Rockwood cookbook celebrates deliciousness in all its diversity

August 2, 2018

Watch our cookbook promo video for a behind-the-scenes look at the recipes.

From home cooks to cafes, time-tested restaurants and upstart kitchens, there is a diverse array of food and tradition found in Gresham’s Rockwood neighborhood. 

Now, some of the best recipes and stories the neighborhood has to offer are available in “Food Stories: The Rockwood Community Cookbook,” a celebration of food, community, and new food shopping and food-related business opportunities being created by the City’s Rockwood Rising Redevelopment Project.

“Food is such a great way to bring people together,” said Emily Bower, senior urban renewal project coordinator for the City.

Food Stories

The cookbook promotes the wide array of culinary talent that exists in Rockwood and its burgeoning food scene, as well as the people and diverse cultures that call this neighborhood home. 

Recipes draw from food traditions across the globe, and right here at home. One of the recipes, Satellite Restaurant Meatloaf, is the original from the iconic 1950s-era neighborhood diner that once operated on the redevelopment site. 

Many of the more than 20 recipes gathered in this book were passed down from generation to generation but had never been written down before.

How to get the cookbook

The cookbook costs a suggested $5 donation. All proceeds benefit Birch Community Services in Rockwood, which provides food, clothing and household items to ease hunger and poverty.

  • Drop off your $5 donation to Birch Community Services at Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm in the donation box at the front desk – and pick up your cookbook.
  • Cash or checks accepted; checks must be made out to Birch Community Services.
  • The City cannot make change.
  • No credit card payments.
  • When dropping off your donation, please fill out the donation form for Birch’s records.

About Rockwood Rising

The release of the Food Stories cookbook supports the Gresham Redevelopment Commission’s work to develop a Market Hall for the Rockwood Rising site at 18535 SE Stark St., the former Fred Meyer site. 

Plans for the market hall call for a range of fresh produce and prepared foods to help meet a longstanding need for more healthy food options in the neighborhood and will provide entrepreneurship and job training opportunities. 

Learn more about Rockwood Rising

Learn more about Birch Community Services