Whats Happening in Salem? Spring 2014

by Obsidian Photography
Special Events & Openings:


    The Gov Cup; A Downtown Coffee Staple

    If you live in Salem, chances are you have a favorite sit down coffee joint as well as a fave drive-up. Coffee is ubiquitous in our town and we love it. Each place has its own personality, coffee roast, and a way they support the community.

    Whenever the subject of coffee comes up in conversation,  I share my favorite places and new finds with the rest of my friends, but there is one coffee roaster that has remained a staple in my life in Salem since I've been drinking coffee, and can be taken for granted. That place is The Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters, affectionately known to locals as The Gov Cup.

    Recently, I was shocked to see that The Gov Cup was not nominated for the Statesman Journal's Best of The Mid-Valley awards. It should have been nominated. Their coffee & tea is consistently great. The atmosphere is cozy and as a business the Gov Cup is incredibly supportive of local artists. I love walking in and watching artists not only working on their art, but see the finished pieces displayed on the walls and listening to the live music playing at night.

    Tonight (2/21/14), if you go at 9pm, you will find a lovely dark wood interior with the aroma of coffee filling the room. Beautiful and creative art will be on the walls from local artists and music from local musicians will lilt through the air. (See the video below for a taste of tonight's music!) 

    The Gov Cup is located downtown at 471 Court St NE.
    They have a Facebook page you can follow. And trust me, Best Of award or not, this place is always at the top of my list when I want a coffee shop in Salem.

    La Capitale Sold to Freeburg Hospitality Group

    Eat Salem received the following press release from La Capitale owner, David Rosales:

    Easter Restaurant Scene

    Cascade Baking Co.- Cascade Baking Company is providing five different Easter Breads. Our breads include Byznatine, Rosemary Panmarino, and Braided Easter bread  Our Apricot Delight and Hot Cross Buns are available now through Easter. Orders for Good Friday and Saturday should be made in advance for guaranteed selection. 
    The last of our hot cross buns will be available through Saturday. These rolls are enriched with butter, eggs, and buttermilk.  We add currants and raisins to make this sweet bun very traditional. 
    Byzantine Easter bread is a traditional Easter bread made with exotic spices Mahlepi, Black Caraway and Mastic, and enriched with milk, eggs, butter, and olive oil.. A wonderfully fragrant bread, round and topped with sesame seeds. 
    Rosemary Panmarino is an enriched bread made with eggs, milk, and olive oil. Apricots and rosemary are added to produce an incredible tasting aromatic bread, perfect for any Easter meal. 
    Our Braided Easter Bread is a spiced and enriched bread made with eggs, buttermilk, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and packed with currants and raisins. Children love this bread. This bread is made into a braid.. Cascade Baking Company is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. , Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Telephone number is 503 589 0491

    Adam's Ribs Smokehouse- is smoking up Holiday Whole Hams for Easter. Pre-Order before Wednesday. Pick-up Smoked Ham by Saturday. 503-362-2194

    Iggy's-  Will be serving brunch.

    Creekside Grill- open early at 10:00am on Easter Sunday offering Brunch Specials & our FULL MENU! Join us~ Reservations strongly recommended  503-873-9700

    Gamberetti's- will feature a brunch on Easter Sunday 12- 4pm and dinner 4-9p check the web site for the updated menu!

    Venti's- Is open regular hours.

    Adobo Republic- Open 12 Noon till 6 PM. Our EASTER SPECIAL is a FAMILY PLATTER good for 2 to 3 persons consisting of 3 Entree's, a bowl of Rice and 2 drinks

    Orchard Heights Winery- Voted Best Brunch in the Mid-Valley two years in arow!! Our Easter, Mother's Day & Father's Day Brunch is a terrific way to spend the holiday. With made to order pasta and omelet bar, home-made waffles, and lots, lots more.  First seating at 9am and last seating at 1pm. Reservations required! We are filling up fast so call early!!, Phone: 503-391-7308 x 5201.

    Seven Brides Taproom: Easter Brunch, 10am and 3pm on Easter Sunday. Our chef has put together a delicious menu, with choices that should satisfy everyone's palate. All dishes served with fresh fruit. Reservations are not necessary, but are highly recommended. Please e-mail Kayla at kayla@sevenbridesbrewing.com to reserve your spot today.

    Wooden Nickel (both locations) Don't miss it, the deliciousness starts at noon!

    Orupa: Sunday Brunch--Served from 10am to 2.30pm,  Three course Easter Brunch. Make your reservations now!

    Flight Deck- For Easter on Sunday, we will serve our regular BREAKFAST menu plus some specials from 8am to 1pm at which time we will close for the day.

    Creekside Golf Club- Yes we have our Easter Day Brunch. We are seating from 11:00am until 3:00pm. If you would like to make reservations please call the front desk at 503-363-4653.

    Willamette Queen- will be having an Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. We will be offering an extensive breakfast menu as well as lunch salads and meats. If you have any dietary needs, please let us know, we are always happy to accommodate. Reservations should be made early as there is limited seating. ( We have removed several tables to make it more "roomy" between tables.) the Easter Bunny will make his appearance during the brunch and get all the children up to dance after the Easter egg hunt! (503) 371-1103

    Grand Vines - Come by on Saturday and let us help you pick that special bottle of wine for your Easter brunch. Open noon to 8pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.

    Silver Grille- Easter Sunday - we will be open regular business hours and be serving our usual, terrific, locally grown and raised fare. 206 East Main Street, Silverton, OR

    Eola Hills Winery- Sold out! Easter Brunch with extended hours, 9:00am-3pm: Reservations are neccessary! See details and reserve online, for questions email us, or call 800-291-6730 (503-623-2405).Discover for yourself why our Sunday Brunch, like our award winning wine, has been widely acclaimed as the "Best in the Northwest"!

    Bentley's Grill

    Half Penny Bar and Grill

    McNary Restaurant 10:00 am -3:00 pm, 503.990.7550

    Schroeder's Guest House

    Mommy and Maddi's- "Join us for Easter breakfast"

    Straight from New York Pizza- Open 11-7 and until 9 PM for delivery

    The French Press will be open until 3pm-- join us for brunch

    The Original Pancake House

    Sassy Onion

    Busick Court

    Sybil's Omelettes

    CopperJohn's opens at 9am

    Before heading out to eat on Easter, be sure to give your destination restaurant a call.  Many businesses will not be open, so the owners and employees can spend the day with their families.

    First Taste Oregon

    Attention Salemites and anyone whose looking for fun this weekend near the Salem area!
    First Taste Oregon is being held at the fairgrounds and is a fun event for people who like wine, beer, cider, spirits and...shopping.
    There are many wineries to choose from, but just as many other interesting things to look at, taste and buy.
    It can get a little expensive inside although the tasting fees are reasonable and a good value. Most places charge $1 per taste or a flight of 3 for $2.
    Check out http://www.firsttasteoregon.com/#2904 for more info. And then get down here!