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Aug 3, 2012|

A discussion with Bjorn Estlund, from the Bite of Oregon, and Ryan Avery, from Special Olympics Oregon, about the upcoming annual food and music festival, as well as how Special Olympics Oregon will benefit from it. www.biteoforegon.com www.soor.org

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Gillis a dimension stone and a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host -- -- well it's August and it's hot outside about as hot as -- in this area of the world and you know what that means it means it's time once again for the annual -- -- -- -- -- stand. Testing food and music festival goes on down on the waterfront and discuss just that event I have with Vijay Bjorn -- from the -- of Morgan. And Ryan Avery from Special Olympics organ who as always are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the bite of -- thank you both for joining me today how -- Parade thing -- running up. Fantastic -- to get things kicked off let's let our listeners know a little bit about yourselves and how you came to be with your respective organizations. -- when we start with you. Yeah apple thanks so much said no thanks again for having us I'm actually serve as the general manager for the by the war again I'm a contractor. For the company called festivals being kicked and this is my. Second -- so. Definitely cut my teeth on it last year your hand. Certainly learned a lot as as you do with the first -- of any event but. Well you know that I went down to a great time. I'm so glad to your sister says I am so glad to hear that -- and everything the -- well it was definitely under my control and anything that was off I got other guys it's. -- no it's it's just a great event and -- we're looking forward really fine tuning it this year and and just making it the best fight ever. Since fastest. And -- -- in the direct. Her marketing communications over here at special on the door again I came actually because I use -- -- about a Oregon with my previous company. And they let me go to budget -- of -- like but I came and then god gave interview and this and they they've probably important. Fantastic now how that interview go right I'm just kidding me. But pretty pretty candid -- and he got the gig so I can -- so let's start with the basics where winning is the lead of Morgan this year one of the dates. Sure the twenty ninth annual by the -- and is held August 10 through the twelfth in waterfront park. -- Friday and Saturday were open from 11 AM to 10 PM. And then Sunday we -- down a little early we still open at 11 AM and then close at 8 PM. I sing -- CN into the same stuff as usual we -- live bands and all the various food tents and all that stuff. Oh yes absolutely the same stuff and and so much more I mean there's. The live music entertainment there's a kid's fair we've got craft brews we've got the wind pavilion and the of course there's Iron Chef or again. Which all occurs on the Cisco Oregon -- stage. And then you know but the real critic -- why everyone's there. Its restaurants its food carts it's desserts it's just tons and tons of good -- helped. And then they you know with a with the economy being. -- one in the toilets and -- that's been for years IE geyser and make a little nod towards that turn one the of the admissions the lessons here. Yeah absolutely I mean it's kind of our unwritten -- -- of more for less. And it's actually in honor of the fortieth anniversary of Special Olympics or again the cool yeah I -- we're going down to a five dollar gate admission. And that actually represents a half price difference from 2011. So you know we've really been like you said you know kind of answered the all of the economy and certainly that the call our customer and really working to reduce that cost. Yeah and that's not so bad -- didn't and there are weather with all the music that goes on and then having the selection of all of the different food. That's available I mean as as we've all heard anyone who's lived here for any minute time knows that we have you know more restaurants per capita than any city. In the country's south there are there are a lot of food companies restaurants. Food carts -- that that are there to be represented. So absolutely yet just such a food culture here in Portland you know and were really looking to capture that and you know give everyone -- small slice of it you know so it's. All these different dishes that are on trailers Macs are or what have you. And you could actually get them all in one place for definitely had discounted price we've actually got. Sixty entrees -- three dollars or less this year so it's really that idea of getting that key -- out there. And that's the Jerry -- organ chef's table. That's correct -- the jury Gary Franks organ chef's table presented by the you're gonna end. Which gathers those sixty entrees and it's really the leading chefs in the area. You know it's a lot a lot of the restaurants that can't be on site for three days they can't. Quite commit to that you know long term you know. Quote on quote. Commitment but they can beat air for you know half of the day Friday through Sunday so there actually six different shifts throughout the weekend. And that's where you get all the samples. And testing and that I am seeing here is it over 120 menu items it's like from. Each three dollars and so that's that's spread out Obama among all of those of various restaurants in the sixty years -- resent. You well that's true so we kind of beat the old verse sixty old Roger I -- About for a total of 120 element actually something new that we back after the all of our restaurant yeah green cards -- purveyors and again it's really answering the call of the consumer that they can help. But since Sunday that one. You know giant played a bad guy but some days I just want. A little mosh from every you know every different place -- The right it's it's actually quite brilliant design -- my whole life -- go into this thing since I was kid. And it was always frustrating I love to go around and and smell the different foods of the air and it's it's an amazing to walk around there. But it was like I -- trial these different things but I don't have 700 dollars. So there -- This person's stomach so to have Leo hey here's a little sample for three bucks that's