Tuesday, 05 November 2013 09:42 | Written by Byron
Willamette Week's Martin Cizmar, Carrie Henderson and Jane Smith at Beer Pro/Am
CHEERS & BEER: I am not a big guzzler of beer. In fact, I am not even sure I like beer.
Maybe that's why Willamette Week asked me to be one of the judges of the Beer Pro/Am. Brewers from as far as Astoria (Fort George) gathered in the Con-Way Building, across from WW's HQ and soon-to-be New Seasons Market, to share their wares.
$25 per ticket includes a pretzel necklace courtesy of Brewvana, souvenir tasting stein and 4-ounce sample of 13 beers. Al Forno pizza (and home-made cannolis!) were available for purchase. They even had great bluegrass music by Lost Creek Band.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 09:28 | Written by Byron
Jake Kindrachuk, Ryan Robinson and Sam Adams at Pink Rose
SAFE TRAVELS: Last week, Sam Adams invited a great group of folks to celebrate the start of Ryan Robinson's 35th year and to send him off to New Orleans where he's going to be working at some new gig at Tulane University.
Adan Heller, owner of the Pink Rose Restaurant on NW 13th and Lovejoy, graciously allowed Sam and Ryan to take over a portion of his petite boite spot so all the beautiful people could show up and wish the incredibly cute Ryan safe and sexy travels.
MEATY MIXER: I ran into some friends this week at Bcc: at the new Bunk Bar in North Portland, underneath the Wonder Ballroom.
Don't know what BCC: is? Well, I will let one of the organizers, Byron Oshiro, tell you what it's all about:
"Early this year, Marcelino Alvarez (Uncorked Studios) was visiting NYC. The night he got into town, a friend sent him an invite to a happy hour mixer with some ad and tech folks. The invite was pretty simple - the hosts sent out an email blast to all their friends, putting everyone in the Bcc: line. They called their mixer a Bcc: Party.
He wondered why Portland didn't have a similar type of event, so he signed up to design their website and lead the PDX version.
That's where I came in. Marcelino (Uncorked), Doug Gould (Cloudability), Kirsten Golden (PIE) and myself (Wieden+Kennedy / WK12) collaborated to come up with an evolution that best represented the diverse Portland creative community.
We looked to bring together makers, designers, entrepreneur/start-ups, brands and ad/design folks to meet, greet, eat and drink with us. We want to connect people and industries who otherwise might not naturally cross paths and maybe inspire some collaboration."
Nines ice carving, Fred and Somi Kleisner, World's largest Charcuterie Board, Laura VanDaal and guest, Dr. Doug and Selby Key, Bil Foster, Emily Crumpacker, Tango dancers, and guests enjoying wine at The Nines
DRESSED FOR THE NINES: From my vantage point, Portland changed when The Nines opened its door just five years ago, and my world has truly never been the same.
A party was held in honor of the luxury hotel's 5th Anniversary last week and I was very honored to join this illustrious group of people, much like I did when the hotel opened. Cocktails, canapes and special performances were the order of the day at this incredible party.
Here is a break down of how the night went: at 6 pm guests arrived sporting their "Nines" tattoos for entry and were whisked to the 8th floor for wine, whiskey, a tango-infused band and the world's largest charcuterie board....yes...The Nines put out an INCREDIBLE spread of sliced meats (I was told it was 500-plus pounds) that included all my favorites as well as..wait for it...bacon jam. At 7:30 the lights were dimmed, and high above, on the hotel walls an old-timey looking film encouraged party goers to venture down to the sixth floor for more music, food and...magic. The guy in charge of all things The Nines, Fred Kleisner, thanked everyone for supporting the hotel, and The Portland Cello Mash Up Dance Party provided the perfect set of dance music (on cellos) making sure that everyone stayed until the party wrapped up just a little bit after 9 pm.
Lucy and Rufus Wainwright, Rufus and a guy dressed like a taco, Juan Martinez and China Forbes, Tomi Douglas and some scary clowns
RUFUS GLASS RAISER: When someone said to Rufus Wainwright (and maybe it was me) "thanks for coming to Portland," the incredibly charming Rufus smiled and replied: "And why wouldn't I come to Portland...I love it here!"
Our little to and fro happened around midnight Saturday night at a little get-together at Thomas Lauderdale's loft following Rufus and his sister's Lucy show in southeast at The Aladdin Theater.
Thomas, Ben Nystrom & Peter Parisot hosted the cocktail party in Rufus's honor and a few people even showed up in costume...it's Halloween all week after all.