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.
EEM RETURNS — Eem, the Thai barbecue bar that stole Portland’s heart last year, returns next week in the form of curbside pickup dinners. The $50 meal feeds two to three, with chopped barbecue fried rice, papaya salad, sweet and sour fried chicken, and white curry with burnt ends. Starting at noon today, people will be able to pre-order meals on the website for pickup Thursday through Monday. [EaterWire]
PO’SHINES ON — Kenton soul food restaurant Po’Shines has been giving away free meals to seniors 65 years and older every Tuesday and Thursday. From 4 to 6 p.m., seniors can order by calling (503) 978-9000 for delivery in North Portland or curbside pickup. Others can donate to the cause here. [EaterWire]
TASTING AID — Stoller, a winery in the Willamette Valley, is partnering with Northwest Portland bar Botanist House and Meals on Wheels People to help deliver meals to Oregon’s displaced restaurant and hospitality workers and elderly community. Throughout April and May, a portion of the proceeds from Stoller’s grocery and online sales will go to the bar, which has been providing free meals to people in need for weeks now. [EaterWire, KGW]