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Updated: Portland Food Community Rallies for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Fundraisers, donations, and free drinks

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane Harvey Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

With tropical storm Harvey having displaced thousands in Houston, Portland restaurants — some owned by Texas natives — are pitching in to help those affected. Here are the upcoming fundraisers for victims of Harvey being organized by the Portland food community.

But first, some good news: The fundraisers are working. Pastrami Zombie alone reports it has raised over $4,000, and Earl Ninsom’s Langbaan, Paadee, and Hat Yai have totaled $7,213.

Here’s where to eat out to help the victims of hurricane Harvey:

Lardo Chefwich

All September
What: All of the proceeds from Lardo’s Chefwich will go the Houston Food Bank this September. Each month’s Chefwich is a collaboration between Lardo and a prominent Portland chef, and September features Chalino’s Johnny Leach, who created a Pueblan fried chicken sandwich, with queso Oaxaca, avocado and charred tomatillo salsa, bacon and black bean spread, and slaw, on a sesame bun.
Details: Just drop into any Lardo location


All September
What: The vegetable-centric restaurant with Middle Eastern flavors will donate one dollar from every “Generous Pour” special cocktail sold in the month of September to the Houston Food Bank. September’s cocktail is the Disco Devil, featuring tequila, watermelon, and lime.
Details: 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to close, on Saturday and Sunday, at 2448 E Burnside

The Station, The Independent Sports Bar & Grill, Patton Maryland, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, North 45 Pub, Produce Row Cafe, and Circa 33

All September
What: Stop into any of the above bars, and for every pint of Worthy Brewing beer you buy, one dollar will go to the Houston Food Bank. Dubbed Hops for Houston, this event is as a partnership between the Independent Restaurant Concepts (IRC) group and Worthy Brewing.
Details: see above websites for hours and locations


September 9 to 16
What: Kachka will send $2 from the sale of every moscow mule to SBP, an organization that helps communities rebuild more quickly after disasters. Kachka writes, “Donations will directly fund the rebuilding of homes for those displaced by the historic flooding, and will provide training to local organizations.”
Details: from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week, at 720 SE Grand Ave.


Tuesday, September 12
What: Tapalaya is teaming up with ten other restaurants to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Tapalaya chef-owner Anh Luu will prepare a dinner menu using ingredients donated by partner restaurants, like Acadia and Mi Mero Mole. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Details: 4 to 10 p.m., at 28 NW 28th Ave.

Sweet Jam

September 14
What: Deep Southwest’s Sweet Jam is opening a second location, at 5237 NE MLK Blvd, and hailing from the small town of Dickinson near Houston, owner Frank Taylor tells Eater he’s holding a special sneak-preview dinner in support his hometown. Attendees get early access to Sweet Jam 2.0, with a set menu of greatest hits, like jambalaya and chicken and waffles, and a portion of the proceeds will go to a local Dickinson church. If the fundraiser is a success, Taylor and chef Jerry Nottage will also travel to Dickinson to cook free food for the community, too. “My brother pretty much lost everything,” says Taylor. “You can replace pictures, but you cannot life.”
Details: 6 to 9 p.m., at 5237 NE MLK Blvd; just show up

Past Fundraisers

Stella Taco

Now Through September 3

What: Both of the Austin-style taco shop’s locations are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from taco and drink specials to the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Stella Taco tells Eater says it is offering different specials each day this week Today’s taco special features pulled pork with house-made barbecue sauce, fresh onions, and deep-fried dill pickles on a fresh flour tortilla, and the drink special is a Texas tea made with Tito’s Vodka.

Details: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 2940 NE Alberta, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 3060 SE Division

White Owl Social Club

Now through September 3

What: The bar tells Eater, “In an effort to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey, White Owl Social Club will be accepting donations on behalf of the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund. We will be matching donations up to $5000, as well as offering free drink tickets for all donations of $10 or more.”

Details: 3 p.m. to late, at 1305 SE 8th Ave. and Main

Gladstone Street Pizza

Now through End of the Week

What: The neighborhood pizzeria is donating a portion of its sales this week to “those affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

Details: 5 p.m. to late, at 3813 SE Gladstone St.