that's really not easy to -- a lot of different restaurants. Absolutely well I'm I'm looking forward to seeing you there and I I'm counting on you to hit. It every case. Have a lot of pop up carried -- brochure yeah I had a good. I radio does not pay that much and I. We're out and then and then the food carts and food carts of course are back to me that's that has kind of taken over Portland the last few years. Yeah absolutely I mean it's it's. You know you can't. And out of food such -- without at least a few food cart and we've really tried to take leave the best of you know such an incredible selection I mean it's those things are just they're they're like rabbit you know they're they're everywhere now. But we feel we got three of Portland's finest which are -- lefties. Greek cuisine because VOA grind which is just this amazing Hawaiian food and men -- How well I would say -- the patriarch old. -- Portland food cart seen. It's -- -- fusion which is sure just golf man those Korean talk goes in and they called the original KFC which is Korean crisis. -- -- You guys had their -- a number of times it's it's a mailing it in -- and you don't you don't think of food that quality coming out of a cart. Yeah that's that's really what's it has become amazing about that scene in Portland is. You know this is these little many restaurants it's let's try out the student kind of like have a sample run -- have and a restaurant before we spend all the money on developing -- you know sit -- face and all that and by the doesn't mean the food is any different the food is fantastic. See it is it is and and you almost find the peace festival to mean everybody offers up a credible offerings but. You know that's what these people do for a living they -- make it street food you know so they're really used to do that on the fly and it's it's always fun to watch. The rest of our restaurant kind of step up their game you know to keep up with these between -- to do it every day it's it's fun to see them in that environment that atmosphere you know do the same things so it's makes for really exciting end. -- -- -- Very called -- tells about Cisco's organs -- stage. Yeah well I mean it has become a staple of the of the -- of war again no doubt about that. But a couple things that are new this year we've got a -- firefight in the kitchen. Which is soaring local firehouse shafts and I'm not sure if you noticed or not but every firefighter I've ever met considers him. Or herself pay you know culinary wizard sure so we're gonna put them up against each other which should be really exciting and out certainly not to be messed. Some -- what you were doing this year it's called outside of this Diana so were highlighting many new and healthy ways to cook with local craft beer. And I know you don't know what to think of I don't know healthy food in clear that this is an all gonna be you know beer battered fish and ships these are actually. -- takes on cooking with -- and and really creative stuff I mean things that I had no idea we're going on. Well -- only makes sense there there -- so many people making these very specific recipe Beers here Indian parliament in the northwest and general. It makes sense that that would then add hold new flavors to food. Yeah I mean this is truly the epicenter of food and beer I mean you know work one of the homes of of micro brews and what people are doing the creativity that goes along without -- mean it's really. It's it's along with this kind of slow food and really just kind of this or tease them all or Kraft food beer wine movement that I don't know really makes up. The culture in Portland. And we're just hitting the tip of the iceberg -- encourage everyone to code to the website which is bite of Morgan dot com. There are so many events so many bands that I mean it would it would take his hours and hours of talk about all right. But a number of the proceeds are going to use Special Olympics -- as we mentioned earlier what kind of money is -- is looking to raise this year. We're looking to reach -- 200000 complex series 150 and world we're trying to do is. I guess the slogan you could say is packed the park and we are putting that five dollar discount and celebration for our fortieth anniversary and we just want people who hadn't necessarily may -- never -- any of and able to experience the -- before has to come out. He was. Bjorn in this scheme have put together and actually all of the net. That precedes it. It -- Special Olympics -- that's -- -- so we are just trying to impact the park this year. And -- get about 200000 dollars and what that'll do is fellow allow all about the thousand athletes to compete in our program for an entire year. Creating massive yeah and it's really needed if I can't put in numbers where is right now are serving about 101000 statewide. And there are 80000 more or donate and second benefit from our services. And we're just now waiting for more funds to let those packets coming compete with us and what we have like they provide training for life. If you just joining us you're listening to match your scope a series of interviews with people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Ted Douglas and speaking today with Bjorn -- from the -- of Morgan and Ryan Avery. From Special Olympics or against. By Morgan going on at the very very soon August 10 to the twelfth the waterfront park and the proceeds are gonna go to Special Olympics organ so. I know the you know probably lot a lot of people listening and running all people listening have heard of Special Olympics. But they might not be exactly clear on what it is you guys do can you give -- kind of an overview -- of what's Special Olympics -- all about. Absolutely we serve the largest disability population in the statement. And one thing that some people might not necessarily know is we serve people with -- intellectual disabilities so it's not necessarily critical yet some of our constituency does have a physical and stability predictability does. So we. Focus on people. Who have an intellectual disability and after 101000. Participants. Stayed quiet and yeah offer. Three different sports even. So all summer and winter is coming up for fourteen. -- within those three season so. Some people might just think they were up a one man. It's a one day event to really work