Feel Good Friday: Feast Portland

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce The Best American Liqueur Feast Portland, a food and drink festival, will run from Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20.  At The Manual, we believe food shouldn’t just be nourishment for the body, but for the spirit as well. A good meal is like a good book — compelling and stimulating. Over the past several years, Portland, OR has become one of the nation’s most sophisticated food laboratories. On any given day, hundreds of restaurants and food trucks serve innovative and surprisingly delicious dishes; take, for example, grasshopper sushi from Sushi Mazi (made with real grasshopper) or the Oregonian peanut butter and jam sandwich from PBJ’s Grilled (made with pan-seared duck).Launched in 2012, Feast Portland is an annual celebration of Portland’s culinary adventurism — a gastronomic World’s Fair where creative chefs come together to show off their creations, much to the general public’s delight. Though only in its fourth year, the festival has already tickled the nation’s tastebuds. Feast has been named “the best food festival in the country” by Thrillist National, and Fodor Travel says the festival is “done to such perfection you’d think one of the Pacific Coast’s biggest-catch food events was in its 30th year.”Of course, Feast isn’t all about decadence. The organizers are well aware that too many people in Oregon and the U.S. aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. Next weekend, as Feast revelers treat themselves to kale-wrapped Kobe short ribs with pineapple goat sauce (or whatever), the festival will use its prestige to help end hunger — particularly among children. To learn more information about Feast Portland’s charitable side, we reached out to Feast Co-Founder Carrie Welch. Related: Feel Good Friday: Dine Out for No Kid HungryCould you describe the Feast charity apparatus? Which organizations are involved, and how are the charitable funds raised?Feast Portland donates the net proceeds to two incredible charities – Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (local) and No Kid Hungry (national). Both work to end hunger in the U.S. by supporting access to programs like school breakfast and summer meals to be sure kids are getting at least one balanced meal a day. We use #whywefeast to help raise awareness for our charities and the mission behind Feast.We want to be sure our attendees know they are supporting the on-the-ground food access support that Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon uses to launch or expand over 300 local children’s meal programs. PHFO has connected over 700,000 meals to at-risk kids in Oregon. They help make food, housing, and childcare more affordable for millions of working families.I’ve worked with No Kid Hungry, a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength, since my days at Food Network. Their approach to ending childhood hunger in America is ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and have healthy meals in the summer, and that families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 345 million healthy meals, which is pretty amazing.What has Feast Portland helped achieve/raise in past years, and what do you expect to achieve/raise this year?We’ve donated over $162,000 over the past three years. Last year we donated $62,000+, and we are expecting to raise a similar amount this year. We love donating to these charities because we know the money makes a real difference for them.In your opinion, how else does Feast make Oregon/Planet Earth better?   Food is one of a few universal connectors we all have. It’s something we all do every day, and that’s what makes Feast approachable and fun for everyone. There’s just something about watching talented chefs and artisans show you what they can do with the bounty we have here in Oregon. I think that makes people’s lives better as they leave the festival with more knowledge about food and drink than when they came in.Another important mission for us is to give everyone around the country an excuse to come to Portland, Oregon for one weekend every year. Oregon is a very special place filled with hops, vineyards, farms, a beautiful coast, and exceptionally talented, creative people. Everyone’s lives would be better if they spent a weekend in our city once a year!What’s the best way for out-of-towners to be a part of Feast’s charitable mission?Buy a ticket! Come visit. If not, you can donate via our charities’ websites at www.oregonhunger.org and and www.nokidhungry.org. Also, the holidays will be here before we know it, and anytime you volunteer at a food bank, shelter or other access point, you are doing something positive to help end hunger and that’s good for all of us.Photos courtesy of Feast PortlandFeast Portland will run from Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20  Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

Fentanyl focus of tip blitz

Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk wants the public to know they can do the community a good turn while enjoying a nice pay day by alerting them to people who are dealing fentanyl and other toxic drugs.The local Crime Stoppers chapter conducted a two-month blitz in this area last year and will mount a similar campaign beginning March 1.Neil Unwin of Simcoe, chair of the local Crime Stoppers program, passed the hat Wednesday at the Norfolk County Police Services Board. When asked how much he’d like the board to contribute, Unwin said $5,000 is a nice number.“If we get five tips on fentanyl dealers, we’re happy to pay out $5,000 for that information,” he said.Fentanyl, carfentanil and “purple heroin” are synthetic opioids. They are cheap to manufacture and many times more potent than morphine, heroin, codeine and other natural derivatives of opium. Asia is the primary source of synthetic opioids trafficked in North America.Synthetic opioids in trace amounts can stop the breathing of people who have no tolerance for them.North America has been rocked in recent years by a wave of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids. The depressants are sometimes added to street drugs such as Ecstasy and black-market marijuana to intensify their effects. Overdose victims often don’t know they have ingested a powerful opioid that is effectively poisonous.Because these substances are so dangerous, Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk is prepared to pay $1,000 for tips leading to large seizures of synthetic opioids or the arrest of traffickers selling them illegally.Unwin says this is not only a public health issue. Synthetic opioids as air-borne dust is a hazard for paramedics who rush in to save overdose victims. They are also a threat to police officers who execute search warrants on suspected traffickers.Norfolk’s PSB committed $1,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward fund. Unwin said individuals, businesses and corporations can earmark tax-deductible donations to Crime Stoppers for the express purpose of identifying dealers of synthetic opioids and the location of their inventories. read more