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Vendor buffaloes his way to market

Eric Wayne and family are Gonzos IncrEdible Foods


by: COURTESY PHOTO - Eric Wayne (right) and his daughter Tera are part of the Gonzos IncrEdible Foods team at the Forest Grove Farmers Market.With a buffalo friendship and stampede of restaurant experience, Eric Wayne, owner of Gonzo’s IncrEdible Foods, can cook up a mean gyro for anyone’s appetite at the Forest Grove Farmers Market, a program of Adelante Mujeres.

Tasting one of Wayne’s delicious gyros — made with local buffalo meat and topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and tzatziki sauce — you might think he’s had years of formal culinary training. Actually, he learned on the spot, perfecting his skills in the restaurant business since he was 13 years old at a variety of restaurants.

Working as a chef at Mothershead Restaurant in Forest Grove (located where the Forest Grove Dance Studio now stands) Wayne used buffalo meat in his dishes from Tom Epler’s L-Bar-T Bison Ranch. And when Wayne started his own private chef service business nine years ago, Epler began inviting him to trade shows and culinary events to demonstrate how buffalo meat was best prepared.

Always clueing Wayne in on new opportunities, Epler told him the Forest Grove Farmers Market was looking for a vendor to prepare hot sandwiches. So for the past three seasons, Wayne and his family members have come to the market and added to the diversity of prepared foods offered each Wednesday.

“Everyone in the family — my wife Candace, daughter Tera and my granddaughter Sandra — help with the business,” said Wayne.

The family lives only six blocks from the market, but preps the food at Little Italy’s Restaurant in Cornelius.

They say the people are what make the Forest Grove Farmers Market special. “There’s a sense of community and there isn’t any rivalry among people,” Wayne noted.

Customers also appreciate the family’s efforts to use local ingredients. “We preach integrity about what we do. We make homemade breads ... everything is homemade and from scratch,” Wayne said, “and we go as local as possible with ingredients.”

Taste for yourself Gonzo’s IncrEdible food menu at the Forest Grove Farmers Market every Wednesday through the end of October. For more information visit gonzosincrediblefoods.com.




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