Rooftop Summer Solstice Party at Departures Benefits World Central Kitchen

Rooftop Summer Solstice Party at Departures Benefits World Central Kitchen

Portland, Or. Brian Delaurenti and Johnathan Dahl, collectively known as The Gay Beards, hosted a Summer Solstice party sponsored by Reyka Vodka. The June 21st event also helped mark the 10th anniversary of Departure Restaurant and The Nines Hotel; proceeds from the anniversary celebrations  benefited the World Central Kitchen. Reyka Vodka, which is made in Iceland, hosted parties in NYC, Reykjavik, Baltimore and Portland.

The weather cooperates for the rooftop party on the 15th floor of the historic Meier & Frank building at 525 SW Morrison Street. 

Gregory Gourdet, Executive Chef at Departure, poses for a photo.

Byron Beck and Juan Martinez

Portland Society Page Editor, Elisa Klein and Steven Klein

The Gay Beards toast the summer solstice.

The first-ever vodka distilled in Iceland uses glacial spring water. Reyka Vodka also uses lava rocks from nearby fields as a filtration system.

Here are a few more photos of the event:

From World Central Kitchen:

José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the belief that food can be an agent of change. We have expanded globally and have developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise.

  • HealthCleaner cooking with clean cook stoves and food safety/sanitation training.
  • EducationSchool kitchens to support feeding programs that encourage school attendance and provide a source of sustainable revenue for the school.
  • JobsCulinary training to elevate the hospitality workforce, increase earnings, enhance quality of life, and strengthen Haiti’s economy.
  • Social Enterprise: Food ventures that increase income, create jobs, and provide transferable vocational skills to low-income communities.

Since our inception, our work has affected communities in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.

Join us as we use the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

WCK is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Inaugural Oregon Croquet Classic Raises Funds for Local Nonprofits

Inaugural Oregon Croquet Classic Raises Funds for Local Nonprofits

Portland, OR. The inaugural​ ​Oregon Croquet Classic​, presented by Classic Wines Auction, took place at Stoller Family Estate on July 21st and raised nearly $38,000. Net proceeds will benefit five local nonprofits: ​Metropolitan Family Service​, ​YWCA Clark County,​ Friends of the Children​, ​New Avenues for Youth​ and ​Unity Center for Behavioral Health​. 

The object of the game is to hit your ball through the course of wickets in the right sequence and finish by hitting them against a centre peg.

Classic Wines Auction and related events have raised more than $46 million for local nonprofits since the organization’s inception in 1982.

Brian & Johnathan are social media influencers known as The Gay Beards. 

Heather Martin, Executive Director of the Classic Wines Auction and Director of Development, Lisa Bergeson

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Mercedes-Benz of Portland was a sponsor.

With more than 300 guests in attendance, the event included a BBQ lunch prepared by Stoller’s Executive Chef Becca Richards, live music by the Pete Krebs Trio and Jen Bernard, wine tastings by local wineries, and tasty treats from local purveyors. Guests also learned the finer points of croquet from local experts and played other games including bocce.

Throughout the year, Classic Wines Auction hosts a number of events in support of its nonprofit partners, including seasonal Winemaker Dinners and urban tasting events. The 35t​h​ annual Classic Wines Auction will be held on March 2, 2019.

From Classic Wines Auction:

Consistently r​ecognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by ​Wine Spectator,​ theClassicWinesAuctionhasraisedmorethan$46millionforlocalnonprofit partners since its inception in 1982. ​Based in Portland, Ore., Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local organizations benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The organization recently received – for the third consecutive year – a four star rating from Charity Navigator recognizing exemplary performance in accountability, transparency, as well as strong financial health. ​Mor​e at​.