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Valarie

A neighbor of ours had an interesting idea. He said if we really do get 1000 evacuees, there are bound to be some good cooks in that mix. Could an entrepreneur gather a crew together to create some kind of restaurant, thus giving the evacuees real jobs and Portlanders a taste of Southern cooking?

Justin

It sure would be nice to have some nice southern cooking. Anyone have a house they could donate up in NE Portland to them?

Dennis

Why not open up the school cafeteria or a classroom or two and make temp. dining rooms and open a temporary restaurant open to the public?? Serve Southern Homestyle dinners. I will come from Seattle to eat. Maybe some will relocate here permanently and open a nice Southern Cooking establishment.

Ryan

I would hesitate to start asking them about the only stereotype we know about the Big Easy.

ccl

I am almost offended by this culinary cultural distinction between the Pacific NW and the deep South. True...the culinary expertise is exceptional especially compared to Portland's mismatch "pan-asian-pesche" cooking. Creating jobs for our new guests is a great idea, but lets not limit it to what we believe New Oleans to be. Like it or not, New Orleans is one of
America's glorious cities similar to NY, LA, Las Vegas, Miami, etc.. I personally have a great affection...New Orleans is my favorite city in America. Do we have anything named after Louis Armstrong? If you have not been to "Preservation Hall", you need to plan a trip when NO re-builds and visit it twice. We need to give and help re-build this cultural and architectural gem!! It furiates me that people are happy pointing fingers. Lets point fingers when the time comes. For now, lets help a city that was founded a century before the Wilamette valley was even discovered by modern Americans (even though it was inhabited centuries before)...even before the Declaration of Independence. Thank you Brian for taking the time to get out there and help out!

ccl

Expansion on what I previously said...My girlfriend, Sarah, put it perfectly, "You can do anthing in New Orleans. You can dance and sing in the middle of the street" (during the day), you can love, kiss...did I say dance and sing? New Orleans is what we all want to achieve as architects, planners, etc and rarely achieve (even to all you Pearl District and South Waterfront afficianados?!). New Orleans is a "CELEBRATION OF LIFE!!"...what architecture wants to be, but rarely is.

hunter

Too late. No one from New Orleans wants to come to Portland to cook you for you...

Valarie

Oh, please. I wasn't asking them to come and cook for me. It seemed like a possible way to help evacuees who are trying to get back on their feet, as suggested by a neighbor, whose wife and family are from Gulfport.

MarkDaMan

quote by ccl:
"New Orleans is what we all want to achieve as architects, planners, etc and rarely achieve (even to all you Pearl District and South Waterfront afficianados?!"

I found this in Phil Stanford's column today in the Tribune and thought it was interesting after reading that post...

Three weeks ago, P-town’s premier real estate developer Homer Williams (Pearl District, South Waterfront) got a phone call from a guy with a soft Southern accent, claiming to be C. Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans. Naturally, Homer thought someone was pulling his leg, but he listened anyway. … “We’ve been watching what you’ve been doing up there in Portland,” said the man — who, as it turned out, was exactly who he said he was — “and we want you to come to New Orleans and do the same thing down here.” … Not that anyone’s blaming Homer for being skeptical at first, you understand. After all, it has been one heck of a week or two.

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