Eat Mobile isn’t just about sampling the wares of some of the city’s best food carts. It’s also a competition—a 50-way showdown for the kinda-sorta prestigious Carty Award.
There are three Carty categories: Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Style. Past winners include Whiffies Fried Pies, Garden State and Fifty Licks.
Apart from bragging rights, all winners will receive a consultation with Whole Foods Market’s local forager, Denise Breyley. She will discuss how to make the jump from food cart to shopping cart on the shelves at Whole Foods and how to receive a local producer loan. The winners of the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will take home a $200 gift certificate from Alexis Foods and a seven-piece block set of Shun Classic knives. The People’s Choice winner will receive a four-week ad campaign in Willamette Week. The Style winner gets a private dinner for eight at KitchenCru, prepared by Jeff McCarthy and Michael Madigan, with wine pairings by CorksCru wine shop.
While our experts are choosing their favorites, you, the Eat Mobile-attending public, will make your opinion known with the even-more-kinda prestigious People’s Choice Award, presented by Verizon Wireless.
Kitchen manager at KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace
Save for a stint as a draft-horse carriage operator, Jeff has worked in the culinary industry his whole life. A culinary school dropout, Jeff cut his teeth for many years in renowned resort hotels across the country. He cooked at Roux, Fenouil and Carlyle in Portland before making a name for himself as a pastry chef at Ten 01. His flourless chocolate cake with sage ice cream and whiskey-caramel sauce was named Dessert of the Year by Willamette Week in 2008, and he was invited to be a guest chef at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2009 and 2010. He is currently the kitchen manager at KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace, a commissary kitchen in Old Town Portland, and chef of TenTop, a monthly supper club.
Executive chef at Irving Street Kitchen
Sarah joined Gramercy Tavern with Executive Chef Tom Colicchio in 1998. Within six months, she was promoted to sous-chef—the first woman to be so in the Danny Meyer organization. In 2000 she was named executive sous-chef for the opening of Gramercy Tavern’s sister restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, where she worked until moving to San Francisco in 2004. There she opened Frisson with Chef Daniel Patterson, becoming the executive chef upon his departure in 2006. In 2007, Chef Mitchell Rosenthal, co-owner of Town Hall and Salt House, approached Sarah to be executive chef at Anchor and Hope. She moved to Portland in 2010, when the Rosenthal brothers and Doug Washington opened Irving Street Kitchen in Portland’s Pearl District.
West Coast forager for Whole Foods Market
As a local forager, Denise travels the Pacific Northwest to meet the farmers and ranchers who supply our tables with fresh, locally grown food, with an eye toward bringing the products from local farms to shoppers via Whole Foods Market. Having grown up on a farm in Ohio, she has always cared deeply about where our food comes from and the people behind the products on grocery store shelves.
Denise has worked for Whole Foods Market for over 13 years on both coasts, and has been in the Pacific Northwest since 1999. She is the lookout for new and distinctive food-cart products that she might be able to stock in Whole Foods Market stores around the region.
Chef and owner of Suzette
A native Portlander and Reed College fine-arts grad, Jehnee moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study painting, only to have her plans derailed by food. She became a 4 am pie baker in 1994, and spent the next 12 years working in the Bay Area’s finest restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Bakesale Betty in Oakland and Quince restaurant in San Francisco. When her husband entered physician assistant school at OHSU, Jehnee returned to Portland and worked at Gotham Building Tavern, Bluehour and Clarklewis. In 2009 she opened Suzette, a creperie and dessert cart in a vintage Airstream trailer on Northeast Alberta Street. Suzette moved to a brick-and-mortar building at 3342 SE Belmont St. in February 2012.