-on at Niche, follow Niche on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nichewineandart/.

Grand Opening of Salud! Wine Bar

What the North Bank really needs, in this Land of Beer, is…more places to drink wine. Fortunately, Salud! Wine Bar is here to help. Friday, June 14, is its grand opening celebration, and anyone who is lucky enough to be over 21 is invited to come check out its new location in downtown Camas, right next door to A Beer at a Time, at 224 N.E. 3rd Ave. They’ll by open from 3 to 11 p.m., launching right into their regular hours: 3 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, and 3 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays—so if you can’t come down for the grand opening on Friday, drop by some other time! Parking in the adjacent lot is shared with A Beer at a Time.

Guests can peruse the wine menu and selection of small plates (which will be expanded on Aug. 1) and enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night. While you’re there, check out Salud’s Bella Vino Event Room, boasting a 150″ screen and projector for movie nights, sports days, and all things in between. Salud also offers temperature-controlled wine storage for oenophiles who need a place to keep treasured bottles of wine deliciously drinkable. Salud! will also host fun, creative events like the Public Pallet Party on July 25 and the Art Journey Pain Night on Aug. 2. (Click the links for information on pricing and registration.)

To learn more about Salud! Wine Bar, Event Center, and Wine Storage, call 360-787-2583, visit www.saludwine.com, or “like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Saludwine/. You can also see their opening weekend food menu and wine list online, or sign up for one of their wine memberships at https://www.saludwine.com/salud-club-memberships.

Drink Wine for the Refuge: Fundraiser at Windy Hills

You love wine! You love nature! Put the two together at Windy Hills Winery and support the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Come out to one of Ridgefield’s newest wineries for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, excellent wine and craft beer, and enthusiastic conversation about the nonprofit organization that exists to support and promote the amazing Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge hosts educational programs, activities, and community events at the refuge, and also helps protect and enhance its wildlife habitat with volunteer-led habitat restoration projects.

Windy Hills is located on ten acres of rolling scenic land that was formerly a Christmas tree farm. They winery has recently constructed a large performance and event venue on the property as well as a tasting room for its red, white and Pinot Noir wines. The indoor event space boasts vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and a grand, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, in addition to a state-of-the-art commercial catering kitchen.

The fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Windy Hills Winery is located at 1346 S. 38th Court in Ridgefield. The cost is $25 per person and includes wine and light nibbles. For more information, call Windy Hills Winery at 360-727-2200 or email Victoria Haugen at victoriahaugen@yahoo.com.

Indian Flavors at Class Cooking

If you’re like me, then you no doubt find the aromas, spices, and flavors of Indian cuisine to be irresistible (in fact, my mouth is watering just thinking about warm naan, daal, chicken tikka masala, saffron rice, gulab jamun, biryani, and samosas). But there’s no need to go to a restaurant! Learn how to create the flavors of India at home with Class Cooking‘s next class, Indian Flavors. Students will explore many kinds of flavors and ingredients in this class. Two times are offered: Friday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, at 4 p.m. The cost is $80 per person and includes wine. Here’s a peek at what you’ll be making:

  • Marinated lamb chops with fenugreek curry sauce served with saffron rice
  • Tandoori chicken (no tandoori oven needed!)
  • Curried Brussels sprouts with raneer (Indian cheese)
  • Onion koftas (India’s answer to onion rings)
  • Raita (cooling yogurt sauce)
  • Carrot halva (sweet carrot pudding)

Are you hungry yet? Good. Call 360-600-8006 or visit www.class-cooking.com to get signed up. Class Cooking is located in downtown Vancouver at 110 E. 15th St. Limited off-street parking is available in the adjacent lot.

Above image: lamb “popsicles” with Indian spices

Summer at Trusty Brewing: Beer & Music!

