Category: Food Reviews

Win At the Corner of Fire & Brimstone: Pizza Makes a Comeback

by J.M. Murdoch There are some food items that will be eternally popular in America—burgers, hot dogs, steak, tacos…and pizza. I feel like pizza was doomed to the “Has-Been” label when it became synonymous with words like “Domino’s” and “delivery” and “DiGiorno.”  But pizza seems to be making a comeback after over 60 years of being processed and modified and stuffed into corrugated boxes to feed the insatiable fast food industry. Restaurants are starting to offer high quality pies, made with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection in wood-fired ovens—and pizza lovers everywhere are starting to take notice. The...

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Taproot Goes Deep

This fall’s opening of Taproot Lounge and Café in downtown Salem is the culmination of years of planning by 36 year old owner and operator Christopher Holland, the hard work of many volunteers and the collaboration of a community. After graduating from business school, 5 years bartending at the Ram, and a real estate license, the Salem native began to wonder if it would be possible to take the positive values of both a coffee shop and a bar and combine them into a viable business model that he felt Salem really needed. In 2012 Holland began work on a business plan and his most important core values emerged. First, he wanted to create a gathering place that provided a safe environment, where customers felt a sense of belonging.  Also, he wanted to challenge the status quo of unhealthy business practices used – by reexamining where our food comes from and how it is prepared. “Good food is a human right,” Holland says.  “I want Taproot to stand for a fight against the larger picture as far as the way that our food goes and the way that our systems are.  Our bees are dying, our animals are dying, and our earth is hurting. I want to make a positive difference somehow.” The Taproot concept evolved into a daytime cafe with fresh juice, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and teas along...

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