[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=""Cupcake Truck!" Photo Credit: Telstar Logistics on Flickr"]
Every fall in New York City for the last six years, the Vendy Awards
has served as a cultural mashup of all that is great about this city: tasty street food from every borough, people who are nuts about street food and the opportunity for volunteerism.
My trip to the 2010 Vendys
wasn't just fun, it was also important to me because this is the major fundraiser for The Street Vendor's Project, which provides all sorts of NYC vendors - from the umbrella guy to the newspaper guy to the lady selling churros and coffee - with aid and access to education about their legal rights.
Instead of just attending this year and supporting the event with my money, I get to also support it with my time. I've helped out on event strategy, etc. But the REALLY FUN PART
where you come in is that I need your opinions, all ye opinionated New Yorkers.
I'm in charge of vendor scouting in Brooklyn. The final list of food trucks that wind up competing for your love and attention on the big day doesn't just write itself. You can nominate your favorite trucks/carts
, but the scouting committee also has to help whittle down that list. To do that, we need to know what we're talking about, so we eat a lot of street food (more than usual, at least for me) between now and September.
So. Tell me, New Yawk: What and where are your favorite food trucks and carts in Brooklyn? I'm looking for hidden gems, not ones people already lines up for in droves.
In your comment, please provide:
- The name or a good description of the truck
- Specific info (address or cross streets) on how to get to the truck on a weekend day
- What sort of food they serve
Just to be clear, leaving a comment on my site doesn't count as a nomination. But it will help us curate our list of finalists. To nominate your favorites you can and should give them a shout out on the official Vendys site
Mouth of the Border is a community for lovers of ethnic food and cultures. So many of our vendors are folks from other cultures and countries and they really do so much to make New York the vibrant place it is. Even for the American-born vendor, being an owner of a small business is tough, and The Street Vendor Project is an invaluable resource that I want to support.
UPDATE: Check out the results of the first Brooklyn vendor scouting trip on the Vendys Blog here
PS, I'm also co-chairing The Vendys social media team. If you love street food, friend us up on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you!
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