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Growing Gardens

by Guest in Behind the Scenes

As part of the ongoing philanthropic efforts that Bob’s Red Mill is known for, a group of employees volunteered to spend some of their free time on a Saturday to help build a garden installation for the annual fundraiser by Growing Gardens entitled “Dawn of the Bed”.

Growing Gardens is a non-profit organization that provides assistance and materials to help low income families grow their own organic, nutritious foods. A team from Bob’s Red Mill worked with a team from the National College for Natural Medicine (NCNM), another recipient of Bob’s generosity.

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The homeowner who received the garden beds was excited that a team of people who work at BRM would volunteer their time to help, since she not only uses our products, but she teaches a class at Zenger Farm on how to make tortillas using our Golden Masa Corn Flour. With a little luck, and some assistance from Growing Gardens, next Summer, the family should be able to put fresh salsa on those tortillas with ingredients harvested from their own backyard.

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After the hard work was all finished, the homeowner invited the crew in for fresh, hot tamales. Growing Gardens also hosted a pizza party and awards ceremony at Hot Lips Pizza for all of the volunteers. Each time that Bob’s Red Mill was mentioned, the crowd responded with joyous cheers because of the excellent reputation of our products and the giving spirit that is a part of this company. Not only did the volunteers have a good time, they did good for the community.

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We are proud to support Growing Gardens and proud of our employees who donated their personal time.

Special thanks to Chris Gloden for writing this beautiful piece and organizing such a fun adventure! 

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Oregon Ag Fest: 4/26-4/27

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Wagon Rides at Oregon Ag Fest

The Oregon Ag Fest takes place this year on April 26th and 27th in Salem, Oregon. This two-day event is “an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm.” We’re proud supporters of this festival and think it’s a blast to head down to the Oregon State Fairgrounds to check out the farm animals (read: horse show, petting zoo and sheep sheering), see the farm equipment, crafts and amazing garden feats, as well as enjoy some lively music (not to mention the great eats). Both days boast a full retinue of activities, including Bob’s Red Mill Cooking Demonstrations.

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Tickets are $9 for adults and all kiddos ages 12 and under get in FREE—can’t beat that! Plus, FREE parking! Talk about an affordable family day. You can even score a coupon for $2.00 off a ticket on their homepage or print off the version below. Festival hours are 8:30 am and close at 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Find more details and a full schedule of events here.

To print this coupon, click on the coupon so it opens in another browser tab and print from there  OR right-click to save as an image and print from there. Ag Fest Coupon

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Food as Medicine Symposium: April 5-6, Portland

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Health

While it still seems like there is a big disconnect between how a person eats and how a person feels, we are making great strides towards better understanding of food as medicine. The benefits of healthy whole-foods continues to trend upward. We can find books, magazine articles, Facebook pages and even movies sharing the latest news as more and more people realize there’s a link between a poor diet and poor health.  Since 2011, our friends at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) have worked with us to share their expert nutrition knowledge with the Portland community through the ECO Project (“Ending Childhood Obesity”). There’s so much interest in learning about nutrition that they have created the Food As Medicine Institute, (FAMI), a community-education initiative dedicated to providing nutrition education—not only for healthcare providers but for the public, too.

To celebrate its official launch, FAMI will host its inaugural Food as Medicine Symposium at NCNM on April 5-6, featuring a keynote presentation by Bob Moore, Bob’s Red Mill founder: “Whole Grain Foods, Life Insurance You Eat.

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The two-day event is geared to satisfy a variety of interests and discerning palates. Whether you’re a chef or an aspiring cook, a physician or other healthcare professional, a foodie or just someone curious learning practical tips about preparing tasty, good food—there’s something for everyone. Depending on the level of your interest, you can register for all or just part of the conference.

The public symposium is scheduled on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will include workshops on “Death by Food Pyramid;” “Avoiding Inflammatory Foods & Cooking Methods;” “Strategies for Detoxification;” “Gluten-Free Nutrition and Avoiding Junk Foods;” “Breast Milk: The Original Superfood,” and more. Speakers will include some of the most renowned chefs and naturopathic physicians in the Northwest!

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The professional symposium, targeting healthcare practitioners, will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Healthcare professionals of all stripes will gather for an in-depth examination of the role clinical nutrition plays in their patients’ state of health or disease. Practitioners will get a chance to augment the “clinical pearls” found in the kitchen to any treatment plan as they rediscover nutrition, the crucial foundation of natural medicine. NCNM has applied for 12 hours of continuing education units for the symposium.

