PFTP & Growing Gardens Celebrate Food & Community at Donor Thank-You Event

Portland, OR:  Though it was a cold and windy night in Portland on February 2, 2017, the atmosphere at Opal 28 was warm and lively. Donors, chefs, mixologists, staff, and interns gathered for the 2nd Annual Fruits & Veggies For All cocktail party to celebrate the generosity of donors in the 2016 giving season, as well as the continued success of Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) and Growing Gardens.

Portland chefs Johnny Nunn of Verdigris, Chris Carriker of Bluehour, and Carl Kraus of Biwa Izakaya donated their time and talents to showcase small plates centered around fruits and veggies. Meanwhile, local mixologists Kayla Goul of Parasol Bar, Sarah Egeland of Verdigris, and Gigi Minshull of Bluehour showcased a bevy of cocktails in the same theme, highlighting Portland spirits from Thomas & Sons Distillery and Bull Run Distillery, as well as Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider.

Though geared towards donors, the event also celebrated the giving partnership between PFTP and Growing Gardens, a local non-profit that promotes and supports individual organic food gardening; both were featured in the 2016 Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. Multiple attendees affirmed that while most of them got their start as donors through the Give!Guide, PFTP and Growing Garden’s values of providing healthy food for all has led to a lasting commitment to serving their communities. 

In his thank-you speech, PFTP’s interim executive director Andy Fisher emphasized that “food builds community.” As one donor expressed, “I believe in trees and I believe in people, and these organizations provide a way to connect with both of those elements.” 

For volunteers and donors seeking to get involved with an organization that provides a community-based solution to hunger, food insecurity and lack of access to fresh, healthy produce, visit www.portlandfruit.org.