As the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon continues to impact the local restaurant market, stories are popping up across the city, from food cart owners giving away free meals to chefs starting Instagram cooking classes. In this new version of AM Intel, we dive into different ways the state’s food service industry has been responding to the global pandemic. For more COVID-19 stories, check out our larger story stream.
INSTACHEF — Another Portland chef is getting in on the new trend of Instagram cooking shows: Top Chef darling Gregory Gourdet. Keep Calm and Cook On, the first episode of a Sage Restaurant Concepts Instagram series, “premieres” at 5 p.m. tonight on his Instagram handle, @gg30000, cooking a roasted carrot dish from Departure’s menu. Then, the show will switch to @sagerestaurantconcepts at the same time on Tuesday nights, with different themes using different Sage team members. [PoMo]
TOTE — Portland-based restaurant publicists Kari Young and Dana Alley, in collaboration with local artist Jules Rovegno, created a tote bag that donates 75 percent of its proceeds to Family Meal, the nonprofit that helps food, beverage, and agriculture workers experiencing a medical debt crisis. Order the “Team Portland” tote here. [EaterWire]
SOMETHING SWEET — Today is the last day Moonstruck Chocolate will donate 10 percent of online sales to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund, so today might be a good day to order some candy. For those unfamiliar, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund provides funds to “nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.” [EaterWire]
BEER ME — Those looking for a beer without leaving the house can find a super detailed list of options on New School Brewing’s site, with options from Tigard to Gresham. [NSB]
March 31, 2020, at 3:33 p.m.: This story was updated to better reflect the nature of the cooking show.