Monday, 03 March 2014 12:03 | Written by Byron Beck
David Savinar (center top) with guests at his Rain Agency Open House
POP & DROP: David Savinar celebrated the big move of his Rain Agency to its new digs (which also includes the new home of April Severson Events) with an Open House Party last week. Now located at the corner of the NW Northrup and 13th Street just inches from a world-famous brewery, the theme for the opening was "popping bottles." And that's exactly what David and his friends did at this very cool party.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:33 | Written by Byron Beck
Mirna and John Attar, Brenda Braxton, Gov. Vic Atiyeh, John, Amanda Fritz, Gov. Atiyeh's backgammon cake
WORLD OF WONDER: To celebrate the grand opening of the brand new World Foods at Everett owners Mirna and John Attar (they also own Barbur World Foods) kicked off with an invitation-only party and media preview before opening to the public.
The evening was a buffet of delicious offerings prepared by Chef/Owner of Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine, Mirna, and World Foods Chef, Brandon Riesgaard. Favorite beers and wines from their extensive selection was also on hand as well as a very sip-worthy Scotch station. Yes, a scotch station. Live music was provided by Djangophiles and a donation was made to Children’s Relief Nursery of LifeWorks NW on behalf of all attendees.
It was also a celebration of Gov. Vic Atiyeh's birthday (who was presented a cake in the shape of a backgammon game) and a chance to hang out with early morning news anchors Pete Ferryman and Brenda Braxton and other fabulous guests.
The incredibly gracious hosts spared no expense to take care of their guests, and it was a treat to see inside what is sure to be one of the Pearl District's most happening hang-outs that is sure to be Portland's version of Zabar's meets Dean & DeLuca.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:12 | Written by Byron Beck
Karen Karbo and Gabrielle Reece at Wordstock's Literal Lunch at Portland State University
BALLERS WHO LUNCH: Gabrielle Reece reminds me a lot of Storm Large. Both are tall, blonde, stunningly beautiful women. But the comparisons don't stop there. Both are insightful authors who have things to say: really cool things to say. And they don't seem to have any trouble saying what is on their mind.
That is why it was so wonderful to be invited by Boeing to sit at their table at Wordstock's Literal Lunch on Wednesday at Portland State University featuring Gabrielle Reece.
Wordstock welcomed the best-selling author (when I tried to call her Miss Reece she insisted I call her "Gabby") for a delicious lunch from Devils Food Catering and a provocative conversation about writing, literary collaboration, celebrity and more ("more" was really just about sex).
Named by Elle as one of the 5 most beautiful women in the world, Gabby is a former professional beach volleyball star, Nike spokeswoman, magazine columnist, and author of the New York Times best-seller My Foot is too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to a Less than Perfect Life, which comes out very soon in paperback.
A Q & A was conducted by renowned co-author Karen Karbo, who collaborated with Reece on an earlier best seller about her life as a female athlete, Big Girl in the Middle. This event was a benefit for Wordstock, a literary art and education non-profit that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. And it was super cool.
Sunday, 23 February 2014 16:45 | Written by Byron Beck
Morrison Child & Family Services CEO Drew McWilliams, diners, Robin Bloom, Juan Martinez and Deanna Haley at New Deal Distillery
GOOD TASTE: We had the pleasure of being the guests of Boeing's one and only Deanna Haley at a wonderful dining event called "Taste: Cooking for Kids event at New Deal Distillery."
This is the 18th season of TASTE, a series of seven fine dining events showcasing the region’s most spectacular restaurants and chefs paired with the finest Oregon wineries.
The Chef for the evening was Ben Dyer, a bit of a wizard chef, who owns Laurelhurst Market. The meaty joint is one part neighborhood butcher shop with meats that are antibiotic, and hormone free, the other part is a nationally recognized steakhouse. He also owns Simpatica Dining Hall, a place that serves fixed menu dinners by reservation only. Dyer believes strongly in sourcing his meats from sustainable farms that raise pasture fed animals under humane conditions. Each course was paired with a cocktail from the wonderful New Deal Distillery. All of the artisan vodkas are made locally in small batches with Bull Run water and natural and organic ingredients,sourced locally whenever possible.
Friday, 21 February 2014 12:52 | Written by Byron Beck
Basic Rights Oregon Exec. Dir. Jeana Frazzini, Collin McFadyen, Melanie Davis, Alicia J. Rose, Stephen Cassell, Judge Kemp, John Halseth and Robin Castro
PRESSED TO IMPRESS: It was quite the night, considering the day we all had.
Last night's Press Party for PQ Monthly was hot on the heels of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announcement in a legal filing that Measure 36 “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review,” and that the State defendants in Rummell v. Kitzhaber will not defend the ban that excludes same-sex couples from marriage."
It was a good day.
And folks were in the mood to celebrate. I guess that's why so many peeps showed up at Local Lounge to visit/party with friends and fellow soldiers who have worked so diligently on the front lines of the marriage equality movement.