Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
GORGE Kitchen owners Dave Ashburn and Sara Evans hold fresh kombucha at their new counter. Behind them is the dairy-free ice cream machine. The shop is in the newly-redeveloped Diamond and Davidson building, just north of Columbia Center for the Arts, between fellow tenants Knot Another Hat and Farmers Conservation Alliance.
As of Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Gorge Kitchen, Hood River’s new Kombucha brewery and dairy-free ice cream creamery, is scheduled to open May 6.
Owners are Dave Ashburn and Sara Evans. Gorge Kitchen is located at 11 Third Street, Suite 102 in downtown Hood River, next to the new Knot Another Hat location. Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, lighty carbonated fermented tea drink.
Using Evans’ knowledge as a nutritional therapy practitioner and a home baker, as well as Ashburn’s skills in fermentation and degree in entrepreneurship, they are creating and selling an array of low sugar kombucha flavors, dairy-free ice creams, and gluten-free baked goods. They will feature many local, organic ingredients and each item is made by hand in Gorge Kitchen’s downtown Hood River location.
The idea for this business began when Evans and Ashburn starting churning dairy-free ice cream at home after realizing there were very few options available in stores. Ashburn had already been a brewer of kombucha and they quickly realized that the two items were perfect for each other. From there Gorge Kitchen used the inspiration of “old favorites” to decide to offer items like chocolate chip cookies, coffee ice cream, and kombucha flavors reminiscent of classic beverages all while crafting everything with a focus on healthful ingredients.
“The Gorge is full of exciting craft brewing and food experiences and we are excited to jump into the mix and offer delicious, small batch items with ingredients that eaters can enjoy in good health,” said Ashburn. The shop has indoor and outdoor seating.
The target opening date is May 6, just in time for First Friday, noon to 7 p.m., but may shift once they gauge customer traffic. Find out more about Gorge Kitchen’s products and mission at their website, www.Gorge.Kitchen.