One could call 2011 the year of the food cart at Portlandâ€™s second annual Vegan Iron Chef Competition. With two carts competingâ€”and one behind the judging tableâ€”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.
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.
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 Oregonianâ€™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
Ovega 3, Follow Your Heart, Taqueria Los Gorditos, Jaan J., Montavilla Farmers Market, Uptonâ€™s Naturals, Heido Ho Organics, Petuniaâ€™s Pastries, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, NW Veg, Try Vegan PDX, Cravinâ€™ 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:
Bob’s Red Mill
Montavilla Farmers Market
Special thanks to raffle donations from:
Bobâ€™s Red Mill
Daveâ€™s Killer Bread
Follow Your Heart
King Arthur Flour
Momâ€™s Vegan Kitchen
Off the Griddle
Sweetpea Baking Co.
This competition and organization are both 100% volunteer-based. If youâ€™d like to get involved on a long-term or day-of volunteer basis, please email us. All help is welcome and appreciated!