As a cook at the Wet Planet Café & Grill, I’m proud of every dish that we serve to our guests. Our café team strives to put delicious, locally-sourced food from businesses throughout the Gorge onto all tables served. From bread to beer, fruit and veggies to meat, Wet Planet brings fresh food grown with care and flavorful tastes. The Columbia River Gorge may not be a giant city, but it sure does provide plenty of opportunities to source locally: and that’s exactly what we do.
For several years now, we have been purchasing our bread from two different local bakeries: Blue Skies Bakery and White Salmon Baking Co. Blue Skies is comprised of a husband and wife team located in BZ Corners, right next to the start of your Wet Planet rafting trips! They only use organic ingredients for their bread and purchase locally as much as possible. Sandwiches including the caprese and grilled cheese are served on Blue Skies’ mouthwatering focaccia. Their granola is another great snack, stop by any local store to find some! White Salmon Bakery provides us with much more than bread. This local bakery is known for its continued excellence in all baked goods! The delectable dark chocolate sea salt cookies are a favorite among Wet Planet staff. The owners of the bakery focus on using minimal ingredients that are locally sourced, including flour from the small-scale Pacific Northwest mills.
You don’t have to worry about being gluten free at the Wet Planet Café & Grill. We’ve got you covered with our gluten free buns from Columbia Gorge Gluten Free provides baked goods and buns for our burgers and sandwiches. This local start up is owned by the life long cook and food chemist, Teresa Lengen. These buns are impossible to beat. You won’t even notice your bun is gluten-free with it’s light, airy texture and alluring flavor.
If your stomach is rumbling from all this talk about bread we can’t miss the deliciousness inside (and to the side) of our buns. For our meats and veggies, Mt. Shadow Foods and Stonework Farm provide. Mt. Shadow strives to give their animals happy and healthy lifestyles. The animals are fed hormone-free, grass-fed, and antibiotic-free diets! Both the Bacon Bleu Burger and our Classic Cheese Burger feature this healthy, nutritious meat. You can get either of those dishes with a side of salad greens straight from Stonework Farms. Stonework’s garden provides us with delicious salad greens and vegetables straight from their farm, located only a few minutes away in the hills above White Salmon, Washington.
Not only do we feature local foods, but local microbreweries are a strong part of the Gorge culture and we support as many as we can. This year we are featuring beers and ciders from a couple of my favorite local breweries including PFriem, Backwoods Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, and Everybody’s Brewing. Both Pfriem and Double Mountain are located in Hood River, Oregon. In 2012, the idea for Pfriem was kickstarted, since then the business has grown tremendously. They have won multiple awards such as the 2018 Beer World Cup and the 2016 European Beer Star for their Pilsner, which we offer on tap. Backwoods Brewing, also started in 2012, is located on the Washington side in the tiny town of Carson, WA. This brewing company is also locally owned and operated with the goal to provide jobs to the local community. The last, but definitely not least, brewery is Everybody’s. Again, this local brewery is a star among the locals, their Cryo-Chronic IPA is sure to please. We also have a variety of wines from COR Cellars, White Salmon Vineyard, Syncline Wine Cellars and more. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, we also have Kombucha from Blue Bus Cultured Foods.
The Gorge is also known for its amazing fruit. At the moment, Wet Planet’s feature fruit is local cherries from Dickey’s farm down the road in Bingen, WA. If you are looking to sample locally-sourced fruit, try our featured special: the Turkey, Goat Cheese and Cherry Salad. Or you can join us for a Full-Day rafting trip with lunch (including our farm fresh cherries) provided! Don’t miss the peaches and nectarines later in the season.
Interested in the top-notch ingredients and foods that we provide on our trips and at our Café & Grill? Look for more food blogs about our Full-Day Rafting Trip and Kayak School lunches and our amazing multi-day river trip menus.
Naomi has worked on the Wet Planet Cafe & Grill’s team the last three summers. She loves kayaking, and she would love to become a kayak instructor in coming years. This September, Naomi is heading to World Class Kayak Academy, a private high school that combines academics, athletics, international travel, and cultural immersion.