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Vendy Awards

  1. grub guides
    The Grub Guide to the Summer’s Can’t-Miss Food FestivalsA massive food market in the Bronx, a festival dedicated entirely to cider, the latest edition of an Afrocentric jollof competition, and more.
  2. one last hoorah
    The Vendys, New York’s Great Celebration of Street Food, Will End This Year“We kind of feel, honestly, that the Vendys have mostly accomplished, if you will, what we set out to do 15 years ago.”
  3. food politics
    Meet the Politician Fighting for Your Favorite Street FoodThe Democratic nominee from Queens wants the city and state to do more for these small businesses.
  4. red carpet
    Here Are the 2016 Vendy Cup FinalistsThis year’s contenders include Cachapas on Wheels and Tacos el Rancho.
  5. Awards
    Snowday’s the Winner of the 2015 Vendy CupThe food truck trains and employs formerly incarcerated youth to cook maple-syrup-themed foods.
  6. Red Carpet
    Here Are the 2015 Vendy Cup FinalistsThe contenders include Sunset Park’s Guandong Cheong Fun and Cheap Eats honoree Hard Times Sundaes.
  7. Awards
    Ramen Burgers and Dough’s Doughnuts Among This Year’s Vendy AwardThe showdown takes place September 13.
  8. Awards
    El Olomega Takes Top Prize at the 2013 Vendy AwardsItizy Ice Cream won Best Dessert.
  9. Awards
    The Cinnamon Snail and Luke’s Lobster Advance to Final Round of VendyThe Oscars of street food.
  10. Foodievents
    First of the 2013 Vendy Award Nominees AnnouncedThe awards ceremony goes down on September 7 in Industry City.
  11. Truckin'
    Vendy Awards Moving to a New LocationTickets are on sale, and will most likely sell out.
  12. Truckin'
    Did the Smoke Truck Get Snuffed Out?The truck’s been idle, and sitting on three flat tires for months.
  13. Truckin'
    Mark Coates Smoked the Competition at Saturday’s Vendy AwardsSmoke Truck’s traditional take on barbecue secured a win for Coates and his partner.
  14. Truckin'
    Vendy Awards Nominations Are Open; Tickets On SaleThe annual street vendor awards are bringing their show to Philly again..
  15. Truckin'
    Latin Farmer Debuts at Tonight’s Night Market in Mt. AiryThe truck will brings Latin-inspired dishes to Mt. Airy’s inaugural Night Market.
  16. Foodievents
    Vendy Award Nominations Close TomorrowNominate your favorite vendor today! Or tomorrow, at least, before close of day.
  17. Freebies
    Some Days the Dog Bites You and Other Days Hawk Krall Gives You Free WienersHow can you go wrong with free hot dogs?
  18. Truckin'
    What You Missed at the Vendy Awards: Lines, Lots and Lots of Long LinesDespite long lines, many attendees were enthusiastic about what they ate.
  19. Truckin'
    The Vendys Are Coming, The Vendys Are Coming …The celebration of food trucks and street vendors will roll up on the Piazza in July
  20. Foodievents
    Vendy Tickets Now On SaleThe daylong fest will be held on September 24.
  21. Truckin'
    Next Year Philly Will Get Its Own Vendy AwardsPhilly’s food trucks made an impressive showing at the competition.
  22. Foodievents
    Everyone Was a Winner at the Vendy Awards, Especially King of Falafel andFor the first time in three years, the same cart took home the people’s choice and the Vendy Cup.
  23. Truckin'
    Vendy Awards Announce Rookie of the Year FinalistsAnd they’re not just the usual suspects.
  24. Foodievents
    Vendy Dessert Finalists AnnouncedAn ice-cream truck, a slush truck, a Chinatown sugar puller, and more.
  25. Vendy Awards
    Bistro Truck, El Rey de Sabor Among 2010 Vendy Awards FinalistsThe nominees have been announced for the September 25 “grill-to-grill cook-off” at Governors Island.
  26. Street Meat
    Nominate Your Favorite Cart Pusher for a VendyTickets to the Vendys are now available.
  27. Foodies With Benefits
    Vendy Winner Targeted By Cops, Evan Kleiman Saving the DayA benefit at Angelli Caffe will set up a fund for street food entrepreneurs who’s livelihoods hinge on finances.
