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Events for June 2
Portland Dining Month
‘Portland Dining Month’ Dishes Up Deals In June
$25 Prix Fixe Menus At 60 Top Portland Restaurants ALL Month
PORTLAND, Ore., [May 9, 2012] – It’s finally here! Beginning June 1st, Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City for the third year, offering three-course dinner menus – including an appetizer, entrée and dessert – for just $25. The best part? Diners have nearly 60 top Portland restaurants to choose from throughout the month-long promotion.
“New restaurants are springing up all over town, making this a great time to savor Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene,” said Courtney S. Ries, Director of the Downtown Marketing Initiative. “Portland Dining Month offers visiting and local diners the perfect opportunity to try out a variety of the city’s most-notable restaurants at a great price.”
Beginning May 29th, Portland diners will be able to “spin the wheel” at Downtown Portland’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/downtownportland) for delicious restaurant recommendations, or to find out more about participating restaurants. Also through the Facebook page, diners can enter to win a sweepstakes package featuring a $50 gift card from every restaurant participating in the promotion – that’s nearly 60 free dinners – one a week for a whole year. Contest entries will be accepted from May 29th – June 29, 2012. In addition to the grand prize, three contestants each week will receive a $50 gift card to one of the participating Portland Dining Month restaurants. The Portland Dining Month website (www.PortlandDiningMonth.com) goes live the week of May 14th; check the site for the most up-to-date list of participating restaurants and menus.
Portland Dining Month is again partnering with OpenTable. For every reservation booked on OpenTable through the link on the Portland Dining Month website (www.PortlandDiningMonth.com) the Downtown Marketing Initiative will make a donation to Oregon Food Bank. Oregon Food Bank works with a cooperative, statewide network of partner agencies to distribute emergency food to hungry families.
Portland Dining Month features 60 restaurants, including:
For a complete list of restaurants, menus and additional information, please visit www.PortlandDiningMonth.com. Be sure to check back regularly as restaurant menus will be updated weekly.
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About the Downtown Marketing Initiative:
The Downtown Marketing Initiative is a public, private partnership created and funded by the City of Portland and its partners that is dedicated to promoting the long-term vitality of downtown Portland. Since its inception in 2006, the Downtown Marketing Initiative has successfully supported downtown during a period of intense redevelopment and has become a critical economic stimulus tool in the current financial climate. For more information please visit www.downtownportland.org.
OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners, reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. The OpenTable network delivers the convenience of online restaurant reservations to diners and the operational benefits of a computerized reservation book to restaurants. For more information please visit www.opentable.com.
About Oregon Food Bank:
Oregon Food Bank distributes donated food throughout a statewide network of more than 947 nonprofit, hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash., and works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through education and advocacy. For more information please visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.
St. Johns Farmers’ Market Opens
2012 Season Opening for the St. Johns Farmers Market
The St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) is proud to announce that it will open its fourth season on Saturday, June 2nd. We invite to you join us in the St. Johns Plaza, where the bridge meets the vibrant business core at the intersection of N. Lombard and N. Philadelphia. Market hours are 9am to 2pm, every Saturday through mid October.
Students from the Sitton Elementary School Garden Program will ring the opening bell. They are a new participant in our Community Partnerships program, which distributes $10 vouchers throughout the community. The program was designed to increase access to fresh vegetables and fruits and is supported by a $2500 grant from New Seasons Market.
Musical entertainment includes the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Water Tower Bucket Boys keeping the market vibrant and exciting throughout the day.
Returning vendors include Food Works, a certified organic farm on Sauvie Island supporting youth employment and empowerment by engaging 14-21 year old young people in all aspects of planning, growing, selling and donating produce.
The SJFM is an independent market run by volunteers, working to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for small, emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns and North Portland.
Learn more about our programs and events on our website at www.sjfarmersmarket.com.