Summer at Trusty Brewing is shaping up to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair, with live music every Thursday night, happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up for July:

  • July 6: Acoustic singer-songwriter Dawna Stafford
  • July 13: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • July 20: 90s alternative and country acoustic guitarist Jason Meeks
  • July 27: Tony Smiley and the Loop Ninja (back by popular demand)

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the new Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. This delicious CDA is now on tap. Outdoor seating is open and ready for you and your furry, four-legged friends. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3 pints and cheap eats. There are also new menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at www.trustybrewing.com or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Summer Fun at Cellar 55

Enjoy the sunny summer days and soft summer evenings with a glass of wine (or two) at Cellar 55‘s beautiful outdoor patio area. The tasting room’s expanded summer hours are Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Come during Happy Hour—Wednesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday—for $2 off all glasses of wine and $2 or more off all cheese and charcuterie items, including Chop & Olympia Provisions salami.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, you can enjoy talented singer and songwriter, Marianne Flemming. She’ll entertain you with a night of blues-infused classic and alt rock under the grapevines on the patio. Flemming is a sought-after performer who has opened for the likes of music greats Donovan and Taj Mahal.

While you’re there, show your patriotic spirit by purchasing all the red, white, and rosé wines you’ll need for your Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy a wine tasting featuring wines that are perfect for boat parties, barbecues, or just watching the fireworks from your deck.

To learn more about Cellar 55 Tasting Room and find out about upcoming events, visit cellar55tastingroom.com.

Wednesday Rosé Day at Niche Wine Bar

Go ahead and admit it: you really, really like rosé. Or maybe you don’t know if you like rosé yet…you just need to taste a few varieties and get better acquainted with it. Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver has just the thing for you: Hump Day Rosé, a day devoted entirely to this pretty pink—and broadly underestimated—wine. Come to Niche Wine Bar between 5 and 9 p.m. on the last Wednesdays in June, July, and August to sample from among 14 different, thoughtfully chosen rosés. (That’s June 28, July 26, and Aug. 30.) You can buy a glass or sample a flight. And of course there will be delectable nibbles designed expressly to pair well with rosé. There will also be a bit of bubbly on offer, as well—because you always need bubbles!

If you’re planning to serve wine at your Fourth of July celeberation—and honestly, who isn’t?—Niche has a beautiful selection of patriotically red, white and pink wines for your barbecues and get-togethers. Niche will be closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, July 2-4, so stop in by Saturday and proprietor Leah Jackson will help you pick out the perfect wines for your holiday menu.

Niche Wine Bar is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, next door to the historic Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery. For more information and to keep up with goings-on at Niche, follow Niche on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nichewineandart/.

Wine & Cheese Class at C’est la Vie

Chef Keri Buhman, owner of C’est la Vie French Café and Crêperie, invites you to sip, nibble, and learn a little more about why wine and cheese go so deliciously together at its Wine and Cheese Pairing Class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

C’est la Vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. (Visit www.soireesupperclub.com/events/ to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.)

Attendees at the Wine and Cheese Pairing Class will learn about some fantastic wines, some scrumptious cheeses, and which flavors complement each other. The class includes five wines and five cheeses, as well as some additional goodies to savor. The cost is $50 per person. To reserve your spot, call 360-553-5836 or email Buhman at keri@cestlaviebistro.com.

Brothers Cascadia Grand Opening & Father’s Day Fun

What goes together better than Father’s Day and beer? How about father’s day, handcrafted pizza, a whole roasted pig, live music, and the grand opening of the Couve’s newest brewpub, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, at 9811 N.E. 15th Ave. in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver.

It’s a two-day party, from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day). Pizzeria La Sorrentina will be on-site with its food truck, serving up artisan pizza (the best in Washington State, according to Yelp reviews and this Buzzfeed article). Brothers Cascadia will be releasing new craft brews for you to try, and there will be live music on Saturday with DJ Nose Bone, Diamond Jim and the Bay Area Band, and Josiah Wynn. On Sunday, you’ll hear from DJ Delvis and Brady Goss. And here’s a major Father’s Day highlight: Herb N’ Roots Company will be roasting a whole pig for your dining pleasure.

