Whether she's conducting a small, hands-on class or orchestrating a full-blown cooking demonstration for dozens, executive chef Sharon Wiest loves sharing her passion for Pacific Northwest ingredients. Directly above the visitors' bureau, the Culinary Center is a wonderful stop for newcomers to the area. Guests can sign up to get their hands onto some food and learn, or they can sit back, sip wine, and enjoy learning what makes Oregon such a special place to dine. The
center's schedule includes classes in oysters, pizza, sushi, tapas, Mexican, seafood, and even bacon. Chocolate-chip bacon-pecan cookie, anyone?