Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival – Delicious Donuts!

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I am so excited about the chance to eat doughnuts and drink coffee beers that I can barely wait for Saturday, March 12! The Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival is a chance to sample 13 coffee beers and 13 doughnuts in one day, while enjoying music and a brand new Decoration Station for the children! Hosted by Brian Yaeger Presents and Culmination Brewing, this event is bound to please – dough nut miss it! This year’s Decoration Station is hosted by our feature artist of the day – Delicious Donuts!

Delicious-Donuts-05We were able to pull Penny out of the Delicious Donuts kitchen to have a brief chat about their participation in the upcoming scrumptious event, taste test a few items, take some photos, and get to know the owners, Penny and Boun – who treat everyone like family. I think that’s what impressed me the most about this couple – love of family and our local community is the key ingredient in every single donut, breakfast burrito, and coffee drink – you can taste the love! Penny and Boun have been in their Grand Avenue location since 2005, and have had many of the same loyal customers since day 1! The customers who arrived while I was munching my chocolate covered old-fashioned donut were all greeted by name. Penny graciously gave a shout out to several local businesses who support the shop, as well as delivery services that will drop off the tasty treats. The interview below is short, but very sweet, as Penny is an enchanting and delightful host.

Delicious-Donuts-03Delicious Donuts has a loyal following, and they give back to their customers with amazing specials every day of the week! This great relationship between Penny, Boun, and their neighborhood led Delicious Donuts to want to reach out even more into the community and help to build a spirit of giving, charity, and kindness. Penny discovered Dollar for Portland, a local organization that assists families in paying medical bills…one dollar at a time. Penny and Boun believe, along with Dollar for Portland, that one person giving even a small amount can make a difference when people come together with good intent and purpose. With this in mind, Delicious Donuts has offered to have Dollar for Portland take over their shop on Monday, February 22 in a special event! Anyone who signs up to participate in the Dollar for Portland program (only $1 per month donation) will receive a free donut! Party is at Delicious Donuts, 12 SE Grand.

Delicious-Donuts-01Sharing a taste of Delicious Donuts’ apple fritter, along with the other bakers in the Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival will be a delight! Meeting all the people behind this creative community event will also be delicious! For tickets, a list of all participants, and more about the event, please visit the Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival website.

 

The Whiskey Darlings at Grand Lodge on 02-13-16

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Rob Rainwater and Michele Van Kleef are both popular, local, singer-songwriters. One evening last year, they were both booked for the same show! Instead of flipping for it, they decided to make it a duo songwriters-in-the-round kind of thing. That is when they discovered they both have a great love for singer-songwriter music of the 1960s and 70s. Not long after, the Whiskey Darlings was born and they instantly began crafting original music with the same vibe that brought them together.

The-Wiskey-Darlings-at-Grand-Lodge-on-02-13-16-01When I heard that they were booked to play a Valentine’s eve show at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge, I wasted no time getting it on my calendar. This was the perfect show to take my wife to. The room was full when we got there, so we sat in the overflow section. Normally, the dinner crowd leaves when the music starts, and the music lovers stream in. This night, nobody left! I have never seen this room as full and as quiet. The overflow section just grew.

The-Wiskey-Darlings-at-Grand-Lodge-on-02-13-16-02Michele and Rob did mostly original tunes with some covers tossed in. Simon and Garfunkel is providing much of their listening enjoyment and inspiration these days. And, of course, since it was Valentine’s weekend, they rolled out some lovely, sappy songs for us as well. The Whiskey Darlings are playing several McMenamins venues in February and March, before the Spring and Summer festivals begin, which they will frequent. If you’re looking for sweet downhome acoustic music with guitars, mandolin and stunning harmonies, be sure to look these guys up!

Skybound Blue at Hotel Oregon on 02-12-16

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I love this couple. They are talented, funny, entertaining and inspirational. I’m talking about Matt and Jenny Behnke, the married duo that fronts Skybound Blue. They gave up careers to take jobs so they had time to make music. This is a sacrifice similar to a couple deciding there is more value in one of them staying home to manage the house and be there for the kids, than having extra things or a more-comfortable retirement. As they were going through the decision-making process, they both heard – ya gotta go to know.

Skybound-Blue-at-Hotel-Oregon-on-02-12-16-01Much of their music is about taking risks, facing the adversities, craving the adventure and seizing the moment. You should always write-what-you-know, so from these guys you will hear songs about selling everything and sailing the Caribbean, surviving cancer, and raising a family. When you attend one of their shows, you will not only hear great music, skillfully delivered, but also great stories in and around the songs.

Skybound-Blue-at-Hotel-Oregon-on-02-12-16-03I had the pleasure of catching a hometown show for them at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville Friday evening. They played the Cellar Bar, a very intimate venue, which was packed mostly with people who had seen them before. Their sets are mostly original songs, with a few covers sprinkled in. Of course, on the Friday leading into Valentine’s Day, they put a few mushy songs out there too.

