This Friday marks the hug-a-tree party known as Earth Day, and to commemorate the holiday with food, Chefs Collaborative, a non-profit network of sustainability-minded chefs, is asserting its influence with a few fundraising dinners around town.
Northeast's Albertina Restaurant — a volunteer-run cafe whose proceeds benefit Albertina Kerr, an organization that empowers those with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges — will hold its first-annual Earth Day dinner at 7pm. The menu features six courses prepared by guest chefs Bryan Szeliga (formerly of Lucy's Table), Brian Landry (the Original), and Nora Antene (Little Bird): Guests will dine on duck salad Lyonnaise, pickled oysters, and bison served with a nettle and morel risotto, knowing that all proceeds from the $70 dinner will be split between Albertina Kerr (90%) and the Chefs Collaborative (10%). Reservations required.
Elsewhere, all Grand Central Baking Company locations will donate 5% of Earth Day sales to the chefs cooperative, while NW 23rd brunch spot Besaw's and the Oregon Culinary Institute have also pledged a portion of sales, on April 20 and 22, respectively.
· Chefs Collaborative [Official site]