Monday, 18 August 2014 20:58 | Written by Byron Beck
Tia Vanich and Gregory Gourdet, DJ Shines, Tia and her brother, Chris Carriker, Chris DiMinno, Rick Gencarelli, Buster Ross, Mason Davis, Jake, Jennifer Quist, Katie Burnett, Juan Martinez, Nong Poonsukwattana, Kyle, Juilo, Tyler Malek, Matt Christianson, Andrew Garrett and Burk Jackson
ELECTRIC AFTERNOON:Electric Summer is an annual, very private party hosted by Gregory Gourdet (Executive Chef of Departure Restaurant + Lounge) and Tia Vanich (Production Coordinator and Event Planner).
This year's party, like last year, was held on the deck of the White Owl Social Club. It's the perfect space for what many say is the party of the summer...if not the year.
And here's why. It mixes the top chefs and purveyors in the local food and restaurant industry with some of the best DJ's in the country (and Hawaii) and let them loose on a space that for one afternoon is unlike any place else in the world. Good food...actually incredible food..good drinks, and great music all afternoon and early evening long.
According to Tia and Gregory, Electric Summer is inspired by outdoor electronic music festivals and the simple themes of amazing friends, amazing music and amazing food.
The history of this event started as a backyard barbecue potluck at Tia and Gregory's Northeast home for industry friends. Each chef brought a unique dish to share with the group. Friends' bands played and DJ’ed. Fast forward five years and a few hundred more industry friends later, and, well...you get Electric Summer: the perfect summer party.
Monday, 18 August 2014 20:16 | Written by Byron Beck
Travis, Lisa, Victoria Frey, Wavesauce, Jason Bell, Juan Martinez, Peter Kallen at PICA Beach Party
BEACH BLANKET PICA: It's getting hot in Portland. Really hot. I blame some of it on renowned restaurateur Chris Israel (Grüner, KASK, Zefiro, Saucebox, & 23Hoyt) and his fundraising beach party extravaganza for PICA on their spacious rooftop deck in the heart of downtown Portland.
Featuring a shade structure designed by Boxbau, an incredible barbecue feast from Israel and Team Delicious and cocktails from KASK, the music we heard—both on the "beach" and the streets far below—included Wavesauce (love the Theremin!) DJ Rich King & DJ Ping-Pong as well as a sexy lifeguard, longboards, limbo, ukeleles and some smoking hot, muscle-y pool boys!
Friday, 15 August 2014 18:49 | Written by Byron Beck
Is this the new Portland home for Real Housewives Faye Resnick?
STARDAR REPORT:"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Faye Resnick is moving to Portland.
At least it sure looks like it.
Resnick, a former Playboy model, a central character in the O.J. Simpson murder trial due to her friendship with Nicole Brown Simpson, and one of the ladies of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is married to Portland attorney Everett Jack Jr. (her Bravo-TV biography refers to him as "the love of her life" and "the man of her dreams").
In June the couple bought a house in Portland's West Hills for 1.3 million dollars.
And just a few days ago, Varietyreported that Resnick and Jack just sold their Hollywood Hills mansion for 2.29 million dollars to actor Jack Houston.
One of Hollywood's top interior designers, there is a small chance that the house the couple bought in Portland's Southwest Hills may be just another "project," but sources tell me that Resnick is ready to put down roots in Oregon with her new hubby.
Now that Faye's been wooed away from Hollywood, could a "Real Housewives of Portland" be far behind?
Monday, 11 August 2014 21:08 | Written by Byron Beck
RESTAURANT NEWS: Peter Bro is opening a new diner, All-Way, in downtown Portland.
All-Way will take over the space at 615 Southwest Broadway that was home to the much beloved downtown Red Coach Restaurant that served burgers to downtowners for 55 years before closing abruptly after the death of manager Kim Durkheimer.
Bro, who is behind iconic Portland eating and drinking establishments including Aalto Lounge, Savoy Tavern, Bar Bar, Broder and Broder Nord (as well as the Poachedjobs.com website) says instead of just being open for lunch, All-Way—which refers to what you always see under 4-way stop signs—will stay open past lunch for dinner service and has also applied for a license to serve cocktails.
And as much as the space and menu will change, many things will remain the same including the tufted-red booths and wrap around counters with stools. Speaking of counters, according to Bro diners will order at the counter in the entryway and the food will be delivered to tables as well as drinks.
Bro says to look for All-Way to open sometime in October.