Ticket Sales for the Vendys; Lavo Delivers Giant Kobe Meatballs to Your Door

Ticket sales have already begun for September's Vendy Awards 2013, which celebrate the diversity and achievements of mobile food vendors. The annual extravaganza, which benefits the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, will be held for the first time at Industry City, the Sunset Park, Brooklyn, mini-neighborhood once known as Bush Terminal. Nominate your favorite vendors here. [Grub Street]

Everyone between 44th and 68th Streets and from Second to Sixth Avenues is in luck: Lavo now delivers a takeout menu of predictably glitzy things: Get linguini and clams, or try the truffle-parm fries, or why not go all in on a Giant Kobe Meatball, which you can now enjoy in the privacy of your tiny studio apartment, far from all those appetite-spoiling flash bulbs. [Grub Street]

Exchange Alley's very talented chef Paul Gerard has signed on as a vendor at the Hester Street Fair. He'll not only be serving the restaurant's lauded jambalaya balls, but will serve cold lemonade spiked with cayenne pepper. [Grub Street]

Some said it would never happen, but ABC has renewed The Taste for a second season. We're happy for Anthony Bourdain, especially considering the ratings plunge the show took toward the end of season one. [Live Feed/THR]

With its well-researched, vivid detours through the varied secret passages of the local food systems, Robin Shulman's Eat the City was one of last year's most criminally underrated food books. On May 28, Shulman will appear at the Tenement Museum to discuss urban agriculture with three of New York's foremost proponents of inner-city farming. $30 includes talk of compost and squash blossoms, some live music, and a post-panel tasting menu of local foods. [Grub Street]