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Dining Month Spotlight: Inside The Portland Mercado

The Mercado is Portland’s only Latin market…but it goes far beyond that. In just three years, it has grown from a simple dream into a thriving community living at the intersection of cuisine, art, and entertainment. From marketing coaches to financial advisers, the Mercado’s team is an eclectic and deep network fostering success in entrepreneurship. Their incubator model allows 19 permanent businesses and over 60 others to create and monetize their culinary art, providing exposure and stability to diverse, local purveyors. In addition to grocery and retail, the affordable space houses food carts representing diverse Latin American flavors, from Haitian and Oaxacan to Cuban and Columbian.  An experience at the Mercado is meant to replicate a trip to a market in Latin America, but with a Portland twist. One of the ways the Mercado upholds its values of diversity, authenticity, community, and quality is through pop-up dinners. The team describes these pop-ups as a way to “break the stigma of Latin American food-cart fare as something fast and inexpensive.” They “highlight Latino food-cart owners as …

We’re Part of Portland Dining Month!

Since 2009, Portland Dining Month has celebrated the city’s acclaimed dining scene. This year, over 100 restaurants are participating, and we’re happy to announce that popups are being recognized as an official participant for the first time in its nine-year history! Throughout the entire month of March, our amazing community of Feastly chefs is hosting three-course meals for just $33. From Cameroonian to Celtic, they’ll be serving up a diverse array of cuisines, many of which can’t be found in brick-and-mortar restaurants.