Our second annual Poutine for the People, benefiting Providence Cancer Center, was not only a huge success for The Original but it brought together some of a great group of chefs and friends in the Portland community. The Original is rooted in keeping things local and embracing all of the bounty in the Pacific Northwest and Poutine for the People, our week –long event is a way to collaborate and have fun with like-minded restaurants, bars and chefs.
We over doubled the amount of participants this year adding restaurants and bars like, Ox Restaurant, La Moule, Loyal Legion, Clyde Common, Rambler Bar, LARDO, Foster Burger, Dig A Pony, Bithouse Saloon, Grain and Gristle and last year’s participants, Hopworks Urban Brewing, Bike Bar, Radio Room, Potato Champion, Tabor Tavern and Swift and Union.
The greatest part of the event is seeing and enjoying the creative dishes that each restaurant brings to the table. This year was no exception. We had poutine dishes that featured incredible local cheeses, braised meats, local produce and herbs and smoked meats. We even had a poutine for the kiddos – a PB&J poutine at Potato Champion.
We saw Poutines with eggs as toppings, chicharones, hot dogs, sausage gravy, homemade chili, and spicy chiles. The variety was endless and it really was a treat to see what each Chef came up with to express themselves and their restaurants.
At the kickoff event, four chefs joined our own Chef AJ to serve up their special dishes and we paired it all with a special cocktail from the bar and “TOTALLY RADLER” beer from participating Hopworks Urban Brewing – keeping it all totally local.
The Original takes a lot of pride in connecting food and drink with the city and Poutine for the People did that accomplishes that in spades. Our plan is to grow this worthwhile and fun event and really push our friends to get even more creative.
In the end we were able to raise monies for Providence Cancer Center and grow our friendships along the way to do even bigger and greater things for Cancer research.