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Rockwood’s food scene is on the rise – and you can help promote it. Send us a favorite recipe, and a personal story to go with it, for our Rockwood Food Stories Project. We’ll highlight these to share the culture and flavor of Rockwood with people hungry for real food experiences.

I come to Rockwood to shop, to meet people, eat some of the great food out here and to explore this part of the Portland area. Because Gresham is happening right now.
— – Mike Burrowes, Chef
Food can bring prosperity for the people living here...We can do something really good here.
— Pablo Vidal, Rockwood food connoisseur

Send recipes and your contact information to, with “recipe” in the subject line. For more information, call the City of Gresham Communications Division at 503-618-2150.

The Food Stories team will gather stories at upcoming Rockwood events -- look for our banner!

Rockwood Rising: In the fall of 2016, more than 100 people came together to taste a diversity of cuisines in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Participants at "Walk, Talk & Eat" learned about redevelopment plans for the area while sampling from local food vendors. For more information, visit



Participation guidelines:

  • Recipe submitters should live or work in Rockwood, or have strong ties to the neighborhood.

  • One recipe submittal per person. Please include your full name, so we can credit you for your recipe.

  • Recipes should be original, or personal adaptations of common recipes, recipes handed down by family, etc.

  • We’d love to see recipes representing all of Rockwood’s cultures and traditions. Professional cooks and home cooks are welcome.

  • Healthy, affordable recipes are encouraged. Sweets are OK, in moderation!

  • Share a “food story” to go with your recipe – a few sentences describing what the dish means to you and your connection to Rockwood. These may be published along with your photo.

  • A $250 grocery store gift card will be awarded to one randomly selected entrant.