search for the healthiest beer…?

Upstream Public Health, a nonprofit public health organization and located on the 2nd floor of Leftbank, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the ‘Search for the Healthiest Beer’ event on June 4th.

Twelve Oregon brewers, including Upright Brewing also located in Leftbank building, are donating their version of the ‘healthiest’ beer for attendees to decide which one is best. A panel of local celebrities judges will also weigh in.

Tickets are $75 or 4 tickets for $250 and includes beer, wine, delicious appetizers and live auction. All proceeds will benefit Upstream. For more information about this fun event or to purchase tickets go to Healthiest Beer event or call 503-284-6390.

The event will be from 6-9pm on June 4th right across the street at the Leftbank Annex. Limited tickets available. Sign up today!’

Venture Portland Awards $37,000 in Neighborhood Business District Grants

This week Venture Portland awarded $37,000 to fund 19 Spring/Summer projects in Portland’s neighborhood business districts city wide. Projects range from retail-focused street fairs to dynamic marketing collateral and creative soccer-themed events planned during the MLS All Star Game in August – all with direct ties to the local economy. Venture Portland’s funding leverages an additional $179,591 in private investment, a 5-to-1 match.

“Venture Portland’s grants stimulate neighborhood economic development in real time,” said Alison Stoll, Venture Portland’s Grants Committee Chair and Parkrose Business Association Delegate. “It’s incredible to see the immediate positive impact the grants have on our local economy.”

Venture Portland’s Grants Committee, comprised of Venture Portland Board members and community stakeholders, evaluated competitive grant submissions to determine business district grant funding. This round of Spring/Summer Grants funds tactical projects that build strong, vibrant and financially stable business districts. Additional grant funds help neighborhood business districts take advantage of the energy and visitors coming to Portland for the Major League Soccer All Star Game on August 6.

“The MLS All Star Game in August gives us a unique opportunity to show the world the best of Portland. The Venture Portland soccer grants are the perfect way to have the international spot light shine on all of the city, including our neighborhood business districts” said Commissioner Nick Fish.

Many of the Spring/Summer grant projects focus on large-scale events that take advantage of Portlanders’ desire to Venture Out during warm weather. A complete list of grant-funded projects is below:

  • 42nd Avenue – Seasonal Event Series
  • Beaumont – New Website
  • Belmont – District Walking Map
  • Columbia Corridor – Membership Campaign
  • Division Midway – 2nd Annual Fall Festival (October 12)
  • Hawthorne – ‘Kick Kick Score’ Soccer Courses (August 3)
  • Historic Mississippi – ‘Meet the Street’ Campaign
  • Historic Parkrose – ‘A Taste of Parkrose’ (June 21); MLS Visitor Promotion
  • Hollywood – Neighborhood Walkabout (July 12)
  • Kenton – 5th Annual Street Fair (May 18)
  • Multnomah Village – Enhanced Website
  • NE Broadway – ‘Summer Super Sale’ (July 18 – July 20)
  • N/NE – ‘MLK Dream Run’ (August 3)
  • Overlook Village – Soccer Events (August 1 – August 10)
  • Parkrose – District Banners; Exhibition Soccer Game and Retail Promotion
  • Pearl District – 1st Thursday Map
  • University Park – MLS All Star Game Practice Session and Retail Promotion

In FY 13-14 Venture Portland awarded $82,950 in grants for 39 business district projects which leveraged $364,516 in additional private investment, a more than 4-to-1 match. Since 1995 Venture Portland has granted more than $1.1 million to fund 425 business district projects, leveraging more than $3.3 million in additional private investment in districts city wide.

Cocktails and carrots: PSU Farmers Market opens with a twist

By Wendy Culverwell

Shake off those Daylight Savings Time blues.

It’s farmers market season.

The Portland Farmers Market’s flagship market at PSU debuts Saturday and will run through Dec. 20.

The PSU Farmers Market will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday in the South Park Blocks at Portland State.

The 2014 edition launches with more than 100 farmers, producers and artisans including not one but two distilleries. The ranks will swell to 120 as the year progresses and local produce heads to market.

New vendors for 2014 are:

Fairlight Farm of Gaston, which specializes in 33 varieties of heirloom apples.

Greenleaf Juicing Co. of Portland serves fresh pressed juices made from organic fruits and vegetables.

House Spirits Distillery of Portland produces a variety of distilled spirits.

Merry Meat Pie Co. of Portland offers a variety of meat pies.

Minto Island Growers of Salem sells organic vegetables, blueberries and teas.

Mio’s Delectables of Portland makes pastries drawing on French and Japanese traditions.

New Deal Distillery of Portland makes vodkas, gins, ginger liqueurs and locally-inspired coffee liqueurs.

