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Snapshots from the First New Orleans Vendy Awards

Abby McCartney 5 comments

Last week the Vendy Awards took place in New Orleans for the first time, featuring nine finalists that ranged from tacos to po' boys. Check out scenes from the event! More

A Look at the 2012 Los Angeles Vendy Awards

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This past Sunday marked the return of the Vendy Awards in Los Angeles, the ultimate street food showdown. Check out what each of the finalists served (tamales, butter chicken, red velvet pancakes, and more), and who took home the coveted Vendy Cup! More

Win Tickets to the 2012 Los Angeles Vendy Awards

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It's almost time for the 2nd annual Los Angeles Vendy Awards, the Oscars of street food, coming up on June 24. Yesterday they announced the seven finalists, who will compete against each other for the coveted Vendy Cup at Pan Pacific Park. We're going to tell you more about the finalists, and also give away a pair of tickets here! More

A Look at the Inaugural Los Angeles Vendy Awards

Rachael Narins 9 comments

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

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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

New York Erin Zimmer 1 comment

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

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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

The Vendy Awards Are Going to Los Angeles

Erin Zimmer Post a comment

What have been nicknamed the Academy Awards of New York City street food, the Vendy Awards will for the first time hold a Los Angeles edition this year on May 15 at MacArthur Park. This is a big day for curbside cuisine lovers! More

Red Hook Vendors Will Close Weekend of October 31

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

No doubt the Country Boys taco truck line will be especially killer this weekend coming off of last week's Vendys victory. Along with the other Red Hook ballfield vendors, the truck will be parking at the Clinton and Bay intersection... More

Vendys 2009 Winners

New York Erin Zimmer 1 comment

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

NYC Food Events For the Weekend (and beyond)

New York Claire Sellers Post a comment

The Joy Of Sake Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Get a chance to taste some of the best sake in the world at The Joy of Sake. As the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, the event features... More

The Vendys Auction to Support the Street Vendor Project

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

One way to support your local street vendors: Stop by the Vendy Awards in Queens on Saturday, September 26. Another? Check out the Vendys' auction, with all proceeds going to the Street Vendor Project. Among the incredible, can't-get-these-anywhere-else items up... More

The Issues of Street Vending Today

Erin Zimmer 6 comments

"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

The Vendy Awards Are This Saturday, 9/26

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

Don't forget: The 2009 Vendy Awards, New York's annual Oscars of street food, will be held in Queens this Saturday, September 26. More

Vendy Award Finalist: Rickshaw Dumplings

New York Grace Kang 6 comments

Note: The 2009 Vendy Awards, a celebration of New York street food, will be held on September 26 at the Queens Museum of Art (buy tickets here). All proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project, an arm of the Urban... More

Vendy Award Finalist: The Jamaican Dutchy

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

Note: The 2009 Vendy Awards, a celebration of New York street food, will be held on September 26 at the Queens Museum of Art (buy tickets here). All proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project, an arm of the Urban... More

Vendy Award Finalist: The King of Falafel and Shawarma

New York Erin Zimmer 6 comments

Note: The 2009 Vendy Awards, a celebration of New York street food, will be held on September 26 at the Queens Museum of Art (buy tickets here). All proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project, an arm of the Urban... More

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