we have another tagline it's where every day a month every year we have two point nine regional competition click on each year three day competition that are happening right now. We're trying to initiate. The last one and 2009 and fortunately with downturn in the economy we had to sustained our state game. And we still have Tuesday games that are out we just relocated all summer and then -- A winter still needs to be. Reinstated so that's why these events like -- Oregon are so important for constituency and four. Actually our community is get these athletes out in the community and start competing again. Sure sure -- I think people think like okay well specialists organ really what you ever see is someone running from here to there but you guys have a lot of sports what is in the sport to cover. Oh we cover but -- ball we cover volleyball softball track and field gymnastics. Recover. Swinging at it and I mean actually my my favorite. Sport that I just solve this past that are former state game is. Depend athlete and are dependent upon a mirror and they are sought and action looks more -- -- one of our athletes competed and I saw him get the cold and it was. One of my favorite things to watch and track and field probably my favorite sport to watch but we have a variety of different ones. While that's so cool. It seems like the benefits might be fairly obvious but when he's seen indeed the athletes that participate in this isn't isn't because they've -- I mean for anybody it in sports is -- thing he gives you confidence against you self esteem. But for these people it may be a little more important to get that in my they may be getting it where they don't get it very many other places in the life. Well absolutely and what Special Olympics says it's extreme pro life. And it teaches skills that increased potential for employment and independent -- -- it's shown that people who are involved with special bricks or again and are more employable. Special Olympics oriented improved educational performance -- student and I'm with and without intellectual disabilities so what we do is we have a program called unified sports. And that's for people who. How can you don't have intellectual disability and they play on the same team. There we have created an entire league around our soccer league and our basketball league this past month we have our cascaded challenge out at the idea that. North American headquarters are sponsored by the Portland Timbers and the calendar the -- -- in the special -- Washington founders and especially gore again at the members played each other and there was a phenomenal. You know we also promotes greater respect for individuals with intellectual disability so we have a thing called -- The which is retard and we don't like to hate that word we're trying to educate people on it. And you can actually sign a pledge online if you want to these go to www. Sort dot org and head on behind the. Well you know I had do you actually see that working the -- from that campaign had just sort of is social concern over the word. I'm sure. You a lot of marketing comedy have sketch comic outside of the other radio and do you know I've amassed a huge comedy nerds on followed podcasts or whatever. And they just seem to be a kind of concerted effort to get rid of that work which -- -- lovely -- see this kind of unspoken. But you hear wind you know especially listening to podcasts and things when you hear that word come up there is kind of chill in the room. Not that screen -- yeah I think another really important one that I he often does this special looks organ to provide. Networking and information. To the exchange through the family and so what I've what I've heard from and went on and I've talked to mom and dad about it. When my favorite quotes is from from a woman he really didn't do I was interviewing her son and she said. Special Olympics or again and gave me my son back. And it up provide them an opportunity to go meet other family if a network to have friendships into. Build up. Communities that can. The special effects. And if you ask any of Bari beat athlete that's in 95% of than what you say what would you be carried out special -- -- they would say nothing. He's sitting. And this gives them an opportunity to live beyond the community and show them what they what they can do if you ever want to come out one of our -- Since they're all over the state it's thirty local programs across the state do you ever need to feel inspired. Or energized you go out one of those practices. And you see them out when about four and then they're practicing and their training just as hard as we all did when we played sports -- when we do you play sports they wanted just as bad as we -- -- Right Fred. But love the idea hadn't heard of the program where you're mixing special needs kids with had an important part -- that is fantastic immigrate is I mean what says hey you're no different than anyone else and not. That's all right. And -- oil. Now we'll forget you're going to give her put any -- sports team you've got the we've got soccer basketball and the always up for that and that's something you're interest intrigue in this go to www. FO OR dot org and click on your car exports to see how you can get involved. That's so cool let's tell you and then not only does it help out the you know the kids are involved dozens and what age range are we looking at your. So to -- special -- -- you can actually start. Training at age sick. But you can't start competing until Egypt eight practices so athletes have to train for a minimal look -- week. And for their sport can they can only play one sport per season and some athletes to play street -- and and then there's actually no age element in all star athlete is. -- 81 wow. I saw something. Cynical but yet the moment -- point was that that. It's not only does it build the self esteem of the people involved and and make him feel a little more included and and capable. But I think it's the isn't huge things for people who have maybe have a misconception about people special needs are actually I mean you see with the I mean just hearing as the list of sports see you when you talk about -- we have we have softball and golf and track and field. I mean the right there that's like what I didn't think of that community be able to do those things and ensure they can. You know we we were out so personal mistake came out in Newburgh are -- call her. On an eighteen hole was 91. The agent that was the scores and I mean I -- dividend. -- that probably yet. Right right well -- that is so that's so cool so how did damned Special Olympics and the bite to get together. They knew this was that is between ninth here and it actually -- that was the by the Portland right. And there was just created tour office. 