September 11, 2009

Four Courses For Causes: An Evening For the Chimps 10/16 7pm

by IsaChandra


The Apron Activists are back! This time we’re tying on our apron strings to raise money for the Chimp Sanctuary Northwest. CSNW is currently home to seven chimpanzees released from biomedical research. This group, the Cle Elum Seven, arrived at the sanctuary on June 13, 2008. Please visit their excellent website to learn more about these seven brave individuals.

Once again, we will transform Sweetpea Baking Company into a candlelit bistro and you will be waited on hand and foot by Herbivore, Food Fight and Scapegoat staffers. The menu will feature all the lush, local seasonal flavors that Portland has to offer. Ambrosial root veggies, toasty hazelnut, creamy butternut, earthy mushrooms, and who can resist cinnamony apple pie in October? Come savor the warm flavors of fall and know that each delicious forkful is helping make the world a better place.

All profits will go directly to the sanctuary. Tickets will be $25 per person, but we encourage diners to pay as much as possible. For those who pay $50 per person, there will be a generous assortment of home baked cookies and stickers and buttons from Herbivore Clothing Co. Plus, we’re working on gift bags for those who give $100 or more.


Bread Basket
Mushroom walnut pate, carrot ginger spread, baguette, matzoh, flatbreads

Root Vegetable & Caramelized Figs
Mixed greens, endive, creamy garlic dressing, cilantro pesto drizzle

Butternut Rissoto
Cashew creme, roasted brussel sprouts, toasted hazelnuts

Apple Pie with Peanut Butter Caramel
Homemade vanilla bean ice cream with a creamy coconut cashew almond base


Friday, October 16th. Please arrive at 7:00 PM for a reception with the Chimp Sanctuary staffers. Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM.

Sweetpea Baking Company

1205 SE Stark off SE 12th Ave
Google Map

Ticket Prices
Since seating limited, you must buy tickets in advance to attend the night’s festivities. Tickets are a sliding scale, from 25 to 100 dollars. Diners who pay 50 dollars or more will also be receiving a goodie bag and 100 dollars or more will get you an even better goodie bag.

To Purchase Tickets
To purchase tickets, paypal 25 to 100 dollars to Please put “October Dinner” in the subject. You’ll just need to give your name at the door when you arrive (no need to print out a ticket.) You can also drop by Herbivore to pay for tickets.

If you are buying tickets for more than yourself, please put their names in the paypal comments and a table will be arranged for you. If you would like to sit with people in addition to the ones you are purchasing tickets for, please put their names in the comments as well, and let me know that you want to sit with them. If you are flying solo, you may end up sitting with strangers at the community table. But we promise that they will be fascinating strangers.

Allergies And Substitutions
Please email us with any dietary needs you have and we will do our best to accommodate you. Gluten free, soy-free and nut-free options are available.

Please bring your own beer and wine. Also bring any other beverage you like.
Any other questions? Just email us! Thanks for your support!

  • September 13, 2009 at 4:56 pm: Melissa Gutierrez

    This is amazing work. I wish I could be there, but I can’t. I live in New Jersey, but I’m going to share this on my facebook, so people know about what’s going on.

  • September 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm: Euclaypt

    Isa, I am drooling. That sounds amazing. I wish I didn’t live on the other side of the world. Best of luck with the event.

  • September 17, 2009 at 9:34 am: lmderd

    I can’t go to these things as I live far away so just sponsored a chimp, Negra.
    Good luck–will be awesome

  • September 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm: IsaChandra

    This event is sold out! Thanks everyone, from the Apron Activists and the chimpies.

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    Hi Isa,

    I wanted to drop you a note, and let you know how you’ve inspired the creation of Cooks for Compassion. I was so inspired by your brilliant idea that I started a similar group where I live in Amherst, MA. We just had our first vegan dinner this past Sunday, and it was sold out too! We are totally planning our next dinner. None of it would’ve happened if it weren’t for you!

    Many thanks,

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