Acclaimed scientist teams up with regional culinary stars for Light Up the Redd
Release Date: 09-12-2017

PORTLAND, Ore., September 12, 2017 — Ecotrust is gathering visionaries, artisans, farmers, and citizens for a benefit highlighting a more equitable, restorative, and delicious food system. Light Up the Redd, a benefit for Ecotrust, features renowned scientist and activist Ricardo Salvador and celebrates the region’s bounty with culinary fare from top restaurants and food and drink purveyors. The evening’s backdrop is the Redd on Salmon Street, Ecotrust’s new Central Eastside hub of values-based food enterprises committed to building a healthy regional food system.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

The Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon St., Portland, Ore.

Keynote speaker Ricardo Salvador is a prominent agronomist, food systems expert and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. A provocative speaker and an activist, Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists and politicians to transition the current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices.

Restaurants and caterers creating the roving feast of regional bites include Park Kitchen, Verde Cocina, Timberline Lodge, Simpatica, SoupCycle, Zilla Sake + Sushi, Danwei Canting, Poke Mon and smallwares, all drawing food and drink from regional purveyors Umi Organic, Iliamna Fish Company, Cattail Creek Lamb, Finnriver Distillery, Starvation Alley, Organically Grown Company, A to Z Wineworks, Eyrie Vineyards, Crowley Wines and more.

Light Up the Redd supports Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit Ecotrust and its work creating economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being through natural models of development in the region and around the world.

$125 general admission tickets available at

Civil Eats
, the James Beard Award-winning news source working to tell the story of the evolving food landscape from Capitol Hill to Main Street since 2009, is evening program sponsor of Light Up the Redd.

Beneficial State Bank, the pioneering social enterprise bank dedicated to a triple bottom line of social justice, environmental well-being and economic sustainability, is the event Center Stage Sponsor.


Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, it has partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, it works to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together with citizens and communities, Ecotrust makes the region we live in a home that we love. Learn more at Follow on Twitter and Instagram @ecotrust.

About the Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic industrial Central Eastside district, designed to support authentic local food-related enterprises in Portland, connect them to the rich producers in surrounding farmlands, and scale a robust regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at or connect with @reddonsalmon.