Nearly 100 eateries from 11 Oregon communities are participating in the 18th Annual Bites for Rights dining event on Thursday, June 22 to raise funds for Basic Rights Oregon.
Participating businesses donate a portion of their proceeds from the day to the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy and policy organization. This year’s event is presented by NW Natural, Northwest Public Affairs and Ubers Eats. For a complete list of participating businesses, visit basicrights.org.
“Bites for Rights has always been about building community and supporting the businesses that support LGBTQ equality,” said Nancy Haque, Basic Rights Oregon’s Co-Executive Director. “Many decades into our movement, we continue to see broad support from small businesses throughout the state who want to visibly show their support for fairness and equality. It’s particularly meaningful now during these turbulent times.”
Some highlights of the 2017 event include:
- Statewide Participation: This year’s event includes restaurants, cafés and bars from Ashland, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Manzanita, Milwaukie, Newport, Portland, Salem, Tigard and Portland, which has more than 70 participating venues in all five quadrants.
- Delivery Through Uber Eats: First-time partner Uber Eats has joined the this year’s event, allowing folks who can’t leave their home to participate by ordering food to be delivered to their home or business. Uber Eats delivers in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.
- 18 Consecutive Years: Cadillac Café, located at 1801 NE Broadway in Portland, is participating in Bites for Rights for its 18th consecutive year, despite a change in ownership. Originally owned by Rob Brackenbury and Terry Hughes, the Independent Restaurant Concepts (IRC) bought Cadillac two years ago and continued the tradition. This year, the IRC’s team took an extra step and added its seven other eateries to the event: Circa 33, North 45, Paddy’s, Patton Maryland, Produce Row, The Station and The Independent Sports Bar & Grill.
- Radar Love: North Portland restaurant Radar is hosting a special Pre-Fixe option along with its standard menu for Bites for Rights patrons. Twenty-five dollars of every Pre-Fixe menu sold along with 10 percent of our evening’s proceeds will benefit Basic Rights Oregon. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made viaradarpdx.com or by calling 503-841-6948.
- Furry Friends Included: For the first time, an eatery for cats and dogs is participating in Bites for Rights. MEAT for Cats and Dogs, 2244 E Burnside, which specializes in raw diets, will donate a portion of its proceeds from June 22 to Basic Rights Oregon.
- Social Media Contest: Once again, Salt & Straw has donated an ice cream party for 25 to the team that gets the most likes, shares and comments on their Bites for Rights Facebook post while supporting a participating venue. Participants must tag @basicrights to participate.
Basic Rights Oregon is the state’s largest nonprofit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group. Basic Rights Oregon works to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion and achieving policy victories. For more information, visit basicrights.org.