Join us on Friday, December 9th for Newspace's first annual evening of the Unrestriced Dinner Series.
Securing "unrestricted funds" is the constant pursuit of all non-profit organizations. Newspace is the proud recipient of grants that have allowed us to offer thoughtful, complex exhibitions and engaging programs free to the public. We are grateful to receive funds that allow us to, for example, bring photography from within the prison system to the fine art gallery wall, or to offer a residency to an artist to research the history of gentrification in Portland. But as you may, or may not be aware the majority of these "restricted" grant funds do not allow organizations to use these funds to pay the staff to run these important programs.
This dinner was organized not only as a fundraiser, but also to shine a light on the reality of the struggle of non-profit organizations like Newspace to offer stable and sustainable employment to the brilliant staff that run those "sexy" programs. It's a night of unrestriction from the funds to the menu! Chef Eric Gitenstein of MF Tasty, untethered from his day-to-day menu, will create an inventive seasonal four-course menu for the evening.
Eric Gitenstein is the owner and head chef of MF Tasty, now a food-cart in North Portland. MF Tasty began as a secret supper club popping up around Phoenix, AZ in 2010. Their schtick was “for one night only, for this price we will be offering this menu.” Location was only revealed to those that reserved spots, and then poof! On to the next menu/location. Menus consisted of playful prix fixe dinners with a changing theme. Examples were “So Cute I Could Pinch Your Cheeks”; featured dishes were items like a ceviche of red snapper cheek, and cola braised beef cheeks as an entrée. Eric is excited to be donating his talents to help support Newspace in raising funds to continue our legacy of offering free programming and gallery exhibitions to the public.