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INSIDE: events:

Redmond Starlight Parade Downtown Merchant Open House Gingerbread Competition

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community features: Sprucing Up for the Holidays Diego’s a Redmond Hidden Treasure Redmond Holiday Gift Guide

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Festival of Trees Official Event Guide

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Redmond Chamber of Commerce • The Bulletin Special Projects The Redmond Spokesman | Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT


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Redmond Magazine

Redmond Magazine is a publication that celebrates what makes the community of Redmond truly unique to Central Oregon—its art, entertainment, events and heritage. Take a peek at what’s new in Redmond, one of the West’s fastest-growing communities. Holiday Cheer in Redmond ........................................4 Parade of Gingerbread ................................................6 Get Your Skates On in Redmond ................................8 Festival of Trees Guide.......................................... 9-11 Redmond Gift Guide .................................................13 Sprucing Up for the Holidays ...................................14 Hidden Treasures: Diego’s Spirited Kitchen..............16 Redmond Chamber Spotlight ...................................17 Calendar of Events ....................................................19 Redmond Magazine publishes four times each year. Call 541-633-2193 for more information about our upcoming editions.

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Holiday Village Market Fri-Sat, Nov. 29-30, Sat., Dec. 7 & 14 • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Centennial Park, Redmond (7th & Evergreen) Featuring small, holiday-themed buildings in a European village setting, Holiday Village Market will feature holiday crafts, gift items and food perfect for the season.

St. Charles Redmond, Starlight Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 30 • 5 p.m. Downtown Redmond / Centennial Park Find a spot along Sixth Street in downtown Redmond and enjoy this lighted, nighttime parade themed “Run, Run Rudolph.” The Christmas Tree lighting will follow at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Park.

Redmond’s Giving Tree Monday, Nov. 18 - Tuesday, Dec. 10 Green Plow Coffee Roasters 436 SW 6th St., Downtown Redmond Visit Redmond’s Giving Tree and select a tag that features a child’s needs and wish list, then return the gifts by Monday, Dec. 10.

Downtown Merchant Open House / Charm Stroll Saturday, Dec. 7 Downtown Redmond Businesses will host events throughout the day, including pictures with Santa, stories from Mrs. Claus and free gift wrapping. Also, get your Charm Stroll passport stamped in participating downtown businesses, then redeem the passport for a collectible charm.

Third Friday Stroll Friday, Dec. 20 • 4 - 8 p.m. Downtown Redmond Local merchants welcome in holiday shoppers and strollers during the final week of the Christmas shopping season.

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Find your HOLIDAY CHEER

in REDMOND!

by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects The holiday season is a special time in Redmond. It brings people together to revel in the seasonal decorations and enjoy the events planned by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, its charities and merchants. What begins downtown in Centennial Park, stretches throughout town, and west to Eagle Crest. The natural center of the festivities, the Community Christmas Tree, will be located in in the center of the Holiday Village Market in Centennial Park. The lighting takes place Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m., immediately following the Starlight Parade. Donated by the Susan Newton family, the Christmas Tree and everyone who attends will be serenaded by the School of the Arts at The Bridge Church as they run through their rendition of Carol of the Bells and Christmas carols.

St Charles Redmond Starlight Parade

At 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, the Starlight Parade, brought to you by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, will roll through town with the theme, “Run, Run Rudolph.” The parade marches down 6th Street from Dogwood to Forest Avenues with candy, music from the

local churches and both high schools, plenty of Rudolphs, and Santa riding on the final float. “You can expect lots of lights,” says Karen Sande, Events Coordinator with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. “The floats will be illuminated, colorfully lighting up downtown in the spirit of the season.”

The Downtown Merchant Open House

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the downtown shops will host the Downtown Merchant Open House. Businesses will host individual events throughout the day. For example, DynaCore Fitness will have a Santa posing for pictures with children while Mrs. Claus reads children’s stories at Paulina Springs Books. Meanwhile, the antiques shops will offer free gift-wrapping.


