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A Big Besaw's Thank You for Eleventy-One Years!

IMG_6578 A HUGE Besaw's Thank You to everyone who came to celebrate our 111 years in business last Saturday! There was fabulous food, drink, balloon animals, face painting, games & wonderful music by our friends Rogue Bluegrass & Plum Hill. We raised over $600 for Potluck in the Park from the raffle alone! Some very lucky friends of Besaw's got to take home some fabulous prizes from Ataula, Betsy and Iya, Dragontree Day Spa, Moberi Smoothies & more!

Looking forward to 111 more years - Come join us for dinner throughout the month of September, as we continue to raise funds for this amazing cause.















Plum Hill & Rogue Bluegrass at Besaw's 111th Anniversary Bash!

To get you in the mood for our 111th Anniversary Bash, here's a little something from one of the bands entertaining us on Saturday, September 13th, Plum Hill. Hope you'll join us for a fabulous evening of live music, face painting, balloon animals, and of course, Besaw's signature food & cocktails. When: Saturday, September 13th from 4-8pm Where: The Besaw's Garden, just up the street from the restaurant at 2301 NW Savier RSVP: Let us know you'll be there!

Don't forget to get your raffle tickets for a chance to win fabulous prizes from our friends at Betsy & Iya, Ataula, Moberi & more! Tickets are available for purchase up until Saturday in the restaurant (and at the event!) for $1, or come free with your purchase of our delightfully refreshing Watermelon Sangria. All raffle proceeds benefit Potluck in the Park, who've been providing a hot meal to anyone in need--every Sunday since 1991--in Downtown Portland's O'Bryant Square.




Besaw's 111th Anniversary Raffle!


It's almost time for our Eleventy-First Anniversary Bash in the Garden on September 13th! From now until the party, $1 from every Watermelon Sangria goes to our September charity, Potluck in the Park, AND gets you a ticket to our super-awesome charity raffle!

We've got prizes from some of our favorite neighborhood spots: Betsy & Iya, Ataula, Moberi & more!

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the restaurant for $1 each!

RSVP to our 111th Anniversary party:



Growing Gardens

non-profit-growing-gardens-portland If you love Besaw's as we do, you know we're super passionate about knowing the folks who grow our food & growing our own whenever possible. We're lucky to have a garden spot of our own, where we grow several kinds of kale, sugar snap peas, summer squash, zucchini & lots of little tomatoes. It's not only about sustaining our food supply. Our garden is the prettiest part of the block, gardening is a great stress-reliever, and food grown at home (or at Besaw's!) is healthful--and tastes better--than what the average person can get at the store.

Our featured charity this month, Growing Gardens, has a mission close to our hearts: helping people grow their own food in Portland, Oregon by building organic Home Gardens in urban backyards and schools. Their Youth Grow school garden clubs create future veggie eaters and cultivators. Their Learn & Grow classes cover cooking, preserving & more.

Check out their video on "Digging at the Root of Hunger."

Join us for dinner throughout the month of July & we'll donate a percentage of proceeds to Growing Gardens!



Oregon Active is our Featured Charity in June!

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 3.05.41 PM As the weather in Portland gets warmer, we're scheming and plotting all the ways we can get outside this summer. With that in the back of everybody's mind, we'd love to introduce our charity for the month of June: Oregon Active--dedicated to providing Adventure Therapy for  people in our community with disabilities and other life challenging conditions. 

At Oregon Active we provide and facilitate Adventure Therapy (AT) Programs.  These programs inspire through positive emotion, challenges, community support and a connection with the natural world that refreshes the human spirit. We discover our abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. Our AT Programs undertake tasks that require perseverance, imagination, commitment and above all fun and excitement.  We are motivated by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about as individuals and as part of a greater community. 
We inspire through positive emotion, challenges, community support and a connection with the natural world that refreshes the human spirit.

Throughout June, a percentage of dinner sales goes straight to OA, promoting programs and adventures like the Aspen X-Games for Inspiring Athletes. Help us make dreams come true--we'll see you in June for supper! 




Bradley Angle & GlamHer

darcellewithdate Last year, Cana & Kate had the pleasure of attending Bradley Angle's fabulous event, GlamHer--they even put our faces on the event poster with Darcelle!!  If you haven't been, it's a bit fine dining, a bit fashion, a bit charity auction, and a whole lotta drag queens dressed to the nines (at The Nines!) for a great cause. We're definitely going again this year, and as their mission is so close to our hearts, Bradley Angle is also this month's featured charity at Besaw's. Serving all people affected by domestic violence, Bradley Angle places any person experiencing or at risk for domestic violence at the center of their services and provide support for safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

Tickets to GlamHer are just $75, and include a full seated dinner, wine & reserved ballroom seating. Up for auction (we're pretty excited about this one) is Brunch for 12 at Besaw's and many, many other enticing items...trip to Hawaii, anyone?