This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome. There will be grand opening gifts for guests and lots to keep you occupied, satisfy your hunger, and quench your thirst. To learn more about Brothers Cascadia—which has actually been brewing stellar local beers for quite a while—visit www.brotherscascadiabrewing.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrothersCascadiaBrewing/.

Father’s Day BBQ at Lapellah

Here’s a delicious local option for spoiling Dad (or Grandpa, or other similar, benevolent father figure in your life) on Father’s Day, June 18: a full-on barbecue at Lapellah. This popular local restaurant (full disclosure—a favorite of this editor) features thoughtful menus with fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared craft cocktails, and a contemporary yet comfortable atmosphere. But Lapellah is upping its culinary game on Father’s Day with a special Sunday Supper menu. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Smoked pulled pork
  • Homemade sausage
  • Dirty potato salad
  • Jalapeño cheddar corn muffins
  • BBQ beans

Are you hungry yet? I am, and it’s not even Sunday. Call 360-828-7911 for pricing and reservations. If you’d prefer not to have the Sunday Supper option, Lapella will also be serving its full menu with entrées, small plates, cocktails, wine and beer, and dessert. For more details, check out Lapellah’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lapellah/.

Above image: custom chalkboard illustration by Heather Anderson Chalkwork

Cast Iron Cooking

Get those cast iron skillets out of the cabinet and onto your stovetop! These versatile pans are prized for their longevity, the non-stick qualities that can be maintained indefinitely for the skillet’s lifetime (which may be a couple hundred years!), and for the subtle flavor that many cast-iron fans say it imparts to the foods prepared in it. Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking will prepare several recipes using Finex cast iron pans (which you can also purchase on-site at Class Cooking) at two classes on June 16 and June 17. Hint: these pans also make great Father’s Day gifts—as do classes at Class Cooking! Here’s what’s on the menu for the Cast Iron Cooking classes:

  • Wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing and bacon
  • Spatchcock chicken roasted on a bed of rosemary and garlic
  • Roasted green beans with shallots and pecans
  • Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and parsnips with horseradish bread crumbs
  • Hot fudge brownie cake with ice cream

The Friday, June 16, class ($60 per person) will be held at 10 a.m. and includes coffee. The Saturday, June 17, class ($80 per person) will be held at 5 p.m. and includes wine. Are you hungry yet? Good. Call 360-600-8006 or visit www.class-cooking.com to get signed up. Class Cooking is located in downtown Vancouver at 110 E. 15th St.

Pop-up Brunch at Relevant Coffee

What do you need to go with a great cup of locally roasted, small-batch, ethically sourced coffee? A great, locally sourced, wild-foraged, prepared-from-scratch brunch! This pop-up brunch is a happening at Relevant Coffee in downtown Vancouver from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or whenever Chef Sebastian Carosi runs out of provisions. Here’s a little preview of what’s on the menu:

  • Northwest Red Flannel Lumberjack Hash: salted beets, yellow potatoes, wild cattails, sweet onions, smoked hog jowl bacon, wild celery, Douglas fir crème, clover blossoms, smoked wild coho salmon, and a fried local farm egg ($8)
  • Mount St. Helens Wild Nettle Soup: a velvety cream of just-foraged wild stinging nettles ($6)
  • The Farmer’s Daughter: a homemade heritage hog and Douglas fir-tip sausage patty, a fried local farm egg, a slave of vintage local Cheddar, wild greens kimchi, and smoky wood sorrel mayo on a toasted roll ($7)
  • Tree-hugger Salad: toasted local ancient grains, foraged wild greens and cytisus flowers, filberts, sunflower seeds, sun-dried huckleberries, dried local cranberries, Cloud Nine Farm goat cheese, and lemonade vinaigrette ($7)
  • Wild Lemon Balm and Licorice Fern Lemonade: fresh-squeezed lemonade with just-foraged Cedar Creek Grist Mill lemon balm and wild licorice fern syrup ($5)

The food comes from the Bergin Hunt & Fish Club, a “roving rural eco-gastromonic rogue catering company that supports organic farmers, bee keepers, cheesemakers, cattle ranchers, dairy farmers, foragers, coffee roasters and the lemonade maker.” The food is prepared in a certified satellite kitchen at Simply Thyme Catering.

