Portland, Ore. (February 17, 2017) – Over 50 Portland restaurants, including Aviary and Bollywood Theater, are banding together to support the Oregon American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization that for over 100 years, has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Brought together by Andy Ricker chef/owner of PokPok, these restaurants have pledged to donate 10% of sales this President’s Day weekend to the Oregon chapter of the ACLU, helping support local efforts.
Participating restaurants include, 24th & Meatballs, 87th & Meatballs, Angel Face, Apizza Scholls, Associated, Ate-Oh-Ate, Ava Gene’s, Aviary, Beast, Beer Belly, Bollywood Theater, Chefstable Group, Clyde Common, Coopers Hall, Country Cat, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Ecliptic Brewing, Expatriate, Fire & Stone, Foster Burger, Grain & Gristle, Grassa, Gravy, Hot Lips Pizza, La Moule, La Taq, Lardo, Loyal Legion, Luce, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Mi Mero Mole, Miho, Mississippi Pizza, Multnomah Whiskey Library, Navarre, Noble Rot, Nonna Tavern, Observatory, Old Salt, Over and Out, Ox, Pambiche, Philippe’s Bread, Pine Street Biscuits, Podnah’s Pit, Pok Pok, Por Que No, Radar, Real Good Food, Restaurant St. Jack, Roman Candle, SuperBite, Toro Bravo, Tusk, Woodsman Tavern, Xico, XLB, Yakuza.
Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th at Aviary
Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th at Bollywood Theater locations
1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Both Bollywood Theater locations
2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
3010 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
10% of all sales at participating restaurants will be donated to the Oregon ACLU
Located in the Alberta Arts District of Northeast Portland, Aviary presents an inventive and eclectic menu of small and large plates, boasting cuisine that applies classic French technique to exotic Eastern flavors and the freshest ingredients of the season. Chef/Owner Sarah Pliner’s dedication to clean flavors and disciplined methods is inspired by decades of cooking experience in New York and Portland in restaurants such as Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Aquavit, Aldea, Socialista, and The Heathman Restaurant and Bar in Portland. Aviary’s new Pastry Chef Matthew Zack brings decades of experience in fine pastry to Aviary’s dessert menu, presenting refined dishes to finish the meal with surprising flavors that compliment Pliner’s savory dinner menu. The cocktail list created by Bar Manager Justin Garcidiaz puts creative, culinary-inspired twists on classic favorites, drawing inspiration from the kitchen. The restaurant setting combines urban industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood and locally crafted lighting and features a chef’s counter, 18-seat private dining area, and a seasonal patio beside their vegetable garden. The Oregonian recently ranked Aviary #6 on a list of the 2016 Portland’s Best Restaurants, and #5 in 2015. Aviary’s Crispy Pig Ear was named one of Portland’s 25 Most Iconic Dishes by Eater PDX and OpenTable recently named Aviary as one of the 100 Top Restaurants for Foodies in the U.S. as rated by verified OpenTable diners. Chef Sarah Pliner was a nominee for Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northwest in 2015 and 2016. Follow Aviary on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @aviarypdx. Aviary is located at 1733 NE Alberta St., Portland, Ore., 97211. www.aviarypdx.com
ABOUT BOLLYWOOD THEATER
From his very first trip to India, Chef and owner Troy MacLarty was taken by how immersed street food is into the culture of India. On March 7, 2012 he opened his first Bollywood Theater restaurant on Northeast Alberta Street, to bring Portland the food he found during his travels on the subcontinent. Everything from the restaurant decor, steel cups and plates, to the food and drinks evoke the culinary experiences people might have in Mumbai. MacLarty’s love of flavor and training at Chez Panisse is evident in Bollywood Theater’s local produce sourcing, local wine and beer selections, fresh preparations, authentic dishes and seasonal menu specials. Everything the kitchen produces is made from scratch. Bollywood’s second location opened on Southeast Division Street, Portland’s hot restaurant row, in February of 2014 with more seating, a large outdoor patio and a 4,000 square foot kitchen. The Division St. location also features an Indian grocery market that sells Indian cooking staples like Basmati rice, curry leaves, fresh ghee, an extensive selection of Indian spices, and fresh made paneer cheese, made on site six times a week. Bollywood Theater has been lauded by Sunset, Tasting Table, Bon Appétit, Kinfolk, the Oregonian and Portland Monthly, as well as a number of international publications. Bollywood Theater was recently featured in a Washington Post feature on “America’s Best Food Cities,” and voted the #1 Indian restaurant in Portland by readers of PortlandFoodandDrink.com. Bollywood Theater consistently ranks among the city’s best restaurants and “cheap eats.” Follow Bollywood Theater on Facebook, Twitter @BWTPDX and Instagram @BollywoodTheaterPDX