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A Look at the Inaugural Los Angeles Vendy Awards

The first Los Angeles Vendy Awards were held at MacArthur Park on Saturday. With the well-noted catering truck trend still going full throttle in Los Angeles, the event, which started in New York City six years ago, migrated west to honor both the new kids on the scene and the old-school vendors alike. The judges—including Evan Klieman (host of Good Food on KCRW) and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of (of Animal)—certainly had a hard task in front of them. How does one decide if a short rib grilled cheese sandwich is better or worse than a bacon wrapped hot-dog? I mean, really! How? Photos and results from the Vendys, after the jump. More

2010 Los Angeles Vendys Finalists Announced

Congrats to all six vendor finalists for this year's (and the first ever) Los Angeles Vendy Awards: India Jones Chow Truck, Hot Dog Kings, Big Mista's BBQ, Nina's Food, Grilled Cheese Truck, and Tacos el Galuzo. Read more about each of the them here. And if you can make it to MacArthur Park for the event on Saturday, May 15, buy your ticket already! It's $50 but tax-deductible and you'll be full for days (OK, at least until the next day). We'll have somebody covering the event, so get ready for a recap later. More

Vendys 2010: Buy Tickets and Nominate Your Favorite Vendors

The sixth annual Vendy Awards may not be until September, but you better believe we've already got it on our calendar. A whole day of noshing in a neat outdoor setting with fellow street foodoholics? Yes, please. (It's really the only day of the year when waiting in lines isn't so bad.) We are especially pumped for this year's venue: Governors Island. Starting today, you can order tickets for the event, which will be on Saturday, September 25, from noon to 5 p.m. Whether or not you're hitting up the event, you should nominate your favorite NYC vendor. More

Win Tickets to the Los Angeles Vendy Awards

For the first year the Vendy Awards, the Oscars of street food, are coming to Los Angeles, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky person. For the past five years, the Vendys have been one of our favorite food events in New York. A whole day of street food noshing, all while raising money for the Street Vendor Project, the movement to protect vendors' rights—talk about a glorious way to spend a day. Enter to win two tickets to the event on Saturday, May 15, at MacArthur Park here. More

Vendys 2009 Winners

From left: Ed Levine handing the Vendy Cup to Fernando Martinez of Country Boys; Thomas DeGees of Wafels & Dinges. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] Best Vendor: Country Boys/Martinez Taco Truck; Fernando and Jolanda Martinez Best Rookie Vendor: Schnitzel & Things;... More

The Issues of Street Vending Today

"The first rule of Vendor Fight Club is you don't talk about Vendor Fight Club." Freddy the "King of Falafel" in Queens. [Photograph: Erin Zimmer] What's it like becoming a street vendor? "You get fat and develop arthritis," said Freddy Zeidaies, aka "the King of Falafel," who's built a little kingdom of street meat-loving fans in Queens for almost a decade. Last night, he sat in the audience as a panel of five people (who care and know a lot about street food) debated the future of sidewalk cuisine at the Astor Center in Manhattan. Does it have to be from a cart or truck? Any old contraption? Is the recent boom a direct outcome of a nosediving economy?... More

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