2011 Wrap-Up!

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Event Chef Posters

One could call 2011 the year of the food cart at Portland’s second annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition. With two carts competing—and one behind the judging table—the presence and recognition for vegan carts was grander than ever. The heated competition between teams from Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ, Dovetail Bakery, and Kitchen Dances, all showcased the secret ingredient, ginger.

Secret Ingredient: Ginger

Judging the array of finished dishes, including cabbage rolls, curried squash soup, cherry bourbon tarts, and deep-fried garlic scapes, were Julie Hasson, John Janulis, Aaron Adams, and Grant Butler. Kitchen Dances ultimately earned the highest number of points per course, and Piper Dixon took the title of Vegan Iron Chef.

Vegan Iron Chef, Line for Entrance

Hosted by: Isa Chandra Moskowitz of The Post Punk Kitchen and Nicole J. Georges
Competitors: Piper Dixon, Morgan Grundstein-Helvey & Jeff Ridabock with teams from Kitchen Dances, Dovetail Bakery and Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ
Judges: Aaron Adams from Portobello Vegan Trattoria, Grant Butler from The Oregonian’s Foodday, Julie Hasson from Native Bowl and Everyday Dish, John Janulis from the Bye & Bye and Sweet Hereafter
Date: July 10, 2011
Location: Refuge PDX

The Pantry

Morgan's team from Dovetail Bakery

Mandy from Piper's team

Jeff's team from Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

2011 Sponsors:
Ovega 3, Follow Your Heart, Taqueria Los Gorditos, Jaan J., Montavilla Farmers Market, Upton’s Naturals, Heido Ho Organics, Petunia’s Pastries, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, NW Veg, Try Vegan PDX, Cravin’ Raven Bakery

Special Thanks to our Entertainment

Event DJs: Vitamin G & The Jet Boat Adventurer
After-Party Entertainment: Errata Note & Fu*k You, Dad!

We would like to thank the following for donating to our Chefs’ Pantries:
The Meadow
Bob’s Red Mill
Preserve Products
Montavilla Farmers Market
Springwater Farm


Special thanks to raffle donations from:
Blossoming Lotus
Bob’s Red Mill
D.A.M. Salsa
Dave’s Killer Bread
DC Veg
Eatin’ Alive
Follow Your Heart
Food Fight!
Ground Kontrol
Herbivore Clothing
Homegrown Smoker
King Arthur Flour
Lovecraft Bar
Mom’s Vegan Kitchen
Off the Griddle
Rescue Chocolate
Stash Tea
Sweetpea Baking Co.
Upton’s Naturals

This competition and organization are both 100% volunteer-based. If you’d like to get involved on a long-term or day-of volunteer basis, please email us. All help is welcome and appreciated!

A special thank you to our photographers:
Lucas DeShazer
Stephanie Christiansen
Chelsea Lincoln

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