Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Last Wednesday's, "Dine/Drink out for Ukraine" (organized by Hood River Eats and Solstice Pizza) was more successful than I could have ever imagined.
Restaurants, breweries, wineries, taphouses, and coffee shops were packed all day. pFriem was on an hour wait; when we walked into 64 Oz (taphouse) near their normal closing time, the business was packed; and many of the business owners we talked to said business was above normal on Wednesday.
Together, eaters and drinkers in the Gorge managed to raise $25,000 for the World Central Kitchen. That's incredible!
What you didn't see was that behind the scenes this event was powered by servers, dishwashers, bussers, cooks, hostesses, managers, dough makers, and bartenders. A huge shout-out goes to them for their hard work on Wednesday. Many businesses are short-staffed these days, closing unexpectedly if a staff member calls in sick. The labor market in the Gorge is tight and difficult but every restaurant that committed to the fundraiser found a way to make it work Wednesday. A huge thanks to them and their staff.
The easiest part of this fundraiser was getting restaurants to join the cause. It's unbelievable how supportive this community is. All it took was a few emails and phone calls to get 20 restaurants on board and from there the event snowballed. On Wednesday, 41 establishments pledged to donate a portion of proceeds to the World Central Kitchen. On Thursday, we heard from additional restaurants saying that they had been closed or short-staffed on Wednesday but were planning to donate proceeds from a different day. Then, over the weekend many wineries decided to donate a percent of their sales to the fundraiser. In the end, we had almost 50 participants.
A huge shout out to everyone who donated online, ate out, worked, or helped us spread the word. Thank you all for making this event so successful.
Melissa Haskin, Owner, Hood River Eats
Want to find out more about the WCK? Click here. Want to donate? Head to this link. Funds go directly to WCK. If you would like your donation to go directly to the Ukraine, you can mention it in the comments box when you donate.
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR PARTICIPATING IN "DINE/DRINK OUT FOR UKRAINE" NIGHT
10 Speed Coffee
New York City Sub Shop
Pfriem Family Brewers
White Salmon Baking
Gorges Brewing Co.
Solstice Wood Fire Pizza
Gorge Wine Library
Volcanic Bottle Shoppe
Thunder Island Brewing Company
Egg River Cafe
Stave and Stone
Double Mountain Brewery
Crush Cider Cafe
Feast Market & Delicatessen
Bette's Place Restaurant
Working Hands/Slopeswell Cider
River Daze Cafe
Henni's Kitchen and Bar
PESCO food truck (located in the lot next to Windance)
Randonne Coffee (1104 1st Ave, Mosier, OR 97040)
Lilo's Hood River
Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen
The Pines 1852
6th Street Grill