Monday, 16 June 2014 07:30 | Written by Byron Beck
Robert Goman displaying the giant #BETRUE sign in Pioneer Square, Terry Bean, Jeana Frazzini, Billy Bean, Pillow pit, Juan Martinez, Kieron Weidner, Brett Soulek, dance party people
BE TRUE: In honor of Nike's annual LGBT Sports Summit—which gathered together over 100 college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to combat anti-LGBT bias in sports—a big party was held atop the roof and inside the beautiful new Eastside Exchange Building. The kick-ass dance party was just one of the many events that Nike hosted, or was part of, at this year's Pride celebration. Way to #BETRUE, Nike!
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:09 | Written by Byron Beck
Josh Frickle (top right), champagne toast, post-spin pic at Firebrand Pride Ride
ALL FIRED UP:Basic Rights Oregon paired up with Firebrand Sports with a fun full-tilt Pride Ride bike workout and party that included nibbles from Supa, champagne, cocktails and music in celebration of Portland's Pride Weekend.
Friends from the Portland Thorns were also there to help kick this year's Pride celebration into high gear, as well as many members of the Portland and Firebrand community.
Friday, 13 June 2014 06:36 | Written by Byron Beck
Guests, supporters, and award winners gather at the Ecotrust Building for the Local Hero Awards
LOCAL HEROES: Edible Portland and Ecotrust threw a beautiful rooftop barbecue — with a keynote by Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics — to honor outstanding members of our local food community at the Local Hero Awards held at the Ecotrust Building in The Pearl District.
After Nell, the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and the name behind one of the hottest organic brands, announced the Local Hero Awards, all three floors of Ecotrust were thrown open to reveal renowned local chefs, who put together an awesome barbecue, sourced directly from our region’s most sustainable producers.
All proceeds from the event support Ecotrust’s work to build a resilient regional food system.
Here is a list of those who participated in one of this town's coolest events: Featured Chefs and Ranchers John Gorham of Toro Bravo roasts two Anderson Ranches goats. Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant smokes Carman Ranch Spanish Longaniza sausage and Hawkins’ Sisters Ranch chicken buttifarra sausage. Stacey Givens of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen makes Turtle Island Foods BBQ tempeh sliders. Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick barbecues Goose Point oysters on the Ecotrust rooftop terrace (pictured above!). Simpatica + Reister Farms = lamb barbacoa sopitos with corn radish salsa and cotija cheese. Feastworks + Goat Mountain Pastured Meats = lip-smacking pork belly links. Fresh bread from Grand Central Bakery.
Featured Breweries Breakside, The Commons, Double Mountain, Fort George, Gigantic, and Migration.
Hall of Pie Grand Central Bakery, Lovejoy Bakers, Petunia’s Pies and Pastries, Lauretta Jean’s, Sweedeedee, Salt & Straw, Organic Valley, and Nossa Familia.
Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:34 | Written by Byron Beck
Debi Coleman, Win McCormack, Josh Fenton, Becki Saltzman, Jesse Cornett, Nik Blosser and First Lady of Portland Nancy Hales at JackKnife Bar
GoLocalPDX, a new local news and lifestyle site, is set to launch in Portland later this summer.
In anticipation of its arrival a party was held on Wednesday night at JackKnife Bar inside Sentinel Hotel.
Those in attendance included Sam Adams, Debi Coleman, First Lady of Portland Nancy Hales, Win McCormack, Hank Stern, Becki Saltzman, Leather Storrs, Caryn Brooks and about 50 other local news lovers.
For GoLocalPDX I will be one of its editors, alongside former Irish Times writer Fiona McCann.
At the party contributors and supporters had the opportunity to meet one another as well as GoLocal24 founder Josh Fenton who is the driving force behind both GoLocalProv.com and GoLocalWorcester.com .
Earlier this year the Nieman Journalism Lab reported on GoLocal24 and specifically GoLocalPDX. To read the article click here.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:05 | Written by Byron Beck
Erin Janssens, Karol Collymore, Caryn Brooks, Damon Williams, Sam Adams, Steven Lien, Carl Snook and Juan Martinez at Civic Drinks
CIVIC PRIDE: Civic Drinks is a mix of informal conversation, connection and cocktails presented monthly by City Club. It's an opportunity to mingle with local leaders, City Club members, and others involved or interested in civic issues.
This month's Civic Drinks was held at Starky's on SE Stark Street in honor of LGBTQ Pride and Pride month.
Special guests included LGBTQ organizations such as Basic Rights Oregon, Cascades AIDS Project, Equity Foundation, GLSEN Oregon, OGALLA, Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, PFLAG Portland, PFLAG Black Chapter, Portland Latino Gay Pride and Rosetown Ramblers.