Vendy Awards

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Vendy Awards
The street-food Oscars return for the ninth year, with the city’s best mobile chefs rolling into Sunset Park for the culinary showdown. After munching on empanadas from Nuchas, Mamak's rendang stew and Liddabit Sweets' beer-pretzel caramels, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Awards, while a celebrity panel—including Top Chef Masters’ Francis Lam, prime-meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver—will make their choices. Along with stock categories including Best Market (nominees include Brooklyn Cured and Bon Chovie), Rookie (Toum, Sweet Chili) and Dessert (OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Itizy), this year’s competition will honor 54 food trucks, which served more than 350,000 hot meals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Test your luck during a raffle for prizes like dinner at Roberta’s, cashmere from White + Warren and a personalized street-food tour. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit that advocates for vendors' rights.
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