Spoon’s used to close at 3 p.m. during its Monday through Saturday schedule, but now have decided to expand their afternoon well into the evening, with hours on Wednesday through Friday set at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dinner hours will give customer a variety of sandwiches and quiches to choose from.  According to Eiko, who co-founded the deli with her father, fresh and local ingredients will be a part of the items served at their establishment.

A hummus platter appetizer, hot artichoke dip, soups, and pasta specials are some of the new fare. Using a Portland company that makes fresh pasta and uses locally grown farmer’s market vegetables for ravioli filling, Spoon’s offers a personal finish, topping the dishes with homemade sauce.

They will also introduce some grilled specials at night along with a selection of desserts. White chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake, five layer chocolate cake, and  lemon berry truffle are a few of the choices.

Museum hosts salmon bake and auction
Now celebrating its 23rd year, the Salmon Bake at Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University in Monmouth is set for September 14.

An early dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. featuring the traditional open pit wild Alaskan salmon barbecue. Accompanying the main event will be live music, entertainment, a raffle, and silent and live auctions to round out of the night.

The smells of salmon and the surrounding art may inspire the desire for more evening dinners or vacations. Well, with a raffle, followed by a live and a silent auction, guests may win one of many such prizes.

Here is a sampling of the items at auction: Two all-day lift tickets at Mt. Bachelor, Italian dinner for two at Carusos Italian Cafe, Voucher for two tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, A two-hour Sea Life Cruise for two adults provided by Marine Discovery Tours, and a lunch cruise for two and boarding passes for two adults on the sightseeing cruise ship, The Portland Spirit.

Dinner tickets are $22.50 each and raffle tickets are $2 each or 3/$5. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (503) 838-8147.

Food and wine extravaganza for Gordon House
In its sixth year, ” A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright ” fundraiser is set to benefit The Gordon House, located in Silverton, which is the only home in Oregon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The fundraiser is a food and wine benefit that aims to support the continued restoration and preservation of the home.

Food will be prepared and wine provided by the BASCO kitchen showrooms by NW chefs and vintners. Sponsored by BASCO, InnerCity Properties, Mount Jefferson Farms, and National Kitchen & Bath Association the extravaganza will be held at BASCO Showroom on NW 14 & Davis in Portland on October 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.

This evening event includes food and wine served in BASCOs state of the art kitchen technology showrooms by northwest chefs and Oregon wineries and breweries with a silent auction, a raffle, and a wine wall. Six local chefs will prepare the selection, including appetizers and desserts to give a sampling of what their restaurants offer.  

The wineries offering their pairings are Willamette Valley Vineyards and Erin Glenn Wines. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.

Exclusive epicurean dinner
Amity’s Coelho Winery for the first time offers an epicurean dinner event on September 6.
Opening its doors to 12 guests, the sit down dinner will seat guests at their grand table where owners will be present to visit and answer any questions guests may have.

The exclusive event will feature for dinner: lamb and feta stuffed mushrooms, fresh garden greens with toasted hazelnuts and raspberry vinaigrette, cornish game hen with apricot glaze, wild rice pilaf and asparagus followed by cream puffs with dark chocolate drizzle for dessert. The food will be paired will pinot gris, pinot noir, and port wines. At SM’s deadline, there were seats available. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. A $100 fee includes wine pairings with each course. To make a reservation, call (503) 835-9305.