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August 11, 2014 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

On Sunday, August 10, PCRI celebrated the second annual Portland Roots Festival in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The festival featured keynote speaker, chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry, and event host Bryan Gallyot.

The event main stage treated festival-goers to music, dance, and other performances from Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Blaque Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds.  Community and partner organizations provided entertainment and information as well.

To keep festival goers nourished, some of Portland’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants set up in the square. Food vendors included: Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot.

PCRI offers special thanks to Roots Festival’s Gold Sponsors KBOO and Northwest Health Foundation, Silver Sponsor – Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Bronze Sponsor – Albina Community Bank. The production of this cultural festival would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors and many individuals and volunteers.

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July 25, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

AfroVeganBryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was published by Ten Speed Press in April 2014.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine.  Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.”  Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.

Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications.  As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.

Bryant is the host of Urban Organic–a multi-episode web series that he co-created–and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast.  He is a featured expert in the documentary film Soul Food Junkies.  He served as an advisor and made an appearance in the documentary film What’s on Your Plate, as well as the PBS educational film Nourish.  Bryant has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.

Bryant’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades.  In 2014 the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Bryant (along with Tavis Smiley and Belva Davis) for his commitment to community development and transformative change.  In 2012, Hillary Clinton chose him as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps.  That same year TheRoot.com included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” TheGrio.com included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area.  In 2011 Bryant was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.”  He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008.  From 2008-2010 Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and Educator Marion Nestle.

In 2002 Bryant founded b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system.

Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in History from NYU and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana.  He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.

July 18, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI, PDX Roots

PDX Roots Poster 2014

The 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival is almost here! Join us:

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

We are looking forward to tasting Africa-inspired dishes from some of the city’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants. Including:
Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot

On the main stage, we will be treated to performances from some incredible musicians, poets, and dancers. Including:
Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Black Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds

Have fun learning about food, health, and community with our partner organizations. Including:
Friends of Family Farmers, Q Center, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Urban League, Men’s Health Project, Curriculum of Cuisine, Bradley Angle, Earth Wisdom Alliance, Lanyi Fan, Black Women for Peace, and Oregon Children’s Theater who will be on-site with storytelling workshops.

Bryant-Terry-photo-credit-Margo-Moritz-680x835Special guests include key-note speaker, Bryant Terry.
Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of numerous books, including Vegan Soul Food, The Inspired Vegan, and Afro-Vegan. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant completed the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in American History from New York University and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife and children.

image b. gallyotSpecial guests also include event host – Bryan Gallyot. Repeatedly voted Pasadena’s “Best Personality”, Bryan is also known for hosting charitable events across Southern California. This Palm Springs based entertainer and co-owner of the Crazy Coconut Bar & Grill is happy to join us here in Portland for the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival.

For more information, contact PCRI at 503-288-2923. We hope to see you there!

 

June 5, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

PCRI is proud to present the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival. Once again, we are coming together to promote healthy living through nutrition and exercise by tapping into the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people. We will highlight the different yet similar avenues these cultures took through celebrating the food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.

Roots Festival PosterThe celebration will feature some of Portland’s tastiest Afro-food vendors, a variety of fun and educational health-related activities for the whole family, and plentiful information from local health based organizations. PCRI residents will be there to share their healthy food access journey through community gardening, nutrition education, senior food bank, and youth summer health camp. We’re excited to have you and your organization participate in the event and help PCRI continue enriching our residents’ lives through the promotion of healthy life choices.

Event Details
Sunday, August 10, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR
Free

The event will feature local performers, a key-note speaker, African, African-American, Afro- Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, local non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs. We expect about 5,000 people to attend the festival and we invite you to join us.

Questions about Portland Roots Festival?
Contact Whitney Shaw or Melody Padilla by email (click a name to send an email message) or by phone: (503) 288-2923.

Interested in volunteering?  CLICK HERE to read about Roots Festival volunteer needs and opportunities.
 

June 5, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI, PDX Roots

girlspicturePCRI is proud to present the Second Annual Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square–and we’re looking for volunteers to help make this year’s event even more fun and successful than last year!  Volunteers play a critical role to in the success of the event and will be provided with meal vouchers and pre-event orientation.  Will you join us?

Interested volunteers should download the Roots Festival Volunteer Packet (link HERE) or contact Jessie Blanchard via email or at (503) 287-4009.

The Portland Roots Festival (read more about the festival HERE) has specific needs for four volunteer roles. Please read more about volunteer needs below and note that we will do our best to match you with your desired volunteer role, but we appreciate your flexibility to fill other roles depending on needs the day of the event.  On-site event staff, in addition to the Volunteer Coordinator, will be available to assist you with any questions the day of the event.

