SouthFork Goes Vegan for Meatless Monday on August 28
Veganizer PDX Collaborates with Chef Patrick McKee
Portland, Ore. (August 15, 2017) — On Monday, August 28, SouthFork will be serving a 100 percent vegan menu by Chef Patrick McKee for a special pop-up dinner in collaboration with Veganizer PDX. Veganizer is a plant-based food consulting company that collaborates with omnivore restaurants to expand the vegan offerings on their menus through pop-up events.
On August 28, the menu will feature a veganized version of SouthFork’s beloved Southern-inspired flavors by Executive Chef Patrick McKee. Attendees will enjoy a five-course menu of heirloom gazpacho andaluz, cornmeal-fried oyster mushrooms, seasonal market vegetables, smoked and spiced tofu with summer ratatouille, grilled peach ice cream and molasses cookie sandwich. Wine pairings and signature cocktails from our beverage sponsor, Pearl Soda Company, will also be served. Tickets ($60 including gratuity, beverages separate) for this exclusive pop-up are available at http://tinyurl.com/southfork-
Located in the heart of the Beaumont-Wilshire district, SouthFork features seasonal, farm-to-table Southern cooking with the finest ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. Executive Chef Patrick McKee previously spent 10 years working alongside Vitaly Paley of Portland Institution, Paley’s Place. Owners Casey O’Brien and Eric Schindele opened SouthFork in the former Smallwares space in May 2017, offering dinner service, happy hours, and live jazz. In early August, SouthFork launched their new Sunday brunch menu.
Founded in NYC by restaurant consultant Kiki Adami, the goal of Veganizer is to show that vegan food is not only healthier and more compassionate but also a way to bring in new clientele as the plant-based movement gains momentum. Since launching in 2015, Kiki has held pop-up dinners, veganizing omnivore restaurants and helping establish vegan menus for particular evening. Such pop-ups include an event at the famous James Beard House, which sold out in 48 hours. Apart from providing vegan foodies a unique chance to experience restaurants they wouldn’t normally patronize, the pop-up dinners also serve as an opportunity for restaurants to present their vegan dishes to their target audience before adding them permanently to their menus.
Building on the success in NYC, Veganizer has expanded to cities worldwide, with local graphic designer and food blogger Waz Wu heading up the Portland chapter. Why Portland? “Even though Portland is well known for being vegan-friendly, there are still many restaurants without any vegan options on the menu,” she points out. “I am here to change that.” Restaurant owners and patrons are encouraged to contact her with ideas for future plant-based events. You can follow her progress on Instagram (@veganizerpdx), Facebook (facebook.com/veganizers), and the Web (theveganizers.com/portland.