Can’t attend, but you wish you could? No problem. Both segments will offer a live webinar! The webinars will be taped for anyone who can’t attend that day.

Click on this link to register or get more information!

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Bob’s 85th Birthday Bash

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

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Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off Tomorrow!

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Don’t forget to come on out for the Third Annual Spar for the Spurtle Cook-off tomorrow. 

What: Watch our three Spar for the Spurtle finalists battle it out in our very own kitchen ‘stadium’ to see who will represent Bob’s Red Mill in the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship in Scotland this October

When: August 16th, 2013 from 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Reasons why you should come: 

  1. It’s better than sitting behind your desk.
  2. It’s certainly more fun than watching soap operas.
  3. It’s free.
  4. It’s something entertaining that you can do with your kids.
  5. There will be a bagpiper and a banjo player.
  6. Bob will be there and he loves meeting people.
  7. You might get to taste some of the dishes.
  8. You can stock up on Bob’s Red Mill ingredients from our bulk bins while you’re here.
  9. We have A/C.
  10. How many times in your life can you say that you watched someone use a spurtle? I thought so. One more item checked off your bucket list.
  11. It makes a great story.

Some come on out tomorrow and enjoy the festivities!
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Battle Ground Barkery

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

We get contacted daily by business who are doing something remarkable with our products. Battle Ground Barkery is one of these truly special companies working to uplift their community while providing work experience for young people. At Battle Ground Barkery, high quality dog treats are hand crafted by students with disabilities from Bob’s Red Mill ingredients. Students from Battle Ground High School bake the hand-cut dog biscuits then send them to a complementary program called “Futures.” Futures workers package and market the dog biscuits, selling them in shops around Battle Ground, Washington. Futures provides training and work experience for young adults with disabilities who have moved on from the high school program.

A group from Battle Ground Barkery (love that this is a bark-ery) came to tour our mill last week and left some of their wheat-free, all natural dog treats for the dogs in the Bob’s Red Mill family. Well, let me tell you, these were a HUGE hit at my house. After giving my dog one of these treats, he was not convinced that one was enough and continued to sit and wiggle trying to get another. He sat, he sat VERY still, then he wiggled, he laid down, he did his one trick, he even whined a little. For all of that I had to give him another and I didn’t feel bad about it- there are exactly 10 ingredients in these cookies and I know what each of them is. They’re a great size and the bone shape makes them easy to break in two for smaller dogs.

Sadly, these are not yet available online for purchase. Visit their website (www.bgbarkery.com) or contact them at barkery@battlegroundps.org for more info about this wonderful program.barkery

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November Cooking Classes at Bob’s Red Mill

by AmandaCarter in Featured Articles, Gluten Free

Holiday cooking and baking can be challenging if you or a loved one need to avoid gluten, but The Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School is here to help! We’re offering two great gluten-free classes coming up in November. Call now to register and reserve your spot: 503-654-3215 x 208. Classes are held at our Whole Grain Store in Milwaukie, Oregon (see address at bottom).

 

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes with Laura B. Russell

Thursday, November 8, 2012 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and celebration, but it can feel stressful if you need to worry about what’s safe to eat.  Enter this holiday season armed with an arsenal of delicious gluten-free side dish recipes. Led by gluten-free cookbook author Laura B. Russell, you’ll learn alternatives to the typical bread stuffing, roux-thickened gravies, and gloppy canned soups with better-than-ever gluten-free versions. Recipes include Homemade Cornbread Stuffing, Wild Rice Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Savory Granola, Pan Gravy with Herbs and an extremely versatile Turkey Broth. All the recipes are gluten-free. Class fee $50.00.

 

 

Easy Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes with Kyra Bussanich

Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join award-winning pastry chef Kyra Bussanich from Crave Bake Shop as she bakes up extraordinary gluten-free appetizers, sides and desserts. Time is limited during this busy season, so come learn how to impress your loved ones with these quick and delicious recipes: vegan Herb Crackers with Pumpkin Hummus, Parmesan Popovers, egg-free Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Cranberry Ginger Shortbread Cookies and dairy-free Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies. The recipes you learn will be a hit at any holiday gathering! Class fee $50.00.

