The Mudroom

The Perfect Party: March 2011

People we’d most like at our dinner table this month

February 11, 2011 Published in the March 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

ANGEL GUTIERREZ This Roosevelt High senior worked his way to a full-ride scholarship at Brown University—the first RHS grad to get into a hyperexclusive college in almost 10 years. The kid credits his teachers and family. We’re ready to cut a fat slice of angel food for the scholar himself.

ROBERT LIBERTY Longtime enviro activist Liberty resigned his Metro Council seat in January to take a job at the University of Oregon. He thus joins fellow ex-elected officials David Bragdon, Erik Sten, and Charlie Hales among those who served … until they just didn’t feel like it anymore. Robert, at our party you don’t leave the table until you’ve cleaned your plate.

SADIE BOWMAN An international vegan food/travel show? So Portland, it might just work. Bowman, a local vegan chef, headed for Thailand to produce a pilot for The Intrepid Herbivores, with a $3,000 stake (not beef) raised on the funding site Kickstarter. You’re on curry, Sadie.

TOM HURLEY We need to talk career tactics with this firefighter, who got the city to pay for culinary school after he got hurt on the job. And then collected disability checks while he ran restaurants. And then nailed the city for $103,000 when it tried to cut him off. And now returns to the Fire Bureau, 17 years after his last shift, making $67,000 a year. Tom, bring a very nice Burgundy.

TOM CIRILLO and INGRID ARNETT Hoist glasses to two local classical music administrators—Ingrid is the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s spokeswoman; Tom, the Portland Baroque Orchestra’s executive director—who conducted the launch of Music For All. The new program makes unsold high-culture tickets available to low-income folks for $5 apiece. You two organize tonight’s entertainment.

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