If you can't make it on the 15th, come enjoy dinner with us, Tuesday - Saturday, 5pm to 10pm, and we'll donate a percentage of sales to this amazing cause.



Bring On 2014!!

2013 was a banner year for Besaw's, not to mention our Nob Hill neighborhood.  There have been a lot of new developments on this end of NW 23rd, and as we look forward to a new year with some new neighbors, we want to express our gratitude to all the amazing and supportive customers that have kept this old landmark alive and kicking. Thank you to everyone who was  a part of our numerous events last year.  We hosted many "First Annual's," all of which were greeted with wonderful turnouts and rave reviews; looks like they're here to stay! Kicking it off was our First Annual Easter Egg Hunt and the debut of the weekly-sitcom-in-the-wings "Besaw's Bunny" (perhaps lacking a bit of originality in the name department).  The festivities were held in our garden, where neighborhood kids hunted their treasures as said "Bunny" hopped about, providing hints as to where the eggs might be hidden.  Keep your eyes and ears perked up for more information on the Great Easter Egg Hunt of 2014!

The "Besaw's Bunny" with the neighborhood kids

Another garden success this year was our 4th of July BBQ.  Cheffy built a new deck and slate patio alongside our 18 raised beds last summer so as to expand our soon-to-be-frequent garden parties.  Fabuloso Bartendress Beth served up some perfect summer cocktails to cool us all off while we enjoyed the dulcet stylings of jazz guitarist Max McCarger.  There's plenty more cocktail sippin' and garden grubbin' to be had coming up this summer, so be sure to join us!

Fun in the 4th of July sun!

But the biggest daddy of them all was our 110th Anniversary Bash, the "Grand Outdoors Bizarre!", celebrating the colorful 110 years of Besaw's existence... and we went B... I... G...  BIG.  A celebration of the last century, it was a most epic kaleidoscope of carnivals.  Sorry if you missed it; maybe, just maybe, there will be a 111th...?

Just some good 'ol fashioned entertainment at the 110th

As you likely know, Besaw's features a local non-profit every month and donates a percentage of our dinner sales to their cause.  To kick off the new year, we would like to recognize an organization that is focused on helping individuals evolve toward a more stable lifestyle.  Transition Projects serves people's needs as they adjust from homelessness to housing.  Keep them in mind during your "spring cleaning" this year:  they have an ongoing wish list on their website for in-demand items.  Transition can be difficult, but it is effectively accomplished with the support of community.

Have a wonderful 2014; we'll see you soon!






Ask anyone here, one of our favorite things about working at Besaw's is that we're a neighborhood spot. We have an amazing family of regulars, and we get to know our community. We love being a part of birthday breakfasts before school, dinner with the family, and much needed date nights for mom and dad. The sense of community that fills this neighborhood  is a wonderful thing to be a part of. As we start the new year may we all resolve to spend more time with family, community and building lasting relationships with our neighbors.

 It is in this spirit that we've chosen to feature The Friends of Chapman Foundation as our charity this month. For the whole month of January, a percentage of dinner sales will be directly donated to this wonderful foundation.

Friends of Chapman is a partnership between the Chapman Education Foundation and the Chapman PTA. They believe in a supportive partnership between the staff, parents and community. Friends of Chapman works to make connections in our neighborhood and our community through partnerships, fundraising activities and community service in order to support enrichment programs including art and music at our neighborhood school, Chapman Elementary.

They help to continue enrichment programs such as partnerships with OMSI, field trips, Science Fair, Art Ball, artist-in-residency programs, library books, musicals, field day, teacher allocations for classroom supplies, activities and much more! Organizations such as this one are what make for strong communities, healthy partnerships and bright opportunity for generations to come.

Chapman is a very special school and we are proud to be a part of this community based program. We hope you'll stop in and visit us for dinner, and help to support this fantastic neighborhood and the people that live and work here.








Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Oregon

Hi Friends! Can you believe we're almost half-way through with December? Christmas is fast approaching and the Besaw's staff has been busy-busy putting up twinkle lights, shiny ornaments and garland. Holidays are a time when the world seems so magical and wishes can come true. It's a time to brighten lives, enliven spirits and remember what's truly important. For the month of December, Besaw's will be featuring Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon and its wonderful mission: throughout the month, a percentage of our dinner sales will be donated to this charity in an effort to grant more holiday wishes to children in need of magical, joyful memories.

