David Anderson

The Genoa resurrector joined more than 500 chefs at the White House in June to launch Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools program. The program seeks to pair top cooks with schools in their area to teach children about nutrition. We seek to pair Anderson’s pappardelle con sugo di piccione (rosemary and squab pasta) with our forks.

Matt Davis

The Portland Mercury’s British-born news editor brought some welcome color crayons to the normally lead-pencil coverage of city politics. Now he’s left for New Orleans, but not before flinging a blog-storm of criticism at PDX. You said you never want to come back, Matt, but you’re always welcome to take a dip in our punch bowl!

Doitchin Krasev

Every party needs a mystery. Meet Doitchin—or Jason Evers? Or just John Doe? In 1996, the Bulgarian-born identity thief nabbed the name of a dead 3-year-old. Later, he duped the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which hired him in 2002. Old friends laud his chess skills and chocolate-chip cookies—the perfect after-dinner combo.

Kim Dittler

In June, 28-year-old Dittler was named one of the 30 best real estate agents under 30 by Realtor magazine. The honor came courtesy of the Lake Oswego-based Prudential NW Properties agent’s more than $10 million in sales in 2009. (And you thought there was a recession.) Fair warning, Kim: We’ll dish the grub, you dish the sales advice.

BigBelly

Welcome to the table our first mechanized party guest: BigBelly Solar trash compactor. You’ll be seeing a lot of him—and his family—this fall, when the City of Portland installs several more of the waste-shrinking machines downtown. Meantime, we’ve put together a special meal just for our sun-loving supper guest: all you can eat.