Hi! I’m Nancy, and I launched Eat Drink Bend in the Spring of 2019.
I wanted to share more than where to eat, but what to eat. And not just what, but why? From where is the food resourced? Should it be paired with a beer, or a cocktail—and what kind? But most importantly, share the faces and tell the stories behind the people who make it all happen, showing support for small business in and around Bend.
So I started an Instagram account—on a whim—to share my experiences, favorite drinks, lunch specials, happy hours, wine club perks, and what’s opening next. It soon provided me with a platform to share my stories with much larger audiences. I’ve since contributed to countless food and drink articles and photography for The Source, Bend Magazine, Trailhead Magazine, and Visit Central Oregon.
Never did I imagine that Eat Drink Bend would gain traction; I’m beyond grateful to have cultivated so many relationships with our small business owners and amazing Central Oregon community. I’ve had the privilege of sharing several stories about the love that these owners and chefs have for their craft and their communities.
Eat Drink Bend is constantly evolving, but we’ve since grown into a small team to continue and share updates, photos, stories, and create awareness for the Central Oregon culinary scene. We feature only locally-owned restaurants, food carts, cocktail bars, tasting rooms, and breweries.
Our mission is to uplift, highlight, and support these (often very small) businesses while providing our audience, followers, Central Oregonians, and visitors with new suggestions and shed light on hidden gems.
With the utmost gratitude, we thank you for visiting and supporting Eat Drink Bend. We look forward to sharing more experiences with you!
Eat Local. Drink Local. #inBend