The 2015 Portland Food Cart Festival Competition Winners!

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The 2015 Portland Food Cart Festival Competition Winners!

On Saturday July 19th, 2015 the 3rd annual Portland Food Cart Festival took place. This year the event was moved from Mt Hood Community College to the Moda Center.

Awards were given out in 4 categories — People’s Choice, Best Looking Food Cart, Best Dessert and the Grand Prize Winner! Each of the 4 categories had a winner and a runner up.

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Peoples Choice

The winner in the Peoples Choice category was PDX Sliders and the runner up was Phat Cart!

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The Esteemed Panel of Judges

The Judges who did the voting in the Best Looking Food Cart, Best Dessert and the Grand Prize Winner categories were Missy Maki, Aaron Wakamatsu, Amy Burglehaus, Scott Batchelar, and Roy and Kimmy Swope.

Best Looking Food Cart!

The winner in the Best Looking Food Cart category was Moberi and the runner up was Sweet Annie’s out of Redmond, Oregon!

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Best Dessert!

The winner is the Best Dessert category was Churros Locos who won with bacon wrapped churros. The judge absolutely loved this dessert! The runner up was Sweet Annie’s out of Redmond, Oregon!

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Grand Prize Winner!

The Grand Prize winner at the 2015 Portland Food Cart Festival was Phat Cart! The runner up was Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages! The judges were very torn as they loved both the Larb Gai Tod from Phat Cart and the reindeer sausage from Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

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Happy Valley Melting Pot Food Cart Pod – Coming August 15th, 2015!

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Happy Valley Melting Pot Food Cart Pod – Coming August 15th, 2015!

Valerie Hunter is has HUGE Food Cart Dreams! She is the driving force behind the Happy Valley Melting Pot Food Cart Pod that is being built and will open in Happy Valley this August.

This is a very ambitious project! As a fan of the Portland Food Cart scene the plans for this  pod sound very appealing. Valerie is going to build a large pavilion that will be heated and have indoor seating for 450 people. Inside the pavilion will be three Food Carts – One serving coffee, One serving desserts, and one serving beer and wine.

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Valerie plans to ring this pavilion will 23 additional Food Carts. of course this pod will have all the amenities that food cart fans could want including parking, and bathrooms.

As a fan of the business people who own and start Food Carts, I am encouraged that Valerie seems to be very aware of the challenges that Food Cart owners face.  I very much hope that this pod works out for both Food Cart fans and Food cart owners.

Critics will question whether or not a pod out in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley can support a pod with 26 Food Carts. Based on a limited amount anecdotal evidence there does seem to be  passionate fan base building for this Food Cart pod. Hopefully the surrounding neighborhood will embrace it and support it, especially during the winter months.

Food Carts Coming to The Happy Valley Melting Pot Food Cart Pod

As of this date – June 5th, Valerie has nine Food Carts that have signed up and she is looking for 17 more with 9 more carts currently in talks with her. Valerie reported that she has the following Food Carts already committed to come out to Happy Valley–

Koi Fusion

A Cajun Life

Chole’s So Cal Mexican

Sak Sab Bai (Cambodian) 

Yaba Yabaa  (Lebanese)

Taste Of India

E-San Thai 

HV Station (a Beer and Wine Food Cart)

Sweets and Treats

Oregon Beer!

I am told that the HV Station Food Cart – a Beer and Wine Food Cart, will have 30 taps and current plans are to have 28 of those taps be Oregon craft beer. Of  course being the Author of the new book – Portland Beer Stories and a HUGE fan of Oregon craft beer, I wholeheartedly support this plan!

Events

Valerie plans to have some awesome sounding events at the pod, including a Grand Opening Celebration in September (date TBA) and she is working on having a monthly or bi monthly Meet the Brewer event where she will bring an Oregon brewer out to the pod!

Where

The address of this new pod is —

13551 145th Ave Happy Valley, Oregon 97086

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Follow

Here is where you can follow the Happy Valley Melting Pot Food Cart —

Facebook  –  www.facebook.com/HappyValleysMeltingPot

Twitter  – www.twitter.com/HVMeltingpot

Instagram  – www.instagram.com/happyvalleysmeltingpot

More to Come!

