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Perfect Pairings

 Posted: 9:50 AM April 25, 2013

Experience the best Ashland has to offer in food, wine and art at the 24th annual A Taste of Ashland.

The walking tour is more than an art walk. It's "Ashland's most delicious art show," featuring small bites by 22 restaurants and wine flights by 17 regional wineries at 17 Ashland galleries.

The annual event, a fundraiser for the Ashland Gallery Association, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28.

Taste of Ashland Pairings

Restaurants are featured both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.

  • Shibui Nation, Loft American Brasserie and EdenVale Winery at Enoteca by EdenVale, 17 N. Main St.
  • Rogue Creamery, Sunstone Artisan Bakery and Willamette Valley Vineyards at Liquid Assets Wine Bar, 96 N. Main St.
  • Salame and Slagle Creek Vineyards at Nimbus, 25 E. Main St.
  • Standing Stone Brewing Co. and Roxy Ann Winery at Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St.
  • Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens and Roxy Ann Winery at Thomas Lee Gallery, 20 S. First St.
  • Taroko Pan-Pacific Bistro and John Michael Champagne Cellars at Art & Soul Gallery, 247 E. Main St.
  • Alchemy Restaurant and Bar and Devitt Winery at Houston's Custom Framing, 270 E. Main St.
  • Mystic Treats and 2 Hawk Winery at Hemporium, 296 E. Main St.
  • Smithfields Restaurant and Bar (Saturday), Agave (Sunday) and South Stage Cellars at the Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St.
  • Boulton & Son, Butchers and Weisinger's Winery at the Photographer's Gallery in the Ashland Art Center.
  • Heartsong Pasta (Saturday), the Arbor House Restaurant (Sunday) and Velocity Wine Cellars at Illahe Studio & Gallery, 215 Fourth St.
  • The Playwright Public House and Dana Campbell Vineyards at Hill Station Gallery, 287 Fourth St.
  • Callahan's Lodge and Cuckoo's Nest Cellars at Gallerie Karon, 500 A St.
  • Cafe Nomyen and Grizzly Peak Winery at Davis & Cline Gallery, 525 A St., No. 1.
  • Blue Greek on Granite and Belle Fiore Winery at Hilltop Gallery, 857 Mountain Meadows Drive.
  • Brothers' Restaurant (Saturday), Milagros Fresh Mexican (Sunday) and Caldera Brewing Co. at Gathering Glass Studio, 322 N. Pioneer St.
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery and Ashland Community Food Store at Ashland Artworks, 291 Oak St.

"The weather is going to be amazing — 72 degrees and sunny," says Jeff Jones, event coordinator.

Tickets cost $45 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday or $55 for both days and are available through Friday at Illahe Studios & Gallery, the Ashland Art Center, www.atasteofashland.com or by calling 541-292-2302. Tickets also can be purchased between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ashland Plaza Kiosk. Ticket holders can pick up their commemorative glass, food and beverage guide and tour map at the kiosk at that time.

Galleries are numbered on the map, but tasters are free to begin the tour anywhere along the route, Jones says, but keep in mind, No. 17 — Ashland Artworks — will be the only gallery serving dessert — chocolate cupcakes, and marionberry, peach and strawberry-rhubarb pies on Saturday, and coconut dream bars, brownies, and chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and oatmeal-raisin cookies on Sunday, all by Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery.

Several new restaurants were added to the 2013 A Taste of Ashland roster, including the forthcoming restaurant Salame, which will be serving Italian tapas at Nimbus; Boulton & Son Butchers with savory palmiers at Ashland Art Center; Milagros Fresh Mexican (Sunday only) with chips and three varieties of salsa at Gathering Glass Studio; Blue Greek on Granite with moussaka, spanakopita and falafels with tahini sauce at Hilltop Gallery; Alchemy with crostinis topped with pork belly rillettes, as well as endive stuffed with roasted beets, Stilton cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds, at Houston's Custom Framing; and Heartsong Pasta Co. (Saturday only) with traditional beef raviolis and goat cheese and sun-dried tomato raviolis at Illahe Studios & Gallery.

New wineries include Simple Machine, 2 Hawk Winery, Dana Campbell Vineyards and Belle Fiore Winery.

Jones says he's particularly excited about the Reuben sandwiches by Brothers' Restaurant paired with Caldera Brewing Co.'s Ashland Amber Saturday at Gathering Glass Studio.

Most galleries are within walking distance from one another; however, after a few bites and glasses of wine, some folks may want to take advantage of All Aboard Trolley's free, fun shuttle service, offered from noon to 4 p.m. to all galleries on the map. A separate shuttle will run from the corner of A and Fourth streets to Hilltop Gallery and back.



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