Rep Blumenauer 'fruitcakes' local celebs, raises awareness for Community Cycling Center

Rep. Earl Blumenauer with bassist Zachary Carothers and drummer Jason Sechrist of 'Portugal The Man.'

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is known for his bike lapel bins that promote cycling. During the holidays he’s known for his fruitcake, made from a “secret” family recipe. Today those two things came together.

Rep. Blumenauer and Trailblazers mascot ‘Blaze’ bounced around Portland on bikes, on a mission to ‘fruitcake’ local celebrities. They spread tasty holiday cheer, and also raised awareness for the Community Cycling Center on NE Alberta.

Among the local celebrities who they ‘fruicaked,’ were Portland’s own awarding- winning rock band Portugal The Man.

“It’s great to share a little of the holiday cheer with people who are great citizens of our community, making the world a better place one fruitcake at a time” Blumenauer said.

Zachary Carothers, bass player for Portugal The Man, says he has a personal connection to the cause.

“It’s very close to home, with where I grew up, and specifically with bikes, with skateboarding, things that you can do either by yourself, with friends and it’s all about, kind of, personal accomplishments. Setting goals and learning things.” Said Carothers.

You can find Rep. Blumenauer’s “secret” family recipe here.

Starting in December, Salt & Straw will again sell an ice cream version of Rep. Blumenauer’s fruitcake recipe. All proceeds will go to the Community Cycling Center.

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