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Food Cart Fundraiser, Distillers Guild Festival, Japan Bake Sale

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In today's noontime EaterWire, a few items to add to that Event Planning calendar:

WOODLAWN: Next Thursday (April 7), food carts from around Portland will pop-up at NE Dekum's Village Ballroom as part of a fundraiser for the SPOON Foundation, a local organization that works to promote international orphan nutrition. A $45 donation (all proceeds benefit the foundation) nets bites from carts like Namu Killer BBQ, Nuevo Mexico, Mum’s Kitchen, Pepper Box, and Robb’s Really Good Food, in addition to brews from Breakside Brewery.

SOUTHWEST: Hard liquor alert: On Friday, April 8, more than 40 distilleries will be pouring samples of spirits at the Oregon Distillers Guild's downtown TOAST fundraiser (acronym: The Oregon Artisan Spirit Tasting). From 4-9pm, distillery owners and select Oregon Bartenders Guild bartenders will offer samples and tastings, with representatives from local and national distilleries on-hand. The $40 admission benefits the ODG, a non-profit organization that promotes Oregon spirits both locally and nationally.

EVERYWHERE: Since we last spoke (and consider this your friendly reminder), more bakeries and pastry chefs have signed onto this Saturday's Bake Sale for Japan, including St. Jack pastry chef Alissa Rozos and Irving Street Kitchen's Helena Root.

Image of Namu Killer Korean BBQ courtesy Gary E. via Yelp