What to expect at this summer’s McMinnville Dine Out(Side)

McMinnville’s Dine Out(Side) program was born out of necessity in 2020, as pandemic restrictions on indoor capacity prompted many restaurants to offer outdoor seating during weekends on a street closed to vehicular traffic. And come Memorial Day Weekend, the food moves out into the street again for the summer.

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A wicker basket is full with gift items such as sourdough crackers and hummus from Collab Kitchen, Flag & Wire Coffee, Durant Olive Oil, Eola Crest Cattle Jerky, Bernards Farm Fire Roasted Hazelnuts, Free Wild She Grapefruit Bitters, Suzy's Chocolates, and Alchemist's Jam.

Made in McMinnville: Bring home all the goodies this weekend

McMinnville is a beloved destination for Pinot noir and other wines, but there are so many delicious things grown and produced here to eat as well. These local foods are the things we buy to treat ourselves, to stock our pantries, and to gift loved ones who live out of town. If you’re visiting from a drive away, hit up the farmers market for some fresh souvenirs. Flying home? Pack these in your suitcase.

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Thea Gahr poses in her art studio at the center of a hanging hoop.

Rooted in McMinnville: Linfield University’s Thea Gahr

Thea Gahr sits on a futon in her McMinnville art studio, a small one-room space. Some of her recent paintings remain on an easel. From the ceiling, an aerial hoop hangs in the middle of the room.

The hoop may be an apt metaphor for Thea’s explorations in life and art. She’s taken twists and turns, lived in different countries, and explored new forms of artistic expression. Like the hoop, the circle returned her home.

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Pura Vida chef and owner Ricardo Antunez stands in front of the restaurant bar.

Rooted in McMinnville: Ricardo Antúnez

Pura Vida Cocina has been around for seven years at its 313 NW Third St. location. It originally shared a storefront with a small art gallery, then eventually expanded to the full available space. Throughout that time, chef and owner, Ricardo Antúnez has developed a menu that delivers Central American foods with a style all his own.

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