Monday, August 26, 2013

Vendys 2013: Can We Pick ‘Em or Can We Pick ‘Em? 2.0

2012 Vendys Finalists
Last week the Street Vendor Project announced the finalists for the 2013 Vendy Cup. Last year stories AND recipes from three out of the six vendor finalists you see above were featured in our book New York á La Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. This year it’s four of the five finalists...

The finalists are: 
-The Cinnamon Snail (profiled in our book!)
-El Olomega (also profiled in our book!)
-The Chipper Truck(also profiled in our book!)
-Luke’s Lobster (yup, they're profiled in our book, too!)
-King’s Souvlaki(not in our book, but I’m excited to try them!)

If summer vacation and travels outside the city has kept the Vendys off your radar, here’s a friendly reminder that this year the big day is earlier than usual. In fact it’s right around the corner: Saturday, September 7th. Don’t worry about catching the ferry to Governor’s Island, this year the event is going to be held a very cool new venue, Sunset Park’s Industry City.

Tickets are still available but they will sell out, so don’t delay. Street vendors are some of the hardest working small business owners in the city. If there’s anything I learned from the research that went into our book, it’s that the vendors take great pride and great care in making every meal they serve. And the food, is, not even exaggerating here, ridiculously delicious.

It’s not easy working as a street vendor and The Street Vendor Project and their advocacy for vendors rights have made great strides in reducing crushing fines. The proceeds your ticket goes to help further their work. So what are you waiting for? Go get your tickets now!

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