TBA Food brings together chefs, cooks, and artists who make space for community and inquiry through their creative practices. This year, featured vendors will offer snacks and meals through our late night pop-up restaurant at PICA. This space forms the backdrop for The Patio—a space where artists and audiences gather throughout the day and night to relax, connect, eat, and drink. TBA Food includes a panel discussion on the intersection of art, food, and community, and a special edition of Portland’s beloved Tender Table. TBA Food embodies PICA’s commitment to social justice and local economy. We support immigrant-owned businesses and creative projects that offer a platform for underrepresented voices in the art and food industries, and invite Festival audiences to experience Portland’s culinary landscape from new perspectives.
Part of our refreshed TBA Food Program, curated by Spencer Byrne-Seres.
Meet the Vendors
The Big Elephant Kitchen
Many years back, Fiji was a British colony where Indians were brought to farm sugarcane. Having lived most of their lives in Fiji, these farmers decided to stay there when their contracts were up. Because of this, the cultures of the Native Polynesian Fijians and those of the Indian immigrants eventually began to commingle, giving us Indian curry variants, with an islander twist. The Big Elephant Kitchen happily brings their home-cooked Fijian/Indian food to Portland. Their chef, also the owner’s mother, cooks each dish using her homemade masala; they use all fresh ingredients, cut and ground right there in the restaurant.
Mis Tacones is a contemporary taqueria that serves vegan tacos, tortas, and aguas frescas similar to taquerias that are popular in Baja, California, Mexico, or in working class communities in East Los Angeles. Creators Carlos Reynoso, and Abram Bañuelos work to preserve the traditions of their Mexican heritage. Their passion is to share their love of Mexican street food, making Mis Tacones a sustainable popup that also functions as a safe space for queer and POC communities within Portland, Oregon. Mis Tacones allows individuals to experience a traditional Mexican taqueria with authentic flavors that are cruelty free.
Mija/Mija is heartfelt and humble latinx food project highlighting the beauty and layers of the foods they grew up eating en la casa. A plant based Puerto Rican-Mexican fusión that aims to build community by creating safe and enriching space for everyone, especially POC, LGTBQI+ and other marginalized folks. They believe in the magic of gathering over a meal made with love and intention, the comforting power of rice and beans and the ancestral knowledge passed down through salsas, pasteles and tortillas. A crew of badass xingonxs who want to feed you like their abuelitas fed them.