Relevant Coffee’s cozy coffee shop, co-owned by Brigida Diggs and Mitch Montgomery, is located at 100 E. 19th St., Suite 500, in downtown Vancouver. To read more about this innovative, Vancouver-based coffee company, check out this article in The Columbian. Follow them on Facebook at @RelevantCoffee to find out about new coffee releases (like the barrel-aged Brazil Rodomunho) and local partnerships (like the whiskey-aged Relevant Coffee stout brewed by Brothers Cascadia).

Above image: outside Relevant Coffee–pull up a chair and sit a while!

Slow Food Social

Slow Food Southwest Washington hosts a monthly social on the first Wednesday of every month—this month, that’s Wednesday, June 7. Bring your taste buds and your curiosity about local food networks and come to Brothers Cascadia Brewing, located at 9811 N.E. 15th Ave. in Vancouver, from 5 to 9 p.m. Learn more about the local Slow Food chapter and meet others who love local food and the growers who tend the soil so that it can keep producing delicious, healthy food.

Enjoy pizza from the Pizzeria La Sorrentina food cart and beer on tap from Brothers Cascadia on tap. Pizzeria La Sorrentina will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to Slow Food Southwest Washington and Brothers Cascadia will also donate $1 per each pint of beer sold. At 6 p.m., attendees will hear a special presentation by Denise Smee from Clark Conservation District, a nonprofit organization with the goal of protecting, conserving, and improving the local area’s natural resources through water quality support, soil management, and maintaining critical habitat areas. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle with a drawing at 8 p.m., which you don’t need to be present to win.

Attendees will also have a chance to find out more about Clark County Grown, a local organization that is creating a culture of eating locally through marketing and education; Plate to Planet, which works with Clark County youth to explore food heritage, the local food system, food justice, and healthy eating; and Urban Abundance, which rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste and gives it to people in need.

To learn more about Slow Food Southwest Washington, visit www.slowfoodswwa.com, follow them on Instagram or Twitter, or get regular updates about Slow Food activities and meetings on the Slow Food Southwest Washington Facebook page.

Happy Hour at Moulton Falls Winery

Have you made plans for the long weekend? Well, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy at Moulton Falls Winery and in the surrounding countryside. How about a beautiful drive, for starters, followed by a nice hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River? Then, when you’re all thirsty and hungry, come to Moulton Falls for wine and cider tastings. On Friday evenings from 4 to 9 p.m., the tasting room is introducing new Happy Hour pricing: $5 pints of cider and draught beer and $9 wood-fired pizza. Enjoy Red Mountain grape-made wines, the 2015 Lemberger, Red Blends, Old No. 10, and Siouxon Red. Current ciders on tap include the Gristmill Gold, Yellowstone, Ripsaw Raspberry, and Chelatchie Cherry. Current beers include Transcend IPA, Old Timber Nut Brown Ale, R.I.P. Porter, and Heathen Blonde Ale.

On Friday, May 26, enjoy live folk music from 6 to 9 p.m. Come back on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear the Neil Young tribute band, Harvest Gold. The Moulton Falls Kitchen will be cooking up its tasty wood fired food including its legendary Moulton Melt: deli roast beef and ham piled on house-baked focaccia bread and topped with sautéed veggies and melted white cheddar, served with au jus and a crisp salad, for $9.95.

To learn more about this beautiful winery in a bucolic setting, visit moultonfallswinery.com. The winery offers live music most Fridays and Saturdays and hosts several large outdoor concerts every summer. They are located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., just outside of Yacolt. Click here for directions.

