If you’re looking for a place to take a dinner date tomorrow night, or maybe impress some coworkers, hang with friends, or, oh, I dunno, actively support sustainability and sweeping eco-friendly policies on the legislative level, may I suggest you make your destination Southeast Portland’s Bamboo Sushi?
This Tuesday, October 12th, this splendid sushi joint—specializing in premium sakes, elegant cocktails, and environmentally ethical contemporary Japanese cuisine—will host the premier evening of the Oregon Environmental Council’s (OEC) new Taste Your Oregon (TYO) fundraising series. TYO is a monthly one-night-only event in which a participating restaurant agrees to donate all their profits from the evening to OEC. That’s right—every single penny of their profits. And, tomorrow night, all you have to do is dine on the same albacore carpaccio, Kobe beef patty melt, and Green Machine roll you would have eaten anyway.
“We’re hoping to have a line from the time we open until we seat the last guests at 10 p.m.,” says the owner of Bamboo Sushi, Kristofor Lofgren, who conceptualized and helped create the TYO program after recently joining OEC’s new eight-member board of local businesspeople all under the age of 35.
“We want to break our all-time sales record and then turn around and give all those earnings to OEC,” he says. “This is an organization that effects major change. Instead of simply protecting a single patch of trees, for example, they work to reform the logging policy for the entire state of Oregon. But working on the legislative level takes a lot of time and funding, so to support them, restaurants like mine—who have been fortunate in this recession—need to put our money behind our beliefs.”
The next official TYO events include North Portland’s Lincoln on November 10th and Thyme at FivePine in Sisters on December 8th, so mark your calendar. The OEC is also hoping to partner with some of their other favorite restaurants, including Higgins, Paley’s Place, Nostrana, and Toro Bravo in PDX, as well as JORY at The Allison Inn & Spa and The Painted Lady in Newberg and the Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach.
But this Tuesday is all about the albacore at Bamboo Sushi. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to go home with a few extra bottles of sake, as well, seeing as how it’s all for a good cause…