While you are out doing your holiday shopping, we invite you to come get cozy, enjoy one of our warm, seasonal cocktails, and let us make you dinner in support of this wonderful foundation.

The mission of Make-A-Wish Oregon is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Oregon's was the fifth chapter to form and started its roots here in 1983.

It began when Sam, who struggled with leukemia, wished to meet Erik Estrada from the hit television show, “CHiPs.” Since then, with the help of dedicated supporters and 200 regional volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 2,200 wishes to children in Oregon and Clark County, Washington from its headquarters in downtown Portland. They grant about 180 wishes each year with the help of volunteer wish granters throughout the region.

In Oregon, and across the 64 chapters throughout the United States, the Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast.  Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.

Upcoming Events - Season of Wishes - December

This holiday season, we invite YOU to bring hope, strength and joy to kids in our community by participating in Season of Wishes. Visit

Much Love and Thanks to Our Besaw's Friends & Family!

Happy Holidays,








Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic

Our featured charity is celebrating 50 years of service to Portland public school children that do not have the means for dental health care. More than 15,000 children in the Portland Metropolitan do not have sufficient dental care due to family financial strains or lack of insurance. This program is supported by volunteers in the dental field offering their services to make sure these children get the care they need. Creston Children's Dental Clinic is the only school-based safety net dental clinic in Multnomah County. Since 1962, they have served uninsured, low-income children in the Portland Public Schools who do not have access to affordable dental care.

Without the service to the community that FCCDC provides, thousands of children each year would suffer needlessly from preventable oral disease."

--Carole Smith --Portland Public Schools Superintendent

Please help us in supporting a great program that is needed by so many children in our community. Throughout the month of November a percentage of our dinner sales will be donated to Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic.



Sauvie Island Center Barn Dance & BBQ!

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.



Sauvie Island Center: Our Great Cause in July

The Sauvie Island Center increases food, farm and environmental literacy in the community by providing hands-on educational field trips for elementary school children. The trips, which take place on the Sauvie Island Organics farm and on the grounds of the 120 acre Howell Territorial Park managed by Metro, offer a rich and unique opportunity for Portland elementary school students to visit and explore a real, working farm.

Sauvie Island Center's farm-based curriculum was developed through a unique partnership between farmers, educators and culinary professionals.  Currently, there are five curriculum modules, each designed to educate children about the relationship between the food they eat, farming and the land.

Soil Exploration – Students dig into the compost pile to discover what constitutes “healthy” soil, and to better understand its relationship to the farm system.

Seed to Harvest – Students plant, tend and harvest vegetables from their own farm row, the Grow Lunch Garden.

Plant Parts Investigation – Students explore the farm while searching for and tasting food that represents each of the six plant parts: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.

Wildlife & the Food Web – To learn about the food web, students hone their sensory awareness skills while inspecting the landscape for signs of wildlife foraging on the farm.

Pollination Station -Students search for pollinators at work in the native hedgerow, the heritage orchard and on the farm, while learning about the critical role pollinators play in our food system.

Throughout the month of July, join Besaw's in supporting Sauvie Island Center and their educational programming! You can help by dining with us in the evenings, or by going to their website.

Happy summer!





Portland Fruit Tree Project

Ever wonder what happens to the abundance of fruit grown in people's yards, all over the city of Portland? Ever hoped there could be something good done with all of it, so that it doesn't go to waste? Enter Portland Fruit Tree Project, our featured charity for the month of June. PFTP brings neighbors together to pick fruit that would otherwise go to waste.  Half goes to families in need through our local food bank partners, and half goes to participants. They teach people how to care for fruit trees, how to can their harvest, and have a lot of fun doing it!

Here's what Portland Fruit Tree Project accomplished in 2011:

  • In 63 harvesting events (57 harvesting parties, 4 group harvests, 2 benefit harvests) we brought together541 volunteers in harvesting fruit. 53% of harvest participants were living on low incomes.
  • Harvested over 39,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, from 354 trees at 79 sitesthroughout the city.
  • 29,000 lbs of this fruit was distributed to over 4000 families in need through food pantry partners. The rest went home with harvest participants
  • Held 21 hands-on workshops in tree care and food preservation, teaching 182 people skills for self-sufficiency. Scholarships were provided to 1/3 of participants.
  • Engaged 86 volunteers in leadership roles as Harvest Leaders, Tree Scouts, Tree Care Team Leaders, Workshop instructors, Committee members, Interns, and Garden/Orchard Coordinators.
  • Registered 404 new fruit trees, bringing the total number to 1,546 (and counting).

