Last fall marked the inaugural Roux, a food festival celebrating women, non-binary, and trans people in the food industry. This weekend, it’s back for a second year—albeit in a socially distanced, at-home format. Tickets are selling quickly for the remaining events, so act fast.
Saturday, October 17’s Brunch in Bed event ($55 for two) involves an exclusive morning meal from chefs who don’t typically serve breakfast to the public, along with coffee from Never Coffee, tea from Alaya Tea, and the option to add on sparkling wine. Most of the brunches are sold out, but as of press time, there are still a few left from Diane Lam of Sunshine Noodles, a Cambodian pop-up restaurant that made our list for the best of 2020. The menu features spicy cod congee with Tillamook cheddar crisps, coddled eggs with kimchi hollandaise, brioche toast soldiers, and apple chimichurri french toast with labneh ice cream. 15% of proceeds from the brunch event support Rose Haven, a shelter and community center for women, gender-nonconforming people, and children experiencing abuse and/or home loss.
There are also plenty of cocktail kits ($45) still available for pickup on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, concocted by Portland bartenders and made using spirits from Freeland Spirits, New Deal Distillery and Wild Roots. (Use the coupon code DRINK15 at checkout for 15% off.)
There are also some tickets left for Sunday, October 18’s pay-what-you-can Queer Soup Night event ($10-$20 suggested donation). There are four soup options available, including one from Nikeisha Newton of Meals 4 Heels and one from Salimatu Amabebe, founder of vegan dinner pop-up Black Feast. Each meal, available via drive-through curbside pickup or at the walk-up window, includes a pint of soup, bread, a cookie, a brownie, and a bag of popcorn. All proceeds from the Queer Soup Night event benefit The Black Resilience Fund, an emergency fund that assists Black Portlanders with essentials including rent, utilities, childcare, and food.
Last but not least, you can also nominate a deserving Portlander to receive a free box of cookies and plant-based milk. One of the cookie bakers is Cortney Morentin Selbiger of La Reinita, a pop-up and delivery panaderia that uses naturally leavened sourdough and whole and ancient grains.