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.
BY THE NUMBERS — More than 80 percent of restaurant workers in Oregon have been laid off since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association. In addition, the survey found that 4 percent of restaurants have permanently closed in that time; one of those is likely Liberty Glass, which announced its closure last week. [The Oregonian]
QUARANTINE DRINKING — That ‘70s Show alumni Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will release a Willamette Valley pinot noir called Quarantine with local winemaker Sarah Cabot, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to programs like SNAP and Feeding America. Watch the announcement video on Instagram. [Portland Monthly]
PRODUCE DONATION — Organic farmers have donated 46,000 pounds of produce to Pacific Northwestern hunger relief organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Organically Grown Company organized the donation, sending produce to organizations like the Oregon Food Bank, Food for Lane County, and the Portland Sunshine Division. [EaterWire]