We hear they're harvesting cherries very soon, and can't wait to get more involved! For more information, check out Portland Fruit Tree Project, here.



Besaw's Supports Lift Urban Portland in May!

This May, a percentage of sales from dinner at Besaw's will benefit Lift Urban Portland (formerly Northwest Portland Ministries), an interfaith community of volunteers that provide many services to neighborhood seniors, kids and families.

What does Lift Urban Portland do?

  • Nutrition Services: Volunteers staff their Loaves & Fishes hot meal site at First Immanuel Lutheran Church and Meals on Wheels deliveries. Hot meals include social activities.
  • Emergency Food Pantry and Food Box Delivery: Lift Urban Portland's emergency food pantry offers a five-day food supply for working families and seniors. They deliver food boxes to the homes of isolated or disabled neighbors.
  • Food for Kids Backpack Program: Every Friday, volunteers deliver backpacks of weekend food to elementary school children living in homeless shelters and transitional housing. They arrive at school Monday nourished and ready to learn. This is a partnership with Friendly House and the Project Rerun after school program.
  • Community Garden: Their community garden produces tasty fresh fruits and vegetables for their food pantry. Recipients eat more fresh produce when they know it was harvested just steps away. Its consumption helps maintain health and combat obesity.
  • Christmas Dinner: This interfaith cooperative endeavor provides dinner and social interaction for about 500 people around Christmas.
  • Personal Assistance: Lift Urban Portland coordinates individual assistance, such as reading mail, moving a household and light housekeeping.

We love it when our pick for featured charity lines up with their special events. This month, our donations will benefit the annual Lift Urban Portland Food Drive, May 1st-31st. This is especially important to us because it helps feed hungry families in our own neighborhood: the Pearl District, Northwest Portland, downtown and Old Town. For more information, or to find more ways to help, please visit Lift Urban Portland.

From all of us at Besaw's, we hope you'll visit us in May. The weather is beautiful, the patio is delightful (your Mom will love it!), and we've got an abundance of seasonal goodies to share.





Besaw's Supports Bradley Angle House this March

The official beginning of Spring, 2012 is almost here, with signs popping up all around Besaw's. All this sunshine (and snow!) and budding flowers has us thinking about new beginnings and new life. It is in that spirit that Besaw's has chosen Bradley Angle as our featured charity for the month of March.

In 1975, Bradley Angle became the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast (and only the fourth in the United States). We are proud to provide our aid to this pioneering organization, founded in Portland.

Over the years, our services have expanded to include a 24- hour crisis line, transitional housing, support groups, community-based advocacy, and three programs unique to Oregon: culturally specific programming for African and African-American survivors, an economic empowerment program called Making Cent$, and support for LGBTQ survivors.

Bradley Angle has a long history of providing local leadership to address unmet community needs and services for domestic violence survivors and their families.

Please join us in support of Bradley Angle this month. During the entire month of March, a portion of our proceeds from Dinner service will go directly toward providing Emergency Services, Transitional Housing, counseling and support for individuals and families in need.

For more information on Bradley Angle, please click here.



In February Besaw's Supports Animal Aid

As many of our friends and patrons know, the staff members at Besaw's are crazy about our pets. Our GM and his girlfriend have four cats and a dog between them! When we were looking for our non-profit for the month of Love, we thought: what better way to show ours than through Animal Aid? After all, it's organizations like this that introduced us to all our most beloved kitties and pups.

The thing that tugged our heartstrings most of all was the idea that our donation will go directly toward Animal Aid's Fund for Urgent Veterinary Care. When we're snuggling with our canine companion on our day off, it's good to know that we're helping others to take the very best care of their furry friends, too.

The story of how this organization was founded is so inspiring, and truthfully we teared up a lil' bit when we read about the founder, Jack Hurd, and his wife, and their commitment to helping stray animals find homes, lost animals get home, and all animals in need getting the loving care they deserve. Please check out their website, here.

Join us for dinner during the month of February, and a portion of our sales will go to Animal Aid. Cheffy's got an amazing Valentine's Day menu planned, Beth's serving a beautiful pink cocktail, and we're featuring several lovely pours, as well. Stay tuned! We'll also be sharing our favorite Adoptable Pets on our Facebook page this month!