This May, chefs and hospitality professionals from around the nation will ride 300 miles as part of Chefs Cycle, a nationwide fundraiser for No Kid Hungry, a campaign committed to ending hunger in American schools. In Portland, ten local chefs and two beverage professionals have formed Team Sack Lunch PDX, and it needs to raise $55,000 before this May’s ride to participate. Check out the chefs and fellow team members sporting their bikes at their February 4 fundraiser in the gallery above.
“I love riding around Oregon,” says Matt Christianson, who heads the Urban Farmer kitchen inside the Nines hotel, “but this is going to be a challenge.” For Chef Cycle, participants ride 300 miles over three days, from May 16 to 18, in Santa Rose, CA.
After Team Sack Lunch PDX’s first fundraising event, it’s raised just under $15,000 of the $55,000 goal. The team is currently accepting donations. Here’s the full list of Portland riders participating in this year’s Chef Cycle:
Chris DiMinno, JackRabbit PDX
Jason French, Ned Ludd
Rick Gencarelli, Lardo, Grassa, and Beer Belly
John Gorham, Toro Bravo, Inc.
Chris Carriker, Bluehour
Anna Abatzoglou, Rogue Ales & Spirits
Mat Christianson, Urban Farmer at the Nines
Colin Howard, education director at Multomah Whiskey Library
Krista Anderson, merchandiser at New Seasons Market
Kayt Mathers, owner of Play Nice PR
Jeff Morrell, Toro Bravo
Thomas Pisha-Duffy, Pok Pok