Ole World Oils of Ritzville, Wash., makes camelina oil, an ancient oilseed crop high in omega 3s and vitamin E.

Oregon Aqua of Portland raises GMO-free and hormone-free Oregon White Leg Prawns.

Starvation Alley of Long Beach, Wash., is an organic cranberry farm selling raw juice and later in the season, fresh cranberries.

Visit the  Portland Farmers Market web site for a list of when its eight operate

View original source at the Portland Business Journal 

Oyster Social

For the love of oysters join Foster’s Craft Cooking & Upright Brewing for an Oyster Social!

Oyster Social is a chance to step into the sea, in your minds eye, with your mouth on a bivalve and your hands on a brew.

When: Friday, March 14th – 4:30-shellfish are gone

Where: Upright Brewing Tasting Room

Who: Foster’s Craft Cooking & Upright Brewing

Oyster Social will debut in the Upright Brewing tasting room in honor of the release of their latest batch of award winningOyster Stout (yes, it’s really brewed with oysters).

They’ll pop bottles, we’ll pop oysters.

Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 each.


10 lessons learned on FMYI’s 10th anniversary

2004. The Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Google had their IPO, Hey Ya won MTV Video of the Year, The Incredibles came out in the theaters, and George W. Bush was Time’s Person of the Year. And FMYI [for my innovation] was born out of a coffee shop here in Portland on January 28th.

It’s been an amazing ride. Although I’m sometimes compared to Chris Traeger when I try to spread sunshine around in gray Portland, I have my fair share of gray hairs that have sprouted up over the years. As I’ve reflected on the past 10 years at FMYI, I started thinking about the top 10 lessons I’ve learned starting a bootstrapped B Corporation in an off the beaten path city. more…


Erik Spoelstra is one cool cat. Not only is he the head coach of the Miami Heat, he’s also the first Asian-American coach in the history of the NBA—not to mention the first Asian-American coach to win a championship. And he’s only getting cooler: Coach Spo has recently started his namesake basketball academy, and it’s not just a place for parents to drop their kids off in the summer. Erik Spoelstra Basketball Academy takes youth basketball seriously, with the primary focus on helping kids become well-rounded players with solid technical skills and a respect for teamwork and sportsmanship. more…

Last Call for Winter Market 2014

By Kelly Merrick

Here in Portland we’re lucky because we have an abundance of farmer’s markets. In fact, with the exception of a few weeks during the holidays, hardly a week goes by without a market.

But there are a few times a year when market staff, volunteers and vendors get a little break. In fact, there is just one last market left to stock up on food from your favorite vendors at our Winter Market at Shemanski Park.

After the last Winter Market for the season, there will be a two week hiatus and then the PSU Market will reopen on March 15th, so be sure to stop by this Saturday, February 22, from 10am to 2pm to stock up on the farm fresh produce and other goods you’ll need to get yourself through the next few weeks. more…

Winter Marketland

Portland Farmers Market welcomes 2014 with the opening of the Saturday Winter Market at Shemanski Park, where local vendors greet market-goers with booths overflowing with seasonal produce, including purple and green kale, carrots, parsnips, beets, fennel, apples, pears, potatoes and onions, plus meats, seafood, eggs, artisan breads, cheeses and sweets – everything shoppers need to create seasonal meals from our local bounty.

The Winter Market, now in its third season, runs from 10 am to 2 pm on eight consecutive Saturdays, through February 22, 2014. You’ll find over 35 vendors at Shemanski Park each Saturday, located on the Park Blocks between SW Salmon and Main.

In case of inclement weather, Portland Farmers Market staff will provide a covered seating area for shoppers to gather and visit. Market-goers can come visit their favorite vendor stalls, fill their baskets with fresh, local food and stay to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee and hot breakfast and lunch items such as bagels, egg dishes, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and tamales. more…

latino network is hiring

Operations Manager
The Operations Manager will play a key role in our growing organization by helping to advance our mission by providing leadership and coordination for various program and administrative areas vital to systems infrastructure development, program execution and organizational productivity. The Operations Manager is responsible for all administrative responsibilities, grant/contract monitoring, HR management, and IT functions. This position works closely with the Budget & Finance Manager to oversee day-to-day operations and design budget monitoring systems. The Operations Manager serves on the Management Team, supports the board of directors, executive director, and supervises administrative support staff.

The successful candidate is a systems thinker, and self-starter who is computer literate and possess excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and is highly organized. The position requires excellent communication skills, and clear high level listening and speaking skills. Spanish language fluency is preferred.

More information.

Worth Holding Onto – Short No. 001

Our friends at Tanner Goods are having some fun and sharing their design and construction process with us in a new video series. The first, Short No. 001, begins with two interconnected processes: the design and construction of the Wildnerness Rucksack, and the origin of a simple adventure.