Destination Cooking

Explore the Pacific Northwest through a culinary lens 


by Donna Britt

Photo Courtesy: Wild River Coast Food Trail

From majestic mountain towns to verdant valleys, home chefs can elevate their kitchen game with these Pacific Northwest culinary tours and class experiences.


Photo courtesy: Middleground Farms, John Valls

A Taste of History: Baker City Walking & Tasting Tours

Eastern Oregon

Baker City lies in a majestic valley surrounded by the Wallowa, Elkhorn Ridge and Blue mountains along the Powder River. For the foodie traveler interested in the culture and history of Eastern Oregon, the self-guided Baker City Walking & Tasting Tours are just the ticket. The self-guided adventure, delivered directly to a mobile device, allows exploration of Baker City with a leisurely one-to-two hour tour which can be paused and resumed at any time. Listen while walking along the streets and pop in for delicious bites, free tastings and deals all around town. Wine, cheeses, brews, chocolates and spirits are all a part of this immersive experience. See

Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail

Oregon’s South Coast

Whether it’s juicy berries, fresh seafood, farm stands or eateries, Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is a collective effort connecting visitors to the bounty of the southern Oregon coast. A group of roughly 40 businesses, including farms, ranches, seafood markets and more, from Brookings to Reedsport make up the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail. With the Trail’s digital passport, explorers can get discounts and earn prizes by checking in with food trail members along the way. Itineraries include the Berry Byway from Port Orford to Bandon and the Seafood Search from Brookings to Winchester Bay. See

The Kitchen at Middleground Farms


Wilsonville is the gateway to the Willamette Valley, on the southernmost edge of the Portland metro area, and is home to The Kitchen at Middleground Farms. Housed in a beautifully refashioned cattle barn, the kitchen is at the heart of the farm, which includes a huge vegetable garden, a flock of laying hens and a herd of dairy goats. Middleground’s offerings include winemaker dinners and a plethora of cooking classes. Choose from various levels of involvement in the two-to-three hour classes based on skill level or cooking with seasonally driven ingredients to deep dives (think mushroom foraging). Each class culminates in a family-style meal around the kitchen’s barn wood tables. See

Taste of Baker, Baker City | Photo Courtesy Travel Baker County


Photo courtesy: Rush’s Kitchen Supply

The Culinary Stone

Coeur d’Alene

Famous for its namesake lake, Coeur d’Alene is also home to a one-of-a-kind gourmet food experience. The Culinary Stone on the city’s main street is a marketplace, café, deli, wine shop and kitchen all under one roof. Eat, drink or shop specialty food items, kitchen gadgets, supplies and gifts. The Culinary Stone’s two-hour, interactive classes are led by experienced chefs and designed for both beginners and pros, on how to make everything from pho or sushi to dim sum, tapas and salsas. This exceptional shopping, eating and learning venue is open year-round and offers a variety of cooking classes monthly. See

Rush’s Kitchen Supply Co.

Idaho Falls

Owner Alex Constantino’s great grandfather opened Rush’s Kitchen Supply Co. in in 1910. As he puts it, “We will never claim to be as big as the internet but we are certainly older!” For four generations Rush’s has tried, tested and proven what kitchen products are the best, and it carries everything from cooking and canning tools to pizza ovens and cleavers. The passionate team at Rush’s also presents monthly cooking classes for all skill levels to help enhance knowledge of the culinary arts: Introduction to sauté, soup and pasta making and mastering Italian sauces are a few of the options. See