Volunteer Positions

  • Information Team: This role involves welcoming attendees at one of our information tables. Volunteers who work in this role will greet people who arrive, check other volunteers in/out of the event, and provide people with information about the event. Most importantly they should be warm and friendly!
  • Production Team: This role involves assisting participants (vendors, artists, partners, etc.) with information about on-site loading/unloading, when and where to setup/takedown, and directing them to their PCRI staff contact.
  • Youth Activity Team: This role involves helping with PCRI’s youth activity booth. Volunteers will welcome kids and families to the booth and provide information about the day’s activities.
  • Peace Keeper Team: This role involves keeping the festival clean and maintained. Volunteers will be walking around to keep an eye on the appearance of the event and directing visitors to on-site facilities (water, recycling, composting, etc.).

Click HERE to download the Roots Festival Volunteer packet (including an information sheet to return with your contact information and preferred volunteer role).  For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact Jessie Blanchard at PCRI.

September 19, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Not to worry, we have lots of pictures to share with you!

Roots Fest happened on September 1st at Pioneer Square. It was part of our Healthy Foods Access Initiative where we got to showcase the produce our residents had been growing along with local, afro-centric food, vendors and entertainment. Will Allen of Growing Power was also in town to talk to the community about urban farming and sustainable agriculture.

We are thankful to all those who participated!

 

August 29, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Portland Roots Festival will feature a variety of food, art, and cultural practices from Portland’s diverse African Populations.  The festival, held on September 1 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland will run from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m.  It is PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival, promoting healthy living through healthy food choices and activities from the rich and ancient traditions of the African people.  Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.  Vendors (pictured below with KPTV Fox 12 host Joe Vithayathil) and their menu items will include:

  • Touchdown’s BBQ With A Kick: Pulled pork sandwich and barbeque ribs
  • Enat Kitchen: Chicken with spinach, collard greens, spicy beef tips
  • Caribbean Kook Pot: Jerk chicken, curried chicken, Cajun tilapia, rice, and red beans
  • Gamila Café: Moroccan chicken, lamb with rice
  • Sea Verdes: Tilapia with spinach, tomato and basil; Thai beef salad, deep-fried oysters, green smoothies
  • Midnight Seed: Herbal teas, including basil and mint
  • Terrel’s Texas BBQ: Pulled pork sandwich and pork ribs; chicken, beef, potato salad, cole slaw, bbq beans, pasta salad, macaroni & cheese
  • Po’ Shines Café del la Soul: Fried catfish, hush puppies, vegan gumbo
  • Love Belizean: Belizean-style chicken or coconut curried beans with seasoned coconut rice and beans; Caribbean salsa, arugula salad
  • Delight of Africa: Fried plantains with black eyed pea stew; fresh hibiscus and ginger teas; West African donut

Click on any vendor’s name for more information.  The festival will have additional features including:

The Portland Roots Festival is free and open to all ages.  The festival is Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.  A tentative schedule is available HERE.  Please note that all times are subject to change without notice.

August 28, 2013 · by Staff · PCRI, PDX Roots

PCRI will host the Portland Roots Festival on September 1, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.  Thanks to generous support from our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor NW Natural, the festival will feature a keynote from Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., and a leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture.  The celebration will also include African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, performers, non-profit community groups, micro-entrepreneurs.

PCRI gives special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, NW Natural, for helping make this celebration a reality.

Gold Sponsors have also provided essential support for the Roots Festival.  The festival’s gold sponsors include Wieden + Kennedy, Legacy Health, and the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

PCRI also appreciates support provided by Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability, a Silver Sponsor for the festival.

Additional support for the Roots Festival has also been provided (in no particular order) by New Seasons Markets, Portland Trailblazers, Time Airport Shuttle, Dave’s Killer Bread, Steven Smith Tea Maker, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and Union Cab.

For more information about the Roots Festival, check HERE.  Read more about keynote speaker Will Allen HERE.

August 19, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

In celebration of the PCRI’s Healthy Foods Access Initiative, we are hosting the Portland Roots Festival on September 1, 2013. We will be in Pioneer Square from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., exploring the African roots of signature dishes from some of the city’s tastiest restaurants and food carts. Come savor the vibrant flavors of global street food in a beautiful open air setting.

The event will feature African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food vendors, performers, non-profit community groups, micro-entrepreneurs, and a key-note speech from Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc.

Mr. Allen – the son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.

In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People.

July 22, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

On Sunday, September 1, PCRI will host Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.  The festival will be PCRI’s first culturally specific food festival and will raise funds and awareness to promote healthy living through healthy food choices and activities through the rich and ancient sustainable food practices of the African people.  Admission to the festival is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The festival will highlight the different yet similar avenues these ancient practices took through the celebration of food practices of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro- Latin, and African Diaspora populations of Portland, Oregon.  The celebration will feature food vendors, art, and performances from Portland’s diverse African populations.

PCRI and its community partners will be present at the festival, sharing information and resources at festival booths.  PCRI residents will also be at the festival, sharing their healthy food access journey.  Residents engaged in this journey through multiple programs offered through PCRI in the past year: gardening, nutrition education, and Children’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp.

 

Are you interested in participating or volunteering?  Send an email to Nuhamin for more information, or download/view our volunteer information HERE.

Event Details:

Sunday, September 1, 2013, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

All ages.  Free admission.

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