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"What kind of dressing would you like with that?" It's a common enough question. But if you take a moment to wonder about your dressing of choices's origins, then the question becomes more intriguing. That is especially true if the dressing is River House.
Founder and artisan salad dressing innovator Steven Neufeld never thought the food industry was his calling – this despite Austrian roots that were firmly planted in his family's kitchen. "From the time I was able to walk, I stood at the stove next to my parents, he recalled.
During his time studying oceanography at the University of Washington in the 1970's, he found himself working at a coffeehouse with a unique menu that catered to ravenous students – soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Although he "loved the work and the people, I still didn't see it as my vocation."
While visiting friends in Oregon, Neufeld discovered boat building. He landed in Pacific City and took to crafting commercial fishing dories. After the passing of his employer, Neufeld decided to travel the world. Eventually, the call of the Pacific Northwest pulled him back to the Oregon coast.