It’s a gorgeous time in the Rogue Valley, with pear blossoms bursting with color. This takes us back to 1934, when Harry & David grew their first pear harvest.

This is the beginning of the Harry & David 80th anniversary celebration, which I’m honored to be a part of along with five of my fellow food blogging friends.

This week we’re kicking off the Pear Season with a Northwest Blogger Event in the Rogue Valley! Could there be a more beautiful time and a greater way to celebrate?

Let me introduce to you these fabulous Harry & David fans:

The Beeroness, Jackie Dodd tours Harry & David April 2014

The Beeroness  — Jackie Dodd

Jackie, from the Seattle, WA, area, blogs at and loves to cook, create and bake with craft beer. She’s been on the Today Show, Lifetime Network, and CBS News, as well as in print publications such as Imbibe, Bite and the San Francisco Chronicle. She also writes for Parade magazine, DRAFT Magazine and Whisk Magazine.

Foodie blogger Heather Cristo tours Harry & David, April 2014

Heather Christo – Heather Christothoulou

Heather, from Seattle, WA, blogs at and is a chef, entertaining expert, mommy, wife, blogger, photographer and author of the gorgeous book Heather Christo’s Generous Table. Her book is all about easy and elegant recipes through the seasons.

Shutterbean author Tracy Benjamin Castagna tours Harry & David, April 2014

Shutterbean – Tracy Castagna

Tracy, from the Bay Area in California, blogs at the beautiful site and is obsessed with good food and great photography, both of which are equally evident on her fun and colorful blog. Completely self-taught, Tracy loves the intimacy and nurturing quality of sharing delicious meals with loved ones, along with creating fantastic recipes. She is a partner in the popular podcast series “HomeFries” along with Joy the Baker.

Crazy for Crust Foodie blogger Dorothy tours Harry & David, April 2014

Crazy for Crust  – Dorothy (Kern) Blumerkern

Dorothy, from Northern California, is the blogger behind the popular dessert blog She bakes up all sorts of desserts that are sometimes crazy, and her first cookbook, Dessert Mashups: Tasty Two-in-One Treats, will be available early this fall. She’s a wife and mom, nob loves reality TV and is rarely seen without her Kindle or her iPhone.

Noble Pig author Cathy Pollak tours Harry & David, April 2014

Noble Pig – Cathy Pollak

Cathy, from the Willamette Valley, is a freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger and winemaker and blogs at Noble Pig. She has a love for bacon, mayo, good food, wine and fun. As an avid wine enthusiast, Cathy owns and runs the winery Noble Pig Vineyard, is a wife and mom and feels that her interests are too far and wide to be limited to one thing.

Along with touring the Harry & David facilities, the bakery, the Country Village store and more, we have some fun things planned, with delicious meals at restaurants like Winchester Inn, Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro, Jefferson Spirits, DANCIN Vineyards and a tasty luncheon at my home, with the help of the Fresco Food Truck. But shhh… Don’t tell the bloggers!

Let the springtime festivities begin! And happy 80th birthday, Harry & David!


When Sandy Coughlin started blogging in 2006, she set out to write about the missing art of hospitality in our culture. She had recognized a great need for people to connect and escape their isolation and loneliness, so she jumped in with Reluctant Entertain to help. Visit for simple entertaining ideas, dinner party tips, and ways to reach out and grow your hospitality.

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