Wild Rose Thai is located in the heart of Downtown Bend, Oregon and is a local favorite. Traditionally a very rural cuisine, Northern Thai food is an experience for all five senses. The folks at Wild Rose Thai never frown on using your hands as utensils – just don’t expect chopsticks when you visit them.
The most significant difference with Northern Thai fair is that nearly every meal is accompanied with ‘khao niew’, sticky Jasmine rice meant for eating with your hands. Best enjoyed when formed into small croquettes, the sticky rice is dipped in the fresh chili pastes and sauces that are most prominent in Chiang Mai and its surrounding areas. Fresh and crunchy vegetables are served with every sauce, dip, and paste. That means no Pad Thai here either.
The Wild Rose Thai menu is not divided into courses, but rather into separate categories that make up a complete traditional Northern Thai meal. Dishes are prepared for sharing, and we encourage mixing & matching menu items. A Northern Thai meal is a communal event – the more you share, the tastier your dishes are. Chiang Mai is near and dear to Wild Rose Thai hearts, which means every dish crafted at the Wild Rose comes from a family recipe.
Peterson Contemporary Art Gallery is the foremost CONTEMPORARY art gallery in the heart of Bend, Oregon located in a great basement space down the stairs off Oregon Ave.
They strive to cultivate a welcoming environment and to connect artists and the public. The gallery is a modern dream, encouraging the creative development of artists through all different kinds of mediums and influences.
They currently have over nineteen different artists located all over the country as well Japan, to help us achieve this goal of creative development.
The piece to the right is by Robert Schlegel.
It was another beautiful week in Bend, Oregon and a terrific week in Downtown Bend. Our on-the-street crews did a bit of extra deep cleaning, continued to keep snow and ice removed from Downtown walkways and began documents some much-needed repairs in the district. We'll be working with the City of Bend and building owners to get these items fixed this spring.
We also applied for the PPP loan and the Travel Oregon grant. Any and all opportunities that we have to infuse money into Downtown Bend is a top priority to us. Fingers crossed that we'll be awarded both, and it will allow us to do more promotion & beautification of our beloved district.
We worked with the Bend Chamber and Chamber Advisory Board going new legislature , and learning where we can lend our support to help our small business community. We also continued to work with the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee on fixing up the garage and preparing to roll out a merchant validation program.
Finally, we held over a dozen interview looking for the best candidate for our new Sales and Marketing position. We'll be excited to announce our candidate later this month!
The Red Chair gallery is an artist operated venue for Central Oregon artists. Its mission is to incorporate fine art and contemporary craft, in one location, and to create an environment exclusive to regional artists for the enjoyment of the local population and the out of town visitors. The diversity of the art mediums is key to realizing the gallery’s mission.
Since 2010, the Red Chair gallery has been located in the historic O’Kane Building in Downtown Bend on the corner of Oregon Avenue and Bond Street. With its expansive windows, leaded glass detail and old world character, the O’Kane Building, continues to represent Bend and its colorful past by mixing old world charm with the artwork of the talented and contemporary artists within. The artists displaying in the gallery number 30. This number has remained constant with very few changes over the years.
Housed in other charming yet modernized buildings of Downtown Bend you will find art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, coffee houses, and even barbershops, to name just a few, that have a history in the Downtown area all their own. The vibrancy and diversity of Downtown Bend has something for everyone.
Wow! It was a busy week in Downtown Bend! First of all,... SNOW! The first significant snow of the season. Yea! In Downtown Bend, the DBBA is responsible for clearing a 6 foot path on all of the sidewalks, keeping the ADA parking stalls cleared, and clearing the areas connected to the crosswalks The City of Bend clears the streets, alleys (including Brooks Promenade) and the parking lots, and the business owners clear the area from their front door to the side (their "front porch" if you will). By working together, we all keep downtown vibrant and ready for shoppers and diners!
This week the DBBA interviewed over a dozen candidates for a Sales and Marketing position in the organization. This is an important position that will have an incredible impact on the organization & downtown Bend. We'll be excited to announce our new hire in the next week or two!
DBBA Board President and the Executive Director met with the City of Bend Economic Development Department to discuss the option of modernizing the downtown business district, with a possible expanding of the EID boundaries. The DBBA Executive Committee will be meeting further to discuss these options and the impact on the DBBA.
If you are anything like me (and half the other people living in Bend), you've been enjoying these beautiful sunny days outdoors playing, running, skiing, hiking - and loving our Central Oregon landscape. This top from FootZone is the perfect addition to your wardrobe - and you'll look great in it - whatever you're doing in the outdoors!
Nike Women’s Element 1/2 Zip Top – Sea Blue
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Chef Jaclyn Perez and Betsy McDonald come together to present Bend, Oregon with a unique dining experience at The Lemon Tree in Downtown Bend.
Jaclyn and Betsy met while working on Mega Yachts cruising around the world and providing exceptional dining experiences for their clients.
The cuisine was completely driven by what was fresh, local and available. Guests were always treated to the specialties of the port of call each day. In this way, Jaclyn and Betsy developed their “Style” of clean, fresh international fare prepared with lots of love!
Now the Chefs are home in Bend….get ready to be loved by two chefs with a passion for cooking, a strong affinity for vibrant world flavors and a desire to serve great food to the people of Bend!
Over the last thirty years, Mac & Betsy rode the high seas cruising with various international clients to ports around the world. The vessels they ran ranged in size from 93' (Robyn Lee) to 205' (Lady Lola). International crews were from 4 to 16 depending on the size of the vessel. They transited the Atlantic 8 times, visited all 5 of the Great Lakes and passed through the Panama Canal 6 times.
Favorite ports included Barcelona, Cannes, the Amalfi coast, Istanbul, Santorini, Victoria BC, La Paz, and NYC. During their last tenure aboard Lady Lola, they were joined by Chef Jackie and while cooking aboard that vessel, they all agreed that "apres-yachting," there would be a business established that would incorporate all of the foods and ambiance they experienced during all the travels.
The Lemon Tree was developed in Tuscany during the summer of 2017 and began in earnest in Bend in February 2018. They opened the doors in May of the same year and are charging ahead with amazing flavors from around the world, locally sourced.