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Galleries, wineries, brewers and caterers sign on for 'A Taste Of Ashland' 2007

Twenty-one art galleries, twenty-four restaurants, caterers and cheese artisans, eighteen wineries, three brewing companies, two chocolate makers and a noted historic hotel have all signed on to take part in the Ashland Gallery Association's "A Taste of Ashland" 2007. This premier art tour and gourmet tasting event in Southern Oregon takes place in galleries throughout downtown Ashland and the historic railroad district on April 27, 28 and 29.

Bringing focus to the high quality and diverse artistic offerings that has led to Ashland's ranking as a "Best Arts Town in America" by travel writer John Villani, "A Taste of Ashland" will feature exhibits by David Bjurstrom Studio Gallery, Fourth Corner Fine Quilt Gallery, Nimbus, Ashland Artisan Gallery, Illahe Design Studio Gallery, Hanson Howard Gallery, Frank Philipps Pottery, The Living Gallery, Blue Heron Gallery Gifts, Ashland Hardwood Gallery, Ashland Art Works, Bohemia Gallery Framing, Gallerie Karon, JEGA Gallery Sculpture Garden, Gallery DeForest, Houston's Custom Framing Fine Art, Pelton House, Art and Soul Gallery, Davis Cline Gallery, Studio A.B and Gathering Glass Studio.

More information, as well as tickets for the event, can be found at or by calling (541) 531-2012.

Culinary delights will be presented by Tabu, Morrison's Rogue River Lodge Resort, Green Springs Inn, Geppetto's, Apple Cellar Bistro, Rising Sun Farms, Kobe Restaurant, Dragonfly Gardens Caf&

233;, Ill Giardino, Pipon's, Standing Stone, Ashland Food Co-Op, Rogue Creamery, Chozu Bath and Tea Gardens, the Peerless Restaurant, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Cozmic Pizza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Larks-Home Kitchen Cuisine, Pilaf, Historic Pinehurst Inn, Oak Street Station B B, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Chef Jeff Catering and Chef Service and Thai Pepper.

Top regional winemakers participating include Devitt Winery, Chateau Lorane, Foris Vineyards Winery, Trium, Weisinger's Winery, RoxyAnn Winery, Crater Lake Cellars, Troon Vineyard, LongSword Vineyard, Edenvale Winery, Champagne Creek Cellars, The Academy of Wine of Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Rosella's Vineyard Winery, Paschal Winery, Agate Ridge Vineyard, Shasta View Vineyards and John Michael Champagne Cellars.

Three local brewers, Ashland's own Standing Stone Brewing Company and Caldera Brewing Company will offer their acclaimed beverages to the event, along with the teas of the Heartsong Herbal Brewing Co.

An additional touch of excellence will be offered by Dagoba Organic Chocolate and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Ashland Springs Hotel will be participating in the "Taste" for the full weekend, hosting the gala opening event on Friday night, and featuring artwork, food, wine and chocolate throughout the weekend.