Dustin Shanky, Reid Decker, Peter Shanky, Storm Large, Julio Santiago, Jeana Frazzini, Lisa Watson, Julio, Storm and Julio, and a fuzzy photo of the group with Storm's butt front and center
TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE: The Shanky Twins, Peter and Dustin, celebrated their birthdays with a little dancing at the Crystal Ballroom. Of course it was on Friday night, when EVERYONE in town dons their best neon spandex and terrycloth sweat bands and heads to the Crystal for "80's Video Dance Attack."
My god, it was so much fun. And yes, that's Storm Large looking like a unicorn.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:32 | Written by Byron
Doris Rodriguez de Platt, Coque Ossio, Marissa Guiulfo, the desserts, Peter Platt greets one of his guests at Andina
ANDINA IN THE FAMILY: Andina is all about family.
The family that owns and operates the award-winning Peruvian restaurant headed by the one and only "Mama Doris," and the "family" that has been coming there to gather, eat and enjoy for the last 10 years.
Throughout the last decade this Pearl District restaurant has served as a Peruvian cultural ambassador for Portland, preparing both a table and a feast around which, as they say, "all guests can gather and find the warmth and richness of the Peruvian spirit in its truest forms."
The dishes and flavors carry stories of their own; as do the music and art. The restaurant was a trailblazer in the Peruvian food movement in the U.S., creating a fan base that stretched across the country allowing the restaurant to become one of the most successful Peruvian restaurants in the region. To honor the friends and family that have supported them along their journey from innovative to iconic and aided in their success, Andina and the Platt-Rodriguez family hosted a 10th Anniversary cocktail party in the celebrated Tupai Room on Monday ngith.
Popular Peruvian chef Coque Ossio (longtime consulting chef at Andina) and his mother Marissa Guiulfo, Peruvian catering extraordinaire (considered the "Martha Stewart" of Peru), made the trip from Peru to help celebrate the special anniversary.
The party included small bites of their iconic Peruvian dishes such as Causa Morada and Cebiches and sips of their signature Peruvian and Novo Peruvian drinks like the Pisco Sour and Melones Con Ají. One of the highlights was the dessert table. Marissa orchestrated the most incredible displays of sweets I've ever seen.
Toshi Onizuka, who has been part of Andina’s popular music program throughout the years, performed live Latin fusion music throughout the night.
And, of course, Mama Doris was there to make sure everyone was well fed and happy.
Darcelle, Poison Waters, Darcelle and his grand daughters, Darcelle and Roxy, Darcelle and Kourtni
QUEEN DARCELLE: Nothing is going to stop Darcelle XV. Not even a roast on his 83rd birthday.
Sunday night a group of fabulous folks gathered to ever-so-lightly roast the Queen of the Portland Scene, Darcelle XV, at the nightclub that bears his name. Darcelle was misty-eyed for most of the evening as friends/fans went onstage to do a little ribbing of the Portland icon. First up was the always outrageous Kourtni Capree Duv (she is nothing if not sassy), followed by the always amazing Wendy Westerwelle who shared stories of how the much-missed Ric Young first introduced her to Darcelle. Next up was Marty Davis and AM Northwest host, Helen Raptis, who both entertained the crowd with their saucy banter, and Marty's obsession with Darcelle's hind-end. Helen was followed by Sister Paula (who read from her book) and Darcelle's granddaughters, Amanda and Sarah, who shared what is was like to have Darcelle as a grandpa. Holding it all together was the always amazing Poison Waters/aka Kevin Cook. Happy birthday Darcelle!
Ann and Amy Sacks, Nancy and Charlie Hales try on Fetch eyewear (that benefits Pixie Project), Brian Berger, Mike Golub, Juan Martinez, Ellen Rosenblum and the auction crowd at Leftbank Annex
BOWSER BALL: Some nights really do go to the dogs. And cats. And other animals in desperate need of a good home and "forever" family.
Saturday night a dinner and auction was held at The Leftbank Annex to support the good works of The Pixie Project. Amy Sacks and her crew of dedicated workers and volunteers work extremely hard on behalf of animals. It was evident that The Pixie Project is much loved by the patrons who participated in the night including Mayor Charlie and Nancy Hales, who are "Pixie parents" themselves, as this is the spot where the Mayor and his First Lady found their beloved "First Cat."
Auction Items include incredible art (including a painting created just for the event by Gus Van Sant) vacation homes in Kona Hawaii, Bali (with air miles!), Oregon Coast, Sun Valley, Central Oregon and gift certificates to restaurants, hotels and top private golf courses.
Dinner, from Kenny & Zukes, Clyde Common, Nicholas and Ataula, was served buffet style and the wine was from the one and only Mitchell Wines.
CELEB-U-WATCH: Actor Danny DeVito was just spotted having lunch in North Portland at Tasty & Sons. A quick search on the web indicates that DeVito might be in town to support his daughter, Gracie DeVito, and her new art show, "Adaptations," at what looks to be an art space on NE 3rd Avenue near the Burnside Bridge. OH...just got an update that he is here with his wife Rhea Perlman.