Joining Us to Help
End Childhood Hunger in America
No Kid Hungry Dinner Portland, OR
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Irving Street Kitchen
701 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. - Multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings
Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen
MarySue Milliken, Border Grill Restaurants & Truck, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Tusk, Quince & Cotogna, San Francisco, CA
Helena Root, Irving Street Kitchen, Portland, OR
Through our No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America — Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and builds innovative public-private partnerships to end hunger, nationally and at the state and city levels.
Sarah Schafer, Executive Chef, Irving Street Kitchen
Chef Sarah Schafer has led Irving Street Kitchen as executive chef since its opening in 2010, in Portland, Oregon.
Raised in Boston, Sarah's love of food and cooking can be traced back to a childhood immersed in it by her mother and great grandmother, both ardent fans of Julia Child.
Schafer earned her stripes working with Chef Ken Orringer in Boston, and in some of the most prestigious, Michelin star kitchens in NYC. Her talents did not go unnoticed while at Gramercy Tavern under Chef Tom Colicchio, where she was quickly promoted to sous chef, the first female sous chef in a Danny Meyer restaurant. From there she opened Eleven Madison Park as executive sous chef where she remained happily until deciding to go back to the west coast where she had done her externship upon graduating from the CIA. She worked in San Francisco as chef de cuisine at Frisson, becoming executive chef upon chef Daniel Patterson’s departure. Sarah opened the new San Francisco restaurant, Anchor and Hope, and after two years there was offered the opportunity to move to Portland for the company to open Irving Street Kitchen.
Chef Schafer is often called "a chef's chef" due to her classic French techniques, dedication to her purveyors, and daily pursuit of excellence. Sarah's passion for hospitality and great understanding of the relationship between the restaurant, the customer, and the community, she credits to her long working relationship with the great NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer, whom she considers her mentor. The link between kitchen and community is of utmost importance to Sarah, and she is an active participant in many charities on the local and national level. She was invited to, and hosts, the annual fall "Share Our Strength/ No Kid Hungry" dinner at Irving Street Kitchen in Portland. Chef Schafer is known for her soulful approach to food deeply rooted in slow cooking, and a commitment to fresh seasonal ingredients.