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2013 Vendy AwardsNEW YORK, NY- The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center today announced that the 9th annual Vendy Awards will take place on Saturday, September 7th at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The 2012 Vendy Awards drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to the intense grill-to-grill cook-off to determine New York’s top street chef. This year, New York’s best street chefs will once again compete for the coveted Vendy Cup, along with Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert, Heroic Vendor of the Year, Best of New Jersey, and the popular People’s Taste Award.

Nominations for vendors are being accepted now, so loyal NYC street vendor patrons can nominate their choice for best sidewalk chef online at http://streetvendor.org/vendys/nominations/.

In partnership with Brooklyn Brewery and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, the widely popular food truck competition migrates this year to the exciting waterfront business and creative hub Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a site with an incredible history of transforming Brooklyn into a major seaport destination. 

“Each year the Vendy Awards shine a spotlight on New York City’s most talented sidewalk chefs,” said Sean Basinski Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “We are excited that Brooklyn, with its rich history, diversity, and food culture, will be the center of this fantastic food fight that unites thousands of New Yorkers.”

“Every Day with Rachael Ray is so proud to sponsor the Vendy Awards. We are all about making food and cooking accessible, relatable and fun — whether at home, on vacation or on the streets of your hometown.  Food trucks bring new tastes and cuisines to so many people — their impact on food culture is real and permanent,” said Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray.

The Vendy Awards, which have been New York City’s premier street food competition for nine years, recently announced a major national expansion to include events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Boston, and Chicago.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available at $80 and, once those are sold out, General Admission tickets will be available for $95. Loyal NYC street vendor patrons can get their tickets for the 2013 Vendys at nycvendys2013.eventbrite.com.

Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter for the latest news and announcements at @vendyawards, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VendyAwards

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Nio's Trinidad Roti Truck

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BROOKLYN, NY - Cynthia Hosein made her dreams come true last year, investing around $70,000 in a food truck, a truck that police say was stolen.

“I put everything into that truck, it was bought with my credit cards, I borrowed money,” said Hosein. “I wasn’t sure if it was a prank or it was real.”

Cynthia says on Saturday night, her truck was in the parking lot behind her family’s restaurant on Church Avenue in Brooklyn. The next day she came to work and realized her truck was gone.

“How I’m going to pay my bills, I have car payments, I have rent, I have other bills to pay, what am I going to do?” Hosein said.

For decades, Cynthia’s parents have owned Nio’s Trinidadian Roti Shop in East Flatbush. They serve all kinds of Caribbean dishes, including curry goat, chicken, and Kurma, a crunchy sweet snack. Cynthia makes a living by selling this food to New Yorkers on the go.

“I came here everyday, I actually purchased the food from the restaurant,” Hosein said.

Her mother Zorine worries the crime will never be solved.

“It’s really sad, it was just parked up there, and someone came up and stole the truck and drive away,” Hosein said.

Cynthia served up her family’s fare five days a week in the Financial District and also East Flatbush. Regular customers say they can’t believe this has happened.

“That’s sad, that’s real sad, I’m gonna miss it,” said one customer.

“Usually I go for a walk, I grab one of the curry slice, stew chicken and rice and peas, and I’m not going to get that anymore, it’s going to remove the flavor that I enjoy at lunch,” said another customer.

Cynthia’s hope now is that someone out there has information on the theft and that they call police.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

UPDATE: 5/3/2013

Hours after this story was posted, things turned around for her.

“The sergeant had called me on Monday morning, notifying me that the truck was discovered behind the park,” she said. “I was really relieved. I was happy. I thought maybe I’d never see the truck again.”

It was discovered parked on Farragut Road near East 31st Street. Hosein said it appears the thief or thieves took it for a joy ride and then dumped it, and although nothing was stolen, the outside of the truck was banged up.

That didn’t seem to bother her customers, though.

“I’m glad that you got it back,” one told her.

“I’m glad you’re OK. I’m glad she’s alright,” another told her.

“These are my friends,” said a third. “I’ve known these people for almost 15 years. Bery nice people, I’m surprised they’re doing that in the neighborhood.”

While it’s back to business as usual for Hosein, there is just one thing she would like to say.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who called in. I really appreciate it,” she said.

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food truck weekend newsIn our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Lexington, Brooklyn, Fullerton, Auburn and Houston.

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Lexington Debates Where Food Trucks Can Set Up Shop – LEXINGTON, KY - Work continues to try and determine where Lexington mobile food vendors can set up shop downtown.

Members of the Food Truck Work Group reviewed draft recommendations Thursday at city hall. Work Group chair Shevawn Akers, a Lexington Council member, says many restaurants and mobile food operators still disagree about placement on public streets.

Find the entire article <here>

Find the entire article <here>

February 9

Titans get gourmet on the go - FULLERTON, CA - Food trucks were once a thing of grime and grease, but that’s no longer.

In today’s quick stepped world where people and things are constantly on the go, it only makes sense that breakfast, lunch and dinner are also on the go.

