Portland Monthly broke the news on August 10, and Cheese Plate PDX confirmed it one hour later on Facebook: This Sunday, after three years on Alberta, owners Nick Dickison and Carina Rumrill will close their food cart. They've sold the cart to an undisclosed buyer, and while Cheese Plate PDX in its current form may be finished, Dickison and Rumrill have plans to open an all-plant-based restaurant and deli, Of Roots and Blooms.
Does this vegan move mean no more aged-cheddar mac & cheese and fontina-oozing grilled cheeses? Yes, yes it does. But not until Sunday! And Cheese Plate PDX is even planning a party on Facebook, during which it will offer free samples of its cashew fromage fort.
No opening date has been set for Of Roots and Blooms, but a few dishes have been disclosed via the Of Roots and Blooms Facebook page:
"extensive pickled items [...] We pick up whatever vegetables are in season and pickle them in a variety of ways."
"Cashew Fromage Fort [...] Look for it soon in select local stores"
"classic vegan mac and cheese topped with kale chip crumbles and coconut bacon"
Its celebrated vegan grilled cheese, which comes with said cashew fromage font, as well as spinach and daiya cheddar, will likely reappear on the menu, too. Aside from Sunday's party, your first opportunity to taste Of Roots and Blooms food will be at the Vegan Beer & Food Festival, September 26.