Portland may be thousands of miles from the Gulf's oil spill catastrophe, but just because tar balls aren't affecting Pacific fishing doesn't mean local chefs are ignoring the relief efforts. Whip out those day planners and add these to your summer menu:
On July 31, Irving Street Kitchen will roast up a whole Carlton Farms pig during its "Pigs and Pinot" event, which pairs BBQ, gumbo, and oysters from EaT: An Oyster Bar with Pinot tastings from a dozen local wineries. The $35 all-you-can-eat-and-drink fee will raise funds for the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, which provides aid to fishermen and their families.
And the following day, August 1, the Oregon Bartender’s Guild shakes up a benefit at Disjecta that'll feature a seafood boil and Southern-inspired food by Beaker and Flask's Anthony Walton and Noble Rot's Gregory Smith. Bartenders from Teardrop Lounge, Beaker and Flask, Gruner, Saucebox, Gilt Club, and Bluehour will mix up rum drinks, and all proceeds will be donated to the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Minimum donation is $40; get tickets directly by visiting the Bartender's Guild website.
· Greater New Orleans Foundation [Official site]
Image of Beaker and Flask courtesy Kenn Wilson via Flickr