Portland’s Top Female Chefs To Host Upcoming Share Our Strength Dinner


A longtime supporter of Share Our Strength and its many outstanding initiatives, including Taste of the Nation, the Great American Bake Sale, and National Dine Out, I was thrilled to see that Portland’s own Sarah Schafer would be hosting a “No Kid Hungry” dinner here in Stumptown this fall featuring an all-star lineup of accomplished female chefs.

“People in Portland love everything local, so I thought the best thing to do for the first year was to only have local chefs. I remember talking to someone who said it was difficult finding great female chefs, and I thought, You’re crazy,” said Schafer. “There are so many talented female chefs across the country. So I thought, why not do an all-female chef Share Our Strength dinner? First, I found Kristen, who’s over at Paley’s, and who used to work at Gramercy when I was there, and it all just sort of spiraled from there.”

Taking place at Schafer’s Irving Street Kitchen on September 26th, the five-course benefit dinner will be a collaboration between chefs Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Sarah Pliner of Aviary, Kristen Murray of Paley’s Place, Courtney Sproule of Din Din Supper Club, and Schafer. Mixing maven Lucy Brennan of Mint/820 will kick off the evening with a pre-dinner cocktail hour. It’s not the first time Schafer has worked with the hunger organization.

“I worked in New York City at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern, and Danny is very into community and charities. He was really a driving force behind Share Our Strength from the beginning,” Schafer explained. “We would coordinate these dinners where we’d bring in big name chefs from everywhere – I had the opportunity to work with Jean-Louis Paladin, Francois Payard. And it was not only a great time, it was for an amazing cause. One of Danny’s former assistants has actually gone on to work for Share Our Strength and she asked if I would be interested in bringing those types of dinners to Portland.”

“I thought it was great – it brings me around to where my career began, and now I can be a greater part of giving back. The opportunities that were given to me, I want to give to my cooks.”

With tickets at $150 per person, the evening will also include both live and silent auctions, a pastry demonstration from chef Murray, and wine pairings from a handful of fantastic Oregon vineyards, including Boedecker Cellars, Brooks Winery, Chehalem Winery, and Sokol Blosser.

You can help Schafer and her team of chefs achieve their $80,000 goal for this year’s dinner by reserving your tickets at the “No Kid Hungry” event website.

~Jennifer Heigl

*Photo credit: Jennifer Heigl / Daily Blender