Thursday, October 25, 2012

Start Making Some Tummy Room Now, This Weekend is the Last of the Season for the RH Vendors

Yuca and Chicharrón from El Olomega
Sunday, October 28th...that's the last day of the Red Hook Vendors' season. Ten delicious trucks together for the last time in 2012. Come out and support the vendors and thank them for the year...

This past year I spent a lot of time at the ball fields gathering oral histories from the vendors from our upcoming book, New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. Eight of the ten vendors will be featured. Their stories of perseverance in adversity are inspiring and if you've ever been to the ball fields, you know that their food in world class. Here's what you might not know. The vendors' permit will be up at the end of their 2013 season. They will have to take their bid to the city again to win the right to vend in the spot where some of the vendors have been for nearly 40 years. For decades the vendors have been a vibrant part of Red Hook and an important part of the neighborhood's transformation. The vendors are, in short, a culinary treasure. In the span of two blocks you can get Mexican, Ecuadorian, Dominican, Salvadoran, Colombian, and Guatemalan food. All reasonably priced. All generously portioned. The vendors give up the best of their spring, summer and fall weekends to serve customers. It's hard work with long days and hours of prep that you never see. If you love their food, consider making the trip out this weekend to say thanks and tell them you hope to see them next year!

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