OP Wurst

Now through September 8
What: The gourmet sausage and hot dog restaurants by Olympia Provisions will give ten percent of all proceeds from its Frito pie dogs — potentially the best thing on the menu — to the American Red Cross.
Details: Just drop into any OP Wurst location

Hat Yai, Paadee, Kim Jong Smokehouse, Smokehouse Tavern, and Smokehouse Provisions

September 1 to 4
What: Chef-restaurateurs Earl Ninsom and BJ Smith are donating ten percent of all profits at the above restaurants to the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey fund.
Details: Just drop in

Pastrami Zombie

September 1 till Sold-Out
What: Born in Texas, owner Melissa McMillan tells Eater she has family remembers directly affected by Harvey. To help Houstonians, she’s giving 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of her Texas Barbecue Cheeseburgers — made using Melissa's brother Michael's sauce recipe — to the Houston Food Bank, until they sell out. Around 500 burgers will be on offer, featuring beef donated by FSA (Food Servers of America), buns from Grand Central Bakery, and rotating sides by Lardo’s Rick Gencarelli. The burger and two sides costs $12.
Details: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 4237 N. Mississippi Ave.

Relish Gastropub

September 2 to 4
What: Relish Gastro pub is going big: giving one hundred percent of the profits this weekend to “aid Harvey flood disaster.”
Details: 3 p.m. to late, at 6637 SE Milwaukie

Bollywood Theater

September 2 to 4
What: Bollywood Theater is donating ten percent of the total day’s sales “to charitable organizations helping out those affected by the hurricane,” according to the Merc.
Details: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 2039 NE Alberta and 3010 SE Division

Bailey’s Taproom, Bazi Bierbrasserie, Belmont Station, and Imperial Bottle Shop

September 5
What: Focused on helping displaced pets in Houston, the following beer bars will donate ten percent of sales from open to close to Wings of Rescue and the Houston Humane Society. The locations will also accept pet food donations for the Oregon Humane Society.
Details: Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway); Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave); Belmont Station (4500 SE Stark St); and Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom (3090 SE Division St. and and 2006 NE Alberta)

The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

September 8
What: The Country Cat owners Adam and Jackie Sappington and Little Green Pickle co-founder Carrie Welch are holding a huge fundraiser involving 24 restaurants on September 8. See the full list of restaurants and details on the event page. You can bet there’s a tasty option near you: Confirmed participants include Ava Gene’s, Boke Bowl, Podnah’s Pit, Ringside Steakhouse, Irving St. Kitchen, and many more. “As I sat and watched on TV the horror of climate change wreck a state that I hold close to my heart,” Adam Sappington tells Eater, “the only thing that I could do from this distance is use my means and try and put together financial relief for the people of Texas. I can’t imagine what they are going through.”
Details: available on the official event website

Thomas & Sons Distillery at Townshend’s Tea

September 8
What: Thomas & Sons Distillery is holding a tiki cocktail party at Townshend’s Tea. The distillery will be serving up tea-based tiki drinks — tea-ki drinks — as well as food from Portland’s favorite tiki bar, Hale Pele. One dollar for every tea-ki drink sold will be donated to the Montrose Center LGBTQ disaster relief fund for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Details: 7 to 10 p.m. at Townshend’s Teahouse, 3917 N Mississippi Ave.

Bailey’s Taproom, Bazi Bierbrasserie, Belmont Station, and Imperial Bottle Shop

September 8
What: As long as they’re open on September 8, these beer bars will be donating ten percent of sales to Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a non-profit that facilitates post-disaster relief efforts involving people with disabilities, and the Texas Diaper Bank, working to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children, with disabilities and seniors.
Details: Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway); Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave); Belmont Station (4500 SE Stark St); and Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom (3090 SE Division St. and and 2006 NE Alberta)


28 Northeast 28th Avenue, , OR 97232 (503) 232-6652 Visit Website

White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (503) 236-9672 Visit Website

Stella Taco

3060 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (503) 206-5446

Stella Taco

2940 Northeast Alberta Street, , OR 97211 (971) 407-3705 Visit Website

Sweet Jam

5237 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland, OR Visit Website