The Future’s So Bright We Gotta Wear Shades.

2011 was great, but Intrepid Intern Frances Dyer has it on good authority (a fortune cookie) that 2012 will be even better!

2011 was full of exciting changes here at Little Green Pickle! Our team grew from the dynamic duo of Carrie and Jannie, into a spectacular septet (that’s seven), and with such a talented group of people, we’ve been able to work with some of Portland’s most skilled and creative chefs and restaurateurs, as well as a few exciting national clients. This year, we ate and drank our way around the city and met some wonderful people in the process.

It was a big year for other Portland foodies too. No less than four Portland chefs were James Beard Award winners, and Pdx hosted the prestigious StarChefs Rising Star Awards and gala. As a further testament to Portland’s uniqueness, both epicures and food amateurs’ favorite dishes and drinks of the year came from just about every style, price range, and neighborhood in this fair city; diversity is the spice of life, after all! As I recall (or can’t recall, as the case may be…) there were also quite a few awesome parties, celebrations, and fests this year.

Yes, 2011 was a phenomenal year for food, but now that the champagne bubbles and NYE hangovers have subsided, it’s time to look forward – and I don’t just mean your resolution to shed the holiday pounds.

At the LGP office, we’ve been busy breaking down walls and finding Portland-perfect furniture and rugs for our expanded office space! Nothing makes a year feel newer than redecorating.

2012 also promises a lot of exciting changes and additions to the Pdx food scene, including restaurant openings, relocations, and expansions. For now, be sure to check out the newly updated PDX Eater 38 for some of Portland’s top restaurants (several of my favorites are on that list!).

There are so many things to look forward to this year, but at the top of our list is Feast Portland: Food & Drink Festival, coming September 20th -23rd.  

                                                 

This festival will encompass all that makes the Portland food scene unique as well as introducing national and international talent and trends. We are so excited to be part of this event and work with so many outstanding people! (If you’d like to be part of Feast Portland as well, visit FeastPortland.com and send us an email. While you’re there don’t forget to sign up for the Feast newsletter, follow @feastpdx on twitter, and “Like” Feast Portland on Facebook!)

Thank you Portland and all of our friends for making 2011 a year to remember, and we hope 2012 is full of success for you in every way!