Win Wordstock Tickets & Breakfast: A History!

Jonathan Amato

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Book, Breakfast, History and Food Cart geeks get ready… what a wonderful combination! That’s why in partnership with Wordstock and local author Heather Arndt Anderson, Food Carts Portland is pleased to announce a special giveaway. We’ll be giving away signed copies of Heather Arndt Anderson’s new book, Breakfast: A History along with pairs of Wordstock Festival Book Fair (aka “the Big Event) passes good for entrance on October 5 and 6, 2013.


  1. Just tell us your favorite breakfast dish from a Portland Food Cart in the comments below. Enter as many times as you wish.
  2. You’ll get a bonus entry point to win if you can add a culinary literary reference to it. Try this for an example, “I love a sausage kolache from Potter’s Kolaches and Coffee while reading Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski”.
  3. If you like Breakfast: A History’s Facebook Page we’ll even throw in an 2 (Two!) extra entry points for you for an even better chance to win.

In case your memory needs a jingle, here’s a list of Portland Breakfast Food Carts.

Belgian Food Cart circa 1880-1900. Image from

Belgian Food Cart circa 1880-1900. Image from

So what’s the deal with Food Carts, Breakfast and History? Heather Arndt Anderson explains,

Hey, did you know that food carts boast a centuries-long history? No? Well, if your interest has been piqued (or you’re that special kind of nerd that can’t choose between history and gastronomy) you’re in for a real treat.

Portland, as we all know, has perfected the food cart. But we didn’t invent it. Breakfast: A History has an entire chapter devoted to breakfasts eaten away from home, including the original food carts:

Pre-workday fast-food breakfasts are nothing new; they did not even originate in the 20th century. Victorian journalist Henry Mayhew described in London Labour and the London Poor (1851) the thousands of costermongers (street vendors) who walked into London in the pre-dawn hours and stopped at various coffee sellers’ carts or “early breakfast stalls” along the way to buy their breakfast—“a couple of herrings, or a bit of bacon, or whatnot,” perhaps a sausage or an egg sandwiched in a bread roll called a bap. After swallowing the coffee or tea and returning the mug, a stall owner could then continue on to their own stall or wagon, eating as they went.

I don’t know about you, but a sausage and egg in a bread roll still sounds right, even 150+ years after some wastrel starting hustling for a few shillings.

And it wasn’t just the usual western-style fare being hucked by street vendors. In southern Burma, where fresh fish is plentiful, a catfish chowder called mohinga is considered by many to be the national dish. Based on archaeological evidence, mohinga may have been prepared since as early as the 1st century, and has been hawked by street vendors as an “all-day breakfast” for at least a century.

Heather Arndt Anderson will be signing books and meeting readers at Wordstock on Saturday Oct 5 and Sunday Oct 6 so be sure to swing by her booth to say hello. Heather Arndt Anderson will also be hosting a free lecture at the Jack London Bar on Tues, October 1 at 6:30 pm. The topic? Breakfasts From the Silver Screen to the Small Screen. You can bet Food Carts Portland will be there. We’d love to meet you, so come on by and say hello.

About Wordstock: Wordstock is a literary art and education non-profit that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. Our mission is to use the power of writing to effect positive change in people’s lives. Wordstock Festival 2013 takes place on October 3rd-6th… The red chair awaits you. Wordstock is the so-much-to-do-­in-­so-­little-­time, had-­to-­be-­there festival. Come experience sensory overload for storytellers, story lovers—and everyone in between. The Wordstock Festival Book Fair takes place October 5 & 6 at the Oregon Convention Center.

About Heather Arndt Anderson: Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland, Oregon-based plant ecologist and food writer. For the past ten years, she has been conducting botanical field surveys and wetland delineations, and writing technical reports for federal and state regulatory agencies.

Heather is the author of Breakfast: A History (New York: AltaMira Press, 2013) and wrote the Pacific Northwest chapter in the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011). Her recipes have been published in the cookbook One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs, and she is a contributing writer to the magazines The Farmer General and Remedy Quarterly.


The Wordstock and Breakfast a History Contest Fine Print: The contest runs through Tues Oct 1, 2013 at 5pm when we’ll pick two winners using our foolproof random winner online robot software. The prize includes one Breakfast: A History book and a pair of Wordstock Book Fair passes on Saturday and Sunday October 5 and 6. See above for contest details.

Welcome: NYC Food Truck & Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Associations

Jonathan Amato

NYCFoodtruckAssocOne of the great things about being part of the growing mobile food vendor community is meeting cool, smart and creative street food, food truck, and food cart advocates from all over the U.S. and world. On Saturday, September 14, 2013 visitors who work in the mobile food industry from all over North America will be in Portland for the first annual Roam Mobile Food Conference.

Food Carts Portland is extra excited to welcome representatives from the New York City Food Truck Association & the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association as well as other mobile food associations from around the nation to our fair “City of Roses Food Carts”. These associations have emerged to become community leaders and world renowned experts in championing fair mobile vending laws, supporting small locally owned mobile food businesses, putting on  community events, and bringing great street food to the people of NYC and the Los Angeles area. Both associations will be at Roam speaking on ways to better organize, advocate for, and support mobile food vendors. How cool is that?

