By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Food blog wins 'best' award

Terri Phillips, Phil Shen and Kim Pham, principals in the blog “Behind the Food Carts,” have claimed top honors in the travel category in Saveur’s fourth annual Best Food Blog competition.

Phillips, who has made her home in McMinnville for the last seven years, is the blog’s primary author. Her partners in the venture, who have relocated from Portland to San Francisco, are primarily engaged in taking photos and conducting video interviews.

When they won the best culinary travel blog title, they were floored, Phillips said.

She said they accepted it in ceremonies held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She said the event was accompanied by three full days of special food tours and interaction with other food bloggers, plus a special VIP tour of the Bellagio fountain.

Phillips said her partners are intensely committed. “It’s wonderful to work with people that are so passionate,” she said.

The blog can be found at



Freelin-Wade employees will be hosting their fourth-annual barbecue lunch fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the plant, located at 1730 N.E. Miller St. in the McMinnville Industrial Park. This year’s beneficiary is the nonprofit See Ya Later Foundation.

The Ribslayer is providing the fare, which consists of barbecued country-style pork ribs with beans, coleslaw, cornbread, a brownie and a drink.

Tickets purchased by Wednesday run $10. They may be obtained by contacting Deana Benson at or 503-434-5561.

Tickets will be sold for $12 at the event. Patrons can eat on site or pick up food to go.



An early evening of free live music will be offered every other Friday this summer at Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge Farms, 5430 N.E. Breyman Orchards Road in Dayton. The series is set for 4 to 7 p.m. on select Fridays on the tasting room patio.

Performances are scheduled for June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. Andrew Grade will perform June 14 and Sharon Franklin on June 28.

For more information, call 503-864-8502.


Chef Eric Bechard of the Thistle Restaurant in McMinnville has opened The Kingdom of Roosevelt at 2035 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. in Portland.

It features farm-raised game meats and wild vegetables.



First Federal will re-open its Community Rewards program for a sixth year on Monday, July 1.

The program is designed to help the bank’s customers earn funds for the nonprofit organization where they donate time. For every hour a First Federal customer volunteers at a Yamhill County nonprofit group, First Federal will contribute $2 to the organization.

Participating organizations are eligible to earn up to $1,000. The program closes when 10,000 volunteer hour have been logged, producing a total contribution of $20,000.

Last year, customers recorded 10,000 hours on behalf of 65 different local nonprofits in less than two months

To register or get more information, visit any of First Federal’s seven Yamhill County branches or visit on the web.

First Federal established its community giving program in 1999. It has been honored for the past four years with a Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Portland Business Journal.



The administrator of the landmark National Mortgage Settlement is mailing $1,480 checks to 15,937 Oregonians who lost their homes to foreclosure during the recession, according to the Oregon Department of Justice.

Oregon joined 48 other states in negotiating a comprehensive settlement with the Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citi Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Ally, formerly known as GMAC. It calls for a total of $1.5 billion in cash payments to those who lost homes and $27 billion worth of non-cash assistance to those who are still in their homes.

Cash payments are being provided to people who were loan servicing customers with one of the five institutions, lost their home to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, and submitted a valid claim to the National Mortgage Settlement. Checks may be for less than the full amount in cases where applicants are divorced, legally separated or no longer living at the same address.

For more information, contact the settlement administrator at 1-866-430-8358.



Downtown McMinnville’s next monthly Art & Wine Walk is set for Saturday, June 15.

By picking up an Art & Wine Walk passport and having it signed at one or more of the businesses they visit, participants can qualify for a drawing for a gift certificate.

The roster of participating businesses includes 4 Elements Yoga Shop and Studio, 3rd Street Pizza, Anthony Dell Cellars, Atlas Décor, Currents Gallery, Found Objects, Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli, Inner Oasis Center, Jack of All Beads, Lori Wallace-Lloyd - Classical Art Atelier, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, NW Food & Gifts and the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Center. Several have special activities planned and some will be hosting artists or serving refreshments.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Business After Hours from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Vineyard Heights Assisted Living & Retirement Cottages, 345 S.W. Hill Road. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

RSVPs are requested at 503-472-6196.



Matt and Darci Haney have opened a design studio at 543 W. Main St. in Carlton for their business, MD Haney & Co.

The business specializes in design, remodeling and custom cabinetry. It also re-purposes furniture and carries home decor and gifts.



Gross farm and ranch sales for Yamhill County for 2012 totaled $269 million, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. That placed the county ninth, the same position it held in 2011.

Marion County ranked first at $639 million.Umatilla ranked second at $487 million.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters and ribbon-cutting slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for new member J & M Homes at 1120 S.W. Old Sheridan Road.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Cascade Laser Corp., 116 S. Eliot St.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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