Riverhouse Celebrates 50 Years with “Dining Through the Decades” Series

You’re cordially invited to travel back in time! As Riverhouse on the Deschutes prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the spotlight is on a unique culinary journey. “Dining Through the Decades” will highlight its anniversary festivities, offering a series of monthly five-course thematic meals.

Dining Through the Decades

Each dining festivity includes beer or wine pairings celebrating each decade since the hotel’s opening in 1974. Riverhouse will host a series of dinners that celebrate the evolution of cuisine and pay homage to its rich history. Dinners will transport guests to a different decade, starting with the groovy 1970s.

Guests can enjoy offerings like Cypress Grove goat cheese croquette, Tequila sunrise pickle-brined Mary’s Farm chicken lollipop, Olympic Provisions Käsekrainer sausage, steak frites, and bananas flambé. Each dish will pair with beverages that capture the essence of its respective era.

Photo Chris Ozer

Supporting the KIDS Center of Central Oregon

In addition to providing a delightful culinary experience, the “Dining Through the Decades” series supports a worthy cause. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit KIDS Center of Central Oregon, which serves children and families in need. This partnership underscores Riverhouse’s commitment to giving back to the community that has supported it for the past 50 years.

Upcoming Events

Priced at $125 per person, including gratuity, this nostalgic journey offers a chance to contribute to a meaningful cause. Subsequent dinners will feature partnerships with renowned wineries and breweries. 

  • June 27: Stoller Family Estate Winery
  • July 11: King Estate Winery
  • August 8: Browne Family Wine
  • September 12: Crimson Wine Group
  • October 10: Deschutes Brewery

Each event promises a unique menu inspired by the corresponding decade, offering a blend of history and cuisine from Chef Travis Taylor of Currents.

Photo Chris Ozer

Riverhouse Lodge: A New Era

The “Dining Through the Decades” series is part of a larger celebration marking the completion of the largest renovation at the Riverhouse. Soon, Riverhouse on the Deschutes will be rebranded as the Riverhouse Lodge.

Among other upgrades, the newly rebranded hotel showcases a redesigned Currents Restaurant & Bar. Renovations are designed to honor the hotel’s storied past while ushering in a new era of modern luxury and comfort.

Photo Chris Ozer

Join the Celebration

Riverhouse Lodge is pulling out all the stops for its 50th anniversary. In addition to the dining series, Riverhouse will host a Grand Opening Party on June 29 and 30, featuring circus games, live music, food trucks, and various beverages.

Festivities will include a special Riverhouse Golden Ale, crafted in partnership with Deschutes Brewery. This collaboration ale is available exclusively at Currents and the Deschutes Brewery Pub from May 1 through August 31.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique celebration. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these dinners offer a perfect blend of nostalgia, culinary charm, and community spirit. Get tickets for Dining Through the Decades.

Photo Chris Ozer

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