Carrie Welch is Co-Owner of Little Green Pickle and Co-Founder of Bon Appetit Presents Feast Portland in Portland, Oregon. Little Green Pickle provides public relations, marketing, social media and web services for some of the most electric restaurants and artisans in the Portland food and drink scene, as well as national chefs and brands. When Carrie and wife Jannie moved from New York City in 2010 to work in Portland's ingenious food industry, Little Green Pickle originally began as a precursor to their dream restaurant. One service job and many spilled water glasses later, she decided she was better talking about restaurants, beverages, and artisan and Little Green Pickle was born.
Since its first year in 2012, Feast Portland celebrates everything that makes the Pacific Northwest awesome through a dynamic, multi-day food and drink festival. With over 80 chefs, 30 events and tens of thousands of attendees, the festival has raised over $200,000 for hunger relief in the U.S. Feast Portland received Travel Portland’s “Portland” award, which honors the top contribution to the region’s reputation, and has been named as one of North America’s 15 Best Food Festivals by Fodors and The Best Food Festival in the Country by Thrillist.
For Carrie, both Little Green Pickle and Feast Portland draw on the past experience of a 10-year career at Food Network as Vice President of Public Relations, overseeing all consumer press, talent relations, digital PR, social media, charitable efforts, and launching successful shows for now ubiquitous celebrity chefs Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Alton Brown, and Duff Goldman.
In 2008, Carrie helped create the New York City Wine & Food Festival with Share Our Strength, The Food Bank for NYC and Southern Wines & Spirits, which continues to raise over $1 million to help end childhood hunger each year. She also co-initiated Food Network's first public affairs program, "Good Food Gardens," that brought teaching gardens to underprivileged kids and families in schools and community centers. She has studied wine and spirits extensively, completing the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Intermediate and Advanced Certificates. In 2015, Carrie was named one of the Portland Business Journal's "40 Under 40." and one of The Daily Meal's "60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food." When not eating or drinking, Carrie can be found reading books to their son Taylor.
Jannie loves computers and food. She has always found a way to bring the two together in her work. In 2010, Jannie and Carrie moved to Portland, Oregon to accomplish their dream of working in its bad ass food industry, and Little Green Pickle was born. While running LGP, Jannie also serves as the Creative Director of Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland, the region's leading food and drink festival. She began her career at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City. A passionate foodie and web designer, she worked for Condé Nast publications and then led the design team at FoodNetwork.com. After several years of design work, Jannie got back in the kitchen, honing her culinary skills at a Brooklyn restaurant while freelancing for TripFilms.com and PM Digital. Jannie eats soup all year round, wears flip flops in the rain and cooks for #superwhitebaby.
Say Ciao! to Brooke Adams, Little Green Pickle’s Director of PR and Italian language aficionado. After earning her degree in International Studies at Middlebury College, Brooke began her career in the food industry as the Executive Assistant to James Beard Lifetime Achievement recipient, Sirio Maccioni, at New York’s iconic Le Cirque restaurant. In 2010, Brooke transitioned to Italian specialty market, Eataly New York, where she worked as the Director of Communications for the company’s North American market. After three years of directing Eataly’s PR and media events, marketing, and social media, Brooke was eager for a change of pace. She left the Big Apple in 2013 in order to move to Portland, OR and join the Little Green Pickle team, where she now oversees PR strategy for all clients. On the weekends, Brooke takes full advantage of Oregon’s beautiful outdoors by gardening, kayaking, and truly enjoying la dolce vita.
Frances serves as Senior Coordinator and resident OG of Little Green Pickle. She has been with the company since its founding, and brings a thoughtful, creative, pun-filled mind to her public relations work. Frances creates outstanding social media campaigns and is always on the up-and-up for new social media tactics. When she's not at LGP she volunteers at as many food and drink related events as she can, researches neighborhood haunts and runs the occasional marathon.
As the daughter of a veteran Philadelphia journalist and radio personality, it’s no surprise Alexa found her way into the hospitality and public relations industry. She entered the world of PR with Lisa Johnson Communications in Atlantic City, NJ where she represented the Chelsea Hotel, the Revel hotel-casino project, and more. From there, she moved on to Cashman and Associates Public Relations & Special Events in Philadelphia, where she spent two years as an Account Executive, specializing in restaurant, lifestyle, and hospitality industry clients, including Morton’s The Steakhouse and Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse Hotel. She took a few years hiatus from PR to pursue other areas of the hospitality industry, but eventually realized that public relations was truly what she was meant to be doing, which brings her to her next chapter at LGP!
He came, he saw, he conquered the entire beer list at Burnside Brewing Co. on his very first trip to Portland – in one sitting. Banning earned his degree from Humboldt State University in Journalism and Mass Communication while already hard at work in PR, social media management, event planning, copy writing, and media production/planning for several of his alma mater's departments and non-profit organizations in the local Humboldt area. In December 2015, after graduating and saying Aloha! to his tiny hometown on the Big Island of Hawai'i, he packed up his entire life and moved to the Portland area to work with LGP. When not indulging in Portland's awesome food and drink, Banning is checking out (and getting down to) the local music scene, finding the next best craft brew (he's a stout lover!), and hiking his way through the Pacific Northwest.