The Street Vendor Project just released the names of the five finalists at the sixth annual New York Vendy Awards, taking place on Governors Island on September 25. The chosen eight, from the press release:
After only a year as a street chef, Yassir Zraouli and his Bistro Truck have foodies buzzing about his Moroccan inspired bistro-fare that’s bringing the casual vibe and deep flavors of the Mediterranean to high end fare like lamb and fish.
Brother and sister "Rosa" Ofelia Cardoso and "Vilio" Viliulfo have served up traditional Mexican fare from their hometown, Puebla for two decades – after 17 years in the Bronx, they stormed midtown with their El Rey de Sabor cart three years ago.
Astoria’s self-appointed “King of Falafel” and returning Vendys nominee from 2007 and 2009, Freddy Zeidaies says his chicken platter with pickled turnips is ready for its turn in the winner’s circle.
Rain, wind, and blizzards haven’t keep Liliana Velasquez and Adolfo Gonzalez from serving up authentic Venezuelan street food 362-days-a-year at their Patacon Pisao truck in Inwood.The nominees were chosen by the general public and the winner will be decided by a panel of judges (including Stephen Starr) at the event. Tickets for the Vendys are now $85 and can be purchased here. Funny how this has grown from a tiny event at a garage on East 4th St. to this huge, pricey (profits go to charity) affair that now takes place on both coasts.
After nabbing the Rookie Vendor crown last year, Oleg Voss of Schnitzels and Things is taking his hand-pounded, lightly-breaded, fried- to-perfection cutlets to the big leagues and hoping to continue their winning streak.
· Vendy Awards [Official Site]
· All Vendy Awards Coverage [~ENY~]