Local jazz on the menu

Pictured above: Attila Csikos. (Courtesy photo)

One of the things to love about the Oregon Coast jazz weekend in Newport is that the city’s food is as great as the music. Newport is home to several five-star eateries offering an assortment of culinary pleasures. This year some will be offering live local music during the dinner hour Friday and Saturday early evenings. Luckily for concertgoers, Newport is often recognized as the coast’s premier place for dining. When it’s time to take a (brief) break for dinner, fans can refuel at one of these tantalizing spots without leaving jazz behind.

On the evening of Oct. 4, Zach’s Bistro — just across the street from the performing arts center — is hosting a guitar-voice jazz duo from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Local favorite jazz vocalist Annie Averre and Hungarian guitarist Attila Csikos will perform original, traditional jazz and Latin music celebrating the roots of this great American art form. Though bistros are many, few can truly replicate the experience as thoroughly as Zach's Bistro. Serving Nye Beach since 2013, this spot is more than just a place to go for special occasions; it is also the perfect place to grab a beer or glass of wine between sets or a superb dinner. Featuring mostly Oregon beverages including wines, spirits and draft beer and cider, sourcing from Oregon and the Pacific Northwest their menus are a constant rotation of what is in season and the mood and whim of the chef.

Saturday Oct. 5, between the last afternoon jazz festival set and the evening concert, Csikos and Averre will entertain wine connoisseurs who catch the shuttle down to Newport’s historic Bayfront. Noble Estate Newport is only a few short blocks from the Pacific Coast Highway. From the tasting room deck, guests can enjoy Noble Estate’s award-winning wines with views of sailboats and sea lions on Yaquina Bay. The newest Noble Estate tasting room combines the relaxed coastal atmosphere of Newport with the charm of the vineyard. Décor features tables made from re-purposed wine barrels and changing local art. Noble Estate Newport features the winery’s award-winning wines produced in Oregon’s South Willamette Valley.

So, if your appetite for music leaves you with a little time for sustenance and a desire to celebrate with a superb dinner or a taste of Willamette Valley’s award-winning wines, the good news is that in addition to an all-star roster of jazz heavy hitters; live music, fine wines and innovative cuisine are also on this weekend’s menu.