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January 4th, 2012 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Scoop

Scoop: Engaging Grimm, Brownstein Quips and the Winter Market

Gossip that knew Iowa would let us down.

  • AH, YES, WE REMEMBER THE PIGMAN WELL: The Nielsen television-ratings company released its rankings for 2011 last week, and Portland-filmed Grimm is the year’s “most engaging” show. That means people who watched Grimm can actually remember what they saw on Grimm. This is kind of funny because Grimm includes creatures with names like Blutbaden, Bowerswine and Ziegevolk, so people are remembering pidgin German and writing it in their little Nielsen notebooks.
  • DECENTRALIZED: Former Carlyle and Fenouil chef Jake Martin has left his latest gig slinging small plates at Old Town cocktail bar Central to head the kitchen at Seattle’s How to Cook a Wolf. He has been replaced in the Central kitchen by Paley’s Place alumnus Aaron Crane.
  • FRESH FARM: Need some fresh kale? The Portland Farmers Market will have plenty at the new Winter’s Market, which opens Saturday, Jan. 7, at Shemanski Park. More than 35 vendors will sell products such as kale, beets, radishes, kale, leeks, carrots and kale from 10 am to 2 pm. There will also be tents, meats and cheeses. And kale.
  • A CONCENTRATED ANTHOLOGY OF FUNNY THINGS CARRIE BROWNSTEIN HAS SAID ABOUT PORTLAND IN THE PAST MONTH: To The New Yorker: “There are a lot of people here who can afford—financially but also psychologically—to be really, really concerned about buying local, for instance. It becomes mock epic. It’s like Alexander Pope’s ‘Rape of the Lock.’” To The Atlantic: “You can stall out quickly in Portland if you’re using a coffee shop as an office. If you’re trying to get something done, you have to be careful not to hold a meeting at a bar or making a point of seeing three movies a day. The city really enjoys its downtime.” To The New York Times: “[Portlandia is] a magical place where everybody goes to tyrannical lengths to let you know how good they are.”
  • LAUGHING PLANET IS NOT BEING SOLD…YET: Last week’s Scoop column featured our predictions for 2012 culture news, which included a revival of the laserdisc and this week’s cover girl, Storm Large, scoring a role as the “young” version of Kim Cattrall’s character in Sex and the City 3. We also suggested Laughing Planet might be sold to Altria, the corporation formerly known as Philip Morris. Chuckles all around. Except for several people associated with the apparently ironically named Laughing Planet. The burrito-seller has asked for a retraction. Since our item was a prediction and 2012 has 363 or so more days to go, that’s impossible. However, we happily note that Franz Spielvogel denies having any plans to sell. (Then again, Stumptown boss Duane Sorenson said the same thing.) More on this story in the extremely unlikely event it develops into more than a joke.
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