With summer right around the corner, Green Apple is gearing up to bring
new and innovative ideas to our events. What better way to gain inspiration
than to visit the city of Portland, Oregon, popular for its “foodie”
reputation and commitment to serving local, fresh and sustainable ingredients,
much like our mission at Green Apple. On May 24th, Kris Brown, Cheryl
Seaton and newest sales member, Kassie Seaton, boarded an Amtrak train
ready to indulge in what the city had to offer. All aboard!
We arrived in Portland ready to celebrate co-owner Kris Brown’s birthday
and surprised her with a walking tour of Portland’s famous curbside
cuisine, food carts. Food carts are unique to Portland in that they are
not the typical mobile “roach –coaches” you might have
pictured in your head – they are stationary carts grouped in pods
and regulated by the city. Many of the food carts in Portland are managed
by former top chefs of four-star luxury hotels and restaurants wanting
to branch out and cook dishes they are passionate about.
Our tour began at a cart called “The Dump Truck” serving delicious
pork and shallot dumplings. One bite and you are hooked as the juicy pork
delights your taste buds. Next stop, “Euro Trash”. Much like
the first cart, this cart has a unique name with an even more unique menu:
deep-friend mushrooms and anchovies. This cart was a hit amongst our group.
The mushrooms were deep-fried to perfection and the anchovies were surprisingly tasty.
Our tour made its way through the streets of Portland, meandering through
the food cart pods, stopping at the most creative, unique or appealing
carts. One of the most notable stops was at a cart called “Korean
Twist” serving Kobe Beef Tacos topped with fresh cilantro and hot
chili sauce. You can’t be afraid of getting a little messy at this
cart, these tacos can be hard to handle but are completely worth the stain
on your shirt!
We concluded our tour with the best meal of the day, dessert. “Gaufre
Gourmet” serves up warm waffles with toppings such as melted milk
chocolate, nutella, and maple bacon sure to please those with a sweet
tooth. We tried the simple, but delicious, original liege waffle complete
with powdered sugar crystals lightly sprinkled on the waffle. As Kris
would say, “delish!”
Our food cart experience was so much fun, we all had an absolute blast.
We came home from Portland excited to share this adventure with our readers
and customers. Please let us know if all this talking of food has sparked
an interest in a summertime party with perhaps some Korean BBQ or gourmet
waffles and Green Apple will make it happen! Until next time, cheers!