Over the weekend, they packed up their camper and are headed South in search of real sunshine and the woods. When they return in a month or so, look them up and get yourself a chair in front of their stage. You will be glad you did.

Rob Daiker’s Binary Affairs – almost S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss)

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Have you ever been in love? Do you remember those moments that were so emotionally poignant that you wished you could just freeze them in time forever? Can you recall the intense joy and excitement of anticipation? Have you ever been so drawn in by someone that you see poetry in every word and moment of your relationship? Rob Daiker’s album Binary Affairs embraces and vividly expresses a journey through a developing, blossoming, and expanding romantic relationship. His clever use of text fragments, historical quotes, and bits of conversation to inspire song titles and lyrics bring that metaphorical depth to the music which makes it accessible and relevant to all.

Rob-Daiker-at-home-01Binary Affairs is just so close to being released that we can all taste it – Rob needs just a few more days to put the final touches on things, but he’s a very busy man. A single father, a music producer, and artist – Rob is pulled in many different directions. He maintains focus very well, but sometimes his personal projects are put on the back burner. He anticipates a May release with a show event in June. It’s hard for fans to wait, but Rob’s incredible attention to detail is what makes his work so well-loved and appreciated. The dancy and intensely full pop-sound of Rob’s music is in no way easy to achieve, especially considering that he is composing, playing, and recording as a one-man project.

Rob-Daiker-at-home-02Rob released the first song from Binary Affairs, “Superhero” September 2015 to a packed house at Dante’s Portland. Along with Emotitron and Berahmand, he performed songs from the new album, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the remaining Binary Affairs album. “Random Error” was just released in December. Releasing the songs individually was not his original plan, but it certainly does cause quite a stir when each song is played for the first time! He’s offering a sneak preview of another release in this very article!

Rob-Daiker-at-home-03In the interview below, Rob talks about the inspiration for Binary Affairs, what he’s been up to since we last talked in September, and he shares a brand new song with us! “Damn the Torpedoes” is perhaps the next single to be released – this is the unfinished version, but only Rob would be able to notice any imperfections, of course. The story behind the song is revealed in the interview, as well as the history behind “Random Error”, and the meaning of the album title. In addition to being an obviously fantastic musician, Rob is a generous host, an active participant with the bands he produces, and a skilled communicator. Thanks to Rob Daiker for hosting Portland Notes and giving us an inside look at Binary Affairs.

Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer & Doughnut Festival – Olé Latte

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In anticipation of the upcoming Baker’s Dozen Coffee, Beer & Doughnut Festival happening March 12, Portland Notes set to the streets to pick the brains of this event’s organizers. We suspected that the kind of creative minds that would partner these delicious items together in an all-ages festival would also be introducing an entirely new level of artistry – so far, so great…every participant in this festival is a true artist, and we look forward to talking with them all!

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-03Steven Shomler, author of Portland Food Cart Stories, Portland Beer Stories, and Coffee Stories and Doughnut Tales introduced us to this tasty festival and the participants. Steven hosts a show on Portland Radio Project called Tasty Tuesday, where he introduces listeners to the many aspects of enjoying Portland’s culinary delights. This festival, sponsored by Brian Yaeger Presents and hosted by Culmination Brewing, is creative, unusual, and thought-provoking…what a fun event – Portland Notes is so grateful to be included! Steven referred me to Todd Edwards in order to get an inside look at what inspires this one-of-a-kind local event.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-05I was energized by my coffee and conversation with Olé Latte founder and owner, Todd Edwards, who has a special part in the festival – the cooperative creation of a uniquely Northwest beer, born of coffee and a secret (revealed in the podcast below…) seasonal ingredient that will surprise and delight you! Todd also shared so much more besides Olé Latte’s delicious coffee. He shared his purpose and heart with us. It takes a great deal of trust and a spirit of community to bring an event like this to fruition. Todd exemplifies that spirit in all that he does with Olé Latte.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-04Todd Edwards was a joy to interview – I felt that there was still so much more to learn from him. The man is so loved and appreciated that we could not get more than a block without a pedestrian stopping to say hello! He has started posting “storytime” on the Olé Latte Facebook page, customers’ photos are seen all over the page – huge smiles on their faces as they drink local artisan coffee at one of the three thriving locations – City Center, PSU, and Happy Valley. We visited the cart on 10th and SW Alder – constant traffic with repeat customers, as well as tourists who had been advised to visit and try the seasonal Portland Pine signature latte. Olé Latte’s Suspend Coffee board allowed for customers to anonymously pay forward and provide coffee or a pastry for a future visitor. The sidewalk was a great place for all to get warmed up and have a nice moment of conversation.

Todd-Edwards-at-Ole-Latte-06In the interview below, Todd discusses the origins of his fascination with coffee, the brand new beer being created for the festival, his support and promotion of the heart and body-warming “Suspended Coffee” movement, and the importance of relying on local sources.

More stories on this amazing festival to follow – to be able to enjoy live music and sample 13 coffee beers and 13 doughnuts all in one place? My mouth is watering already! All-ages admitted (21+ for alcohol, of course). Tickets available. Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Children.

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