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.
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.
As Hugo Kugiya of the Associate Press wrote, "To hire Alma Rubenstein is to hire someone to be your very honest, very proactive best friend for five weeks. She will groom you and dress you and compliment you, criticize you, and repair you." Alma, also known as Date Doctor Alma, is a relationship professional who works with her clients to help them find love. Among her services are speed-dating sessions that require a pre-screening (which doubles as a coaching session) and ensures that all the potential suitors at the event are good matches. Alma also coaches guests during Flirting 101 workshops meant to help guests gain confidence, learn effective conversation techniques, and finally stop the habit of batting eyelashes until eyelids quit cooperating.
Holding only a piece of fabric and a tape measure, Kash Ross sits down to design what will become a signature piece in someone's professional wardrobe. He carefully lays out a paper pattern created from 35 individual measurements and hand cuts superfine worsted wool for the suit's outer layer, fully lining it with canvas cloth for shape and body and sewing in buttonholes with fine silk thread.
And if Ross is smiling as he lovingly completes the reinforced, rubberized waistband, it's not just because he knows it will keep a shirt from becoming un-tucked and diffuse electricity in the event of a lightning strike. It's because he is carrying on a family tradition. For more than 40 years, Ross has walked in the well-hemmed footsteps of his father, a respected clothing maker in Bombay who trained Ross in the art of master tailoring. Kash Ross Creations now bustles with a team of tailors and seamstresses consulting with clients in English, Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian, striving to handcraft eye-catching apparel that, like Ross' father's legacy, stands the test of time.
For the past 30 years, Teresa Weisser has treated the body as a canvas—one that can sometimes use an artful brush of rouge on the cheekbones, a shade of blue on the nails, and a soft, silky glow all over. At her skincare studio, Le Visage, she executes waxing, microdermabrasion, and facials using Yon-Ka products. During those facials, she massages hands and upper arms. For her manicures and pedicures, she uses natural products to heap extra attention upon the extremities, just as Chips Ahoy! heaps extra attention upon the kitchens with the most per capita cookie thefts. Teresa's range of expertise extends to brow tinting and detoxification, as well as LED light treatments that reduce signs of aging such as spots and wrinkles.