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Monday in Portland: New festival highlighting food, wine from local AAPI businesses kicks off this month and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Monday, May 8 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. SE Portland apartment fire leaves 16 people displaced

More than a dozen people and four pets were left without a home Monday morning after an overnight fire at a southeast Portland apartment complex, according to officials. The blaze at Southeast 143rd Avenue and Southeast Division Street started on a stovetop around 3:15 a.m. before spreading from the kitchen to neighboring apartments. Four units were damaged.

None of the 16 people displaced or responding firefighters were hospitalized, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. The Red Cross is helping those that were displaced.

2. MAX service between NE 7th Ave, Gateway Transit Center back open after 3-week closure

Following a three-week disruption, a stretch of TriMet’s MAX train service has resumed normal operations. During the closure, crews were working on track upgrades and maintenance along the Interstate 84 corridor.

Train services between the Northeast 7th Avenue station and Gateway Transit Center had been suspended since April 16 for TriMet’s A Better Red project. MAX Blue, Green and Red line trains returned to regular service in the area on Sunday.

The Better Red project is a three-year project aimed at upgrading the MAX Red line. The goal is to add a new track and station platform at Gateway exclusively for westbound Red line trains. The project is slated to be completed in September 2024.

3. New festival highlighting food, wine from AAPI businesses kicks off this month

Oregon’s first Korean-American winemaker is kicking off a first-of-its-kind food and wine festival in Oregon this month, aimed at uplifting others in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Winemaker David Cho and his wife, Lois, founded Cho Wines in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they want to celebrate more of the state’s diverse food and wine scene.

May is both Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Oregon Wine Month. The Oregon Asian American Pacific Islander Food and Wine Festival will run from May 20-21.

“We thought it was amazing to feature all these chefs from Portland who are Asian American and who are really contributing to the culinary scene, and then feature Asian American-owned wineries in the Willamette Valley,” Lois Cho said.

The event will take place at the Stoller Family Estate Experience Center in Dayton, Oregon. Tickets are $65 for a general tasting, which includes 10 wine tastings from five wineries and 10 bites from local chefs. A $105 ticket includes a shuttle from Portland to the venue.

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