  28. Video Feed
    Meet L.A.’s Vendy FinalistsTrendy trucks and traditional vendors will square-off with their grills on May 15th.
  29. The Vendy's
    The Vendys Honor L.A.’s Best Street EatsA real L.A. street food festival is planned with awards for vendors.
  30. Awards
    Country Boys/Martinez Taco Truck Takes VendysAnd more winners at Saturday’s awards.
  31. Foodievents
    Not Going to Vendys or Le Fooding? Play Bocce and Eat Cake BallsLots of food fun going on this weekend.
  32. Mediavore
    Jennifer Aniston, Restaurateur; Bill Telepan, Cafeteria ManPlus: Parisians cool on Julia Child, and Michelin markets anonymity, all in our morning news roundup.
  33. Vendys
    Vendy Dessert-Truck Nominees RevealedThe Vendy Awards announce their sweetest treats on the block.
  34. Neighborhood Watch
    Telepan to Open Wine Bar; Last Call for Vendy NomineesPlus: A rowdy group deal at Otto, and La Superior’s birthday party, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  35. Mediavore
    Batali Won’t Judge Vendys; Donatella Arpaia Pinches PenniesPlus: PETA exploits swine flu, and Sakura Sushi & Thai Cuisine escapes disaster, all in our morning news roundup.
  36. Street Meat
    Our Vendy Nomination: The Cart With the Pig’s HeadEcuadorian street meat in Jackson Heights.
  37. Lunch Time
    Biryani Cart Faces Family RivalryA father-in-law gets too close for comfort.
  38. Cartography
    Food-Cart Fraud?Was a Mexican-food cart in midtown not a Vendy winner as it claims?
  39. Video Feed
    Street-Food Showdown at the 2008 Vendy AwardsWatch the video to see who took home top honors in cheap eats.
  40. Mediavore
    Joey Chestnut Reigns Over Pizza; Gossipy Memoir From Pino LuongoAlso in our news roundup: an alternative to Momofuku Ko, and a lesbian bar revitalized.
  41. Cartography
    Food-Cart Fame Comes to Vendy NomineeNow that the Biryani cart has a nomination, can they keep up with the influx of new business?
  42. Culinary Death Matches
    2008 Vendy Award Finalists AnnouncedFrom the the hundreds — thousands? — of New York’s food carts, just five have a chance at the brass ring.
  43. Neighborhood Watch
    Hostess Fantasies May Come True in the EV; Pork and Funnel Cakes Find Each OtherBoerum Hill: Sunday’s Atlantic Antic Street Festival = live music + copious gut busters ranging from baklava and funnel cake to pulled pork and roasted corn. [Hell’s Half Acre] East Village: The Bourgeois Pig plans to move to a new location next week, which means the original space is that much closer to becoming a New World wine-and-beer bar serving homemade versions of Hostess snacks! [Imbible] Harlem: One of uptown’s favorite food carts, Super Tacos on 96th and Broadway, is a finalist at the Vendy Awards this Saturday. [Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Nikki Beach restaurant and nightclub wants to lure you back in the morning with a weekend buffet brunch. [Grub Street] Soho: Joe on Greene Street near Prince introduces a Fall program of coffee-related classes including “Coffee & The Environment”; “How to Cup: Single Origin Coffee”; and “How to Cup: Exploring Roasteries” that will begin in October. [Grub Street] Upper West Side: Just the right bargain to make us think about how much mark-up we’ve been getting charged for wine: Order the $35 prix fixe on Sundays at Compass restaurant and any bottle you order is 50 percent off. [Grub Street]
  44. NewsFeed
    Metromix Asks a Street VendorFood-blog newcomer Metromix takes it to the street today to interview the Vendy Award nominees in anticipation of the ceremony on Saturday. Even if the Q&As don’t plumb quite as deep into the world of food carts as did New York’s Street Fare package, we get some interesting tidbits: Veronica Julien of Veronica’s Kitchen — who is scouting downtown Manhattan for a restaurant location — rises at 3 a.m. to stew oxtail for three hours, and Muhammed Rahman of Kwik Meal awakens at a schoolgirlish 6 a.m. Word from NY Dosas, the King of Falafel and Shawarma, and Super Tacos, too. Street Meet [Metromix NY] Related: Street Fare [NYM]
  45. Back of the House
    Handicapping the Vendies The Vendy Awards, a.k.a. the Homeless Beards, are upon us again, and the finalists for Street Vendor of the year have just been announced. As at the Beards, a familiar cluster of luminaries dominates the nominations. These are not necessarily the very best carts going, but the ones whose years of service and body of work has earned them a high reputation among sidewalk gastronomes. The nominees, and our handicapping, are below.
