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Feed the Mass hosts FED Talks

The Portland nonprofit, which provides meal services and culinary education, is partnering with local chefs for fundraising dinners in 2023.

Chef Marcus Oliver cracks a smile during an interview with Feed the Mass

Oliver learned to cook from the heart by spending time with his grandmother in the kitchen.

Photo via Feed the Mass

It’s an idea that could only be cooked up in a kitchen. Feed the Mass, a Portland nonprofit that empowers, educates, and serves the community through food, is teaming up with local, well-known chefs for a series of FED Talks.

At these intimate, three-course dinners, guests will support the organization’s mission and get a chance to interact with some of the city’s brightest culinary minds.

On Friday, January 27, we joined Marcus Oliver, owner of Miss Delta — a welcoming, neighborhood barbecue joint also specializing in Southern and Cajun fare. The night started with his grandma’s buttermilk biscuits recipe (slathered in apple butter), smoked catfish on crackers, and pimento cheese tea sandwiches. Next was braised rabbit hindquarter on white cheddar grits, with his chocolaty take on chess pie for dessert.

The next FED Talk will be held Friday, Feb. 24 with Jenny Nguyen, owner of The Sports Bra. Tickets are $80.

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