There are several upcoming benefits of note that will allow you to do something more constructive with your pie-hole than mouthing-off about how awesome the next Tron movie is going to be.

And low and behold, you can start right away! Why not hit the jump for some great benefits that you can attend... Tonight... This Weekend... Weekend after next...

Wings do Wonders!

Jordan Busch, one of the owners of Fire on the Mountain [4225 North Interstate, 1706 East Burnside], recently had a friend diagnosed with MS. That’s the kind of situation that will inspire you to donate half the dinner proceeds of your buffalo wings joint toward MS research. Which is exactly what Busch is planning on doing tonight. Head down, eat some wings and do something to help the fight against MS.

Sake to Beat Leukemia!

This Sunday, April 18th, at Tanuki [413 Northwest 21st], you can also help fight Leukemia and Lymphoma by wrapping your lips around some super-rare sake that you will not find anywhere else in the state.

Knowing Tanuki, your $50 will get you both loaded on sake and well-fed on some of Chef Janis Martin's mind blowing bites... Not to mention deserts from Indish. As an added bonus, some of Portland’s top restaurants have donated gift certificates for a culinary raffle of eye-popping proportions.

Reservations are required. Stop by Tanuki with a check made out to The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society to reserve your spot.

So Much Food For Such a Good Cause!

Both of these events are necessary to get your jaw and liver in shape for the Big Daddy of food benefits, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, on Monday April 26th. The event features over 50 local restaurants and chefs, and enough wine and cocktails to ensure that you will have maybe too good a time.

All of the proceeds from tickets sales to Taste of the Nation go to support local hunger relief agencies working to end childhood hunger. That basically means you’re getting an awesome opportunity to sample the best of Portland’s food and drink scene for a $75 charitable donation. That’s a killer deal. By contrast, If you ate a separate meal at each of the participating restaurants, not only would you be fat and broke, but you would’ve done nothing to help hungry kids. So, the choice is yours…

In all seriousness, childhood hunger is a big problem in Oregon, and Taste of the Nation is an amazing way to help our community and serve those in need. Head to www.portlandtaste.com for tickets and additional information.

Remember there’s nothing more filling and intoxicating than knowing you’re getting filled-up and intoxicated for a good cause. That’s why I’d suggest you take a chunk of your tax return and go to each of these events, you hungry heroes.