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.
Bollywood Dreams? DJ and dance instructor Prashant expresses himself in the international language of dance with undeniable exuberance and contagious energy. Prashant teaches a variety of styles at local colleges and demonstrates his performance prowess with two Portland-area Bollywood bands. Prashant?s monthly dance parties at The Crystal Ballroom give students an opportunity to strut new choreographies while he spins Bollywood and Bhangra tunes.
When Karen Beninati's son was young, she had a hard time finding a childcare facility with which she felt comfortable. So she decided to create WeVillage—a drop-and-go daycare, preschool, and summer camp that parents would feel comfortable leaving their kids at and a place where kids would actually want to go.
To put parents at ease, Beninati hired professionals with degrees in early childhood education and certifications in first aid and CPR. She also ensured they went through a thorough background check. To make WeVillage a place kids wanted to go to, she decided to offer activities such as dodgeball in the park, drawing, and visits to nearby museums.
All the activities at WeVillage are aimed at helping children improve their mental and physical skills while building the social skills necessary to succeed in school and make meaningful connections with their peers. Kids at WeVillage are also exposed to international culture via yoga classes, world music, and global cuisine.
50 Plates celebrates the 50 states with an emphasis on using local, sustainable ingredients in its American fare. Each plate captures the nostalgia of a bygone American dish and reinvents it via applied phlebotinum. Naturally raised meats, sustainably caught fish, and cage-free chicken populate the menu of modern American comfort food. Start your meal with dirty-rice beignets ($8), bursting with the flavors of Andouille sausage and Creole tartar sauce, and Castroville artichoke rolls ($7) that ooze California chevre, roasted garlic, and avocado ranch. For the main course, a plate of Memphis-style boar ribs ($20) flanked by barbecue baked beans and Grandma Betty's potato salad will earn you an esteemed position in the clean plate club. If you're not as stuffed as a kleptomaniac senator's pockets, gird yourself for indulgent old-school desserts such as chocolate and peanut-butter pudding ($7) and devil's food cake slathered with fudge frosting ($8). Foodies can wash it all down with a signature cocktail from a selection of flag-waving American spirits such as bourbon and rye ($9 each).
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
Become the king and queen of your own carnival by donning the Groucho glasses ($15/dozen) and a rhinestone tiara ($12.95), or for a more social get-together, prop up cardboard cutouts of Darth Vader and Marilyn Monroe ($33.95 each) as bouncers outside your exclusive mustache party (fake 'staches start at $1 each). Bachelorette-party games, such as the barroom scavenger hunt, and party favors including to-be bridal accoutrements, range from $9.95–$32.95 and up for a group of eight. Whatever the theme, 100% biodegradable helium-inflated balloons lend a buoyant hand to the festivities ($12.50 per dozen). The Lippman Company's stock of giant fake diamonds ($9.95/dozen) can make a lifelong dream of wooing a giant inflatable Paul Bunyan come true.