I am quite fascinated with this new Food Cart Pod and I will closely following it. In fact I am headed out to to check out the site next week. As this pod continues to develop, I will keep you updated!

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

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Sarah Arkwright Co-Founder of The Egg Carton Food Cart Competes on Chopped!

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Sarah Arkwright Co-Founder of The Egg Carton Food Cart Competes on Chopped!

Tuesday evening March 23rd Sarah Arkwright co-founder of the Egg Carton Food Cart will appear on the Food Network’s Chopped.

I can’t wait for this episode called “Let’s Do Lunch.” Win or lose, I am sure that Sarah is going to rock it!

From the Food Network Website — “In this competition, the usual rounds are replaced with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The morning meal must include tiny eggs and fancy coffee. In the second round, the chefs have to make midday meals featuring lunchbox favorite peanut butter and jelly. A strange turn of events in the dinner round finds one of the competitors searching frantically for an ingredient that has mysteriously vanished from sight.”
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The Food
The food at the Egg carton is terrific. You will not find better Hollandaise sauce anywhere in Portland. If you are a fan of breakfast, you have to check out the Egg Carton.

Where
The Egg Carton Food Cart is located at the Carts on Foster Food Cart Pod on 52nd and Foster. This pod has covered seating, as well as seating inside of the Pod Bar which sells beer and cider.

When
The Egg Carton’s currents hours are Thursday – Sunday, 9 AM – 2 PM, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Follow
Website –www.eggcartonpdx.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/EggCartonPDX

Twitter – www.twitter.com/eggcartonpdx

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That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

Portland Food Cart Adventures – We tell the stories of Portland’s GR8 Food Carts and the people who make Food Cart Magic happen.

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A Cajun Life Kickstarter to go Brick and Mortar

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A Cajun Life Kickstarter to go Brick and Mortar

The A Cajun Life Food Cart located at the Good Food Here Food Cart pod at 43rd and Belmont has launched a Kickstarter to go Brick and Mortar and they need help to make it happen!

They have until Friday Jan 30th at 9 PM to hit their needed number or — they get nothing.

Here is a link to their Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/1676113167/real-cajun-real-fast

For those who have not contributed to a Kickstarter Project before — if you decide to make a pledge, your credit/debit card is only charged at the end of time Kickstarter campaign if A Cajun hits their needed number.  If they don’t make it, your credit/debit card is never charged.

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Food Cart Radio – Learn More About the A Cajun Life Food Cart

I recently had Chris Fontenot, the founder  on my Portland Radio Project radio show – Tasty Tuesday.

Here is a link to the podcast that was made from our live, in studio interview –www.prp.fm/tasty-tuesday-nov-11-cajun-life.

Scroll down to the bottom of the article and press the red play button to hear the podcast.

 

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You Can Help Make a Food Cart Dream Come True!

I love helping to make Food Cart Dreams Come true. I encourage you to consider donating today to help A Cajun Life  open their brick and mortar location!

The good news for Food Cart fans is that A Cajun Life is going to keep their Food Cart at 43rd and Belmont open and have a brick and mortar location!

Once again, here is the link to their Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/1676113167/real-cajun-real-fast

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

 

Portland Food Cart Adventures – We tell the stories of Portland’s GR8 Food Carts and the people who make Food Cart Magic happen.

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Bing Mi! Food Cart – A Portland Food Cart Review!

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Bing Mi! Food Cart – A Portland Food Cart Review!

The Bing Mi! Food Cart moved to 9th and Alder on Thursday Jan 15th, 2015. They moved from their previous home on 3rd and Ash. They first opened up November  1st, 2014.

The Bing Mi! Food Cart is the brain child of Alisa Grandy. Here is her Food Cart story!

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What is a Bing and How Did it Get To Portland?

Jian Bing is classic Beijing Street Food. Alisa Grandy had spent a delightful few weeks in Thailand in April of 2014 and while flying home to Portland she had a layover in Beijing. Alisa had a her first Jian Bing that fateful day  and she loved it!!!

One thing let to another, and Alisa made her mind up to open a Food Cart that featured the Chinese dish that she had fallen in love with on the streets of Beijing, China.

