The Perfect Party: May 2011

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

April 22, 2011 Published in the May 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

SERGIO PALLERONI This Portland State architecture prof can frame our invite next to his Latrobe Prize. The American Institute of Architects handed Palleroni this award—and $100,000—for researching how architects can help projects like public housing or disaster reconstruction. Sergio, you’re from
Argentina—hope steak is OK.

JUNKI YOSHIDA The Japanese-born cooking sauce magnate got two splashes in recent news. After his homeland’s quake/tsunami, the black belt turned a Gresham karate tournament into a charity fundraiser. Yoshida also recounted a phone harangue from mysterious Congressman David Wu. Mr. Yoshida, bring teriyaki and get ready to spill more dirt.

A “BRO” AND A “HIPSTER” Fake controversy’s fun, so we invite any two Cleveland High School students to reprise the dress-up theme that brought reporters to campus during spirit week. The journalists—spare time, anyone?—pursued rumors that kids were “dressed as African Americans.” In reality, “bro vs. hipster” day parodied Jersey Shore and gentrified Brooklyn. Kids, pay no attention to the adults.

JEFF STUHR Stuhr, cofounder of the stylish architecture firm Holst, gets a seat at the table for trying to dish up a better Columbia River Crossing. Along with colleagues on the CRC’s “design advice” committee, Stuhr formed an effective lobby for a mega-bridge both functional and beautiful. Jury’s out, but he deserves well-chilled glass for the effort.

NAOMI POMEROY Tonight’s caterer: the meat-tastic local chef smacking down against 11 rivals on the Bravo reality show Top Chef Masters. Naomi, just like at Beast, we’ll take whatever you want to serve us. We’ve seen you with a knife.

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