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Portland’s Wine Industry Hosts Raffle to Raise Money for a Local Winemaker’s Brain Tumor Treatment

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Drew Herman and Elise Hansen
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The Portland Wine Community Raises Money for Drew Herman, Facing a Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Drew Herman, a former assistant winemaker at Division Winemaking, and Johan Vineyards’ Elise Hansen, are expecting their first baby in the spring. But recently, the couple received devastating news: Herman has a brain tumor. Herman and Hansen are well-known within Portland’s wine community, so local wine industry workers including Dana Frank of Bar Norman and Thomas Monroe of Division Winemaking started a raffle to raise money for the family; local wineries, wine shops, restaurants, and wine distributors have provided product to be included as a part of the raffle, including (but not limited to) places like Prufrock Wines, Anne Amie Vineyards, Canard, and Division Winemaking. 100 percent of the money in this raffle will go directly to Herman and Hansen. Those interested can buy a $10 raffle ticket through March 5 at 6 p.m.; winners will be notified on March 6. People can also send money via Venmo at @Drew-herman or @Elise-hansen-herman. [EaterWire]

A New Vegan Pop-Up is All About Chili

Chili Goat Gruff, a vegan chili pop-up, took over the Rough Draft burger cart Tuesday, selling an assortment of chili-topped snacks. The monthly pop-up sells chili by the cup, but also smothers fries and impossible beef burgers with its vegan chili and tartar sauce. The pop-up pickles its own peppers and vegetables for events, as well. The next Chili Goat Gruff pop-up will be held at Rough Draft on March 16; follow along on Instagram for more details. [EaterWire]

In Other News...

Afuri has started a sake subscription program. [EaterWire]
Portland Monthly has released a list of its favorite takeout cocktails. [PoMo]
The pandemic-era Farmers to Families food box program, which saves produce from farmers to distribute to food-insecure families, is approaching its end, but food activists and farmers are trying to keep the program going. [AP]
Block 15 has launched a line of single-hop beers. [NSB]

Correction: This story has been corrected to show that Drew Herman has a brain tumor, though it’s unclear if it’s cancerous.

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