Monday, September 9, 2013

It’s a Red Hook Vendy Hat Trick!

2013 Vendy Cup Winners El Olomega
This weekend marked the third Red Hook Food Vendor win in a row as El Olomega Pupusas brought the Vendy Cup back to Brooklyn. If there was any doubt as to the Red Hook ball fields being a hotbed of deliciousness, consider that four of the Vendy Cup winners in the last five years have been Red Hook Food Vendors…

In the process of researching our book, New York á La Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks, I had the chance to interview many of the Red Hook vendors including El Olomega owners and siblings, Marcos and Janet Lainez. Marcos and Janet were gracious with their time and sharing stories of the early days of vending at the ball fields and how their mother, Teodora began selling pupusas, a traditional, handmade Salvadoran corn cake stuffed with a variety of fillings. They also shared their recipe for chicken pupusas. Mmm…pupusas. Their pupusas are ridiculously good—Lil B can’t get enough of them and it seems the judges couldn’t either.

While summer may be winding down, the ball fields are still cooking ‘til the end of October. This coming weekend should be a big one at the ball fields, they’ll be celebrating Mexican and Central American Independence Day. If you haven’t been to the ball fields yet this season, don’t miss out! Follow the Red Hook Food Vendors on Facebook for more details.

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