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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

THE GOOD BATCH, 936 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, BrooklynThe Vendy Awards is my favorite day of the year. For the last eight years, I have done everything in my power to attend the festival dedicated to the best street food in the city. Not only is it a full day of eating, but it’s a day to support the Street Vendor Project and their advocacy work in fighting for better laws and rights of street vendors.

I am very invested in the day for many reasons: a) I lead food cart tours for Turnstile Tours, b) we’re sponsors of the event, c) I believe in the cause, and d) the food is undeniably delicious. And in years past, I have spent weeks documenting the nominees through a series of videos.

But this year, because I was in Europe for most of the summer, I was not able to dedicate as much time to meeting and documenting the vendors and their businesses. In fact, going into the Vendy Awards, I was only familiar with a handful of the nominees. Which meant I had to eat from every single one of the 26 nominees in less than four hours.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

I’ve spent the last few weeks documenting the nominees for the Vendy Awards. It’s been exciting and rewarding meeting the hard working vendors and tasting their delicious food. But it was all leading up to this past Saturday when over 25 vendors congregated on Governor’s Island to feed hungry attendees and celebrate their hard work all year long.

This year, the big winner was Snowday who are dedicated to their social mission of employing previously incarcerated youth and serve maple syrup inspired dishes. Best Dessert went to Doughnuttery, Coney Shack was crowned Rookie of the Year, Home Frite swept the Market Vendor category, and Best Street Drinks was awarded to Renegade Lemonade.

All the proceeds go back to the Street Vendor Project to fund their advocacy work in fighting for better laws for the street vendors.

Below is a video that gives an overview of the exciting, lively afternoon. I’m going to start prepping for next year right now.

2015 NYC Vendy Awards


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The Vendys are just over a week away. Tickets are still available for purchase here. It’s seriously the greatest day of the year. In anticipation, I’m producing short videos on each of the nominated vendors. Here are three more nominees:

Snowday

Snowday is unlike any other food truck out there. Not only are they dedicated to serving maple syrup inspired dishes (like maple slushies and maple infused grilled cheese), but through their program Drive Change, they only employee formerly incarcerated youths giving those young people a positive direction. Learn more about them here and find them at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Long Island City, or Governor’s Island.

NYC Food Cart Tour – 2014 Vendy Award Nominees – Snowday

Chickpea & Olive

We all love American diner food, but usually the vegetarians and vegans miss out on all that cholesterol and fat. Daniel Strong and Danielle Ricciardi are making burgers, sliders, and BLTs with beets and brown rice. I challenge you to taste the difference. You can find their killer sandwiches at Smorgasburg every weekend in the summer.

Ice & Vice

I’d be fine if I never ate a scoop of vanilla ice cream again. Let’s find some exciting and experimental flavors to put in our ice cream. That’s what Ice & Vice focuses on – even their vanilla is infused with Mexican black sea salt. Their stand at LIC Fle & Food is nominated for best dessert.


Category: Video

Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

Sadly, this is the first time in 5 years where I will not be able to attend the annual Vendy Awards. Family obligations will keep me away from New York on September 13. However, I get to experience the nominated vendors up close and personal.

With the help of Turnstile Tours (the company I lead food cart tours for), I’ve been commissioned to make videos on the nominees in three categories (Rookie, Market, and Dessert). That means I personally got to meet the nominees and taste their food. Without the crowds and heat. If you can’t be at the Vendys (like me), you can still experience the nominated vendors through these videos. Here are the first three:

Big D’s Khao Cart

Nominated for Rookie of the Year, Dennis Kum has expanded his food truck into a cart that specializes in Asian rice dishes (khao). Check out some of the mouthwatering food that he serves on 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.

Bolivian Llama Party

The Oropeza brothers are bringing an under-represented cuisine to New York via Smorgasburg and Rockaway Beach. They’re representing their Bolivian heritage by adding modern twists to chola sandwiches and salteñas. A nominee for Market Vendor of the Year

Alchemy Creamery

A group of lactose intolerant friends are making ice cream safe for all dietary restrictions. Their petite cart is nominated for Best Dessert and makes the rounds at Smorgasburg and Governor’s Island offering up dairy-free treats.


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