If you enjoy Food Network programming you will be familiar with Guy Fieri, the world-famous chef and also the host of the popular television show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
What most people don’t know is that Guy spent some time in Central Oregon this summer and three of Bend Oregon’s restaurants were featured on his show.
Spotlight On Bend Restaurants
Food aficionados have been coming to Portland and now Bend for years because this Central Oregon hub offers more than awesome craft brews and great skiing/snowboarding, Bend also has a lot of great restaurants that rival Portland’s most well-known restaurants.
The dazzling host visited Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails, Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro & Backstage Lounge, and Dump City Dumplings during his trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Fieri’s episode at Zydeco Kitchen aired earlier this month on Oct. 1. The Rockin’ Dave’s filming premiers at 6 p.m. Pacific Friday. Dump City Dumplings has scheduled hit television on Nov. 5.
“It was a very cool experience because (chef and co-owner) Steve (Helt) and Guy have very similar backgrounds,” Cheri Helt, co-owner of Zydeco told Source Weekly about Fieri’s visit.
David Flier, the owner of Rockin’ Dave’s, said he was featured after several customers emailed and recommended his restaurant to the Food Network. The network got in touch with Flier over the phone, where he explained some of the specialties he serves. Fieri picked three items to try from the selections.
Dump City Dumplings co-owner Keith Shayon told The Bulletin he was blown away to be included in the show and is excited to see it aired on television. He said the shoot for the episode took several hours but went smooth and Fieri had a good understanding of their practices and showed interest in why they make dumplings so well.
“And by the end of it, my business partner, Dan, and he were really having a good time eating some dumplings together and sharing our dipping sauces, and he just seemed excited about it,” Shayon said.
Note – If you missed any of these episodes, catch them on reruns, or check YouTube for the latest episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.