At Celilo Restaurant, we are committed to a healthy and sustainable future. We source high quality, fresh food, grown miles from our doorstep. We make every attempt to buy naturally raised products and organic products when available. We pay attention to our output too. We reuse or recycle all of our glass, plastic, paper, aluminum, and tin. We compost all our food scraps, vegetables, and coffee grounds. We convert our used vegetable oils into bio-diesel.

Each small step is important.

We know you will taste the difference. And with a concerted effort, our children will too.

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Events with Celilo

“Know your food. Know what it is, where it comes from, who grew it, when it was harvested, how it was prepared. It is an honor to be a part of this simple ethic.”
— Chef Ben Stenn

Events with Celilo

2018 Cooking Classes with Chef Ben Stenn - $85 per ticket

Chef Ben Stenn’s mission is to remove any barriers to experiencing great food — food that is delicious, fresh, locally and sustainably grown, and prepared in a way that the quality of the ingredients is fully revealed. Ben believes that the Gorge, as a food producing region, is the source of many of the world’s greatest foods. It is a joy to help people discover these culinary gems, grown so close to home. 

Space is limited to 12 people per class – to reserve tickets, email or call 541-386-5710. $85 per ticket unless noted. Tickets are non-refundable.


These are fun and interactive classes in the private catering kitchen of Celilo, located at 215 Columbia Street in Hood River. Enjoy the food you prepare with your classmates, conversation with Chef Ben, and the industrial atmosphere of a working kitchen. Classes begin promptly at 6:00pm and last about 3 hours.


Friday, February 23rd, 6pm: Homemade Soup

Learn the basics of making soup at home. On the menu: Butternut Squash soup (a winter classic), Kale and Cannellini Bean soup (a delicious vegetarian recipe, hearty and filling as a meal in and of itself), and Tom Kha Gai (traditional chicken coconut soup flavored with ginger and lemongrass- light, fragrant and delicious).


Friday, March 9th, 6pm: Homemade Pasta Making
We will make the dough, roll out the pasta and make different shapes, including assorted raviolis, tagliatelle, pappardelle and several traditional hand formed shapes. We will dress or fill them with vegetables, cheese and classic sauces. You’ll never have to buy dried pasta again and you’ll impress your dinner guests!


Saturday, April 7th, 11am: Child & Parent Meal ($100 for pair)
This will be an interactive class with parents and kids, 8 years old and older. We’ll go over the basics of the kitchen; knives and knife safety, working around the hot oven and range, keeping clean. Then we’ll get in to some cooking. Quiche is a great base recipe and we’ll make it from scratch. A fail-safe pie crust recipe and a quiche batter with lots of variations. We’ll make a vegetable side dish and some dessert for a full meal. Parents and kids attend this class as a team, one parent per child please. 


Friday, April 20th, 6pm: Tapas
Tapas are wonderful snacks that can combine to be a lovely meal full of many tastes. We’ll explore the full range of flavors, for a palate of tasty treats. We’ll start with salty finger foods and some quick tricks on elevating simple foods to something memorable. We’ll work with a grilling pan to emulate the grill flavor without firing up a BBQ in the middle of winter. Skewers and prawns will be a feature with some delectable dipping sauces. We’ll finish with a few easy to assemble sweets so we have the whole menu spectrum covered. Lots of recipes to take home with multiple variations for future meals.

Wine To Go!

We now have our off premise license so we can sell bottles or cases of wine to go! Have a favorite wine you can’t find or want to start a wine collection? Need some wine for a party, wedding or special gathering? Need some wine advice? We are here for you! Email us at or come by for a visit.


If you live in the area and would like to receive our monthly wine offerings through Celilo Specialty Cellar, please email us and we’ll add you to our list. Each month we will offer 7 different wines- including imports, as well as 3 specialty food items for retail purchase.

Private Dinners

Reserve the Restaurant: Celilo is available as a private venue for parties of up to 75 guests. With this option, we will close the entire restaurant to the general public for the day or evening. You will have access to all of Celilo’s amenities, including a four course menu, a full staff of servers and bartenders, our i-pod compatible sound system, tables, chairs, flatware, plateware and glassware. We will be happy to help you make arrangements with florists and musicians to make your special event a truly memorable occasion.


Reserve a Table: Let Celilo help you host a luncheon or dinner party for gatherings of  12 to 20 guests. We will compose a prix fixe menu customized to suit your preferences and/or your dietary needs. Please call and inquire about specific dates, as summer and weekend availability is extremely limited.  We do not have a private dining room, so larger parties will be at tables next to each other in our main dining room.  This option is ideal for business lunches andmid week and off season dinners. Since we do not have a private dining area, this option is not ideal for rehearsal dinners or wedding parties.


Host a Private Dinner in Your Home: Chef Ben is happy to cater private dinners for parties of at least 8 people, starting at $100 per person. Private cooking classes are a favorite and also available at this price.