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A better brunch at Smithfields

May 02, 2014 By Nick Morgan Mail Tribune.com | Ashland Daily Tidings A better brunch at Smithfields If I had to pick a favorite mealtime, brunch would be my first non-answer answer. So on a Saturday morning, I grabbed a friend and his 2-year-old daughter, and off we went to Smithfields in Ashland. Outside, the meat-centric restaurant […]

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Dining Guide to the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon

By Kerry Newberry Oregon Live Smithfields Restaurant and Bar Named after a centuries-old historic London meat market, the downtown Ashland restaurant brings “nose-to-tail” dining to southern Oregon. London-born chef Neil Clooney prepares everything in house — even the bacon-infused vodka for the Bacon and Egg Bloody Mary, a popular drink for the weekend brunch crowd. […]

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Meat Your Maker at Smithfields

February 04, 2013 By Evan Wilson The Rogue Valley Messenger Not too long ago I attempted to go vegetarian… Bombarded with facts like “livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gases…” and “…[cows] have been a factor in the listing of 171 [endangered] species…”, the environmentalist in me decided it was time to […]

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2013 Superior Cellar Awards

September 01, 2012 By Karl Klooster Oregon Wine Press When the Oregon Wine Press launched its Superior Cellar Awards program in September 2010, we were pleased and gratified by the excitement it generated. Recommendations of restaurants to be considered for inclusion rolled in from around the state. And that is where we placed our initial […]

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America’s Coolest Restaurants

Smithfields Restaurant and Bar 1st Annual 4th of July Party

The brutal summer heat can drive some people to stay inside, for fear of getting drenched with sweat within minutes of stepping outdoors. So to make things easier and much more comfortable, some restaurants take it upon themselves to help their customers beat the heat. Many eateries offer beautiful outdoor patios, but when the temperature […]

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Ashland man named Oregon Iron Chef

August 21, 2008 By Mandy Valencia Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly is known for some cutting-edge, original cuisine, and now chef Neil Clooney — the man behind the menu — has proven his skill at the state level, winning the Iron Chef Oregon competition. Clooney, head chef and part owner of Dragonfly, in […]

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Dragonfly chef takes home ‘Bronze Skillet’

November 6, 2007 By Julie French Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney and his sous chef Noah Edwards went home with the Bronze Skillet in the first Food & Wine Classic hosted by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at the Historic Ashland Armory this weekend. The duo beat out […]

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Cooking Under Pressure

November 5, 2007 By Julie French Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney spent this past Sunday in the kitchen, as he does on most weekends. But this time, he had scores of people watching over his shoulder and pressure-inducing music constantly reminding him that he had only 70 […]

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Culinary Combat

November 4, 2007 By Meg Landers Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — Armed with empty silver trays and heavy concentration, chefs and their assistants were poised to load up at the ingredients table as Dennis Slattery, master of ceremonies, prepared to launch an “Iron Chef” style cook-off. “Let’s get ready to crumble,” the MC said. The […]