Oregon, historically, has been home to a large Slavic population: Russian is the third-most spoken language in the state, after English and Spanish, and more than 20,000 Oregonians say they have Ukrainian ancestry, according to census data. In the face of this humanitarian crisis, the Portland food and beverage community is stepping up to raise funds to support Ukrainians in need, in the form of fundraisers, donation matches, and more. Know of another Portland restaurant or bar raising money for Ukrainian relief? Let us know via the tipline.
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, or BottleDrop: Oregonians can double their donation to Mercy Corps’s Ukrainian relief effort by donating their 10-cent redeemable bottles and cans. OBRC is donating $25,000 to Ukrainian relief, and is matching any donations made by Oregonians at bottle deposit centers. When dropping off cans and bottles at redemption centers around the state, visitors can tell the center that they’d like to donate the money made off of their bottle redemption; those who use BottleDrop can also donate their balance online.
Kachka: Southeast Portland’s Kachka is a celebration of the cuisine of Russia, Ukraine, and other regions of the former Soviet Union, but its owners make clear, “We vehemently oppose the actions the Russian government is taking to invade Ukraine.” To raise money for Ukrainian relief, Kachka is now offering a Chevrona wine cocktail and pertsivka, a Ukrainian infused spirit, with 100 percent of the proceeds from both drinks going to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. Additionally, Kachka is selling Ukrainian sauerkraut and potato vareniki at New Seasons and their own Kachka Lavka deli and grocery, donating $1 from each bag’s sales to UNICEF’s #CookForUkraine effort.
Ripe Cooperative: At Naomi Pomeroy’s successor to Beast, Ripe Cooperative, 100 percent of the proceeds from Bulgarian Caviar will benefit World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts for Ukrainians, and the shop will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its Ukrainian honey cake frozen custard to a Ukrainian Food Bank.
Gado Gado and Oma’s Hideaway: Every month, the bars at Gado Gado and Oma’s Hideaway offer a cocktail for charity, donating a portion of the sales from each cocktail sold to a rotating cause or organization. For each $14 Rumor Has It cocktail — lime leaf vodka, Aperol, peach, guava, Cocchi, lime, and an absinthe spritz — sold, Gado Gado will donate $1 to Save the Children, which has been operating in Ukraine since 2014. At Oma’s, $1 from every $14 five-spiced Old Fashioned — with bourbon, five-spice honey, and bitters — will go to Save the Children. Currently, Save the Children supports Ukrainian children’s access to education, provides psychosocial support, distributes winter kits and hygiene kits to families, and provides grants to families for basic needs.
Rogue Ales & Spirits: Rogue is offering a new “F*#K Putin” Northwest IPA at its Portland, Newport, and Astoria pubs, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
Portland Potato Vodka: Eastside Distilling will be donating 10 percent of profits from sales of 1.75 liter bottles of its Portland Potato Vodka to the International Rescue Community from March 1 until June 30.