Find the entire article <here>

Food trucks drive Auburn University campus craze – AUBURN, AL - While some people may be wary of eating food cooked and served out of a truck, the students at Auburn University definitely aren’t.

In the last year, Auburn has acquired seven food trucks, all of which have become some of the most popular dining locations on campus. The mobile mania is now known as the Tiger Traxx campaign.

Find the entire article <here>

February 10

End food truck wars (opinion) – HOUSTON, TX - For food truck opponents, it must feel like the barbarians are at the gates. That last refuge from the rolling restaurants is now on the verge of a total invasion. Yes, the wall around downtown is beginning to crack. Electric-only infiltrators have slipped through the no-propane barricade, with food trucks at downtown’s Houston Pavilions and the weekly farmers market.

Propane-powered mini-kitchens taunt from within spitting distance, holding lunch hours in Midtown. But the war isn’t lost. That final battle at City Hall looms on the horizon. All that stands in their way are four proposed changes: allowing propane downtown, allowing food trucks to be within 100 feet of tables and chairs, allowing food trucks to provide their own furniture and eliminating the mandatory 60-foot space between food trucks.

Find the entire article <here>

Keep an eye on this Off the Wire section throughout the week to keep up on the latest food truck news around the world.

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BROOKLYN, NY - State Sen. Marty Golden claims food carts starved iconic Bay Ridge eatery Hinsch’s to death — but the beloved luncheonette’s owner says his business actually withered away because of the neighborhood’s fat rents and changing tastes.

Press Conference For "The Producers: The Movie Musical"Golden (R–Bay Ridge) blamed Hinsch’s impending March 1 closure on a pair of halal vendors that park down the block on Fifth Avenue between 86th and 87th streets, claiming the carts forced the ice cream parlor out of business because they benefit from unfair advantages, such as not paying rent or utilities.

“In large part, the thriving food cart industry on the corner has closed Hinsch’s,” said Golden, calling for a crackdown on street sellers. “The vendors have won this battle, but we can’t allow this to continue.”

Hinsch’s co-owner Roger Desmond — who saved his soda fountain from the brink of closure in 2011 — said he was never in competition with the chicken-and-rice peddlers because his confectionery appealed to young families and the elderly, while cart-goers were typically 20-something singles.

“The clientele I have is not a food cart type-clientele,” he said. “They had nothing to do with Hinsch’s closing.”

Desmond doesn’t blame the carts for the death of Hinsch’s — but he’s no fan of the falafel wagons.

Last spring, Desmond — who pays $9,000 in monthly rent and $15,000 in water bills annually — joined other brick-and-mortal merchants to protest the vendors in a demonstration dubbed “Save Our Streets.”

Advocates for the sellers of sellers of meals on wheels spat out Golden’s claims, claiming that studies show cheap eats on-the-go don’t take customers from storefront businesses.

“It has been shown that vendors do not compete with brick-and-mortars,” said Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project, a group that lobbies on behalf of mobile vendors. “People looking for a sit-down experience at a restaurant aren’t going to go to a food cart.”

Find the original article by Will Bredderman at the Brooklyn Daily <here>

We found the comments in this article odd in that an elected official would come out and blame food carts for the demise of a local eatery when the owner themselves blame other reasons. At Mobile Cuisine we fully support the mobile food industry and it’s growth, however, we are not interested in seeing a restaurant close it’s doors, for any reason. The owners of brick and mortar restaurants are culinary entrepreneurs just as any food truck or cart owner is. For this reason, we are always looking for claims that a food cart or truck is responsible for a restaurants closure. In our time, we have yet to find one instance where this was the case.

 

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine Magazine assists our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

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This week’s new entries are:

Boca Raton, FL

Stocked N Loaded

Twitter: @StockedNLoaded

Gourmet food truck serving south Florida, owned & operated by Chef Dave Rashty, a graduate from The French Culinary Institute in NYC.

http://www.stockednloaded.com

Brooklyn, NY

Snap Truck NYC

Twitter: @SnapTruck

Flame grilled burgers & dogs and hand-made fries. Locally sourced, freshly made. Our biodiesel #foodtruck is fueled by fries!

http://www.snaptrucknyc.com

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Fresh Mobile Bistro

Twitter: @40fresh

Fresh Mobile Bistro is New Brunswick’s first gourmet food truck. Using as many fresh and local ingredients as possible! June 2012.

http://freshtruck.ca

Las Vegas, NV

Sauced Vegas

Twitter: @SaucedVegas

Las Vegas’ newest gourmet food truck – launching this summer!

http://facebook.com/SaucedVegas

Los Angeles, CA

Seoul Sausage Co.

Twitter: @SeoulSausage

The Original Korean BBQ Sausage. Est. 2010.

http://SeoulSausage.com

Napa Valley, CA

Pastranomy

Twitter: @Pastranomy

Where pastrami meets gastronomy

www.pastranomy.com

St. Paul, MN

Aussie’s Kebabs

Twitter: @AussiesKebabs

Serving Australian found Doner Kebabs!!

http://www.aussieskebabs.com

 

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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