Patio Time & Trivia Night at Burnt Bridge Cellars

To celebrate the arrival of sunny weather, Burnt Bridge Cellars has spruced up its outdoor patio and they’re pouring their new spring releases: the new Carte Blanche, Semillon, Rose, and Reserve Merlot. The Burnt Bridge Cellars tasting room will be open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and will be pouring special $6 glasses of the new Carte Blanche and Semillon. These new white wines are a perfect compliment to sunshine! After your first glass of wine, you may feel bold enough to compete in Trivia Night: Science Edition. This month, the questions are all about wine science. (Hint: they will be tough! So fortify yourself with extra wine.) The winners will be entered in a drawing for big prizes. BIG PRIZES, I TELL YOU!

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the Southwest Washington Winery Association is holding its Memorial Day event, when local wineries will release their spring wines. It’s also the beginning of the Summer Passport Challenge: visit all 10 participating wineries before Labor Day to earn prizes. The participating wineries include Burnt Bridge Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heathen Estate Winery, Confluence Vineyards & Winery, Stavalaura Vineyards, Emanar Cellars, Heisen House Vineyards, Olequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, and Pomeroy Cellars. See swwawine.com for details.

Bread & Butter Day at Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Freshly baked bread is always a cause for celebration at our house…the rising dough, the waiting while it bakes, and the mouthwatering fragrance as it comes out of the oven. We slice it while it’s still warm and slather plenty of butter on it. Although it may have taken all day to make, it lasts only a few minutes. What if you could make that moment last all day long?

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill—a working museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only a few remaining 1800’s-era grist mills in the world—is offering just such an event, “Bread and Butter Day,” on Saturday, May 27, starting around noon. But wait, there’s more: they are upping the ante and also providing gallons of freshly churned, sweet cream butter. (Editor’s note: drool.)

From around noon to 4 p.m., families and especially kids will get the chance to churn cream into butter and spread it on freshly baked bread, baked from flour ground right on the premises, using the creek-powered mill wheel and state-of-the-art 1876 technology. Guests are invited to take home free samples of flour (although donations are appreciated, as the mill is a non-profit operation) as well as Cedar Creek Grist Mill recipes so you can recreate Bread and Butter Day at home.

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located deep in the woods east of Woodland, at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road. (Visit the Grist Mill’s website at www.cedarcreekgristmill.org for directions.) The mill is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m., showing guests the inner workings of an old-time grist mill with huge pulleys and spinning belts turning the heavy grindstones, all powered by the mill wheel. No gas or electricity are used—just the water in swift-running Cedar Creek. The mill produces flour, corn meal, and even apple cider. The mill hosts family-friendly events all year long, like Strawberry Shortcake Day, Cornbread Day, Blueberry Pancake Day, and the incredibly popular Cider Press in October. To learn more, visit www.cedarcreekgristmill.org.

Wine Passport Challenge Starts Memorial Day Weekend

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below) or download a passport from www.swwawine.com. Step two: visit 10 wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Step three: leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Everyone who completes the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after the Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by the Southwest Washington Winery Association over Labor Day Weekend.

On Memorial Day Weekend, participating wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and food pairings, art by local artists, and live music. Wines from the 2016 harvest will be released, including locally grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as Alvarino, Cayuga, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Marechal Foch, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvedre. For more information, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the wineries that will be participating in the Memorial Day Weekend event:

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Southwest Washington. Member wineries host four region-wide events throughout the year. More information about the Association and member wineries is available at www.swwawine.com.

 

 

 

Moms Sip for Free at Heisen House on May 14

What does Mom REALLY want for Mother’s Day? A nice glass of wine—maybe two—in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Heisen House Vineyards can supply both things on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. Come to this beautiful rural winery in North Clark County any time between noon and 5 p.m., when Heisen House will be celebrating motherhood and honoring all moms with complimentary wine tastings.

