The Tale of Portland Food Cart Dream That is Coming True!
Recently I encountered a Food Cart story that I just had to share with you!
One of the joys for me in Portland Food Cart Adventures is the outstanding food I come across. Another joy for me is meeting the amazing people who make Food Cart Magic happen!
Andrew and Erin are two of those people!
Andrew and Erin
Andrew and Erin have a dream of opening a Portland Food Cart featuring South Philly-style Italian cuisine…
The story of their battle for that dream is incredibly inspiring.
In 2010, they visited Portland, and on that trip out west, they decided that they would open a Portland Food Cart of their own.
They headed back east and began working extra jobs and saving up the money needed to make that dream come true.
In March of 2012, they had earned and saved the funds needed to get their Food Cart constructed. They paid for their Food Cart to be completed and began making plans to move to Portland!
On September 1st, their plane arrived at PDX. Erin and Andrew were ready to pick up their Food Cart and get started on their dream!
It was then that their dream became a nightmare…
Upon arriving in Portland, they discovered that the company they had contracted to build their Food Cart had gone out of business. Worst of all, the money that they had worked so hard for and invested toward their dream was gone.
How do you recover from that kind of set back? Two years of working and savings gone…
They had an empty cargo trailer and they needed about $11,000 to get that cargo trailer converted into a Food Cart.
On Monday, October 22nd, Andrew and Erin launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping that by Monday, November 12th they would once again have the funds that had been lost.
I am delighted to share with you that they met their goal and even exceeded it! By November 12th they had raised $12,765!
People were moved by their story and their passion. Check out this link www.kickstarter.com/projects/theitalianmarket/the-italian-market-food-cart/posts/345490 – it is “Update #6”, Erin and Andrew posted the video found there. It is moving and heartfelt.
Once you watch that video you will understand why 171 people gave hard earned money to help this couple with their dream. Here is link to the front page of their Kickstarter campaign. www.kickstarter.com/projects/The Italian Market Food Cart
The Italian Market Food Cart – By February, 2013…
I talked with Andrew this evening. The current plan is for The Italian Market Food Cart to be open, somewhere in Portland, by February.
You can be assured that both here on our website, and on the PFCA Facebook page, we will keep you updated and let you know when you can GO TO THIS FOOD CART and do your part to help this Portland Food Cart dream come true.
The Food is Gonna Rock!
Since I began PFCA I have eaten at many Food Carts. I have to tell you, I just know in my gut that the food that Erin and Andrew are going serve is going to be wonderful! Check out their website and look at the menu section – www.italianmarketpdx.com. I for one, can’t wait to tuck into an Ellsworth or an Uncle Mike’s!
Andrew and Erin – Thank you for not giving up on your dream! Your tenacity and your story is incredibly inspiring. Thank you for letting us join you on your journey! We are pulling for you!
I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Great Food Carts.