Thursday, November 08, 2007

My Favorite Things

Remember in The Sound of Music when Maria sings that song to the von Trapp kids to comfort them during a thunderstorm? And you're really hating me right now because it's starting to play in your head and it'll take hours to get it out? Well, sorry about that, but it gave me a great intro to talk about one of my favorite things, and that's (say it with me, now...) Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods.

Ever since Luan and Tim opened their outpost in the 'hood I've been a huge fan. It's basically an old-fashioned specialty grocery, but in addition to the pastas from Italy shaped like leaves or communion wafers and the gourmet peanut butter, not to mention just about every vegetable that's ever been pickled, they've got an amazing cheese case filled with cheeses from nearly every country that produces the stuff. And lots from small producers right here in Oregon that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

They're celebrating their second birthday on Saturday, Nov. 17, with tasty bits to sample (for free!) and a day-long parade of some of their favorite vendors:
  • 11:30 to 12:30 - Eric Stubenberg & Lords of Salt (smoked salts)
  • 12:00 to 2:00 - Tracy Oseran & Urban Gleaners (Tracy's Small Batch Granola)
  • 1:00 to 2:30 - Pam Kraemer & Dulcet Cuisine (spice rubs, mustards, dipping sauces)
  • 4:00 to 5:30 - Ben Dyer & Viande Meats and Sausages (pates and charcuterie)
  • 4:00 to 6:00 - Nicholas Gunn & Wandering Aengus Ciderworks (hard apple ciders)
Stop on by anytime and meet these lovely people who have added so much to the neighborhood!

Details: Foster & Dobbs 2nd Birthday Celebration. 11 am-7 pm; free. Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods, 2518 NE 15th Ave. at 15th & Brazee just north of Broadway. Phone 503-284-1157.


Anonymous said...

I live in the 'hood too, and love this place. You didn't mention the awesome sandwiches including the mole and finnochiona salumi. I love just gazing at all the tempting cheeses and getting help with wine pairings! Right next to a yoga studio and gelato shop... this small retail corner feeds my soul!

Kathleen Bauer said...

You are absolutely correct about their sammies...though I'm partial to the fromage d’Affinois with that buttery cheese, sweet mustard and curried green tomato pickles. Yum!

Also their wine and beer selection is great, olives are wonderful...I could go on and on!