  46. In the Magazine
    This Week, We Keep It Street You might be interested to know that your morning coffee was marked up 1,000 percent by the street vendor who just sold it to you. It’s just one of many fascinating tidbits in “Cartography,” a complete road map to New York City street food. Though Grub Street has previously selected its top five favorite carts, this week’s issue goes all out, not only ranking the city’s best twenty carts but also offering a glimpse into the daily experiences of street vendors. If the feature doesn’t sell you on the guts and glory of sidewalk cuisine, well, fine then — Rob and Robin have singled out several more conventional restaurants to look forward to this summer.
  47. NewsFeed
    Last Year’s Vendy Winner Envies Miss Universe Our heartiest congratulations go out to Samiul Haque Noor, the winner of the 2006 Vendy Award for New York’s best street vendor. Noor won a cook-off against three other finalists, including the legendary “Arepa Lady,” to take the top honors Sunday night. We contacted last year’s winner, Rolf Babiel of Hallo Berlin, who was ineligible for this year’s contest, at his home in Binghamton, to ask him what’s in store for Noor. “I got a lot of new customers,” Babiel said. “And my lines got longer. Too long! I lost some of the old customers. We had visits from Oprah and Rachael Ray and journalists from Germany and Japan.” Babiel appreciates the attention the Vendys earned him, but one thing made him a little uneasy. “I got a big trophy,” he said. “But they called me up and said they need to take it back. I thought, It should be like Miss Universe, and I could give the trophy to the new winner. It would have been a little more professional. You know, I think the Vendys are a little bit disorganized. But I don’t get carried away.” Grub Street’s favorite carts
  48. Back of the House
    It’s Hard Out There for a Street VendorUSA Today just published an article detailing how vendors are routinely harassed by cops for minor violations like being too far from the curb, too close to a doorway, or on the wrong corner. Making matters worse, in February, the city raised the maximum fine for non-health-related violations from $250 to $1,000. Now there’s talk of capping the number of licenses given out. The Street Vendor Project, an advocacy group best known by civilians for the Vendy Awards, might be the only resource the workers have. So support them by dropping in on the Vendys, happening Sunday night at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. After the jump, find the list of nominees — and info on a special contest!
  49. Back of the House
    Mr. Nasty Throws Open the Phone Lines; Mr. Hospitality Throws PunchesIn today’s dining dirt, Spain comes to Manhattan, barbecue comes to Fort Greene, and Mr. Hospitality brings the pain. • Danny “Mr. Hospitality” Meyer ponders hugs, serves up a knuckle sandwich. [Esquire] • Gordon “Mr. Nasty” Ramsay opens up the lines; a feeding frenzy ensues. [Eater] • Pushcart-prize finalists announced. [Street Vendor Project] • Picholine buddies open up a Fort Greene smoke joint serving up “real NYC barbecue.” Whatever that is, exactly. [Strong Buzz] • On a sobering note, Michael Pollan forecasts the dangers of centralized food production and the specter of increased regulation in the veggie world: “Food poisoning has always been with us, but not until we started processing all our food in such a small number of ‘kitchens’ did the potential for nationwide outbreaks exist.” [NYT]
  50. User's Guide
    And the Nominee for Best Performance by a Falafel … The street cart boils the restaurant experience down to its most intimate dimensions: One person cooks for another, with no waiters, walls, or even kitchen separating them. For this reason, New York’s best vendors inspire fierce loyalty. Now, “cartisans” can vote for the vendors they love best. But the polls will soon close: The Street Vendor Project’s Vendy Awards are happening October 22 at St. Mark’s Church, and voting ends the day before. Which means we only have 13 days to lobby furiously for our candidates. Without further ado … Update, 1:15 p.m.: Contrary to what we just said, the Street Vendor Project tells us that the polls close today, at midnight. All the more reason to blindly follow our endorsements!