Yes, we all know Portland has one of the best street food scenes in the U.S. But, NYC and Southern California are pioneers. After all, vendors serving Shawarma and Falafel sandwiches in NYC, as well as traditional Mexican Taco Trucks found roaming all over Southern California have been decades ahead of the gourmet trucks and carts in our current era. Yet, mobile vendors outside of Portland face sometimes insurmountable obstacles in unfair laws, excessive permitting fees, and other challenges. In New York City, some mobile vendors must pay upwards of $300,000 per year for even a simple hot dog stand!

These mobile vendor associations are a way to help give mobile food vendors, many of whom are just small, local businesses, and immigrants who are not fluent in English a way to be heard and not taken advantage of. images

These associations also help their communities in other important ways. Take Hurricane Sandy that devastated parts of New York and New Jersey last year. The NYC Food Truck Association was able to quickly organize and deploy food trucks to hard hit areas, and served FREE, hot, safe, nutritious meals to emergency responders and residents alike when restaurants, grocery stores, and homes were without power and clean water. By partnering with larger businesses, local governments and non-profits, the NYC Food Truck Association was able to quickly raise money to provide all the food to communities in need for free. 

We salute mobile food vending associations  and their members for their ongoing work to promote and support street food in cities around the U.S. Come meet them at Roam on September 14th, and you bet we are ready, sporks in hand, to show them Portland’s intensely wonderful food carts. We’ve also told them, with over 600+ food carts and trucks in Portland, they had better come hungry and better wear elastic waist pants.


Win Tickets to Feast’s Baby Got Beer-Back!

Jonathan Amato


Feast Portland is our city’s premier food event, attracting chefs and food lovers from all over the U.S. And if there’s nothing we love as much as Portland’s great food carts, it’s beer (and yeah, a shot of whiskey doesn’t hurt either).  That’s why Food Carts Portland is excited to offer our readers the chance to win two (2!) tickets to Feast Portland’s Baby Got Beer Back tasting panel on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm at the Portland Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Want to win two tickets to Baby Got Beer-Back? Please tell us your favorite beer and Portland food cart pairing in the comments below. Bonus points if you can weave in a whiskey reference and make it rhyme! Here’s an example, “Bridgeport’s IPA, paired with Bro Dog’s bratwurst is A-OK!”

What’s Baby Got Beer-Back you ask?


The whiskey-with-a-beer-back has a long and hallowed tradition in the watering holes of North America. Take your beer-back to the next level by discerning the best pairing for a bourbon (pilsner or pale?) or an Irish whiskey (the obvious stout). We’ve enlisted four discerning palates to share their favorite pairings and help you hone your beer-back knowledge.


Baby Got Beer-Back is just one of Feast’s Tasting Panel events. The Tasting Panels run throughout the day on Friday, September 20, and Saturday, 21st. Other Tasting panels include, but are not limited to: Cocoa Comforts, The Best NW Wines You Aren’t Drinking, Aged and Infused drinks, White Wines and the Shoreline seafood tasting, and more! Check out Feast’s complete lineup of tasting panels. 


Bon Appetit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty

September 19-22, 2013

Portland, Oregon

 Feast Portland is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest. Different than its peers, the festival showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. These elements culminate into a celebration of Oregon’s vibrant food and drink community and innovative culinary world. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating a significant portion of its profits towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share our Strength.


Baby Got Beer-Back Tasting Panel contest rules and other fine print: Enter your favorite beer and Portland food cart pairing in the comments below (bonus points for including a reference to whiskey and/or making the comment rhyme) for a chance to win two tickets to Feast Portland’s Baby Got Beer-Back tasting panel on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Finalists will be chosen based on whether or not they mention a beer and food cart pairing. The Contest will close 9/11/2013 and one winner from the finalists to win a pair of tickets will be chosen by random and contacted by 9/13/2013. Contestants must be 21 and over. Enter as many times as you wish. Facebook and Twitter comments will not count. All entries must be made in the comments below on 

Need Help With Vending Laws in Your City? The Institute for Justice

Jonathan Amato

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The Institute for Justice National Street Vending Initiative (IJ)  is  a Washington, D.C. based non-profit that works to create best practice street vending laws in different cities across the U.S. The IJ will be in Portland on Saturday, September 14, 2013 for the Roam Mobile Food Conference, presenting to, and meeting one-on-one with vendors, government policy makers and street food advocates. If you are interested in meeting with Institute for Justice, you can sign up for Roam at

From the IJ’s website:

Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice works to defeat anti-competitive restrictions that violate the constitutional rights of street vendors to earn an honest living.  This initiative combines litigating against these restrictions in state and federal courts, helping vendors organize in order to fight these restrictions through activism, and educating the public about the importance—both economically and socially—of street vendors.

Are you a mobile food vendor, policy maker, non-profit, or street food advocate struggling with vending laws in your city? From restrictive zoning and other laws that push food trucks and carts out, out of date ordinances that prevent small street food businesses from being able to make a living, excessive and impossible to navigate permitting processes and fees… in some American cities street food is all but illegal.