The Charm Stroll

In conjunction with the Downtown Merchant Open House, the Charm Stroll will begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7. Participants may pick up their charm stroll passports from DynaCore Fitness. Each person participating needs to bring an item such as granola bars, bar soap, or Band-aids to complete Blessing Bags for local homeless people. A complete list of items accepted can be found at DynaCore Fitness and on the Shop Downtown Redmond Facebook page. Each player will take their passports to participating merchants, answer a trivia question or locate a hidden item, and receive a stamp in their passport. In the end, the stamps spell out a secret message. Once finished, the passports are redeemed DynaCore Fitness and charms will be distributed to participants who have completed their passports. Girl Scout Troops 50120 and 51118 will make Blessing Bags filled with needed items that will be donated to many of the local agencies who regularly assist the homeless, such as Redmond Police Department, St. Vincent DePaul and the Department of Human Services. The Girl Scout troops are hoping to fill close to 100 bags. “The Charm Stroll is a good way for merchants and residents alike to give back to the community,” said troop leader, Stacie Gordon.

Holiday Village Market

Experience a touch of Europe as Redmond’s 7th Annual Holiday Village Market opens the Friday after Thanksgiving. Reminiscent of the old-world European Christmas markets, visitors will delight in the sights and sounds of the season as vendors peddle their wares in the charming village atmosphere in Centennial Park. Specialty arts crafts, food and music will transport you to a simpler

place and time that warms your heart. “I love seeing all of the fantastic gift ideas our vendors provide,” said Karen Sande, events director with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. “I also love having our Holiday Village Market right across the street from the ice skating rink. It is such a fun family and community event.” The Holiday Village Market will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30 and Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14.

The Giving Tree and Holiday Food Boxes

Headlining the season of volunteering, the Salvation Army is combining the giving spirits of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and the Redmond Fire Department to help as many families as possible. The programs help around 500 families in the Redmond community and 5700 individuals throughout Deschutes County. All qualified families receive a holiday dinner including a chicken, stuffing, vegetables, fruits and a dessert. Nonperishable community donations round out the food boxes. The Giving Tree helps roughly 75 families or 150 kids in Redmond with gifts from a wish list and a needed item, such as shoes. This year, the Giving Tree will be located at Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 SW 6th Street, and tags will be available by Monday, Nov. 18. New this year, the Redmond Fire Department will accept food donations at the

Starlight Parade. Then, area schools will compete to collect the most donated food items. Terrebonne community school has won the honor the last couple of years. Contact the Salvation Army, Redmond Fire & Rescue or The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB for ways to get involved or touch base to find out about last minute needs.

Santa’s Mailbox

For the fourth year in a row, Redmond will offer express delivery to the North Pole. Children of all ages are invited to write a letter to Santa and mail it to him in his own special mailbox beginning Friday, Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve. The mailbox will be located at Green Plow Coffee Roasters, in downtown Redmond. If the letters are dropped off by Tuesday, Dec. 17, the letters have a chance of being published in the Redmond Spokesman.

Third Friday Stroll

Redmond’s Third Friday Stroll will be held Friday, December 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. Along with special holiday sales, local merchants will feature amazing local artists who will be present to interact and

answer questions about their talents.

Starfest, Pony Rides and Carolers (at Eagle Crest)

For more than 20 years, Eagle Crest has provided a mile long animated holiday light exhibit across from The Lodge. Walk, drive, or hitch a ride on a horse-drawn wagon along Falcon Crest Drive Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21. Canned food donations are encouraged to help support Redmond area food banks. Funded by Eagle Crest Resort, the light display costs between $30,000 and $35,000 each year. While in Eagle Crest, stop by The Stables at Eagle Crest Resort to get their kid’s photo taken with Cowboy Santa or enjoy a pony ride. Parents should remember their cameras with a flash and s’mores for the bonfire. Photos are $5 and pony rides are $10. Also, on the evenings of Friday, Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m., carolers will get everyone in the holiday spirit at The Lodge. Youth performers will entertain the crowd with holiday favorites. More information on all of the Eagle Crest holiday happenings can be obtained by calling 541-504-2306.

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REDMOND GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION: Displayed Wed., Nov 27-Saturday, Dec. 21