Within 7 months of having enjoyed a Bing in Beijing, Alisa was selling them on the streets of Portland.

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Trust Me – You Want a Bing!

I had a Bing on Thursday and I loved it! It has great flavors and the wonton cracker that is inside of it, provides a delightful texture. Make sure to say “yes'” to plum sauce when they ask.

When you order, you are asked about how spicy you want your Bing to be – Light, Medium, or Very! I choose the medium and I had plenty of spice. I am sure that my friend Aaron Wakamatsu would love the “Very Spicy” Bing!

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Options!

This time I got a basic Bing, next time I go, I will be ordering a Bing with sausage and an extra egg – just too see what it is like.

At Bing Mi!, they offer three fun speciality drinks,  I order a Soursop drink and it was exquisite! I really, really, liked it!

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Follow The Bing Mi! Food Cart

here is where you can follow the Bing Mi! Food Cart –

Website – www.bingmiportland.com

Twitterwww.twitter.com/bing_mi

Facebook – Not yet.

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That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

 

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Waffles and a Duck! The Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter Outtakes Video!

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Waffles and a Duck! The Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter Outtakes Video!

Charlene and Michael, the founders of the Gaufre Gourmet Food Cart have a Kickstarter going to help them make the leap to brick and mortar –www.kickstarter.com/projects/144024240/gigis-cafe-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar

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We Had Fun!

Quite a bit of fun was had in the making of their Kickstarter video and Media Maestro Ken Wilson has put together an outtakes video for your viewing pleasure!

I hope that you get a kick out of it and that it inspires you to donate to Michael and Charlene’s Kickstarter!

Here is the link to the outtakes video short 
www.kickstarter.com/projects/144024240/gigis-cafe-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar/outtakes

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Outtake Photos from the Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter Video Shoot! 

While this Kickstarter video was being made, I took a number of photos and this article is the perfect place to share them!

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First up is Charlene and Michael! When Ken had the outtakes video finished, he showed  it to them and I was able to capture their reactions!

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Carina Rumrill – The Cheese Plate PDX Food Cart

Carina graciously appears in the Guafre Gourmet Kickstarter and it turns out that she is quite a cutup!

Here are a few photos of her goofing off as well as photos taken at the time that she  watched the replay of her being attacked by the “silverback”

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Please Consider Donating!

I have a few final photos and to share. As I bring this article to a close I ask you to please consider donating to this Kickstarter.

Micheal and Charlene put everything they have into their small business that started out as a Food Cart.

The brick and mortar restaurant they are launching – Gigi’s Cafe will be a wonderful brunch spot and I would so love to see them get the funds they need!

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Let’s Make Food Cart Dreams Come True!

Please join me in helping Micheal and Charlene!

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

 

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Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter To Go Brick and Mortar

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Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter To Go Brick and Mortar!

Gaufre Gourmet has a Kickstarter going to help them with the Brick and Mortar restaurant they are opening – Gigi’s Cafe!

Here is the link – www.kickstarter.com/projects/144024240/gigis-cafe-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar

They have made a good progress but if they are going to make, they are going to need our help!

They have until this Sunday morning November 16th at 9:41 AM to raise the funds they need.

I ask you to please click the link, watch the short video and consider donating!

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Gigi’s Cafe

Charlene and Michael opened the Gaufre Gourmet Food Cart with the hope that some day they be able to open a brick and mortar restaurant.

They recently found a very good spot in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Portland to do jus that and they took a risk and signed a lease, knowing that they did not have all of the capital they needed.

I admire people willing to go for it and reach for their dreams!

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Carina Rumrill – The Cheese Plate PDX Food Cart

The Food Cart community is pretty amazing!

Watch the Gaufre Gourmet Kickstarter and  you will see how amazing it is. Carina Rumrill, one of the founders of the Cheese Plate PDX appears and pledges her support!

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Let’s Make Food Cart Dreams Come True!

Please join me in helping Micheal and Charlene!

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

 

 

Portland Food Cart Adventures – We tell the stories of Portland’s GR8 Food Carts and the people who make Food Cart Magic happen.

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