Deborah Kafoury, Juan Martinez, Legislative line dancing, Emily McLain, Cathy Abbruzzese at Hotel Monaco
RIDE 'EM CANDIDATES: The "Hoe Down Show Down," a benefit for Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC, was held on Friday night at Hotel Monaco. Proceeds support the vital work to elect candidates who will champion LGBT equality policies and help elect fair-minded candidates to public office.
The festive night featured Stomptown, Portland’s LGBTQ country western dance group, who were on-hand to DJ and offer line- and two-step dance instruction. The night included food, dessert from Cupcake Jones, complimentary drinks from beer and wine sponsors Deschutes Brewery and Mitchell Wines, and conversation with some of Oregon’s finest pro-equality elected officials and candidates.
CELEB-U-WATCH: Seems that Brat-Packer Andrew McCarthy was spotted all over Portland over the last few days. I heard word when he looked to be leaving Portland on Sunday morning. That's when he was spotted, with a baby strapped to his chest, at PDX International Airport.
Prior to that sighting Andrew was blowing up his own Twitter account with mentions of an "amazing meal at Ava Gene's" and checking out his own tome, "The Longest Way Home" at Powell's Books.
Green means “GO”: Fogo de Chão! Portland’s newest Brazilian steakhouse will open for dinner service tonight, Friday, May 2 in the historic former NikeTown space Downtown.
A unique, beloved Brazilian experience, Fogo de Chão is an authentic churrascaria, where gaucho chefs slice 16 different cuts of meat tableside. Yes, Gaucho Chefs!
Fogo de Chão invited Portland's best for the Fogo de Chão Exclusive Grand Opening Dinner on May 1st for a lively evening of complimentary dining with gaucho chefs as they prepare signature Brazilian cuts and bartenders muddle their beloved Caipirinha drink. Yes, Caipirinha! Mirroring the classic Brazilian dining experience through espeto corrido, or “continuous service,” the prix fixe menu is controlled by guests, who are given a small, double-sided disc that signals to the gaucho chefs whether they are ready for more—green tells them to continue service and red signals a break. An à la carte menu is also available.
With the weather rivaling anything you might find in South America, the grand opening dinner was perfect! The spacious dining room allows you to spy on all the big names and the staff is stunningly beautiful. Now you might expect to spend the equivalent of a trip to Brazil for this experience, but it is, considering the experience, a very good deal. This place is going to be hot.
PORTLAND IS TASTY: On Tuesday night, Share our Strength’s 27th annual Taste of the Nation® brought together Portland’s culinary community to raise money to fight childhood hunger, preparing dishes around the theme of “What My Family Ate.”
The event took place at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with both General and VIP admission.
Taste of the Nation Portland raises critical funds to support Share Our Strength's mission, and 100 percent of ticket sales support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger. Local beneficiaries for Taste of the Nation Portland include Oregon Food Bank, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Klamath/Lake Counties Food Bank.
Those participating in the incredibly cool (if a bit toasty) event included—
Restaurants: Imperial | Multnomah Whiskey Library | Paley's Place | Penny Diner | Pok Pok | Renata | Tasty n Alder | Tasty n Sons | The Country Cat | Xocolatl De David | Aviary | Bamboo Sushi | biwa | Boke Bowl | Departure | Gracies | Grassa | Irving Street Kitchen | Lardo | Laurelhurst Market | McMenamins Black Rabbit Restaurant | McMenamins Zeus Cafe | Olympic Provisions | Pacific Pie | Petunia's Pies and Pastries | Produce Row | Raven and Rose | Ringside Steakhouse | Salt & Straw | Smallwares | Smokehouse 21 | St. Jack
Breweries & Non-Alcoholic: Burnside Brewing Company | DRY Soda | Ecliptic Brewing | Full Sail Brewery | Maletis Beverage | McMenamins Breweries | McMenamins Coffee Roasters | pFriem Family Brewing | Portland Juice Press | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | Smith Tea | Volcanic Mineral Refresher | Wandering Aengus Cider
Distilleries: Bendistillery | Big Bottom Whiskey | Bull Run Distillery | Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery | Indio Spirits | McMenamins Distilleries | New Deal Distillery | NW Distillery
Wineries: Anam Cara Cellars | Apolloni Vineyards | Argyle Winery | Cana's Feast Winery | Chapter 24 Vineyards | Cristom Vineyards | Edgefield Winery | Elk Cove Vineyards | Moet & Chandon | Pamplin Family Vineyards | Sineann Winery
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:20 | Written by Byron Beck
Portland Thorns Ali Long and Alex Morgan with Madewell's Somsack, Madewell party guests, Somsack and Project Runway's Gretchen Jones and a toast to Madewell
MADEWELL IN PORTLAND: To toast the grand opening of Madewell Brewery Blocks (a new boutique from the folks at J. Crew that every woman I know has been buzzing about) an all-day long party was given. In the spirit of neighborly love, they extended the party into the evening with bubbly, small bites and tunes. Guests included Portland Thorns Ali Long and Alex Morgan as well as Project Runway's Gretchen Jones.
Founded back in 1937 as a denim workwear label, Madewell is now made for the modern woman. Think great jeans, perfect-fitting tees, chambray shirts and dresses—and all the wear-everywhere accessories you’ll pair with them. You’ll also find a handpicked selection of their favorite finds from around the globe. Each piece balances the timeless with the modern, the simple with the smart. It’s what Madewell style is all about.
To celebrate Portland Madewell teamed up with local talent on exclusive products that will be available for purchase in store. Customers will find leather and brass jewelry from Ann Korte at AK Vintage (http://akvintage.com/), two soap packages (Rose & Sea and Coffee & Doug) from Anoria Gilbert at Maak lab (http://maaklab.co/shop/) and a planter made from turned wood and hand thrown ceramic by artists Haley Ann Robinson and Casey Keasler.