Kargi Gogo – literally translated as “good girl” in the Georgian language –
is a term of endearment for women and girls of all ages,
whether she be sweet, clever, hardworking or an excellent cook.
Kargi Gogo was found in 2013 by Sean Fredericks and McKinze Cook, a husband and wife team who came to love Georgia while serving in the Peace Corps from 2010-2012. While living there, Sean and McKinze spent countless hours in Georgian kitchens and vineyards, learning alongside their host family, friends and local restaurateurs – and coming to appreciate Georgia’s ancient winemaking traditions and the country’s fresh, flavorful cuisine.
Sean making khachapuri in a small village in the Kakheti region of Georgia.
McKinze mastering the art of making dough in her host family’s kitchen.
Sean & McKinze exploring ancient ruins near Borjomi, Georgia.
Inspired by what they had learned and eager to share their passion for Georgian food, wine, hospitality and culture, Sean and McKinze returned to the States and opened the Kargi Gogo food cart in Portland, Oregon in 2013. The cart quickly gained a local following serving several of the country’s most popular dishes, earning accolades such as “Top 10 New Food Carts” by The Oregonian and appearing on Willamette Week’s “Best of 2013” list.
Soon Kargi Gogo began gaining national attention, appearing in the Associated Press, USA Today, Serious Eats, Plate Magazine and a feature on The Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street” program. The Georgian press took note as well, profiling Kargi Gogo on Rustavi2.
Day one of the food cart, March 2013
Kargi Gogo food cart, 2014
Khachapuri cart, fall 2015
After nearly three successful years, Sean and McKinze closed the Portland food cart in December 2015 to focus on building other parts of the business. Today, Kargi Gogo imports and distributes authentic, freshly-ground Georgian spices, offers cooking classes & pop-up “supra” dinners and caters special events.