29 years ago and then when -- -- that PO came on board about eight years ago she decided that it can operate since we offer. Statewide that she we should expand it to spit and bite of Oregon and her invited people from all over the state because the state has a wonderful things to offer and you are and his team have done such a wonderful job to make it. Diverse thing for you to try to Domonique creepy -- things this year I'm so excited. President and the trying to think that I have to be able China on the just south coast served on the overuse so there's going to be some great things out there. Right well yeah I mean getting back to the deal -- if you're just joining us are talking about the -- Morgan and Special Olympics and and other benefiting one another but. Part of the bite of Morgan a new program they have this year in addition to cutting the admission price in half so it's five bucks is they've got a lot of those restaurants be represented there have agreed to do these three dollar settlers. I see you can try. A whole bunch of of these restaurants. Make so little sampler plate there. Which I I really am looking forward to that because it's like I go and I. I hope I make the right choice and that's what I'm really -- alike can I buy my plate of food and -- -- that need it and most the time it's fantastic but now there's different tastes and not everything works for me and sometimes I sit down and go man. I -- to have that. And now I can try all that time I'm thrilled. As a director was very well believe it or not we are coming up here on the end of our time is there anything either review would like to add before we run. I've just like to say to anybody who support special X organ or is looking Q supports such Lumix organ. We appreciate it so much I don't get that say it enough and I don't know if our donors are supporters are even our volunteers at 8000. Volunteers. Year round and I just wanna make sure that they all know that we are so appreciative here at the state office. To the 101000 athletes that we serve we all say thank you so much and we knew we receive no government funding well that's that. I think that some people don't realize. So it's all done by individuals and corporations. And for all the corporations and all the individuals that support special Victoria and we thank you so so much and we hope you have a wonderful. Time at the fight and it's a win win situation you can enjoy great food and you can support special -- organ at the same time. And ran -- December the years as they do you want a volunteer what's the best way to go about that. Our web site Orkut has everything sound so www. At. 00 -- dot org and one thing I do wanna plug on the plane after -- of the -- this year we're gonna do this huge social media push where word going to begin. Giving away a bunch of different played in different foods and different drinks. So if you follow up on FaceBook. And by the Oregon. He's -- FaceBook dot com backlash by the board and you will be all the different poster will be doing once every couple hours to -- the first -- people here getting tech. Seattle begin when a lot of them. Who's very very cool -- Critical and Bjorn did you have anything to add. Well that I I don't know about you but it's every time I listened to Ryan speak I'm just totally inspire yeah that's Special Olympics organist is doing and it's just incredible facility here and it's been incredible for me to witnesses -- -- closely as I have so. You know as much as we talk about all of the incredible things that the by the Morgan has to offer. You know on topple ball that is also supporting such an incredible cause so. You know if if you needed another excuse to get out and join us 10-Q the twelfth. You know there it is right there it's it's supported Special Olympics Oregon and I just I really can't think that'll cause them up. Yeah it's pretty spectacular. I had Special Olympics one form or another on this program. Boy from a fire six times over the last three years have been hosted the show and it's. It's always eliminating always fascinating we can you forget you think a Special Olympics it is Special Olympics is is such of a brand name you know that name you've heard of it that. I think because it is so prevalent -- you think this just be in this. You know evergreen. Company that's out there do in the good the good thing. You kind of forget what it is on the ground level on the track. In the fields in the gym you were ever when all of the individuals that are doing so much fantastic work for these these people special needs and then of course the athletes themselves who are killing it every year. And it's pretty. It's pretty amazing and I hope they all things just inspiring it's great I love this town. -- All right well we are here at the end of our time thank you both so much for joining me today. Aren't you -- That'll do it for this edition of mad just go and Entercom communications. Public affairs program I've been your host Ted Douglas. If given nonprofit or public affairs organization you would like to let others know about please email me at met just so bad intercom dot com an intercom starts -- an. And please let met just go in the subject line so it doesn't get snagged by my spam filter hoarding go directly to the station's website click on the community Lincoln submit your information there also did like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast page a mattress -- X dot com where you'll find this and the last couple months worth of episodes. And please feel free to post it to your FaceBook your MySpace your blog your Google+ your Twitter. Right on a bathroom wall we don't care who's just trying get this information out to as many people as humanly possible well -- think you Bjorn thank you Brian thank you -- so much for listening. 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