Wetlands & Wellies Fundraiser Returns To The City
Coopers Hall to host 8th annual food and fundraising event for The Wetlands Conservancy
Portland, OR – Wetlands & Wellies, The Wetlands Conservancy’s annual roving fundraiser moves to inner Portland on Saturday, October 14th, with a food-tastic lineup at Coopers Hall. The dining and auction event features dishes prepared by chefs committed to raising awareness around the importance of wetlands in Oregon, and includes optional daytime “fieldtrip” adventures.
This year’s featured restaurants include: Enoteca Nostrana La Moule, Xico, Flying Fish, XLB, Oregon Oyster, and Miss Zumstein.
“Every year, people tell us how special the event is, and about all the interesting new people they met” says TWC Executive Director Esther Lev. “From sit-down dinners in a field on the Oregon Coast, to lively happy hour events all around the region, the energy, food and drink at Wetlands & Wellies is always memorable. We are really excited about this year’s partnership with Coopers Hall a low-impact winery that supports bio-diversity and water conservation!”
Wetlands & Wellies, TWC’s annual fundraiser, is a culinary collaboration between some of Portland’s best chefs. Together with Lev, Cathy Whims of Nostrana championed the idea to gather Portland chefs that are dedicated to sustainable seafood and environmental causes as a way to support The Wetlands Conservancy eight years ago. The event has since grown with partnerships from chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers.
The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC) is a leader in Oregon wetlands conservation. Wetlands are some of the most biologically rich and productive lands in Oregon and are vital to our health and the health of our environment.
“A partnership between Coopers Hall and The Wetlands Conservancy simply makes sense to us,” says Coopers Hall Brand Ambassador Joel Gunderson. “The shared vision of our team has led us to led us to find ways to engage directly in our community. TWC’s ongoing work preserving Oregon’s vital wetlands speaks directly to us.”
The event is fun, educational and delicious. Participants can attend wetland tours in the early afternoon to with experts to hear stories and see first-hand the critical importance of wetlands. The evening festivities begin at 5:30 with a feast of small plates and beverages, ranging from raw oysters, dumplings, negroni’s, whiskey drinks by Bull Run, the best of Willamette Valley wine and Hopworks and Little Beast beers.