Kerry-Lynne Demarinis

When I first met Domenico Tupone at a reception for the Italian Film Festival in Portland, I would not have guessed he is an Instructor and Researcher in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Charming …

Although Gregg Matteucci grew up in Fairview, a little town near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, many of his strongest memories are tied to a home in southeast Portland in historic Ladd’s Addition where his grandmother lived.  Sundays …

Roberto Cavallo, Nate Kantner and Matteo Flori may come from different continents but they’ve melded their talents into the band, Heavy Wood. Known for their signature “hard folk” sound and animated performances, the trio begins their first US tour on …

It all started with a muddy patch of ground and a desire to build a place of healing and compassion for children in crisis at Providence Child Center.  Dr. Don Romanaggi and his late wife, Agnes saw the possibility of …

It is Saturday night at the Columbus Day Banquet.  The Portland Golf Club is overflowing with smiling guests, drinks in hand.  Dinner is finished, the panna cotta is on its way, the music and dancing has started.  One man still …

Alison Greene is four-foot-something with a gregarious personality, dark eyes, curly hair and a quick smile. You like her as soon as you meet her.  I first met Alison at a meeting for an Italian memorial in Portland, where she …

When Giuseppe “Joe” Lemma, Sr. came to America in 1900, he saw a landscape full of possibilities. He was a visionary, a born entrepreneur with boundless energy.  He arrived with little money and no formal education but believed that through …

The workshop at Brian’s Plumbing Works may seem like a jumble of faucets, fixtures, old ceramic sinks, and tools, but there is careful organization here. Tools are arranged at their stations. Under the workbench, there are cubbies full of tool …

Passeggiata and street food; all over Italy, the two words go hand in hand. The same is true every evening in Bari Vecchia, the old city of Bari, when the streets come alive with friends and family, and the air …

Meeting Chef Renato Solpietro for the first time is a happy experience.  He is passionate about life in general and Italian culture and cooking in particular.  His wife, Adrienne Davis is just as outgoing – picture a glass jar full …