Peter Metzger, Giving Back to his Community
Meet Peter Metzger, Sous Chef at El Gaucho Portland
Charles Dickens once wrote, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
El Gaucho Portland Sous Chef Peter Metzger has donated to Portland’s Union Gospel Mission since 2001. “I think the reason I always turn to them when my kitchen has something to donate is because they seem to be the most effective organization at actually feeding homeless people, and taking care of the underprivileged in town,” he says.
Peter’s donations, as well as his time cooking and serving at the Mission, have come from the different restaurants he’s worked in during his time in Portland. After college, he started in the kitchen at various chain restaurants before landing at South Park, where he met now El Gaucho Portland Executive Chef Alex Parsons. Before starting with El Gaucho last year, Peter worked at Masu Sushi, and then worked under James Beard award winning and Iron Chef winner, Vitaley Paley at Paley’s Place. Peter mostly helped with the side catering business and building the Paley Bar business, which is an all organic fruit and nut bar.
Peter grew up in a military family, so he moved around a lot as a child, living in Maine, Hawaii, and many places in between, attending both high school and college in Colorado Springs, CO. He moved to Portland after college and met a local Portland girl, Abby, a pastry chef. “She’s the main reason I’m still in Portland,” he explains. They have two cats and seven fish, enjoy spending their free time checking out the great foodie scene in Portland, and hanging out with friends at any of the local breweries.
The Portland Union Gospel Mission served over 170,000 meals last year as their ongoing dedication to “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict, and loving our neighbor.” In addition to food, there are urgent needs at this time of year, which are coats, blankets, sleeping bags, socks, and hygiene items. Please join Peter in helping to lighten the burden of our homeless neighbors by donating your time, food, or clothing to this great cause.
Visit The Portland Union Gospel Mission’s website: www.ugmportland.org, to learn more and get involved.
One of the pillars our company was built upon is “Building a Strong Community.” We strongly feel that each of us has a certain obligation to help make our world a better place, and each of our restaurant employees feel privileged to donate time, energy, and resources to various local organizations needing assistance. Many of our employees also individually volunteer for other organizations to which they have a personal connection. We love consistently highlighting some of our incredible employees and the organizations with which they are working.