Parade of Gingerbread Redmond resident reestablishes the popular holiday gingerbread house competition. by Sondra Holtzman, for The Bulletin Special Projects For many of us, gingerbread houses conjure up memories of cozy Christmases past — a roaring fire, hot chocolate and the excitement of decorating a house you can actually eat. Lara Chan’s love affair with gingerbread houses began in 1996 when her mother, Toni Jarms, entered and won a competition for Good Housekeeping magazine. After seeing her mother’s creation displayed in the family’s Redmond store, Cookies ‘N Cream, Chan had an idea to start an annual gingerbread house contest for the Redmond community. For the next three years, Chan kept the annual event going until Cookies ‘N Cream closed in 2000. This year, Chan decided to reestablish

the contest in Redmond. “We’re making it accessible to anyone who wants to build a gingerbread house, even if they don’t live in Redmond,” Chan said. “We’re asking people to decorate their houses in alignment with our theme, which is ‘Run, Run Rudolph,’ also the theme of this year’s Starlight Parade.” This year’s event is being hosted in partnership with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce; Shelly Stewart, owner of The Dress on Sixth Street; Brenda Kelly, Board Member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce; and Cynthia Claridge with Paulina Springs Books. The event, Chan said, has been met with considerable buzz and excitement throughout Redmond.

The contest will feature three categories for competition: children, adults and professional businesses. All submissions will be on display at participating businesses in Redmond’s downtown. “Once an entry is submitted, we take the gingerbread house and pair it

with a downtown business,” said Chan. “There are no size constraints and participants are free to do just about anything they want. It’s just good, clean family fun.” According to Chan, people will have the chance to view the submissions and cast their vote for the winner, which will be the recipient of the People’s Choice Aw a r d ,

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Lara Chan / Photo by Kari Mauser

along with several Honorable Mention awards. In addition, a panel of “Celebrity Judges” — made up of Redmond community leaders —will cast their votes. All votes will be tallied on Saturday, Dec. 7. A downtown open house is scheduled on the same day. Applications for submission, due Friday, Nov. 15, can be obtained online at the Redmond Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.visitredmondoregon.com, or by visiting the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. All

gingerbread houses will be displayed from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 21. Karen Sande, events director with the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, is excited to be part of such a time-honored event. “We have a total of 21 businesses so far that will be hosting the gingerbread houses in their stores,” said Sande. “There is such a wide diversity of people who will be creating them, ranging from the Girl Scouts to retirement homes, the Boys and Girls Club and families living in our Redmond community. “This event is something from the past everyone thoroughly enjoyed and we’re bringing it back again for the families to have fun with.” Chan has lived in Central Oregon for 43 years. Her family, which includes five sisters and two brothers, has always owned local businesses and all are active in church, community and civic events. Chan said she’s thinking of throwing her hat into the gingerbread house competition as well. “Family and community are very important to me,” said Chan.

“I place a high value on loyalty and honesty and try to have a super positive attitude. So many people are excited to see the return of the gingerbread house contest. I just know it will be a huge success.”

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Get Your Skates On in REDMOND

Two years ago, the City of Redmond built a winter skate park near Centennial Park in partnership with the Redmond Park and Recreation District. The goal was to keep fees low, thus creating a winter activity that provided an affordable family experience while still meeting costs for maintaining the rink itself. The “experiment” proved so popular throughout the winter that the City of Redmond is bringing back the ice

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rink for yet another year of fun and memories. Weather permitting, the rink will open to the public on Friday, Nov. 22. Once again, the rink will be located in the Seventh Street Plaza, just north of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 446 SW 7th Street. The 4,000-square-foot rink saw roughly 3,500 skaters slide across the ice last year. This year, the rink will offer skating hours for those who own their own skates, while

rental skates will be available as well. “We’re excited to be able to bring this amenity back to the community this year with the same low fees as last year,” said Heather Richards, community development director for the City of Redmond. For ice rink hours and prices, contact the Redmond Area Park and Recreation District at 541-548-7275, or visit www.raprd.org.


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Gold Sponsors: NORCO Bank of the Cascades Deschutes County Commissioners

Silver Sponsors: Redmond Memorial Chapel OnPoint Community Credit Untion Central Oregon Radiology Columbia Bank

Bronze Sponsors: PacificSource Health Plans Pacific Power Cascade Natural Gas

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Media Sponsors: The Bulletin The Redmond Spokesman Horizon Broadcasting Group The Printing Post KOHD Fox TV/KTVZ Cascade Publications, Inc. Impact Graphix & Signs

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Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Be a part of Central Oregon’s holiday tradition as families and friends share in the celebration of the season as expressed in the magnificent offering of each year’s trees at the 30th annual Festival of Tress. The Festival offers free daytime family activities, raffles and live entertainment. The creatively decorated trees that will be auctioned to benefit Hospice of Redmond at the evening Gala Event & Auction will be on display.