 

Classes take place at:

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
503-607-6455
Directions

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Feast Portland

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Feast Portland runs September 20-23rd.

This weekend (starting tomorow, to be exact), Portland will open its kitchens to Bon Appétite’s Feast Portland. Feast Portland is a celebration of all things culinary in Oregon from charcuterie to beer to hand crafted ice cream set up in a multiple-venue festival fashion (akin to SXSW). Foodies and chefs from all over the country will flock to Portland for the four-day edible extravaganza. Events run the full gamut of food endeavors—private dinners, cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairings, speakers, sandwich invitationals, you name it! How about Pork & Pinot Noir or Thai Street Food with Andy Ricker (of Pok Pok fame) or an entire event dedicated to taking comfort food to the next level?

The crowning event will be the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting- a mini food festival unto itself in Portland’s Pioneer Square on Friday and Saturday. Over 70 vendors, including craft breweries, wineries, chocolatiers, and some of Portland’s best restaurants will be on site sampling their finest nibbles and sips to eager foodies. Bob’s Red Mill is honored to be the official Whole Grains Sponsor for this event and had the privileged of providing some of our best ingredients to chefs from all over the country to use in their dishes. We’ll even be there serving crispy Amaranth Cakes and slinging whole grain samples!

Find out more about the event at FeastPortland.com. Several events have already sold out, but there are still plenty of wonderful options to choose from. Tickets for the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting are $60/day or $100 for both days. The Grand Tasting runs from 2 pm to 5 pm on Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd. To make this festival even more tasty, all net profits from the four-day event will be donated to Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon and Share Our Strength (read more about these organizations here).

The weather will likely be gloriously fall (hoping for crisp air and sunshine) and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than meeting some of Oregon’s top food artisans and tasting their wares. Hope to see you there!

Keep up to date with Feast happenings by following @FeastPDX on Twitter.

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Japanese Lace Leaf Maple Pruning Demonstrations at Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Japanese Lace Leaf Maple.
Photo: Andrew Stockton, Joy Creek Nursery

Noted professional ornamental horticulturist and gardener Michael Miller will provide two instructional demonstrations tomorrow, September 8th, at the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitor Center on how to prune Japanese Lace Leaf Maples. The sessions are open to the public and free of charge for all who attend.

The Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitor Center has six Japanese Maples as part of its landscaping, and Miller’s instructional demos promise to be lively interactive sessions. Miller will discuss and demonstrate the choosing, planting, placing and maintenance of ornamental plants, including:

  • Japanese Maple nomenclature
  • The growth life cycle of Japanese Maples
  • Use of the trees in design
  • The shaping of Japanese Maples for specific spaces
  • Best techniques and times of year for pruning

Michael Miller is the former gardener, lead pruner and education director for the Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, and he maintained the Portland Japanese Garden for more than 15 years. He has worked professionally as an ornamental horticulturist for more than three decades.

Sessions will take place on Saturday, September 8th from 9 am to 10 am and 11 am to noon. Stop by to learn a bit more about the care of your Japanese Maple from a professional.

In addition to the demos, we will also be hosting a pet adoption for Oregon Humane Society. Read more about this event here. The pet adoption will be held from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
503-607-6455
Directions

 

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OHS Pet Adoption at Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Permission has been granted for use of the OHS logo for the Bob’s Red Mill Adoption Event on Sep. 8th 2012. Permission must be granted before use of the logo for any other purpose.

We love our furry friends at Bob’s Red Mill, which is why we are so pleased to be hosting a pet adoption event for the Oregon Humane Society this coming Saturday, September 8th. The kind folks over at OHS will have a booth set up in front of our Whole Grain Store from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Adoptable animals will be there for the loving and hopefully we’ll be able to find some good homes for these animals. OHS will also be accepting monetary and pet food donations, in the event that you’d like to help out, but can’t take home a new family member. Staff will be available to process adoptions and answer any questions you may have. Some animals may need special care that will require additional training, in which case the adoption may take longer.

Beyond pet adoption and financial donations, there are many ways to support OHS and the many animals they care for. Visit OregonHumane.org to find out how you can be involved and learn more about the plethora of wonderful programs they offer.

In addition to the pet adoption event, we’ll also have a fabulous demonstration by noted professional ornamental horticulturist and gardener Michael Miller. Miller will demonstrate how to properly prune Japanese Maples in two sessions on Saturday, September 8th. More info to come.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222
503-607-6455
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