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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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Chefs & Culinary Speakers

Augment a conference, event, meeting or visit with a culinary presentation by an industry professional. The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is home to many notable chefs, winemakers, brewers, farmers and producers. Schedule personalized tastings, cooking demos, private tours and speakers to spice up your culinary adventures. Please inquire directly with the speakers about schedules, compensation and other requirements.


Ross manages a shared-use incubator kitchen for small food businesses and start-ups at Sprout! Regional Food Hub, a program that uses food to literally grow the local economy. This program is part of NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation). Ross' background is in economics, non-profit food programming and culinary arts. Before NEDCO, Ross worked at FOOD for Lane County and completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand. Ross has a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota and graduated with distinction in Economics from St. Olaf College. In his free time he is the founder of, a monthly community bicycle ride in Eugene-Springfield.

Kitchen Coordinator
Sprout! Regional Food Hub (NEDCO) 
541.345.7106 x203
Contact Ross

Speaking topics include:

  • From Grandma's Recipe to Market: How to Get a Food Business Started


Micah Elconin is the founder and principal of Season to Taste, a consulting firm focused on growing small to mid-sized food businesses to create stronger regional food economies. He leverages over a decade of experience as a food entrepreneur, non-profit manager, analyst, teacher, professional chef and amateur gardener to provide a diverse set of services that address the common pain points of regional food business. He is on the board of Willamette Farm and Food Coalition and an active member of Slow Money Southern Willamette Valley. Micah holds an MBA from the University of Oregon, BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and dual certificates from Bauman College. He's also an avid rock climber and cyclist.

Founder and Principal
Season to Taste
Contact Micah

Speaking topics include:

  • Introduction to our regional food system. A comprehensive tour of the businesses, organizations and infrastructure.
  • Trouble Shooting your Food Business. Learn about how to address the most common pain points that growing food businesses experience. 
  • Cooking from the Garden. Learn how to get the most out of seasonal ingredients from a former private chef to the stars.