PMC has always been an agile, itinerant business by design. Different kitchens inspire different classes and we have been very lucky to be able to teach out of so many of Portland's renowned kitchens and culinary classrooms.
Last month, we settled into a new space that we're really excited about: The Nightwood. A vibrant community and event space, a creative studio, and a bold experiment that reimagines the intersection between food, drink and design, The Nightwood is entirely owned and operated by women — a dream team of storytellers, seekers, and action-takers — who are passionate about thoughtfully-produced food, beautifully-designed spaces, creative collaboration. The Nightwood tribe includes chefs, butchers, event planners, farm-to-table experts, writers, and design mavens. At The Nightwood, food and event production represent our 'vehicle' to hire, train, mentor and teach women who are looking to develop their career or incubate their business idea. Our chefs, butchers, bakers and florists need a home and you can help.
In addition to holding meat classes at the Nightwood, Portland Meat Collective's founder and proprietress Camas Davis will be heading up The Nightwood's culinary education programming, applying her signature hands-on, transparent approach to meat to other aspects of the food world from cheesemaking to fermentation.
We're also very excited that Sarah Schneider, The Nightwood's head kitchen queen, is a whole animal butcher — having broken down her fair share of animals at Marlow & Daughters (NYC) and Renata (PDX). Expect to see Sarah at PMC classes from now on!
Like the Portland Meat Collective, The Nightwood was born out of generous collaboration, a hopeful longing for change and community, and a desire to infuse food with meaning. We are so excited to be a part of it.
We are taking back the commercial kitchen and revolutionizing the role of women in it. Many restaurant kitchens are not safe, healthy, mentoring environments that enable women to build long term careers in food. We plan to change that.
We are an event production business and our unique value is that we have created a new kind of business that combines a passion for FOOD, with our experience in EVENT PRODUCTION and our overall mission to LEAD, MENTOR and SUPPORT WOMEN.
We are women owned and run. Our mission is to empower women to create and execute their craft on their terms and learn to drive a successful business.
We have found a home but now we need to stock it with chairs, tables and equipment. Your contribution will go directly to getting us up and running!
We know $50K is not a small amount, but it’s absolutely possible with your help. No monetary gift is too small! Whether it is $5 or $5000, each dollar will enable us to build our dream.
From the very beginning, the response to The Nightwood has been enthusiastic and vocal. People have asked, “What can I do?” and “How can I help?” The best way you can help right now is through funding. In doing so you will be investing in women-owned business at a time when funding is critical. Today,
- Less than 5% of SBA bank loans go to women.
- Less than 3% of venture capital goes to women.
- Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce.
- One in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.
- Women are majority owners of 36% of all small businesses and growing.
With your funding we can bring our vision for The Nightwood to life! Join our tribe and give now!