Eat Local Challenge events

Thursday, Sept. 16

  • Brian's Green Thumb Farm tour — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point. Taste 12 varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal, organic vegetables, as well as locally made, flavored sugars, salts, seasoning rubs and more; free; call 541-879-1188 or e-mail briansgreenthumbfarm@charter.net.
  • Downtown Grants Pass Progressive Dinner — 5:30 p.m. tour with courses and wine at Lunch 'N' Thyme, Rosso's Trattoria, One Fifteen Broiler and Blondies' Bistro; cost is $60. Call Molly Prive at 541-471-6460 to purchase tickets; for more information, call Blondies' at 541-479-0420.
  • Local food and wine demo — 4 to 7 p.m., Tarks Market, 215 E. Wagner Ave., Talent; free.
  • Food and wine pairing at The Vine restaurant — 5 p.m., The Vine, 1610 Allen Creek Road, suite 111, Grants Pass; four-course meal for purchase with pairings of local wines with each course.
  • Family film screening and locavore reception — 6 p.m., ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. "What's on Your Plate?" a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics screens at 7 p.m.; free.

Friday, Sept. 17

  • Brian's Green Thumb Farm tour — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point. Taste 12 varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal, organic vegetables, as well as locally made, flavored sugars, salts, seasoning rubs and more; free; call 541-879-1188 or e-mail briansgreenthumbfarm@charter.net.
  • Taste Shibui and vegetarian sushi — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland; free.
  • Local food and wine demo — 4 to 7 p.m., Tarks Market, 215 E. Wagner Ave., Talent; free.
  • "Wine Down" at Plaisance Ranch — 5 to 8 p.m., 16955 Water Gap Road, Williams; wine and hamburgers and hot dogs from certified-organic Plaisance beef with buns from Windmill Bakery available for purchase; live music.
  • Downtown Throwdown — 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Medford; culinary competition of Medford restaurants using locally grown ingredient; free tastings with drinks from Organic Nation Spirits, EdenVale Winery and Red Lily Vineyard.

Saturday, Sept. 18

  • "Preserve the Local Bounty!" — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seven Oaks Farm, 5504 Rogue Valley Highway, Central Point. Demonstration with Oregon State University master food preservers; free.
  • Local Food Treasure Hunt for kids and families — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bellview Grange, 975 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Enjoy a day visiting local farms, harvesting vegetables, preparing a nutritious meal with story time, food art and education for all ages; cost is $10 per family; reserve tickets early; call 541-821-5130.
  • Taste Shibui and vegetarian sushi — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland; free.
  • BBQ Revolution — noon to 4 p.m., Gary West Smoked Meats, 690 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. Five local ranchers grill their best beef; taste and learn how the animals are raised; free; 30 percent off all store jerky purchases.
  • Brian's Green Thumb lunch — noon, Brian's Green Thumb Farm, 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point, catered by First Street Cafe; cost is $12, reservations only; call 541-879-1188 or e-mail briansgreenthumbfarm@charter.net.
  • Taste oil-free dressings — 2 to 4 p.m., Rising Sun Farms, 5126 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix; free.

Sunday, Sept. 19

  • Brian's Green Thumb Farm tour — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 327 E. Gregory Road, Central Point. Taste 12 varieties of tomatoes and other seasonal, organic vegetables, as well as locally made, flavored sugars, salts, seasoning rubs and more; free.
  • Rogue Flavor Dinner — 6 p.m., RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. THRIVE invites you to this gala event with five-course meal honoring local farmers and featuring all-local foods. All proceeds from dinner and food-themed silent auction benefit THRIVE programs; tickets are $75; reserve by calling 541-488-7272 or at www.buylocalrogue.org.


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