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.

Cookbook release party Tuesday, Aug. 7

Meet some of the neighborhood cooks and cookbook supporters at the Food Stories cookbook release party from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Vance Park, 1400 SE 182nd Ave.

The free public event includes cookbook sales, community gardening information, live music in the park and a futsal tournament. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner.

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.

Cookbook sales benefit Birch Community Services

All cookbook proceeds will benefit Birch Community Services, a Rockwood-based financial literacy nonprofit that provides access to donated food, clothing and household items to ease hunger and poverty. 

The cookbook will be available at the release party for a suggested donation to Birch of $5. Birch will accept cash, credit cards or checks made out to Birch Community Services that night. 

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

Stay tuned for information about how to purchase the cookbook after the launch party.