10 A.M. View Decorated Trees Visit with Santa Enjoy Live Entertainment - Central Oregon History Performers - Bridge Church Performers - Redmond School of Dance - High Desert Harmoneers

Shop for Unique Gifts “Pay It Forward” for Children Be a Judge for the Stitchin’ Post Table Runner Contest Contribute to Fund-A-Need Hospic Services for Children

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The Festival of Trees’ daytime raffles and evening silent auction are great places to find the perfect gifts for the people on your list.

Doors Close Oregon Wines • Gift Baskets • Pendleton Round Up Tickets • Handcrafted Dollhouse • Handmade Quilts • Oregon Ballet Theater Tickets • Marine Discover Sea Tour • Art • Gift Certificates • Jewelry • Holiday Wreaths & Decorations • Needlework • PLUS Much More!

5 P.M.

Doors Open No-Host Bar & Hors d’Oeuvres Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Silent Auction or Raffles Live Music by CinderBlue

7 P.M.

Welcome & Silent Moment with a Special Pearl Harbor Commemoration

7:30 P.M. Live Auction of Trees Special Fund-A-Need for Hospice Services for Children ~Adults Only Please~

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Fund-A-Need for Hospice Services for Children Our Pediatric Hospice Service offers specialized advanced care for babies, children and their families as they cope with endof-life issues and bereavement. Most babies and children are

not covered by Medicare or private insurance. Hospice of Remond offers Pediatric Hospice Service at no charge to the family through generous donations from people like you.

To purchase your evening Gala Event & Auction tickets ($40 per person),

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The Gala Event & Auction will feature music by Central Oregon’s CinderBlue. CinderBlue, an acoustic band, has a rich, full melodious sound that captures you from the first note. Singing a mix of blues, bluegrass and country, CinderBlue’s beautiful, intricate and tightly woven harmonies will take you on a musical journey through an engaging sample of Americana.

Hospice of Redmond has provided quality end-of-life services to people throughout Bend, Redmond and Sisters as well as surrounding communities since 1981. Our team impacts the lives of terminally ill patients by assisting them and their families with their own unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Most costs for Hospice services are covered by Medicare or private insurance. The Festival of Trees supports Hospice services not covered by Medicare or private insurance such as bereavement counseling, the Transitions Program, community education, alternative therapies, caregiver support and Camp Sunrise, a grief camp for children. Hospice of Redmond would like to thank our friends and the families of Central Oregon for their generous support as we celebrate our first 32 years of service.

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Redmond

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LET THE FOLLOWING DOWNTOWN REDMOND IDEAS JUMP-START YOUR GIFT-GIVING IMAGINATION AS YOU ENTER THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!

All About You Engraving Give a gift that’s personal and intimate. From ceramic photo ornaments and natural photo stones, to glossy ceramic and glass photo tiles which can be inlaid into the top of a jewelry box or designed into a mural and framed, your special photograph can be transformed into a lasting keepsake. 1116 SW Highland Ave. 541-923-1525 www.RedmondEngraving.com

In The Garden Choose from colorful flower bouquets and gift baskets or decadent cakes and desserts or an assortment of unusual gifts and creations. 336 NW 7th Street, 541-923-3977 www.inthegardenor.com

Big Sky Balloon Company Give an experience of a lifetime and a view of Central Oregon’s rugged beauty from inside the basket of a hot air balloon. Big Sky Balloon Co. flies from May through October, so consider framing a gift certificate and give them something to look forward to. 1859 SW Maple Ave., 541-316-0398, www.bigskyballoonco. com

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You’ll find 100s of unique gift ideas around town for everyone on your list!

David Haffey Fine Jewelry If you’re looking for a gift that will leave someone speechless, remember that big things often come in small packages. Crafted of 14 karat yellow gold with a sparkling yellow sapphire, or white gold with a sparking blue sapphire, a custom designed mountain pendant will bring a smile to her face. 585 SW 6th Street #5, 541-548-4848, www.davidhaffeyfinejewelry.com

Redmond Antique Mall Give the gift of time. For the right person, a carefully selected vintage item can be the perfect holiday gift, and Redmond Antique Mall boasts two stores full of unique pieces that are sure to bring about a feeling of nostalgia. 502 SW Evergreen Ave., 541-548-6208; 535 SW 6th Street, 541-923-7345 www.redmondantiquemall.com

The Hen’s Tooth A gift that’s sure to become the “never leave home without it,” item, each pair of Grandpa’s Tweezers is individually handcrafted in Central Oregon. 307 NW 7th Street, 541-504-4511, www.henstooth.com

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Sprucing Up for the Holidays Local family donates a 30-foot blue spruce for use as the Redmond Christmas tree. by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Kurt and Susan Newton (left), with Charlie Rucker and Eric Sande of the Redmond Chamber of Commmerce, stand in front of the blue spruce they plan to donate for use as this year’s Redmond Christmas Tree. Photo by Kari Mauser.

