When party planners enlist the services of Chef Ron, they begin a working dialogue to reach a collaborative and personalized game plan for their occasion. If the host is short on ideas, an elegant list of menu options can quickly be whipped up. With a plan in place, Chef Ron will execute it with the precision of a diamond-tip paring knife, slicing down the aisles of the finest grocer in pursuit of the freshest ingredients.
For the chefs at Ultimate Events Portland Inc., meals are only limited by two factors: the availability of seasonal ingredients and their own imaginations. The company specializes in in-home chef experiences, where seasoned culinarians design a customized three-course menu complete with wine pairings. Using the client's kitchen, they're able to craft dishes from around the world, drawing on the cooking techniques and flavors of Europe, the Middle East and Mediterranean, Asia, and America, in any combination. Ultimate Events Portland Inc. also caters large- and small-scale events, designing ornate centerpieces and place settings in addition to the colorful hors d'oeurvres and the main meal. Past projects have featured elaborate touches such as fountains, ice sculptures, and butlers who arrive via jetpack.
Rip City Grill cooks up meats, mushrooms, and more for their hearty sandwiches, which they prepare in plain sight of their peckish clientele. Dig into the grilled cheese—swiss, cheddar, and pepper jack topped with tomato ($3.50). The sandwich shop’s signature tri-tip steak selection comes with 6 ounces of dry-rubbed beef served on a toasted roll doused in garlic butter ($6). Styles add more panache to plates than glued-on googly eyes and include such tastescapes as Cali style, a mélange of fresh avocado, Tillamook cheddar, and maple bacon, and El Caliente style, a hodgepode of sautéed onions, jalapeños, and pepper jack ($1 each). Sate still-growling bellies with sides, such as chips ($1) and energy drinks ($2.50), which provide the stamina necessary to brew coffee.
Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge surrounds its 12 bowling lanes with leather couches and flickering fireplaces, much like a living room designed by PBA great Earl Anthony. High-definition projection screens broadcast music videos high above each lane, and 20 plasma televisions broadcast live sports events at the bar. Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge also has a second-level mezzanine, where guests can watch games from above or pretend to be gods of thunder.