quÉ bacano

The rich gastronomy and culture of Colombia is uncommonly known in Portland. Qué Bacano is on a mission to change that by introducing us all to a deliciously unique culinary experience. Their menu is filled with traditional Colombian plates, such as ajiaco, arroz con pollo, arepas, empanadas, and sancocho, treats one would find in towns and cities across Colombia. their home country is truly as diverse in landscape as it is in cuisine -- from the Caribbean sea to the pacific ocean -- the amazon jungle to the foothills of the northern Andes mountain range, ¡Que Bacano!

meet the owners

Wife and husband, Karen Castaneda and Andres Felipe Perez, have been part of the development of the Mercado since 2013.  Originally a dentist in Colombia, Chef Andres learned culinary skills from his grandmother and from studying in Italy, and Karen graduated from medical school.  The two left Colombia to pursue life in Portland as they heard it was a nice place to raise a family. In order to prepare for their first business, a food cart, they have been working in restaurants, including Pambiche and la Carreta, and selling food at various farmer's markets in the city. They are excited to bring their regional flavors of Colombia to the Portland Mercado.

about 

country of origin cali, colombia

living in portland for  3 years

significance of name  "quÉ bacano" is colombian slang used to describe something as cool, hip, or radical

likes about Portland  the culture, all the nature

interests music, specifically salsa and meeting with other colombians/latinos to dance

goals for business building a relationship with the community is MOST IMPORTANT TO ANDRES AND KAREN. tHEY PLAN TO INTRODUCE COLOMBIAN HISTORY AND culture TO THE COMMUNITY BY SHARING THEIR AUTHENTIC COLOMBIAN RECIPES AND FOOD. in the future, they would like to open THEIR OWN restaurant. 


Portland Mercado es la oportunidad que nos otros tenemos de crecer. Nos hemos dado conocer poco a poco pero falta mucho camino adelante. Portland Mercado nos está facilitando ese camino, nos está dando conocer, no solamente como negocio, sino como cultura.
— Karen Castañeda, Qué Bacano

sobre 

PAÍS DE ORIGEN  CALI, COLOMBIA

VIVIENDO EN PORTLAND3 AÑOS  

SIGNIFICADO DEL NOMBRE  "QUÉ BACANO" ES UNA FRASE Coloquial en COLOMBIA QUE SE USA PARA DESCRIBIR ALGO bueno, GENIAL o positivo.

QUE LE GUSTA DE PORTLAND LA CULTURA, TODA LA NATURALEZA

INTERESES LA MUSICA, ESPECIFICAMENTE LA SALSA, Y REUNIRse CON OTROS COLOMBIANOS/LATINOS PARA BAILAR

METAS PARA SU NEGOCIO   LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE UNA RELACIÓN CON LA COMUNIDAD ES LO MÁS IMPORTANTE. QUIEREN INTRODUCIR AL PÚBLICO Con SU CULTURA Por MEDIO DE SU COMIDA, Y COMPARTIR HISTORIAS y recetas de colombia CON LA COMUNIDAD. EN EL FUTURO, LES GUSTARIAN ABRIR UN RESTAURANTE. 


contact

PHONE  971-300-1248

email   qbacano@gmail.com

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