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Nearly 20 years ago, the Newton family picked out a young blue spruce tree to plant in the front yard of their newly purchased home in southwest Redmond. Because the garden center staff assured them that the tree was a dwarf variety, they assumed it would reach a height of around 10 to 12 feet. At the time, Susan Newton imagined that someday they might even use the spruce as a family Christmas tree. “Well, it is a great tree, but over the years it has gotten bigger and bigger,” said Kurt Newton. “I happened to be in a helicopter the other day flying over our house, and from the air I could see that the tree has taken over the entire front yard.” Now standing a whopping 30plus feet high, the “dwarf” blue spruce has far outgrown its intended space, and the Newtons made the tough decision that the tree must be removed. Over the years the Newton family had decorated the tree with outdoor lights during the holiday season, but in recent years the tree was just too large to adorn. “It has become somewhat of a family joke now that the tree is bigger than the whole house,” laughed Susan Newton. “I thought it would make such a perfect community Christmas tree, so I stopped by the [Redmond] Chamber to see if they

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might be interested in our tree as a donation.” According to Eric Sande, executive director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, normally the annual community holiday tree is purchased from outside the area and can cost anywhere from $250 to $500. Sande said that in the past, anonymous donors have often stepped up to sponsor the purchase of the tree. This year, when Susan Newton came forward with the offer to do-


“The tree is just a beautiful tree, an excellently-shaped tree. And it is really nice to have a local tree, especially as a gift.”

nate their tree, Sande’s first step was to ask the Redmond Public Works department to take a look and see if it could be safely and easily removed and transported. “People have offered to donate their trees to us at various times in the past,” said Sande. “But if the tree is in a backyard, for instance, and requires a crane to lift it out, the process can become a bit prohibitive.”

Fortunately, the Newton’s tree passed the inspection of the Public Works team, and they will be removing the tree from the Newton’s front yard during the week before Thanksgiving. The tree will then be erected in Centennial Park, ready to be decorated by chamber of commerce members for the holiday season. “The tree is just a beautiful tree, an excellently-shaped tree,” said Sande. “And it is really nice to have a local tree, especially as a gift.” Sande said that he hopes the Newton family will be on hand on Saturday, Nov. 30 for the annual downtown holiday parade which begins at 5 p.m. and ends with Santa Claus leading the lighting of the tree ceremony in Centennial Park. “There will be a Holiday

Village Market, music, carolers and Santa Claus will be holding court and handing out candy canes,” he said. “I am hoping that the Newton family will be down there to see it all happen around their beautiful tree.” “We will definitely go see the tree,” said Susan Newton. “It will probably be a bit sad. It is such a gorgeous tree and was very special to our daughter growing up.” Kurt Newton agreed that it might be bittersweet to see the tree taken down, but he and his wife are both very happy that the entire community will be able to enjoy its beauty. “It is just very neat that there is a purpose for the tree now,” said Kurt Newton. “It will be such a nice Christmas tree for the community.”

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Hidden Treasures:

Diego’s offering

Delectable Tastes

Pablo Pena (left) and Juvenal Santana, owners of Diego’s Spirited Kitchen, Redmond / Photos by Kari Mauser

Diego’s Spirited Kitchen has found continued success by offering great food and atmosphere. by John Cal, for The Bulletin Special Projects

Between the two of them, brothers in-law Pablo Pena and Juvenal Santana have more than 45 years of restaurant experience. Pena has worked the front of the house in restaurants in Seattle, Denver, and all across Central Oregon as well as being the owner/operator of Madeline’s in Redmond, while Santana has mastered the back of the house in countless restaurants as well as been the chef and part owner of El Jimador in downtown Bend. But they were both looking for something more — another challenge, another adventure — and this time they wanted to do it on their own terms. What resulted is Diego’s Spirited Kitchen, a place for Central Oregonians to meet and mix in Redmond. “Pablo called me one day and said, ‘I found a good location in Redmond,” said Juvenal Santana, co-owner and head chef of Diego’s. Affectionately called Diego’s by locals, Pena and Santana put years of work into the famed local eatery before opening its doors. “We were looking all over for the right spot,” Santana said. “We looked in Terrebonne, Prineville and even Madras looking for something different when we finally decided on this location.” 16 | REDMOND MAGAZINE