We know this is a huge topical regionally and nationally here at Food Carts Portland. Every week we receive inquiries from all over the U.S. as well as from cities closer to home: “help, my city doesn’t allow mobile vending”, or “My city government wants to change the laws to get rid of food trucks and carts, what can I do?”

On the positive side, many city planners, government officials and other policy makers often contact us as well, recognizing the benefits of street vending to cities citing supporting the growth of more small- locally owned business owners, putting positive uses on vacant or blighted land, creating active positive uses in urban areas, and often serving disadvantaged populations and neighborhoods. Yet what some best practices in mobile vending policies? What are fair, streamlined, and legal laws and permitting processes cities can adopt to support mobile vending, while at the same time balancing community health, safety, and livability issues?

While Portland, Oregon is known for having a very supportive government regarding food carts and trucks, and is considered a model city in street food vending, other cities aren’t so lucky. The Institute for Justice is a strong and effective advocate for better mobile vending laws, provides legal and technical support, as well as several educational resources. Recent successes by the IJ for better vending laws include New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC; and Atlanta, GA. The IJ continues to assist many more in progress including, but not limited to, Chicago, IL; Akron, OH; Las Vegas, NV; and Knoxville, TN.

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In addition to the the Institute for Justice, Roam Mobile Food Conference on September 14, 2013 in Portland, OR is also hosting at least eight different city governments, several mobile food vendor associations from around the country, and best practice policy leaders such as Multnomah County Department of Environment Health for presentations, meetings, and other education and networking opportunities.

Here at Food Carts Portland we know the food in street food is the main attraction to writing and reading about mobile food. However, we also know mobile vending continues to resonate locally and nationally because it is about good economic development, helps create more small-locally owned businesses, contributes to a healthy urban and cultural landscape, and is an incredible community benefit overall. Can you imagine what Portland would be like without food carts and trucks? We believe other cities deserve the chance to have strong, fair and progressive mobile vending laws. If this topic is of interest, check out more at or for specific inquiries, please contact Roam will be held at the Double Tree Hilton, Lloyd District in Portland, Oregon on September 14, 2013. The cost for the conference is only $235, and a special one-day start-up boot camp for aspiring mobile food vendors is only $175.

The Institute for Justice: Fight for Your Right to Street Food!


Roam Mobile Food Conference in Portland

Jonathan Amato




We’ve been blogging about it a bit this summer… Food Carts Portland is pleased to be one of the entities involved with Roam, the first ever North American-wide conference for those who are in, want to be in, or serve the growing mobile food industry. Yes, we are talking trucks, carts, wagons, bikes, or heck even a boat or a plane that serves food is fine with Roam. Roam will be held at the Double Tree Hilton Portland in the Lloyd Center District on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

“So I want to open up a food truck. What do I need to know?” If you or someone you know wants to open their own mobile food business, Roam offers a one day Start-up Boot Camp for only $175. The Start-up Boot Camp features industry expert presenters,  successful mobile vendors, Q&A opportunities, hands on workshops, resources such as suppliers and professional services, and plenty of networking.  It’s everything you need to know to open a mobile food business. A great investment that can save new businesses a lot of mistakes, lost time and money.

“I want to grow my business, maybe add a 2nd truck or open a bricks and mortar restaurant. What do I need to do?” For those already in the mobile food industry, Roam’s Owner’s Summit  is a full day on Saturday at only $235, and is geared towards helping mobile vendors thrive. Menu development, costing and profit, DIY marketing and PR, staffing, insurance, equipment, growing to multiple locations or bricks and mortar, as well as innovations in technology and sustainability are just a few of the topics.

“What kind of laws does my city need to allow mobile vending while at the same time addressing business, political and neighborhood concerns?” Policy makers, non-profits, community advocates will also have the opportunity to address best practices in urban planning and economic development. City policy makers from all over the U.S. will be in attendance to discuss creating fair, streamlined and efficient vending laws. N0n-profits and advocates will have the chance to hear and talk with mobile vending association and advocacy groups. The Institute for Justice from Washington, DC, a non-profit that works with cities to create open and fair laws will be on hand for presentations and special one-on-one meetings. If you are struggling with mobile vending laws and issues in your city, this feature is for you!

“It’s a food conference, will it be fun?” Roam will also have a special food cart lunch on-site at the conference. In the evening we will be taking a party bus to one of the Portland’s great food cart pods for an evening of food, fun, and imbibing. For those available on Friday the 13th, Roam can also arrange special food cart and other city tours.

Registrations for Roam are still open. You can register for Roam by going to For media and other inquiries, please contact You can connect with Roam on Twitter: @RoamCON or Facebook: Roam Mobile Conference

See you at Roam, September 14th!



What: Roam Mobile Food Conference

When: Saturday September 14, 2013. 7:00 am to 5:00 pm with Friday City Tours, and Sat Evening Special Event.

Where: Double Tree Hilton at Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon.

Cost: $175 (Bootcamp) or $235 (Full Conference)

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