Standing Stone Brewing Company

Ashland Food and Wine Classic

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Savor the Fine Fresh Fare Dowtown Ashland November 5th and 6th

We just heard some great news! The Ashland, OR Growers and Crafters Market that takes place out front of our restaurant on Oak Street every Saturday will extend its season one more week to coincide with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Food and Wine Classic. We couldn’t be happier that these two fun festivities will be together downtown the weekend of November 5th and 6th, right next to Standing Stone! Both events have a “local” theme in common, with workshops on shopping in your local community, and vendors at both venues offering fresh, local fare.

The Food and Wine Classic showcases our region’s premier culinary artists and local bounty through a weekend of workshops and a Chef Showdown at the Historic Ashland Armory from Noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. This year, seven talented chefs will compete against 2010 Top Chef Chandra Corwin for the reigning title, creating dishes with surprise fresh ingredients, unveiled right as the cook-off begins.

During the Chef Showdown, Standing Stone will be pouring beer among over 30 other local vendors. We’ll be serving up tastes of some of our cherished brews, and selling pints for those who thirst for a bit more. There will also be wine and sweet and savory fare, and the beloved dessert competition on Saturday from 2-3pm.

The Food & Wine Classic will also include workshops to help you make the most of local foods. Guests can purchase a variety of admission packages to attend events over the course of the weekend. Visit the Chamber of Commerce website for ticket and package info. We suggest Saturday morning’s workshop How to Shop Your Farmer’s Market – Shop and Tour Ashland’s Saturday Grower’s Market.

Don’t miss out on the last chance to browse fresh, local produce straight from our local farms right downtown in Ashland. And if you live in the area, remember the Tuesday Ashland Growers and Crafters Market continues until November 22nd, with even more fall harvest to savor.

We hope to see you downtown this first weekend in November!

Did you make it to the Food and Wine Classic?

Top Chef Chandra from Cucina Biazzi

If you were around this weekend for the Ashland Food and Wine Classic at the Ashland Armory, then you may be feeling like we do this week…satisfied from sampling the delicious beer, wine and food, and inspired to take home some of the culinary wisdom and creativity we saw from Ashland’s top chefs.

If you missed it, here’s a recap to whet your taste buds for next year…

Standing Stone Brewing Co. was one of two beer vendors at the event, along with Caldera and several local wineries and artisan bakeries with treats to satisfy every savory and sweet taste bud.

While we poured hearty tastes of our Amber Ale and Harvest Ale for the crowd, Ashland’s finest chefs had thestage for the four rounds of Ashland’s Top Chef Showdown.

Chefs from eight local restaurants participated, including:

Omar’s

Cucina Biazzi

Lark’s

Tease

Chateaulin

Peerless

The Black Sheep Pub

Allyson’s

Omar's competes in the final round

Chef Chandra Corwin of Cucina Biazzi won Top Chef this year in the final round against 2009 Top Chef Franco Console of Omar’s. The secret ingredients for the last round, unveiled as the clock started, were whole rabbit and Dabob Bay oysters. Congratulations to all of the chefs who participated, truly showing talent under pressure!

Thank you to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce for coordinating another successful Food and Wine Classic event. We’re happy to be a part of Ashland’s favorite culinary exhibition every year. Missed it this time? We still pour hearty tastes of our beer at the restaurant, any time of the year.

Ashland Food and Wine Classic Preview

Halloween has passed and it’s time for the next big thing on our calendar – Ashland, Oregon’s 4th Annual Food and Wine Classic, held November 5th – 7th. We’re taking part in this weekend long event, which brings together Southern Oregon’s best beer, food and wine vendors to offer samples, educational workshops and the Top Chef Showdown.

To start the weekend off, previous years’ Top Chefs, Franco Console and Neil Clooney, will be preparing a three-course dinner at the Ashland Armory on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the 2010 Top Chef Competition and Showdown take place at the Armory from 12-5, with lots of local food and beverages to enjoy while watching the excitement. Standing Stone Brewing Co. will be there pouring tastes of beer and selling pints from our brewery. There will also be a People’s Choice dessert competition between several local restaurants, and spectators are welcome to bid on the sweet dishes afterwards.

Local artisan food and beverage providers sampling at the Armory include:

  • Apple Cellar Bakery
  • Branson’s Chocolates
  • Caldera Brewing Co.
  • Cary’s of Oregon
  • Dagoba Organic Chocolate
  • EdenVale Winery
  • Enchanted Florist
  • French Kiss
  • Grizzly Peak Winery
  • Homemade Confections
  • Nobel Coffee Roasting
  • Organic Nation
  • Rise Up! Artisan Bread
  • Rising Sun Farms
  • Standing Stone Brewing Co.
  • Sterling Silver Food Company
  • Vintner’s Kitchen
  • Weisinger’s of Ashland
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Windridge Vineyards

Throughout the weekend, there will be several workshops to indulge your culinary curiosity and creativity. Don’t miss the homebrewing workshop, held Saturday and Sunday 10-11:30 AM, led by expert brewer, Bob of Grains, Beans and Things. There’s also the ever-popular wine tasting class, and one holiday table art promises to help the crafty entertainer get a jump on holiday decorating.

You can purchase tickets from the Ashland Chamber of Commerce by following this link, or at the door.

We recommend buying your tickets in advance, since some events sell out.

There’s a full menu of options from tickets for the dinner, one or both weekend days with or without workshops, or the complete event package.

Hope to see you there!