The Perfect Party: February 2015

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from Portland's Top Chef challengers to the author sometimes known as Lemony Snicket

Illustrations by Matty Newton February 2, 2015 Published in the February 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

LaDonna Redmond

Affordable, GMO-free veggies for the keynote speaker at this month’s Organicology conference. The Chicago-based food activist works for access to healthy chow for people around the country. Thanks for fighting the good fight, LaDonna. Can you help us access the dessert tray?

Daniel Handler

We’ll preapprove a reading by the author sometimes known as Lemony Snicket, who came under fire for a racially tinged remark at last fall’s National Book Awards. Daniel, consider your invitation to appear on Live Wire this month a step to forgiveness. But you should update your material.

Devonte Hart

We have plenty to learn from this 12-year-old Portland boy, who cracked the cynical heart of the Internet during the post-Ferguson protests when a photo of him hugging a cop went viral. Devonte, we have no snark to offer in the wake of this traumatic chain of events. Get the world hugging again.  

Doug Adams & Gregory Gourdet

We’re sending the Imperial and Departure chefs (respectively) on one last relay race to gather dinner ingredients, as their season-long Top Chef battles conclude this month. Guys, we don’t even care who wins this one. Whether cooking in a colonial kitchen, making beef tartare on a Revolutionary War battlefield, or collecting cranberries in a bog, you made Portland proud. Now hustle, you two. We’re hungry.

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