Albertina Kerr's Famous BLT

Chef Bryan Szeliga  is currently a guest chef at volunteer-run Albertina's Restaurant where he is assisting in the transition to a café style lunch service featuring new American cuisine. Bryan showed us how he makes his famous BLT with a twist.

Julie Jelline, a volunteer at Albertina’s Restaurant for five years, shared a bit of Albertina Kerr's long history in the commnuity.

 Albertina’s Restaurant and Shops were started in 1981 by volunteers who are passionate about supporting the work of Albertina Kerr. In addition to the restaurant, there’s a selective consignment shop featuring china, jewelry, artwork and furniture; the Kerr Thrift Shop with great men’s and women’s clothing, books and household goods and a gift shop.

 Albertina’s Restaurant has a new menu serving delicious Northwest-inspired lunches in a garden café setting Monday through Saturday.

 New menu items include items like goat-cheese ravioli with Oregon black truffle brown butter sauce, a chicken pot pie with fresh root vegetables and herbs, tomato fennel soup and the Bacon Lettuce Tomato and Avocado Mousse sandwich we’re making today.

 Albertina’s is located across the street from KATU on NE Glisan and 22nd Ave.

 When you eat lunch at Albertina’s Restaurant, your tips and the profits from your meal benefit Albertina Kerr’s work with families and the community to support children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

 Albertina Kerr helps individuals, children and families in a variety of ways.  For children our programs include outpatient and community-based treatment services, foster care, a family resource center, early childhood intervention and crisis psychiatric services.

 Albertina’s hosts special events throughout the year and has a private dining space available for groups. There’s also outdoor patio seating in the midst of a lovely garden when it gets warmer.

 On April 21, Albertina’s will host a special Earth Dinner on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Guest chefs Bryan Szeliga, Brian Landry of The Original and Nora Antene of Little Bird will prepare a six-course menu inspired by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Albertina Kerr (90%) and the Chefs Collaborative (10%). $70 per person, $30 additional for wine pairing.

Duck Salade Lyonnaise - Duck, quail egg, arugula, frisée & lemon vinaigrette
Pickled Oyster - Netarts Bay oysters with heirloom radish salad
Beet Terrine - Goat cheese & pistachios
Clam Chowder - Clams, potato gnocchi, black cod & black truffle velouté
Bison - Nettle & morel risotto
Dessert - Molten white chocolate vanilla bean cake with a rhubarb compote and hazelnut brittle

 By eating and dining at Albertina’s Restaurant and Shops, you earn your wings as a Kerr Angel. An angel is someone who is part of a community that stands together to support kids, families and adults who face mental health challenges and developmental disabilities.

Albertina Kerr Centers • 424 NE 22nd Ave • Portland, OR 97232 • (503) 255-4205 •


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