Bob's Red Mill

One thing I have enjoyed the most about working from home is that I now have more time to get creative in the kitchen. My new go-to resource has been the recipe section of Bob’s Red Mill website which features a large variety of wholesome cooking ideas for every meal of the day. Bob’s Red Mill features a bountiful selection of stone-ground, whole grain, organic, gluten free, and paleo-friendly flours fit for any kitchen. If you care about eating and cooking healthy then Bob’s Red Mill is your go-to supplier.

Some things you might not know about Bob’s Red Mill are:

  1. Bob Moore and his wife Charlee met on a blind date in 1952. Twenty-six years later they founded Bob’s Red Mill together. It was Charlee who first inspired the couple’s whole grain adventure when, in the early 1960s, she decided to create a healthier life for her family by feeding them wholesome, natural foods—fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill uses old world engineering of a stone mill. Their stone grinding mills are much like the one used during early Roman times. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, their quartz millstones ensure the most nutritious part of the whole grain remains intact.
  3. You don’t have to leave your house to purchase Bob’s Red Mill products. Their online store features hundreds of products that you can order with a click of a button right here. Or, if you prefer, you can use their convenient store locator to find the closest location that carries their products. If you live in the Portland area you can also visit their well-stocked Whole Grain Store located at 5000 International Avenue in Milwaukee, OR. The company store is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Currently the restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
  4. Although my immediate family doesn’t have any special dietary restrictions, I find that an increasing number of friends are eating gluten free, paleo or vegan. It is nice to have a quick and easy resource for recipes and ingredients to accommodate their needs. Check out the recipe for these delicious Individual Stone Fruit Crumble pies. I used peaches and added a dollop of whipped crème for a satisfying summer treat.
  5. It was important to Bob and Charlee to create wholesome products that would be sold world-wide and to create a work environment that would attract and retain great employees. As part of that endeavor, in 2010 Bob created an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) that would give employees stock in the company and provide them greater financial security. Author Ken Koopman wrote the book “People before Profits,” an inspiring story of the vision behind Bob’s Red Mill.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer Bob’s Red Mill.




It’s with excitement that we announce the launch of Cascade’s next generation web site. We’ve made this investment to better serve employers and to provide you an enhanced digital/virtual experience.

Here’s a glimpse of the Member Only resources you’ll find:


Take a look here at all of the helpful content and new functionality:

  • Easy Navigation
  • Members Only Area
  • Question of the Week
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Straightforward Solutions
    • Consulting – Advice and Project Support
    • Training – Online, Onsite & On-Demand
    • Compensation & Benefits – Pay Plans and Group Programs
    • Partner Solutions – Savings for Members

If you have questions or difficulty logging in as a Member, we’ll help you!



Burger from 1882 Grille

Summer is here and we are thrilled to see many of our eating and drinking establishments now open to serve the public. I cannot think of a more idyllic location to visit in Oregon Wine Country than America’s favorite Main Street in McMinnville, Oregon and home of the 1882 Grille. Located just 30 minutes from Portland or Salem makes it an easy afternoon dining destination.

  1. The 1882 Grille was recently merged with its sister restaurant The Barberry to streamline operations. The owners have taken the best menu items from both restaurants to feature going forward. The food is NW fresh and features locally sourced beef and produce and house made pasta. Some of my favorites include the Roasted Beet Salad, Fish and Chips and Grilled Salmon. The menu also includes a variety of Burgers, Salads, Pizzas and a children’s menu.
  2. The 1882 Grille reopened to welcome guests to dine in on June 4th. The spacious multi-level restaurant offers 5 heated patios that provide comfortably distanced dining options. Four of their patios are pet friendly.
  3. Sip on a seasonal craft cocktail, a glass of local wine or a cold draft beer while enjoying the view from the rooftop bar that overlooks McMinnville’s Main Street. The bar features a rotating tap list that you can check out online.
  4. The restaurant has much historic character. Although built in 2015 the owners repurposed as much wood as possible from the building they replaced. Be sure and check-out the unique bar top that was recycled from a bowling alley floor in Philomath, Oregon. The 1882 Grille was named after the year the City of McMinnville incorporated as a city.
  5. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Due to reduced seating availability, reservations are recommended and can be made here.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member the 1882 Grille, an amazing dining destination in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country.




The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has released its 2020-2021 Minimum Wage Poster that all employers must have updated as of July 1, 2020.

As of that date, Oregon’s minimum wage rates will increase as follows:

  • Standard (or Base) rate: increases from $11.25 per hour to $12.00 per hour
  • Portland Metro rate: increases from $12.50 per hour to $13.25 per hour
  • Nonurban Counties rate: increases from $11.00 per hour to $11.50 per hour

You can read more about the details in June’s NewsBrief.

If you have already purchased the current employment law poster from Cascade, you should soon receive stickers with the new minimum wage rates to replace the current rates before July 1, 2020.

If you have not yet purchased your all-in-one employment law poster, you may do so here.

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