While you’re there, check out Heisen House’s full roster of spring and summer events, such as live music every Friday evening from noon to 5 p.m. starting Friday, May 26; a spring wine release on Memorial Day Weekend, the Wedding Showcase and Open House on Saturday, June 10; and the Eighth Annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 17. Heisen House also offers a great line-up of Summer Craft Sundays, held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday from May 28 thru September. Choose from workshops as diverse as glass fusing, wine cork crafts, rock mosaics, succulent planters, fairy houses, wine bottle bird feeders, and lots more. Each class includes instruction, all supplies, and a flight or glass of wine. To see a list of all upcoming classes and events, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/heisenhousevineyards/events/.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Bleu Door Bakery

Bleu Door Bakery—which is the home of absolutely legendary brunches in its chandelier-decked, French-inspired, brightly lit café—is offering a scrumptious Easter Brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular bakery and café—located at 2413 Main Street in downtown Vancouver—is taking reservations for parties of five or more. Even if you have fewer people in your party, Mom will thank you when you finally sit down to eat. Plus, there will be pomegranate mimosas! In the meantime, here’s a tantalizing sneak peek at the Mother’s Day Brunch menu; to view the full menu, visit the Bleu Door Bakery website at bleudoorbakery.com:

  • Beignets (six) with house-made lemon curd
  • The “Bleu Lady”—a twist on the Croque Madame—a ham a Gruyere strata with bechamel topped with two eggs
  • House-cured wild gravlax served with toasted Black Russian bread, cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, capers, and red onion
  • Maple-brined pork chop and two eggs with Swiss cheese, leek, and potato gratin, with a mini butter croissant
  • Crab cake Benedict featuring a house-made English muffin topped with crab cakes, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce
  • Ham Florentine featuring an English muffin topped with Canadian bacon, tomato, wilted spinach, poached eggs, and Hollandaise
  • Seasonal omelet with sundried tomatoes, portabello mushrooms, spinach, sweet onion, and goat cheese
  • Corned beef hash featuring house-roasted corned beef, crispy potatoes, red bell peppers and sweet onions, topped with two eggs and finished with a drizzle of creamy horseradish sauce
  • Garden vegetable hash with crispy potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, sweet onions and red bell peppers topped with two eggs
  • Roasted beet tart featuring house-made puff pastry filled with roasted beets, caramelized onions, kale, Brie, and white Cheddar
  • Bleu Door bacon-Cheddar biscuits smothered with double-sausage gravy

Above image: Bleu Door Bakery’s famous beignets

Mother’s Day Train Rides, Dinner & Wine Trips

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will be pulling out all the stops this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 & 14. The deisel-powered train runs south about seven miles to the Heisson area, through a 330-foot tunnel through solid rock, with a pause at Moulton Station for a mini-hike to visit beautiful Yacolt Falls (about a 13-mile round trip). Excursions depart at noon and 2:30 p.m. from the station in Yacolt, located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. Passengers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, especially on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. (…because seriously, who doesn’t love a train ride?)

Tickets are $16 per person, $15 for seniors, $11 for children ages five to 12, and $9 for little ones ages two to four. Babies up to age two are free! To buy your tickets and reserve your spot on this popular and scenic train ride, visit www.bycx.com or call 360-686-3559.

The railroad is offering another “steamy” option from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, in conjunction with Moulton Falls Winery, 30901 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. After some yummy appetizers served at the winery at 4 p.m., the steam locomotive will pick up passengers at 5 p.m., then continue on its scenic route through Heisson and on to a bridge across the East Fork of the Lewis River. (…and yes, you can enjoy your wine on the train!) On the return trip, the train will drop passengers back at the winery for dinner and festivities.

Tickets for the Wine Train package are available at Moulton Falls Winery during business hours or online at www.tickettomato.com. The price per person is $45, and includes appetizers, wine and cider tasting, the train ride, dinner, and live music by Chris Carpenter & the Collective from 6 until 9 p.m. This is another super-popular event, so purchasing tickets in advance of the day, while not required, is enthusiastically recommended.