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.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 13:37 | Written by Byron Beck
Lisa Donoughe, Cathy Whims, Allison Blythe, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, A Wild Thing and Max, Anthony Cafiero's legs, the crowd at Nostrana
NIGHT OWLS: Oh gawd I could use a nap right now. That's because I was up until the wee hours of the night with all the cool kids have a nightcap...well...actually it was Negronis at the 4th Annual Negroni Social at Nostrana. This year's Negroni Social was called "In The Night Kitchen" and a included all sorts of Maurice Sendak send-ups and get-ups including me in a bright yellow, glitter-fied crown.
This awesome and always late, late, very late night (it doesn't kick off until 10:30—on a school night no less) of Negronis featured recipes from 12 different female chefs as well as Portland's coolest cats/bartenders including Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Beckaly, Nathan Gerdes, Dave Shenaut and Douglas Derrick, as well as a bunch of other awesome drink makers. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed (it's always a glittery affair) and everyone was encouraged to wear as a Maurice Sendak character, hence my crown.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:23 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Kelsey Grammer and Damon Wayans were spotted having not one, but two meals together at Mother's Bistro in downtown Portland.
According to owner/chef Lisa Schroeder's Facebook page it was the second meal the men shared together at Mother's in as many days.
Damon was in town for an appearance at the Helium Comedy Club, but I doubt that Kelsey was his opening act. Taking a hint from Lisa's post I believe that Kelsey is in town to shoot an episode of The Librarians currently filming in Portland.