A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 17, 2005
Vendy Awards
Street food vendors are finally getting their due with the "Vendy Awards."

How about "negative" Vendy Awards for the really bad ones?

What are the Vendy Awards?

Everyone knows that some of the best food in NYC is served on its sidewalks. Every day, from arepas to smoothies, Brighton to Harlem, New Yorkers flock to their favorite street vendors for affordable sustenance.

Although some guides to eating out in New York have included street vendors, most food criticism hasn't focused on or even included street food in its scope. The Street Vendor Project wants to remedy that. As a grassroots organization of vendors dedicated to raising the public's awareness of our daily struggles, we know that hardworking food vendors deserve to be recognized for the excellence of their craft.

The Vendy Awards are our way of increasing New Yorkers' recognition and appreciation of the food on the street. They are also a way of giving New Yorkers an updated guide to food they might not have tried and increasing business for vendors in general.

The Vendy Awards, including an award for Most Outstanding Food Vendor, will be presented by a distinguished panel of expert judges (click here for their bios). There will be a tasting and ceremony at a gala event this October, at a date and time to be announced. Please get on our email list so you will receive further details and updated information.

Street Cuisine Finally Gets Its Due
Published: August 17, 2005
THEY have fans, but they're not stars. Customers rave about their food, but they're rarely, if ever, reviewed. Their specialties are discussed by connoisseurs throughout the city, but they labor in obscurity.

But now the sidewalk food vendors of New York City are being recognized. In October, the Street Vendor Project, part of the Urban Justice Center, an advocacy group, will announce the Vendy Awards, presented to the best food vendors in the city.

"We're doing this to recognize the great contribution and the great art of street food and to recognize the contributions of street vendors," said Sean Basinski, the director of the project.

Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • Wednesday, August 17, 2005 • Permalink

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