Soundcheck: Trap Kitchen

Words by Mac Smiff

Mikey Vegaz has lived a few lives in this Portland scene. From the streets to the studio, Vegaz has consistently maintained his otherworldly hustle, and his yearslong venture into mobile food service has resulted in the cultural phenomenon known as the Trap Kitchen. With a DIY attitude and sharp instinct to cut out the middlemen, Vegaz’ enterprise has gone national (serving folks throughout Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, Atlanta and New York City), landing him in a position to put on for the communities he’s tied into as well as give back to the greater Black community here at home. Over the summer, the local Trap Kitchen cart (currently located on NE 82nd Avenue just south of Sandy) partnered with local heroes like rapper Aminé and Trail Blazer CJ McCollum to provide free meals to the Black community. That’s boss behavior.

Pictured from left to right: Mikey Vegaz and Chef Derrs

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