By Kathy Chouteau
In a match made in foodie-cannabis heaven, local businesswoman Sierra Young of Mangosay food cart is partnering with Richmond’s 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center dispensary to serve up mango delights at local popup events.
Mangosay recently rolled into 7 Stars for a popup event and is slated to partner with the cannabis dispensary again Fri., Sept. 2, from noon to 5 p.m. at its location at 3219 Pierce St. in Richmond.
Young, who launched her food cart after the pandemic shuttered the frozen yogurt store she managed, serves up freshly made mango smoothies and other seasonal mango-centric offerings—sticky buns, turnovers, noodles, parfait and juice among them—at events and other spots throughout the East Bay and beyond. Word on the street is that she’s presently perfecting a mango salsa that she hopes to add to her menu soon.
Mangosay’s fresh fruit creations at popups with 7 Stars is a win-win for both businesses, according to Executive Director Zee Handoush, who said the cannabis dispensary is “always looking to host community partners like Mangosay…What’s good for the community is good for our business.”
He added that Sierra’s food cart is “an ideal community partner” in that customers can purchase delicious and healthy mango smoothies, etc. while they “learn about the cannabis products we offer.”
According to a statement from 7 Stars, Young only uses fresh fruit in her menu offerings; she slices the mango, limes and strawberries by hand each day and spends approximately 10 hours weekly cutting the fresh produce. “Everything on the menu is vegan except the whipped cream, which can be substituted for non-dairy on request,” per the statement.
Young, who described herself as “a supporter of the cannabis industry,” said that she loves it when dispensaries ask her to partner. “It’s definitely a win-win for their customers to enjoy goodies and mango treats.”