Carrie Welch from The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food and Drink

The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food and Drink

Feast Portland

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Carrie Welch

Forget the fact that she pretty much knows everyone in the food world from its celebrity chefs to its behind-the-scenes movers and shakers; that she’s just one of those rare, genuine souls that good people flock to; that for a decade as vice president of PR at Food Network, she helped launch some of its most successful shows (and stars) to prominence; or that she left a successful career in New York City to “go West, young woman” with her wife, Jannie Huang, to open a restaurant (Duff Goldman made their wedding cake) in Portland, Oregon, one of the country’s coolest cities. Consider that that move spawned a successful restaurant PR firm with a cool name (Little Green Pickle), and that at a time when food festivals seem to be popping up everywhere — and not always to good effect — she has launched, along with co-founder Mike Thelin, one of the coolest food festivals in America: Feast Portland.