Monday, 14 April 2014 14:35 | Written by Byron Beck
Ken and Skip Raddle, and the people and purveyors at TOAST 2014 at World Trade Center
TOAST TIME: The 4th Annual TOAST, the original artisan spirits tasting and one of largest International Craft Spirits Events in North America was an incredible opportunity to taste (okay sip and sometimes gulp) the good stuff from a wide variety of spirits makers from across the Northwest—and the world.
Whether your spirit preference was Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Brandy, Liqueurs or even Limoncello, the distillers and producers at TOAST were on hand at the World Trade Center over the weekend to showcase their handcrafted spirits and explain how they make their incredible products.
It was quite the crowd and word is that next year it will get even bigger.
Ted Pappas, the Oregon Distillers Guild President, informed the media that "This year we (held) multiple events throughout the greater Portland area highlighting local distillers along with some of our outstanding restaurants leading up to the event. It’s the first step to transforming our event from a few days to a week of activities."
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:59 | Written by Byron Beck
Angela Mattox, Claire Coffee, Victoria Frey, Jody Stahancyk, Juan Martinez, Lucinda Carmichael, Juan and Byron Beck
TOTES FOR TADA! So maybe I am a little biased, but I thought this year's TADA! gala in support of Portland's Institute for Contemporary Art was super fun. Full disclosure: I was on the steering committee (as a co-chair) and I ended up emceeing the event, so yeah, I was happy to see it go off so splendidly.
This year's TADA! was held in Northeast Portland at the Bindery Annex Building, which served as a perfect space for a PICA party. It was raw and different and really special. As were the guests. I mean, they were really special too. We had about 350 guests bidding on items, dashing for desserts (via a very cool smart phone app that was created just for this event), listening to a very special message from Honorary Co-Chair (and House of Cards star) Robin Wright, sipping on wine from Mitchell Wines and dining on food from Simpatica Catering.
As for me, I loved that I had a chance to visit early in the evening with Claire Coffee (she's Adalind on the hit tv show Grimm) and share the stage with Johnna Wells, one of the Northwest's premiere auctioneers. And I loved that I had a chance to see so many friends and supporters of PICA in the audience. It was a truly special night that I will never ever forget.
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:25 | Written by Byron Beck
Howie Bierbaum, Stephen Cassell, Courtenay Hameister, Stephen, Peter Shanky, Lisa Watson and Stephen at North Light
PARTY BOY: A select few of Stephen Cassell's besties were invited to celebrate this marketing man's big birthday at The North Light before the brand new North Portland boite spots grand opening.
On the heels of their 10th anniversary in business together, Hope Beraka and Christopher Gutierrez's latest venture, North Light (3746 N. Mississippi Ave.) is a restaurant and bar, serving up sophisticated comfort food and craft cocktails with a twist. This new NoPo hotspot will open its doors to the public this Friday, April 18.
As for the party, it was off the charts with a great group of Stephen's friends and family giving him big hugs and even bigger presents. Why do I know that is something Stephen would like.
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:36 | Written by Byron Beck
FIRST LOOK: Here is a first look of actress Rebecca Romijn as "Eve Baird" on the set of "The Librarians" currently shooting its first episode of the TNT series in Portland.
According toThe Hollywood ReporterRomijn's character Eve is a highly skilled counterterrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive.
In this pic Rebecca, who is shooting the breeze with a very familiar looking face to Portland's model and acting scene, seems to be taking a break in what looks like might be her counter-terrorism ensemble. Rebecca looks hot in anything.
Friday, 11 April 2014 15:02 | Written by Byron Beck
Karol Collymore and Robin Castro at Equity Foundation's Donor Night at Vibrant Table Catering
EQUITY FOR ALL: Equity Foundation held a Donor Appreciation Event on Thursday night inside the lovely environs of Vibrant Table Catering to honor those who give time and money to this worthy organization. Executive Director Karol Collymore was joined by others who gathered together to support the good works that Equity continues to do in our community.