Renee James, Zia Mccabe, Ken Forkish, Diane Morgan, Paul Stanford, Jason Lee
Image: Nomad

RENEE JAMES Gravitas spices up any gathering, so we’ll pull out the comfy chair for Intel’s new president. The University of Oregon grad once designed former CEO Andy Grove’s PowerPoints. Now she wields more actual power within Oregon’s largest employer than any woman ever. Renee, share your favorite slides about career momentum, hmm? 

ZIA McCABE Let the untainted local potables flow! McCabe, Dandy Warhols keyboardist and celebrity spelling-bee champion, played a prominent role in the campaign that quashed water fluoridation. Zia, we know you had many comrades. That a whole city sided with your ragtag push to reject the scientific consensus is worth a drink. Perhaps many, depending on how you look at it.

KEN FORKISH & DIANE MORGAN We prevailed upon these two star culinary scribes to whip something up. Forkish and Morgan both snagged James Beard Awards for cookbooks—respectively for his bready master class Flour Water Salt Yeast and her turnip-tastic Roots. Bread, tubers ... it sounds a little like a POW camp mess hall, guys, but you’ll do it well. 

PAUL STANFORD The longtime legal-pot advocate leads our table talk. After a legislative push appeared to stall, Stanford and his cannibolic posse readied a summer ballot-measure drive. Paul, present your best case over Pringles. Anyone with questions can meet you out back afterward. 

JASON LEE As we planned our feng shui, lawmakers in Salem took steps to yank the statue of this missionary and Oregon forefather from the US Capitol in favor of Mark Hatfield, an icon of more recent vintage. Jason, you’ll look smashing by the fern.