Craft Coffee Some people treat coffee the way they treat domestic affairs, settling into a long, happy marriage with their one true bean. But other coffee lovers have more promiscuous tastes. For them, there’s craft coffee, a new subscription service that sends you three ¼-pound bags of whole bean coffee from different roasters each month, selected from a blind tasting of over 50 coffees. Featured roasters have included San Francisco’s Four Barrel, Miami’s Panther coffee, and Bend’s Lone Pine coffee roasters, among dozens of others. — Hanna neUScHWanDer $19.99 to $24.99 per month (shipping included); craftcoffee.com.
Marshall’s Haute Sauce in her first year of business, Sarah Marshall’s Smoked Habenero BBQ Sauce, with hints of cinnamon and clove, won first place at the 2012 national Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show. clearly she knows how to make some lip-smacking hot sauce. Her best-seller, the Serrano ginger Lemongrass Salsa, tastes beguilingly sweet at first, but leaves your taste buds with a punch of spicy serrano. it’s perfect for fish tacos. other varieties include Habenero carrot curry (Marshall’s favorite) and red chili Lime. — TayLor SMiTH $9 for an 8-ounce bottle; $25 for a sampler pack of four 4-ounce bottles. Visit marshalls hautesauce.com for store information.
in this season of generosity and gratitude, it’s only natural for our thoughts to turn to those in need and feel compelled to make a difference. Why not tap into your love of food by volunteering to help alleviate hunger issues in our city? To find out which organizations could use a few good volunteers, we turned to Linda cohen, the Beavertonbased author of “1,000 Mitzvahs” and a consultant who connects organizations with “doers and donors.” Here are her picks: HomePlate youth Services supports the positive development of young adults experiencing homelessness or housing instability with dropin locations in both Beaverton and Hillsboro. interested in preparing and serving an evening meal to youth? Volunteers are needed to provide the ingredients and cook the meal on site. alternatively, you could provide snacks like granola bars or beef jerky for the outreach program. homeplateyouth.org Lift Urban Portland, located in northwest Portland, provides food box deliveries for frail elders and people who cannot get to the food pantry. if you have a vehicle, bike trailer or little red wagon and 30 minutes, you could deliver a food box to one client. or help glean surplus food and deliver it to the pantry through the community Share program. lifturbanportland.org Since 1991, Potluck in the Park has served a hot meal to those in need every Sunday at 3 p.m. (rain or shine!) downtown at o’Bryant Square. This volunteer-led nonprofit needs more than 50 volunteers each week who will commit to working from 2-6 p.m. to help serve and clean up the meal. potluckinthepark.org Sisters of the Road runs a safe, friendly cafe in chinatown that serves over 200 nourishing, locally sourced meals each day. They need volunteers for everything from kitchen prep in the early morning, to serving drinks, waiting tables, plating and busing food or taking reservations. sistersoftheroad.org Store to Door fosters independent living by providing a low-cost grocery shopping and delivery service to seniors and people with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to take orders, shop for groceries and deliver them directly to the clients. storetodooroforegon.org — LinDa coHen
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