I am lucky enough to live in Hood River, Oregon which is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.
We moved here just over seven years ago when my husband, Kyle, started brewing beer for a living. He is one of the head brewers at Double Mountain Brewery. Since moving to Hood River we’ve gotten married and we now have two beautiful daughters.
The idea for Gorge in the Gorge came to me one evening when we had all of our food-loving friends over for a potluck dinner.
Everyone brought something that either was grown in the Gorge or was purchased at one of our local shops. I was amazed at the bounty that the Gorge had to offer. We had boar sausage, kale, bread, chicken, zucchini, asparagus, and even oysters. There was also wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries.
I found it remarkable that we live in such a small town, an hour away from Portland, but have such a great variety of wonderful food at our fingertips. The fact that the definition of gorge is “eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food” did not escape me.
The idea behind this site stemmed from my desire to support our local community’s hard working and dedicated chefs, farmers, livestock raisers, bartenders, bakers, winemakers, business owners, grocery stores and brewers. As well as to provide visitors with a guide that could help them have a great vacation in the Gorge, highlighted by wonderful dining experiences.
Use this site as a resource for everything related to good food, wine, and beer in the Columbia River Gorge. There are tips on where to eat, what to eat, where to shop, events to attend, what to serve for a party, what’s fresh at the farmer’s markets, and ways you can support the local food growers of the Gorge.
The restaurants and other resources that you find reviewed on this site are places that I have either patronized myself and have met my standards of quality and taste, or that have been enjoyed by my friends whose standards are similar to mine. I always try to emphasize the specific dishes, drinks, or elements of a place that I believe are the best they have to offer. I will not review or promote establishments that do not meet my standards. If you have a comment, praise or complaint to share about any of the places I’ve reviewed on this site, don’t hesitate to contact me. If the comment is positive and supportive in nature, I may chose to share it with the owners and other site visitors as a way of further promoting the business. If you have a complaint or concern, I will make sure that your feedback is forwarded to the appropriate business owner.
If you are a business owner here in the Gorge and you have questions please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!