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.
SEDER AID — Passover is right around the corner, though the Passover Seder is likely going to look very different in many homes. However, a couple of restaurants are now accepting seder dinner orders, for those worried about tracking down matzo ball soup or charoset. Kachka has set meals and a la carte options like ling cod gefilte fish terrine, chicken matzo ball soup, and rhubarb and celery charoset for delivery or curbside pickup; customers need to order by April 4 via the online store. Beetroot Market and Deli is almost sold out on their Passover offerings, but the online store has some desserts and seder plate fixings available to take home. [EaterWire]
JOJO’S BACK — Portland food cart Jojo, Southeast Portland’s beloved fried chicken spot, has decided to tentatively reopen Saturday with free fried chicken sandwiches for whoever asks. They’re not the only one: Matta, another food cart that gave away free meals, is going to “consider reopening” next week. [EaterWire]
HEALTH FOOD — Earlier this week, we wrote a story about the various restaurants that are serving free meals to healthcare workers, including Matta, Gracie’s Apizza, and Toro Bravo, among others. Even more restaurants have joined the fight: Magna, the SE Clinton Filipino restaurant, fed the labor and delivery team at OHSU, while Azul Tequila Taqueria, the Milwaukie food cart, made 100 meals for health care workers. [EaterWire]