Sockeye cuties, Peter Metz and his bro, Gina Noell, Juan Martinez and Peter Keller and a cute puppy
HOLIDAY PARTY TIME: Made the rounds of a few holiday parties this weekend, including ones at Sockeye Creative, Gina Noell's and Michael Cubbons, Marti Zimlin and Jon Hurwitz, and Jay and Malia Sajko's. Here are a few pics from the parties.
Friends gathered to talk about Chris Hollern's life, sister Erika and Leslie (left and right and Margot Leonard (center), Chris Hollern
For those of you who don't know, we lost a really great guy last week. His name: Chris Hollern. Some of you might remember him from Bima's. I remember him for a lot reasons: his wit, charm and ability to get right to the point in any conversation I had with him. Like I said, Chris was a great guy. His friends and family gathered on Friday night to celebrate his life. And what an amazing life it was. His sister, Leslie, penned an amazing obituary of Chris, and I am sharing it here below. We miss you Chris.
Aug. 30, 1963 — Dec. 7, 2013
After a brave battle with Myotonic Dystrophy, Christopher Hollern succumbed to complications from the disease on Saturday, December 7. He was surrounded by people who adore him, who talked, laughed, wept and massaged him until the end.
Chris was born to Mike and Sue Hollern on August 30th, 1963 in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Bend. He graduated from Bend High School in 1980 and from Lewis and Clark College in 1984.
He was a devoted and enthusiastic member of the Camp Nor’Wester family, starting as a camper at age 10 and working his way to counselor and Program Director. He remained in touch with many of the campers whose lives he helped shape for the rest of his life and many remained close friends.
While working with kids at Camp Nor’Wester Chris realized that he was meant to be an educator. He taught English at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts for six years while pursuing a Masters of Education at Harvard. He was persuaded to leave Andover by the Pulitzer Prize winning professor, Dr. Robert Coles, who insisted he become his right hand man and the head section leader of Harvard’s most popular course, The Literature of Social Reflection. Students begged, bribed, lied and cried to get a coveted spot in one of Chris’s sections and it was worth it, they all agreed.
A western guy at heart, Chris returned to his beloved Portland with dreams of opening a restaurant, which he and his good friend, Margot Leonard, did with a bang. Bima quickly became a Portland hotspot; a vibrant, beautiful, delicious restaurant in the heart of the newly developing Pearl District. Following Bima’s success they opened Holdens, right around the corner and it quickly became just as popular.
Chris was known for his razor sharp wit and intellect, but he wore his heart on his sleeve and could just as easily cry at a Raymond Carver short story as he could an AT&T ad on TV. His booming laugh could be heard for blocks, whether he was being amused by one of beloved nieces and nephews or simply agreeing (as usual) with Jon Stewart. In fact Jon Stewart is the only person he agreed with regularly. Everybody and everything else was up for debate and, boy, could he debate. No one was ever more sure of his own opinion!
Chris was the best friend to so many people, from so many different parts of his life and he will be desperately missed by all.
Chris is survived by his parents, Mike and Sue Hollern; his sister Leslie (Gene Lynch) nephews Conor and Dylan and nieces Kerry and Mallory; his sister Erica (Jeremy Kelly) and nephews Jack and Ben. Chris was predeceased by his brother Scott and sister Sheila.
A small service for family and close friends is planned.
Donations in Chris’s memory would be gratefully accepted by the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, P. O. Box 29543, San Francisco, CA 94129, or at myotonic.org.
Loading up on oysters at Watershed Holiday Party, Melanie, Irene, Wine, Lota, Loren and Lisa, Robert Reynold's stove at Old Salt
TOASTY TOASTS: A cooking nook in the back end of Northeast Portland's Old Salt Marketplace was the site for Watershed Communications Holiday Party. It was a great time to see foodie friends, meet some new folks and even see something I haven't seen for a long time: my dear and much missed friend, Robert Reynolds, stove from his Chef's studio in Southeast Portland. Seems this beautiful, old stove made the move to Old Salt, and looks very comfortable in its new space. In fact, the room evokes Robert's spirit as well. It was the perfect space to taste traditional Irish comfort food and sip on stouts in celebration of the holidays.
Kaj-Anne Pepper, Sam Adams, Victoria Frey, Angela Mattox, Esther Park, Sam, party boys Jedadiah, Will and Gavin at PICA
PARTY PEOPLE: PICA, aka the Portland Center for Contemporary Art, celebrated a year of artistic programs, including the 2013 Precipice Fund grantees, on Tuesday night in their cool downtown digs with an awesome money give-away and even awesomier (!?!) party. After giving away 75K early in the evening everyone decided to stay up late on a school night to toast with hot toddies, cold beers, tamales and treats. DJ New Dadz kept the party spinning till midnight.