A sampling of Solstice press highlights!
Winner: Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant
Oregon Wine A-List Awards recognize restaurants across the world displaying enthusiasm for Oregon wine and a deep appreciation of the diverse regions, varietals and producers of Oregon.
June—Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine: The Hood River Fruit Loop and the Solstice Country Girl Cherry Chorizo Pizza are featured.
May—Oregonian by Gerry Frank
“A little over a year ago, Solstice Wood Fire Café & Bar moved to a beautiful new location in Hood River across from the waterfront (501 Portway Ave., Hood River; 541-436-0800;solsticewoodfirecafe.com). In prior years, the Washington location had what was considered one of the 50 best pies in the country, the Country Girl Cherry Pizza: a combination of cherries from the Columbia River Gorge region paired with chorizo sausage and goat cheese, topped off with a dash of rosemary and thyme. It’s no wonder it won over the editors of the Food Network Magazine. Talk about inventive. This husband-and-wife team believes in sourcing food from local farmers, ranchers and purveyors to bring customers organic food at a fair price. The café also is allergy-friendly and offers gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Although pizza is the specialty, there’s a full menu consisting of small plates, salads such as the Siragusa Pear Salad, gluten-free seasonal soups, and pastas/entrees including grilled chinook salmon. It doesn’t end there. There’s also a full bar with culinary-inspired cocktails, 11 rotating local microbrews, hard cider and a house wine that you can enjoy in the café or outside on the patio. Owners Suzanne and Aaron Baumhackl have created a family-friendly environment with a special kids menu as well as a play area. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. six days a week (it’s closed Tuesdays until June 16), with happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.”
April—New York Times, 36 Hours in Hood River, Ore.
“Eat lunch on the drive back down and head to Big Winds on Front Street, or the Big Winds Event Site Beach Center on the Columbia River, open mid-May to late September. Stand-up paddleboard rentals ($35 for two hours) and lessons with gear included ($49) are available daily, so hop on and paddle along the waterfront, or across the river on low-wind days. Up the ante with windsurf rentals ($25 for two hours for beginners; $55 for advanced) and lessons ($79) and head to the 20-plus launch locations up and down the river, including the famed Hatchery, where the pros catch big air. Afterward, stop in at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar to replenish with a Country Girl Cherry Pizza with chorizo and goat cheese ($13) and local wine.”
December—Hood River News, “Solstice Cafe opens Friday on waterfront”
“After months of anticipation, the pizza purveyors at Solstice Wood Fire Café will officially open their doors for a grand opening this Friday at their new location at the Hood River waterfront.
May—Via Magazine (AAA) Best Roadside Eateries
September— Food Network Magazine names the Solstice Country Girl Cherry Pizza the Best in WA state (Note: we moved from WA to OR in 2013)
“From crunchy-crust classics to brash pies that break every rule, FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE editors set out to find the best pizzas in America and revealed the winners in the September 2011 issue. Among the 50 best pies in the country: the Country Girl Cherry pizza from Solstice Wood Fire Café. FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE editors were won over by the Country Girl Cherry pizza, which combines cherries from the Columbia River Gorge region paired with chorizo sausage and goat cheese, topped off with a sprinkle of rosemary and thyme.”