KOi Fusion PDX

KOi Fusion is launching a brand new service to better feed and satisfy the cravings of hungry K-fans everywhere: KOi Catering!

Maybe you think having KOi at a wedding reception would be a little out of place, but KOi served up some delicious K-treats at Keryn Francisco and Tom Sawyer’s reception at the Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park just last week:

KOi was thrilled to fill the bellies of the happy couple and all their guests!

Want to have KOi cater your event?  Contact Kristin at koifusionpdx@gmail.com or go to our Catering page for details.

Calling all art lovers!

September 8, 2009

KOi will be at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) Time Based Art festival ALL WEEK LONG! The food is scrumptious, the art is lively, and there are five chances to make an appearance. Please come support local art and KOi!

Check out the evening events all week to see KOi!

KOi Fusion is super grateful to you, our customers and readers, and to the strong cart scene both here in Portland and beyond. We here at KOi appreciate all your support, and we try our best every day to bring scrumptious K-treats to a street near you. KOi Fusion also has a philosophy of sorts, looking at food carts as a positive national movement that benefits diners and cities alike.

That’s why this recent LA Times article rubs us the wrong way.  It appears that Los Angeles is cracking down on mobile food cart vendors (AKA our food cart homies) in some dubious ways.  According to the article:

“Some drivers said they were cited for minimal violations such as parking too close to the curb, or parking too far away. Others said they were ordered to pack up and leave.

Police officials said the crackdown Wednesday was part of a one-day operation to clear the area of illegal vendors.”

So now you’re thinking, “KOi peeps, have you inhaled too many grill fumes?  Of course we don’t want illegal vendors serving us food!”  But the real problem came from one of the officers quoted in the article:

“Restaurants complain because the lunch trucks are taking their business, and they don’t have [proper] permits.”

KOi’s view?  Food carts don’t “take” business from non-mobile eating locals any more than the stationary folk “take” from us.  We know you’re making choices based on the food factors that are most important to you – whether it’s local, convenience of location, price,  or degree of deliciousness.  All we (and our food cart brethren) are out to do is meet your wants the best we know how.

Picture courtesy of a Miracle Mile customer's blog post on the issue - click on the pic to read it!

Picture courtesy of a Miracle Mile customer's blog post on the issue - click on the pic to read it!

This also means we know you can’t eat KOi 24/7/365 (oh that it could be so…but we digress).  You’re going to support other food vendors, and we think that’s great!  A strong dining scene, from high end fancy places to food carts, makes a stronger economy overall.  Portland has one of the most diverse food scenes you’ll ever come across, and we want to keep the community hopping as much as anybody.  The cool thing is that YOU – not the cops and certainly not us or other vendors – get to decide what to support and what to eat.  It’s all about consumer choice.

So, for the record, we want you all to know that KOi Fusion supports our mobile vendor peeps in LA. They create jobs, start independently owned businesses, and bring positive and active uses to somewhat stale and empty parts of the city. Food cart vendors also provide good food that is affordable to just about everyone. The City of Los Angeles should take note.

What do you think about the role of food carts in the PDX economy?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Tuesday Media Roundup

August 25, 2009
In case you haven’t noticed, KOi has yet again been all over the interwebs (and the city) yet again.  Remember the KBOO Food Carts podcast that featured Daddy Bo explaining the wonders of a tweeting food purveyor?  Well, we’ve finally tracked down the link!  Give it a listen:
Food carts podcast on KBOO 7/15/09
KBOO Food Cart podcast, 7/15/09

Plus, our friends over at Portland Monthly gave out some K-love:

If you’re hoping to sample one of Portland’s most recent culinary experiments, you’ll need a Twitter account.

Check it out here:

Portland Monthly feature, 8/22/09

Portland Monthly feature, 8/22/09

And how could we forget about you, our adoring, tweeting fans?

"Korean tacos from @koifusionpdx are so METAL!!" @tallperson77

"Korean tacos from @koifusionpdx are so METAL!!" @tallperson77

"Rockin' the @koifusionpdx burritos tonight. So excited. North Portland y'all!" @PDXfoodcarts

"Rockin' the @koifusionpdx burritos tonight. So excited. North Portland y'all!" @PDXfoodcarts

The crew says cheese for KOi! @KOifusionpdx

The crew says cheese for KOi! @KOifusionpdx

This person is named Ghostface. He is the man.

Photo courtesy of Kogis Eric Shin. He is also the man.. much love to Kogi!

Photo courtesy of Kogi's Eric Shin. He is also the man.. much love to Kogi!

YO! Good morning ktaco family. I hope all you had a, um, healthy and productive friday night yesterday, and you’re up bright and early on this Saturday morning like I am. Don’t worry, I come bearing good news.

That’s cause KOi is gonna be at not one, but two events around the city today.

1. For all you suburb peeps who love rib tacos but hate driving into downtown, we got you. The KOi team is partnering up with the fine gentlemen behind 503 Motoring for their annual block party TODAY, from 12-6 in Beaverton. You’ve probably seen their work on half a dozen Portland Trailblazer’s cars, as well as countlessly wealthy, but non-famous Portlanders.

The block party is about to pop. Aside from featuring a ridiculous amount of expensive and custom cars, the Portland food elite will be in full effect, with Voodoo Donuts, 50 Licks, and the Lebron James of street food, KOi Fusion, all slated to appear. Blazer guard Martell Webster will be kickin it with us from 2-4, and there’s gonna be prizes, givaways, a DJ… what more do you want? Come down today and say whatup! We’ll be there from 11-6.

Address: 5703 SW Artic Drive, Beaverton, OR, 97005

Event #2:

2. For all you downtown Portlanders, hipsters, families, and nature enthusiasts, we’ve also got you covered. That’s cause we’re bring the second truck out (AKA lil’ ghetto KOi) for the 2nd annual RiverFest festival, held on the banks of the gorgeous Willamette River.

From the Riverfest site: “Popular attractions from last year return, including The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, Portland Audubon events, the Festival at South Waterfront, Kayak Tours, and the SOLV Cleanup. We have also added many new and exciting events for the whole family to enjoy. Join us this summer to celebrate the river on the river.”

They forgot to mention that KOi is the main draw of the event, but oh well. We’ll be there in full force today and hope to see some of the k-taco familia out there to keep us company. 2 events, 2 cities, multiple hours, no excuses. Come and say hi!

Free Prize Wednesday!

August 19, 2009

Good morning k-taco family.

Two orders of business today:

1. First, let’s start our day off right with some Parliament Funkadelic, shall we? We may or may not be bumping the funk all day today in the truck (probably).

2. Yes, it’s true. The black and white stickers are finally in! We have only produced a limited number of these bad boys, so while they last, we’re going to give them away with every order.

koi fusion bl copy

So come on down, brave the heat, listen to some funk, grab a pork taco, and enjoy a free vinyl gloss sticker of your favorite food cart in the world.

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