As our first entry into Buen Provecho's Cultural Legacy Club, we would like to celebrate vendor and philanthropist Mathilde Aurelien Wilson.
Many might remember MATHILDE AURELIEN WILSON's Haitian food cart (first called "Jouk Li Jou") in the Alberta Arts district. In 2016, she rebranded and joined the Portland Mercado under the name "Mathilde's Kitchen." She regularly offered hearty dishes from curried goat to soulful soups made out of kongo pea. Through participation in the Portland Mercado's Empresarios program, she tested and launched her home-brewed sweet roselle flower ginger brew.
Mathilde is the also founder of the non-profit Haiti Community Support Inc., which funds an elementary school, a small health clinic, and other infrastructure projects in her home village in Haiti’s remote southern mountains.
What's next for Mathilde? She'll be focusing on her consumer product line (which includes her roselle ginger brew). You can find her products at New Seasons and Tender Loving Empire's airport location. Mathilde will continue to keep a foot in the kitchen as she'll be open for catering events.