Saturday night’s 2016 Bite of Bandon, a fundraiser for the Bandon Community Youth Center, was packed with good food, good beverage, good people, and good times. Fifteen restaurants brought bites and nibbles to represent the variety of food options here in Bandon, a new Huffy crusier style bicycle as well as several gift cards were raffled off, many local businesses donated silent and live auction items from baskets to ski packages to Bandon Dunes golfing to a Disney vacation.
There was something for every palate available for tastes. Face Rock Creamery brought its well-loved macaroni and cheese, Alloro sampled amazing chocolate, Billy Smoothboars tempted folks with prawns, and the newly renovated The Spoon restaurant in Langlois showed up with apple pie shooters. Other bites included cheesecake, pizza, shrimp, and salmon bisque, among many others.
The 2016 Bite of Bandon’s beverage selection included a number of area wines as well as beer on tap from Coos Bay’s Seven Devils brewery and samples of beer from the Arch Rock brewery in Gold Beach. A vareity of non-alcoholic beverages were available as well.
The judges for the 2016 Bite of Bandon, Robin Miller, Scott McEachern, and Nilda Garzelloni DoVale chose Old Towne Fish Market’s salmon bisque as the winner of this year’s Savory Award and The Spoon’s apple pie shooters as the winner of the Sweet Award. Alloro won the Best Presentation Award for their clam chowder and espresso brownies. Alloro and Edgewaters tied for People’s Choice award. Congratulations to all!
Several volunteers were honored at the 2016 Bite of Bandon for their service to the Bandon Community Youth Center. John and Peggi Towne, owners of Old Towne Seafood and Market, were recognized for their grounds maintenance and for their efforts in making community partnerships. Kelly Oney, owner of The Wool Co, was thanked publicly for her facilitation of the after school knitting workshop for Bandon’s youth, and Edgewaters’ staff Bob Grizzle, Larry Langenberg, and Marlon Jurgenson were recognized for their volunteer work in cooking workshops for youth.
The Barn community center hosted the 2016 Bite of Bandon that benefits the Bandon Community Youth Center, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide opportunities for youth and families to learn, grow, and experience success. Program Director Bailey Reinmiller is well-loved among the youth, families, and community members in Bandon and has grown the program tremendously since joining just over a year ago. The Youth Center offers workshops to community youth including cooking, knitting, car care, photography, art, and fishing, as well as regular homework help sessions.