Located in Husum, Washington on the banks of the White Salmon River, the Wet Planet Café & Grill strives to use fresh, local ingredients that reflect the bounty the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Looking for farm to table in the Gorge, out of town and off the beaten track? This place is it.
One of our guests summed it up perfectly in a recent review: “Restaurant quality food at a rafting outpost!” Our head chef, Vince Lenarduzzi, has been one of the masterminds behind the menu at the Café & Grill for the last five years. With over a decade of experience in a variety of cuisines, he impresses us year after year as he uses the flavors of the Gorge to make Wet Planet’s culinary offerings better than ever.
What is Farm to Table, and why?
Farm to Table is a simple name for a simple concept: take foods from local farms and put it on the table. If you delve a bit deeper than that, it takes on more meaning. For us at the Wet Planet Café & Grill it is about using ingredients that reflect that place we have come to love – the White Salmon and Columbia River Valleys. We want to use fresh, local flavors not because it’s trendy, but because we want to share the area with our guests. From the King Salmon caught on the Klickitat River, to the greens and veggies grown on the other side of the ridgeline in Snowden, to grass-fed and hormone free meats, we love everything this area provides us. You’ll find these ingredients showcased at the Wet Planet Café & Grill, in our espresso bar, and in meals served on our full-day White Salmon River trips, Class V trips, kayak courses and multi-day river adventures.
New for the 2019 Season
Blue Bus makes kombucha and various types of veggie ferments. Blue Bus stands firm on sourcing locally, using only organic ingredients, keeping their products as close to home as possible and making the best fermented foods they can. They operate a small farm in White Salmon, WA, where they grow produce all destined for the fermentation tanks. The remainder is sourced from their local farmer friends whenever possible. We are excited to have Blue Bus sauerkraut and kombucha at the café this summer.
Returning businesses we’re proud to partner with:
Wild Columbia Salmon from the Klickitat River and the Columbia River Gorge
Salmon. It’s what the Pacific Northwest is known for (as well as waterfalls, rain and overall rad adventures). Wild Columbia Salmon uses sustainable practices to catch and deliver Wet Planet Café & Grill fresh King Salmon from the Klickitat River. Not only does this fall in line with our belief of local flavors and foods, but also our desire to protect our rivers and river valleys and all of their inhabitants. Want to know what the fuss is about? One bite of our salmon tacos and you will know.
Stonework Farm, White Salmon, Washington
With a focus on sustainability and fresh, healthy vegetables over simply having the biggest, you can thank Stonework Farms for all the fresh veggies in your salads and on your sandwiches. Located just over the ridge-line in Snowden, Stonework has only a handful of full-time employees as well as a handful of work-for-living members.
We use fresh greens, herbs, and veggies from their gardens right here in White Salmon, and feel good knowing where they came from! Check out their CSA program for fresh veggies and herbs delivered to your own home too.
This local husband and wife team use exclusively organic ingredients to make their signature loaves, and you can taste the difference! While we love serving their delicious products, we also support their commitment to sustainability. Blue Skies sources their products locally when possible, does their best to minimize packaging and consolidating their distribution, and regularly donates to local schools and food banks.
Located across the Columbia River in Durfur, OR, Mt. Shadow Natural Meats is dedicated to humane practices and healthy lifestyles. They pride themselves on no hormones, no anti-biotic and all grass diets for their stock – and we can tell.
As one of the first organic farms in the area, the Stewart family out of Hood River greatly prides themselves in the 60+ varieties of fruit that they grow on their farm. They then squeeze, press, or puree their own fruits and vegetables, creating delicious juices that taste like they were bottled for you that morning!
It doesn’t get much better than freshly made cookies, buns and pastries. With multiple pick-ups throughout the week, White Salmon Baking Co. is responsible for our croissants, cookies, bagels and buns. And with minimal ingredients from sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients you know exactly what you are eating. Isn’t that a great feeling?
Right here in Hood River, a small tea shop has turned your morning routine into an art. Focusing on building their teas out of organic, fair trade products, they are bringing rich flavors from around the world home with farmer direct relationships. Their own line of herbal wellness teas will nourish you, and house blends like Warm Hugs and Gorge Sunrise are sure to make your day a little brighter.
This roaster has combined their favorite things by being a big advocate within the biking community as well as making a mean cup of coffee to fuel whatever adventure you might be going on. Based out of Hood River, 10 Speed grew out of a commitment to responsible sourcing practices and micro batch roasting. The best part? You can get 10 Speed right at our base before or after your rafting adventure.
Great Local Columbia River Gorge Beer, Wine and Cider
You’ll also find a selection of great local beer and wine being served. Our beer comes from brewers such as Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon, WA), Pfriem Family Brewing (Hood River, OR) and Backwoods Brewing (Carson, WA). Our wines come directly from some of our favorite local wineries: AniChe Winery (Underwood, WA), COR Cellars (Lyle, WA), Naked Winery (Hood River, OR), Syncline Wine Cellars (Lyle, WA), and White Salmon Vineyard (White Salmon, WA), all of which are run by locals and adventure-seekers. We are excited to share our love for the White Salmon and Columbia River areas and all of their flavors this season. The Wet Planet Café & Grill will be opening for the 2019 season on May 18th. Chef Vince is cooking up some tasty treats this summer with our updated café menu.
Last, but not least, the compost!
Dirt Hugger is a regional composting company that supports a sustainable, local economy by collecting, processing, and utilizing valuable organic nutrients locally. They are a state-of-the-art organics recycling and soil production facility and they take all of our food scraps. Each year, they process over 40,000 tons of material into over 15,000 yards of organic soils.