Hi Friends!

This July, Besaw's is donating a percentage of dinner proceeds to Sauvie Island Center and their amazing educational programming (see our blog post about them here).  We heard about this event they're doing, and we can't wait to go! Not only does the menu sound amazing (desserts by Saint Cupcake!), but we love the idea of barbecue-ing with our friends, listening to some amazing steel guitar, and supporting such an awesome cause. We're passing the word along, because we think you should go, too!



Here're the deets:

Sauvie Island Center to Host Barn Dance & Barbecue Fundraiser

More than 250 guests are expected to join the Sauvie Island Center for

live music, square dancing and a gourmet barbecue in support of the

farm-based education non-profit, and you're invited!


PORTLAND, OR – On Saturday, July 28th the Sauvie Island Center will host their 4th annual Barn Dance and Barbecue. The event, presented by Organic Valley, will feature a menu including their products.  Sponsor Bon Appetit designed the menu, which includes smoked pork with roasted peaches, bbq chicken with pickled rhubarb glaze and fresh summer sides prepared with Organic Valley cheese and yogurt and produce from Sauvie Island Organics. Dessert will be provided courtesy of Saint Cupcake. The event will also feature live music from Steel Guitar Master Scott Law and band, as well as Montanna Jane, a square dancer caller and a silent auction. Guests will be invited to walk the farm and tour the innovative hands-on, farm-based program. Widmer beer and a variety of local, Oregon wines will be available for purchase.  Tickets are available at the door and online at Barn Dance.

WHAT:                  Barn Dance & Barbecue Fundraiser

WHEN:                  Saturday, July 28th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

WHERE:               Howell Territorial Park, 13605 NW Howell Park Rd. Portland, 97231               

WHO:                    Anna Goldrich, Executive Director of Sauvie Island Center

                                  Scott Law, award-winning steel guitar player

 TICKETS:               Adults $20/kids $5

Table for six $250 includes family-style service and beer or wine

SPONSORS:         Organic ValleyBon AppetitPortland NurserySaint Cupcake

 About Sauvie Island Center

Established in 2005, the Sauvie Island Center educates youth about food, farming and the land. Shari Raider, owner of Sauvie Island Organics, founded the center in response to frequent requests for farm tours she received from local schools. Ms. Raider teamed up with James Beard award-winning chef Cory Schreiber and recruited educator-volunteers to develop the farm-based, hands-on curriculum. This year, the Center will host more than 1250 children, which represents a significant increase over earlier years. Approximately 60% of schools visiting the Sauvie Island Center receive Title 1 funding and are only able to participate in field trips though the Center’s scholarship program.