PORTLAND, Ore. (September 8, 2017) – Known for its New Orleans cuisine served on small plates, tapas-style, and its Asian/Cajun menu created by New Orleans-born, Vietnamese Owner and Chef Anh Luu, Tapalaya today announced that it will host a one-night only fundraiser to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on September 12th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the restaurant. As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Luu is devoted to helping those affected by the tragedy. Tapalaya will partner with local businesses to offer select items from its menu and Cajun-inspired dishes from the participating businesses. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a foundation founded by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett.
Located on Portland’s NE 28th restaurant row, Tapalaya is the city’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates. Tapalaya, which is a combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, offers its contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas and its Vietnamese-inspired special menu at Happy Hour, dinner and weekend Brunch. For the event, Tapalaya’s Happy Hour menu and a limited dinner menu will be available. Live music will be performed by solo guitarist Ken West and the New Orleans Jazz Band, Reggie Houston. Raffle tickets will also be for sale for fun prizes provided by local businesses. Reservations for any size group are accepted for the event.
Tapalaya will partner with the following businesses to offer the Hurricane Harvey fundraiser menu:
- Acadia – Jambalaya
- NePo 42 – Beans & Rice
- The Pie Spot – Pecan Pie Holes
- Staccato Gelato – Peach Bourbon Cobbler Gelato
- Mi Mero Mole – Étouffée Tostadas with Mole Verde
- Bunk Sandwiches – Muffuletta Sandwiches
- The Bivy food cart – Smoked Salmon for Tapalaya’s Caesar Salad
- Tanuki – Fancy Jell-O Shots
- New Deal Distillery cocktails
- Leah Jorgensen Cellars wine
Born to Vietnam War refugees in New Orleans, Luu and her family evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With their home under 15 feet of water, Luu’s family moved to Portland, Oregon but Luu remained in Louisiana to attend school and work in several top New Orleans restaurants. She later moved to Portland to join her family and attend the Western Culinary Institute. Luu was hired at Tapalaya in 2009. Subsequently, she was hired as Second in Charge at Tanuki, Chef/Owner Janis Martin’s izakaya. Following Tanuki, Luu was hired back as Head Chef at Tapalaya in May 2013.
“My family and I experienced first-hand, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We literally lost everything – my parents’ business, our family home, everything,” said Tapalaya Owner/Chef Anh Luu. Seeing the images of this happening all over again in Houston is very personal to me and breaks my heart. If I didn’t own a business, I’d be there, in Houston, personally helping as many people as I could. But, since I can’t be there, I want to do everything I can here, and partner with these amazing businesses that want to do the same, to help those affected by this terrible tragedy.”
Located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Northeast Portland and serving dinner and Happy Hour daily with live New Orleans music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Tapalaya serves contemporary Cajun/Creole cuisine sourcing many fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood from local farms and farmer’s markets in Portland, the Willamette Valley and Vancouver, Washington. Gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options are offered and classic menu items include Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Crawfish Etouffée, Blackened Catfish and Beignets. Tapalaya offers a full bar, wine and beer. Signature cocktails include the Hurricane, Uptown NOLA and Sazerac.
Tapalaya is a contemporary New Orleans tapas restaurant located in Portland, Oregon’s NE 28th Restaurant Row. Inventive Cajun/Creole tapas prepared with locally-sourced ingredients from the Pacific Northwest are made from scratch with love. Born in New Orleans, and raised by her Vietnamese parents, Chef Anh Luu has introduced new menu items that are infused with the Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients from her culture, heritage and childhood. Portland’s first-and-only restaurant to serve New Orleans cuisine as small plates, Tapalaya offers contemporary Cajun/Creole tapas along with a Vietnamese-inspired special menu. Small plates are perfect for sharing and pairing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with cheery, New Orleans décor, set to a funky beat. The restaurant offers live music every Tuesday and Thursday and Happy Hour every day. Owner Chantal Angot has been proprietor of Tapalaya since its opening in November 2008. A combination of the words tapas and Jambalaya, Tapalaya is located at 28 NE 28th Avenue in Portland. Dinner and Happy Hour are offered daily and Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. For reservations or for more information, please call (503) 232-NOLA (6652) or visit www.tapalaya.com or www.opentable.com. Find Tapalaya on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tapalaya and follow Tapalaya on Twitter @tapalaya and on Instagram @tapalayapdx.