Located on Sixth Street in downtown Redmond, Diego’s is well known in the area as a romantic dinner or special occasion restaurant. But it’s also quickly being discovered as a great place to stop for happy hour for their freshly made margaritas. And with all their burgers and sandwiches priced at $9 or less at lunch, people are coming from all over Central Oregon to sample their comforting yet inventive menu. “I never thought the response would be like this,” said Santana. “It’s been almost five years, and we’re still going strong.”

The duo opened during the dead of winter, back in January 2009, a risky move for any business, but especially in a restaurant industry that sees its slowest business in the weeks following Christmas. “At first we wanted to wait for the summer,” Santana said. “It’s just easier to make it with all the extra traffic and the tourists coming through town . . . but people kept asking us when we were going to open. They wanted to try our food and were curious to see what we’d been working on for so long. And so against our better judgment, we decided to open early.” The risk paid off, and Diego’s continues to offer a community spot for delectable tastes. “The response was amazing. We were packed that first day,” said Santana. “People were lined up outside the door just waiting for a table, and we’ve been really lucky to be just as packed ever since.” But luck has nothing to do with it, and though its freshly made margaritas are something special to experience, Diego’s is thoroughly and definitively anchored by Santana’s inventive cuisine. “Pablo and I came up with the menu together,” said Santana. “We wanted to offer food that no one else was doing.”


Hidden Treasures: “I never thought the response would be like this. It’s been almost five years, and we’re still going strong.” What resulted is a playful mix of comforting and bold flavors that easily please the toughest of culinary critics, mixed with traditional Latin recipes that we otherwise would not be fortunate enough to experience without an abuelita of our own. “It was important that we offered food that represented who both Pablo and I are,” said Santana. “My favorite is the pollo en mole verde,” continued Santana, expounding his mother’s recipe for pumpkin seed and tomatillo mole, a dish simple in concept but layered and complex in flavors. There’s your traditional Latin fair, yes, but dishes are updated and modern while remaining unpretentious. Santana manages to walk the line between fanciful and familiar, all while being surprisingly accessible. Chile rellanos are filled with lobster, Gulf shrimp, and Dungeness crab. Diego’s Caesar is sprinkled with sweet peppers and roasted sweet corn, and their osso bucco — perhaps Diego’s signature dish — a recipe normally made with oxtail is instead made with slow-cooked braised pork. Normally thought of as deliciously pretentious, Santana somehow manages to take this traditionally Milanese dish and create something that transcends palates. He takes food that seems culinarily out of reach and makes it available and understandable while keeping all the integrity and delectability of the original dish. When you eat his food, you

know what you’re eating, but are also surprised as to the new and unexpected flavor combinations. It also doesn’t hurt that the osso bucco is finished with porcini mushrooms and a drizzle of black truffle oil. The experience is harmonious — the flavors, the mood. That’s why it all works and why Diego’s patrons keep going back for more. And while the brothers both have extensive skill as restaurateurs, their success in Diego’s is due in large part to their familiar relationship, the kind of communication and trust that can only be accomplished when you’re family. “Yeah, we are family,” said Santana. “Pablo is a good guy, and I wouldn’t want to be doing this with anyone but him.”

CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT:

Redmond Chamber of Commerce What is the Redmond Chamber doing for you?

