Chef Coach Daniel Brophy’s students host the Honoring Dinner

Former Oregon Culinary Institute students Daniel Brophy, whose wife was murdered in 2018, plan an honorary dinner in his honor, Oregonian reports. Proceeds from the event will go to the Brophy family. Dinner will consist of five courses served family-style with pairings of wine, using Brophy’s recipes and featuring a few favorites, such as mushrooms.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, the romance novelist best known for writing the essay “How to Kill Your Husband,” was convicted of murdering Danielle Brophy in May, with the story making national headlines. Event organizers felt compelled to celebrate their mentor and ex-boyfriend as the media frenzy surrounding his death detracted from Brophy’s life and character. Culinary Honor: Forever Brophy will take place August 27 at Alumbra Cellars in Dayton. Buy tickets here.

Two Oregon-based companies plan to help out-of-state employees access abortion

In light of the recent dismantling of the federally protected right to abortion, two companies have announced that they will help employees access reproductive care by providing travel benefits. Salt & Straw and Northwest Confections, which makes cannabis and CBD products under the Wyld name, operate in multiple states, including a couple who have banned abortions statewide or are preparing to restrict or ban abortion. Salt & Straw will pay for abortion-related travel costs up front, while Wyld hopes to funnel claims through her insurance company. Both can face legal risks. Texas, where he works in Salt and Straw, and Oklahoma, where Wilde is expanding, both allow people to sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion. Additionally, some conservative lawmakers intend to target out-of-state employers, and states could pursue criminal liability in the future. Read the full story here.

Starbucks is closing two Portland locations, citing safety concerns

On Monday, the coffee giant announced that it was closing its coffee shops on SW Morrison Street, 4th Avenue, and at Gateway. The The Wall Street Journal Reporting that Starbucks plans to close 16 locations around the United States by the end of July, it attributed the decision to incidents related to drug use by customers and members of the public. However, the decision comes at a time when many Starbucks stores are beginning to form unions; As a result, union members are questioning the motives behind the shutdowns. The downtown Portland location is currently the subject of a union petition — the local chapter of Starbucks Workers United said in a statement Monday: “We are pursuing all legal avenues and are working with our Fourth Partners and Morrison to ensure that this escalation does not extend to other union stores in Portland.”

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