Remember Vibrant Table’s and Vibrant Flowers’s interviews with Mandi Downs from Champagne Wedding and Event Coordination? We sat down with Mandi, one of our favorite coordinators, to get her take on events in the Pacific Northwest, find out how she got her start, and pick her brain about the wedding industry. Here’s what she had to say: [Read more…]
Last week’s Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Store grand opening was an absolute blast. Mayor Sam Adams assisted Bob Williams with the honors of cutting the ribbon. Lady Bunny, strutting her stuff in a hot mini dress and signature sky-high wig, energized the crowed with fun dance mixes. Even photographer Evrim Icoz and Vibrant Table Event Coordinator Karen Rich took a break to shake a leg. The opening also served as a fundraiser for Q-Center, a welcoming home for Portland’s LBGTQ community, and an example of MG+BW’s commitment to many non-profit organizations that promote equality of all sorts.
With true Southern hospitality, MG+BW selected a generous menu of hip comfort finger-foods: bite-sized meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes (I LOVE our meatloaf!), petite chicken pot pies, shots of tomato soup with gougère garnish (see below for full menu). Sweets included mini Voodoo doughnuts, customized heart cookies, mini icecream sandwiches and a self-serve hot-chocolate bar (yay, marshmallows!). Signature cocktails consisted of raspberry martinis, white sangria and Mitchelltini, 12-year Macallan “shaken passionately with ice and served frothy.”
Welcome to Portland Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. We “heart” you too!
- Vibrant Sliders
- Fingerling Potatoes with Pepper Bacon, Sour Cream & Scallions
- Mini Mac & Cheese
- Petite Chicken Pot Pies
- Mini Meat Loaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Tomato Soup with Gougère Garnish
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Chicken Dumplings
- Miniature Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Voodoo Doughnuts
- Customized Heart Cookies
- Coconut Snowballs
- Hot Chocolate Bar
The Loft on Belmont is home to Vibrant Table. If you’ve ever come for a tasting, met with an Event Coordinator, or attended a recent Our House Chef’s Series dinner, you’ve been to The Loft – and may have even sat at our namesake, a tremendous chartreuse tableau comfortably nestled in the heart of our double-duty office/event facility. Kurt Beadell, Creative Director Extraordinaire, has garnished this unique venue in gorgeous fabrics begging to be touched, funky chandeliers, eclectic art and rich, earthly tones. Other features include a fireplace and wall-to-wall windows.
Roughly 15 x 77 feet, The Loft is one long, narrow space divided into three continuous sections: the lobby/bar, fire place, and dining room. Though each section has its own dynamic feel, they present a fluid assemblage that follows the natural progression of most events: libation, conversation and eats. The Loft works best for groups looking to relish the intimacy of gathering with friends and family, such as smaller weddings, birthdays, wine tastings, meetings or team building.
Because The Loft is Vibrant Table’s base of operations, we are able to pass our savings to our clients holding events here, and we have everything you’ll need to host a memorable celebration from beginning to end.
Thank you to Fritz Photo for generously contributing these images: bride and groom, groom with guest, view from Belmont, wedding cake.
Vibrant Table has been lucky enough to work with Eric Newland from Hybrid Moon Video on a regular basis, and we are constantly astounded by his amazing work! Eric is the driving force behind Hybrid Moon Video Productions, a national award-winning creative multimedia company located in Northwest Portland.
Hybrid Moon produces and directs “Weddings Portland Style”, as well as creating wedding video packages for brides across the country. Their company also specializes in promotional creative work on a corporate level, and they have the distinction of owning Oregon’s only 1947 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce Limousine (available for rental for your events). Following his blog is a trip – the latest post is direct from New York’s Bridal Fashion Week!
We sat down with Eric to talk to him about his work in Portland, and it went a little something like this:
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Q. How long have you been practicing your craft?
A. Since 1991
Q. Why did you choose videography?
A. Long story short: I cannot seeing myself doing anything but this. I love it!
Q. How did you get started doing video for special events?
A. After my search for a vendor to film our marriage in 1995, we realized how badly the market was in need of quality wedding videographers.
Q. Has anything significant changed in your field?
A. Everything has changed. First started with ANALOG tape to tape editing systems to HYBRID editing systems that were under computer control to todays modern NON-LINEAR edit computers. The look of a finished wedding video is so different from long ago!
Q. What/Who are your inspirations?
A. Alfred Hitchcock! My favorite quote from him is: “An edit is never finished, it is only abandoned”. Also, just sitting down and watching TV inspires me.
Q. What ideas, trends, etc. do you find exciting in the video industry currently?
A. I am pumped to see media delivery change… from the old days on VHS, to convergence to DVD, then Blu Ray and now in to the future being web delivered in High Definition!
Q. How long have you been a member of Portland event community?
A. Since I first started shooting wedding video. I am a rare Portland Native!
Q. In your opinion, is there something that makes Portland a unique place for events?
A. It’s great how compact Portland is compared to other spread-out, sprawled-out cities. The closeness makes it cool!
Q. What is your favorite event venue?
A. There really not just one facility that stands out… I do appreciate the downtown locations. I hate locations laden in dust and I can’t stand uneven ground. It’s always frustrating to see elderly guests at suburban locations trip and fumble to walk anywhere because the owners are too cash-tight to pave walkways.
Q. Do you have an event horror story?
A. Oh, yeah! MANY! For now, I’ll keep them to myself, but keep an eye out out for Hybrid Moon’s Wedding Mock-umentary at your local theater soon!
Q. Do you have a professional pet peeve?
A. Working with amateur photographers. It is frustrating to watch people with hardly any professional event experience ruin a wedding because they really have no idea what they are doing.
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?
A. Owning a cool hip event facility.
China Design Now’s opening gala demonstrates how entertainment during your event can elevate the experience to an entirely new level.
Event Planner Karie Burch flavored the international focus of the Portland Art Museum’s newest exhibit with heavy infusions of local talent. Portland quartet Third Angle filled the air with music of modern Chinese composers while Portland Fashion Synergy models styled by Smashcut Studios posed atop glowing neon cubes in ethereal designs by Chinese sensation Chong Jian. During Vibrant Table‘s feast of Northwest-Asian fusion, Pendulum dancers performed rhythmic contortions while dangling from ribbons. Guests finished the night with a little shake-down to The David Cooley Band.
Unless othewise indicated, photos by Leah Nash Photography.
More to come!