The Redmond Chamber of Commerce started just after the incorporation of Redmond in 1910. Over the years, the chamber has evolved into more than a membership organization to meet the needs of the city, eventually adding CVB (convention and visitors bureau) in the name to represent Redmond as a tourism destination and provide visitor information and resources. This combination has worked well for Redmond, below are some examples of what the Redmond Chamber is doing for you. Members are the priority. If you’re doing business in Redmond, the chamber is working to highlight you, promote what you’re doing, and remind consumers of what you provide right here in town. Promotion includes: multiple listings in the Official Redmond Visitor and Business Guide, the new visitredmondoregon.com, and priority referrals in our visitor center or over the phone. Moreover, almost all channels provide additional opportunities to purchase focused advertisements and promotions to give your business a leg up among the competition. If you simply live in Redmond, the chamber is here for you too. You see this presence in Redmond’s longest running free concert series, Music on the Green, multiple parades, the downtown Christmas lights and Christmas tree, and event listings at redmondbuzz. com. The chamber is simply the best way to get involved and enhance the sense of community RedPhoto courtesy of Redmond Chamber of Commerce mond is already known for. If networking is important to you, the chamber is a great resource too. Chamber events like the Central Oregon Business Expo, Redmond Golf Tournament, Dinner Dance & Auction, Redmond Business Hop, and weekly events like Coffee Clatters, ribbon cuttings and Business After Hours provide you with a casual atmosphere to get to know local professionals, make business contacts, and enhance your profile in Redmond. Finally, you may have seen the large convention groups that come into town. From RVs smf BMW motorcycles to runners covered in fye or sprinting through fire, these groups have a huge economic impact on the Redmond economy by lodging in our hotels, patronizing our restaurants and buying goods from local shops. The chamber travels across the country to attract convention groups and promote great facilities like the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center and Redmond’s commercial airport. You’ll also see the chamber reminding restaurants to expect extra customers, encouraging groups to check out Redmond stores, and providing fun excursions to encourage individuals to come back during future vacations. These events bring millions into our community and promote Redmond as a national destination. The bottom line is, if you’re not a member, join us! Each membership empowers us to do more for you, your business, and your town. The Redmond Chamber of Commerce & CVB does a lot for the city, it’s fun to get involved with, and you’ll make Redmond a better place. From all of us at the Redmond Chamber, Eric, Karen, Charlie, Laura and Dan, Happy Holidays! —Redmond Chamber of Commerce THE BULLETIN • THE REDMOND SPOKESMAN | 17


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What’s Happening

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NOVEMBER

15—Third Friday Stroll – 4:30 to 8 p.m.; downtown, Redmond, www.visitredmondoregon.com, 541-9235191 15-17—Holiday Food & Festival Show – Dechutes County Fair & Expo, www.expo.deschutes.org, 541-548-2711. 28-Jan 1—StarFest – Open daily through New Year’s Day; 5 – 10 p.m., Eagle Crest Resort, www.eagle-crest. com, 541-923-2453 29-30—Holiday Village Market – Noon to 5 p.m., Centennial Park, Downtown Redmond, Hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www. visitredmondoregon.com, 541-923-5191 30—Starlight Christmas Parade – Check–in 3:30 p.m.; Begins 5 p.m., Downtown Redmond, Hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www. visitredmondoregon.com, 541-923-5191 30—Paradosi Ballet Company – “Performance of Commissioned,” 6 p.m., hosted by Highland Baptist

Church, www.hbcredmond.org, 541-548-4161 30—Christmas In The Country at Smith Rock Ranch – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Sat. & Sun., thru Dec. 15, www.pumpkinco.com, 541-504-1414

DECEMBER

1—Paradosi Ballet Company – “Performance of Commissioned,” 6 p.m. Hosted by Highland Baptist Church, www.hbcredmond.org, 541-548-4161 6—Business Hop – 8 to 10 a.m.; Hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www.visitredmondoregon. com, 541-923-5191 7—Holiday Village Market – Noon to 5 p.m., Centennial Park, Downtown Redmond, hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www. visitredmondoregon.com, 541-923-5191

14—Holiday Village Market – Noon to 5 p.m., Centennial Park, Downtown Redmond, hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www. visitredmondoregon.com, 541-923-5191 20—Third Friday Stroll – 4:30 to 8 p.m., downtown, Redmond www.visitredmondoregon.com, 541-9235191 21—Holiday Village Market – Noon to 5 p.m., Centennial Park, Downtown Redmond, hosted by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, www. visitredmondoregon.com, 541-923-5191

JANUARY

11—Polar Bear 5K Fun Run/Walk – 10 a.m., Sam Johnson Park, Redmond, hosted by St. Thomas Academy, www.redondacademy.com, 541-548-3785

7—Festival Of Trees – Dechutes County Fair & Expo, www.expo.deschutes.org, 541-548-7483 14—Annual Teddy Bear Tea – www. redmondhospice.org, 541-548-7483

24—Redmond Chamber Annual Awards Banquet, 6 to 10 p.m., www.visitredmondoregon.com, 541923-5191

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