Newly released Rockwood Cookbook supports local nonprofit organization, Birch Community Services

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Food Stories: Rockwood Community Cookbook is available for purchase at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. From home cooks to cafes, time-tested restaurants and upstart kitchens, there is a diverse array of food and tradition in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.

Now, everyone will get a chance to taste the flavors of the city's most diverse community from the comfort of their own home, thanks to Food Stories: Rockwood Community Cookbook.

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

The goal of the cookbook is to promote the culinary talent that exists in Rockwood, and its burgeoning food scene. The more than 20 recipes draw from food traditions across the globe.

One of the recipes, Satellite Restaurant Meatloaf, is the original from the iconic 1950s-era neighborhood diner that once operated on the Rockwood Rising redevelopment site.

"This is an absolutely amazing book," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "There are a lot of great recipes in this that I am looking forward to trying."

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis celebrated the release of the new cookbook. During the launch event Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, at Vance Park, 1400 S.E. 182nd Ave., those who went got to meet some of the cooks whose creations are now immortalized within the pages.

"This type of event reminds us the importance of being a community," Bemis said.

The cookbooks are available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Birch Community Services, a Rockwood-based financial literacy nonprofit that provides access to donated food, clothing and household items. The cookbooks are available to buy at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, with either cash or check.

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