The Vendy Awards was proud to have presented the 5th Annual Vendy Awards in Philadelphia on Saturday June 13th, on top of the JFK Bridge!
Finalists were selected from public nominations and competed in 3 different categories: Vendy Cup/People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, and Best Dessert. Vendors brought their best dishes to the event and ticket holders sampled delicious offerings from each vendor before voting for their favorites!
MEET THE 2015 winners!
Other finalists included: Flying Deutschman, Butter Truck, Philly Fry, Rigatoni's Mobile Crab Cakes, Las Olas Food Truck, Sweet Lavender, Jimmies Cupcake Co, Luscious Bakery, Pound Cake Heaven
Meet THE 2015 Judges
Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., is Professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science and Director of Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. He is the author or editor of six books including Barbecue: A Global History(with Megan Elias), Culinary Improvisation, and Gastropolis: Food and Culture in New York City (with Annie Hauck-Lawson) and numerous articles in journals of food studies, public health and hospitality education. A classically trained chef, Deutsch worked in a variety of settings including product development, small luxury inns and restaurants. When not in the kitchen or in meetings he can be found behind his tuba.
Kristina Jenkins is the editor of Uwishunu, the official Visit Philly blog. She is a Pennsylvania native who spends most of her time scouring the city for the tastiest restaurants, coolest events and sweetest shops, all to help bring her readers awesome experiences in the City of Brotherly Love. When she's not writing about Philadelphia, you can find her hiking in the Wissahickon, scouting sales on Walnut Street or sipping a craft brew at her neighborhood pub.
Bryan Mayer started working Brooklyn butcher shops and developing one of NYC's first, whole animal programs, before moving his family to the Hudson Valley. There, he helped start the butcher training program at Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats. Mayer has trained some of today’s top butchers, consulted on shop openings around the country, and lectured at the Culinary Institute of America. Mayer recently moved with his family to Philadelphia to open Kensington Quarters. Mayer continues to work with aspiring butchers, farmers, restaurants, schools, and conducting butcher class, slaughter workshops and introducing young Philadelphians to agriculture.
Jessica Moore founded Philly CowShare in 2010 after 6 years of organizing her friends to share a purchase of a locally-raised, grass-fed steer. Her family of five eats a Quarter CowShare a year. Each time she needed to restock her freezer, she put the call out “Who wants in on a cow?” The interest was overwhelming so Jessica started Philly CowShare to help other people buy cows from local farmers and experience the pleasure of sharing food with your community.
Brian O’Reilly has been the brewmaster for Sly Fox Brewing Company since March 2002. He joined the company’s original location, Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville, PA, that month and his success there led to the creation of a second restaurant and 20-barrel production brewery in nearby Royersford. O’Reilly began his brewing career in 1995 as intern at the Old Nutfield Brewery in Derry, CT, then moved on to become the brewer at Brewers Brewhouse in Merrimack, NH in 1996. He spent three years in the John Harvard’s Brew House chain and was the head brewer at its Cleveland, OH location for two years before moving to Pennsylvania to be the founding brewer at New Road Brew House in Collegeville in 1999.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE VENDYS?
The Vendys are an intense annual street food cook-off that, since 2005, has determined the best street chef in NYC. In 2011 we expanded to Philly and it has become one of the best events of the summer! It also celebrates the street vendors who serve us every day, and who bring so much culinary and cultural life to our streets and public spaces. Finally, the Philadelphia Vendy Awards is a non-profit fundraiser to raise money for The Food Trust and The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association
WHAT DOES MY TICKET GET ME?
Admission to the event, where you’ll get to eat food from all the finalists while enjoying an unlimited fill of beer from Sly Fox, Italian wines from Santa Cristina, and live entertainment! And, since the Vendy Awards are a benefit event for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization, your ticket is tax-deductible.
WHO WILL BE BATTLING IT OUT?
15 of the best Philadelphian street food vendors are invited to compete against each other for street food glory in the following categories: Vendy Cup / People's Choice, Rookie of the Year, and Best Dessert!
HOW ARE THE FINALISTS SELECTED?
Simple enough. We take public nominations to determine the lucky vendors that are invited to compete against each other on our big day.
HOW IS THE WINNER SELECTED?
At the event, we’ll have a team of distinguished judges score the finalists and decide who get the coveted "Vendy Cup". Attendees are also encouraged to vote for their own "People's Choice" winner, as well as the winner of "Rookie of the Year" and "Best Dessert".
HOW WILL YOU AVOID A STREET FOOD CATASTROPHE?
We’ve been running this event for a long time, and no one has ever gone home hungry or thirsty because we stop selling tickets when we reach our limit. Because vendors can only work so fast, you may have to stand in line at one point, but that is where you make new friends. One couple even got married after meeting in line at the Vendys! Results may vary, however.
CAN I BUY MY TICKET AT THE DOOR?
We expect sell out before the date. And, if there are still any available, same-day tickets will sell at $70 each (cash only - no exceptions).
ARE KIDS WELCOME? DO THEY NEED A TICKET?
We love kids and kids love street food. Children 6 and under don’t need a ticket. Otherwise, they do.
ARE PETS WELCOME?
While we love pets, we have found over the years that not everyone else does. Due to some complaints at prior year events we ask that you please keep your pets at home.
I'M A MEMBER OF THE PRESS. HOW DO I GET A PRESS PASS OR ARRANGE TO INTERVIEW THE ORGANIZERS OR INDIVIDUAL VENDORS?
Do not call, but send an email to at Joanne@food-shelter.com . Please include your contact info and the name of your publication. Press passes are limited.
MY COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE VENDY AWARDS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (202) 213.2250. Last year's event brought out hundreds of food-savvy guests and attracted wide media attention. We’re pretty sure this year will be even bigger.