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Mango Hometown Tour Portland
Mangos Go Mobile in Portland
The National Mango Board brought Mango Hometown Tour to Portland where local food truck restaurateurs Bo Kwon of Koi Fusion and Addy Bittner of Addy’s Sandwich Bar, competed to create a mango dish capturing the city’s local flavor and reflecting the food cart scene. Bo Kwon was named the winner by the panel of four local food experts serving as judges.
Hosted at D-Street Noshery, the chefs went toe-to-toe as approximately 70 guests took in the action. Kwon, known for his signature Korean-style tacos at his two carts, a stationary location and a catering division, created Korean fish tacos with mango pico de gallo and mango salsa. Bittner, who draws in customers with her unique pairing of European flavors and quality ingredients, dished up shredded beef brisket, fresh mozzarella and mango/pickled red onion relish on a baguette.
Judging the event was Leslie Cole of The Oregonian, Carrie Floyd of Culinate, Collette Wieland of KGW and Michelle Biehl Abendschan of the blog Je Mange Le Ville. After much deliberation, Bo was declared the winner based on his creative use of mango and how well he captured the food cart theme.
About Chef Bo Kwon
Starting in 2009 as one mobile taco truck, Kwon used the genre of Korean Fusion as a blueprint for Koi Fusion. He created his own niche within this category using his mother’s secret family marinades, fresh vegetables, and locally-sourced tortillas to create a new twist that’s uniquely Portland. Kwon has seen his business grow from one cart in the spring of 2009 to a present-day lineup that includes two full-time trucks, a stationary location, and an entire catering division.
About Addy Bittner
Bittner established her food cart Addy’s Sandwich Bar in August 2009 and fast became a Portland favorite. Just two months after opening, it was named one of the top ten food carts in Portland. She graduated from Western Culinary Institute’s Restaurant Management program and then worked as a sous chef at Sydney’s Café and No Fish! Go Fish! Addy’s is praised for its European-style sandwiches made with all-natural, organic and locally-sourced products when available.