Monday, October 4, 2010

A Productive Day...

Wow!  Saturday was a huge step forward for The Grillery... Did I mention this project is 2-fold?  Not only are we building the cart (from SCRATCH), but we are also filming the entire thing.  Our producer, Colin, is a young, aspiring film maker/struggling art student, and he has willingly taken on the task of filming this entire venture.  Not only are Travis and I AMATEUR everything, but we are also silly, ridiculous and sometimes a little crass.  Having a camera in our faces for any duration of time has proven to be, again, silly, ridiculous and somewhat crass.  BUT FUN.

We started the morning off at the PSU Farmer's Market...talking to vendors about their farms, their meat, organic vs. all natural, etc.  If you haven't experienced the outdoor market scene in Portland, I suggest you go.  It hits all of your senses....the sight of fresh fruit and vegetables at every turn, the smell of roasted peppers and pickled asparagus (yes please), the feel of homemade wool and blossoming artichokes (did anyone else know they did that?), the taste of homemade salsa and fresh cheese curds from a creamery in southern Oregon... IT'S ALL HERE.  The market embodies what we are trying to do with The Grillery...Keep everything local.  Everything FRESH.  Everything good.
Our goal for the cart is to get all of our produce locally.  Every week.  Venturing to the market will be a part of our weekly routine..... We need to find farms that will have enough product for us, the best quality and reasonable prices.  It is important that our food reflects what is in season.  For example, we don't want to feature a burger that has avocado in it if avocado is completely out of season.  What we purchase at the market is what we are going to use that week.  Fingers crossed for limited last minute runs to Safeway and Freddy's.

After the market, we ventured down to The Rebuilding Center--cameras rolling.  We were in the market for sturdy, inexpensive cabinets....check and check.  These will add to the inside of our cart both aesthetically and for storage.  So far we have purchased cabinets, windows and sinks from here, and I have a feeling we'll be back for more.  Everything from the RBC has been donated and they have the best prices in town.

After we had been at it for a few hours I was hungry and impatient (it happens), so I may or may not have gotten a little grumpy.  Camera in my face, empty stomach and completely overwhelmed, I was over the RBC.  Not sure how that's going to translate on film, but my guess is real and maybe a little bratty.  Good news is that  sometime during our time sifting through hundreds of doors, Colin had a creative breakthrough.  He said it hit him how this project is going to take shape... (GREAT!  Now time for lunch, please.)

My guess is it's going to take a lot of editing, but he'll get a few laughs along the way.


  1. Looks like things are coming together. Have you picked a color scheme for the outside of the trailer yet? Sounders colors or Ducks colors get my vote!!

  2. my favorite cart in town is duck colors...and it is the same shape as our trailer! we want something totally fun and funky, as well as something that reflects our personalities...and SCREAMS portland. taking all ideas!

  3. You get that slightly-grumpy-when-hungry thing naturally: it runs in the family! Looks like things are progressing well. Can't wait to see the finished product and taste the food when I'm in Portland.