Meet the Winners
We are proudly had finalists in 3 categories:
- Vendy Cup: The Cow & The Curd, Local 215, Pie Stand, and Samosa Deb
- Rookie of the Year: Cheese E Wagon, Oink & Moo BBQ Philly, Smokin' Tacos, HEART Food Truck and The Whirly Pig
- Dessert: Bonjour Creperie, Curbside Creamery, Jimmies Cupcake Co., and Milk + Sugar
2014 Vendy Cup Winner
Chefs/Owners: Brendan O’Guinn and Shannon Wyffels (both from Philadelphia)
Years in business: About a year (including festivals)
Food: Fried Pies, savory and sweet. Our specialty is French-inspired cuisine served in a uniquely American form.
Anything else? We serve the homeless and hungry each weekend in Fishtown, and look forward to working more closely with a non-profit organization in order to make a greater impact. Our trailer is comprised of almost entirely re-purposed materials (walls, sinks, counters, pop-up bed, flooring), which speaks to our environmental commitment (for a greener society: “reduce, reuse, recycle” said the 90’s). Our food’s pretty darn tasty, too!
OTHER FINALISTS INCLUDED: The Cow & The Curd, Local 215, and Samosa Deb
2014 People's Choice Winner
The Cow and the Curd
Chefs/Owners: Rob Mitchell and Laura Windham-Mitchell. Rob is from Philadelphia; Laura is from the Midwest.
Years in business: 1 ½
Food: Our specialty is Wisconsin Battered Fried Cheese Curds (Vendy Awards attendees will also get the opportunity to sample our newly launched Poutine -- which also features more cheese curds!)
Anything else? “It is NOT a Mozzarella Stick!”
OTHER FINALISTS INCLUDED: Local 215, Pie Stand, and Samosa Deb
2014 Rookie of the Year Winner
Oink and Moo BBQ
Chef/Owners: Josh Sacks (from New Jersey); Co-Owners: Sean Parker and Jon Konopack (both from New Jersey)
Years in business: 3 months in Philly (started 2 years ago in NJ)
Food: BBQ. Specialties are Brisket Sliders and Oink and Moo Chili
Anything else? Everything on our truck is made from scratch from our cornbread to our rubs, sides, and sauces. Our meats are smoked right on the truck in a Cookshack smoker. We have travelled the BBQ belt from the Carolinas to Memphis to Lockhart to Kansas City perfecting our BBQ style and bringing it to the Northeast.
OTHER FINALISTS INCLUDED: Smokin' Tacos, HEART Food Truck, and The Whirly Pig
2014 Best Dessert Winner
Chef/Owners: Jean-Pierre & Rebecca Bisilliat. Jean-Pierre is from Brazil with a French family heritage. Rebecca is a Philadelphia native.
Years in business: 2
Food: French Crepes - both sweet & savory. We tend to use local and seasonal ingredients in our menu (which changes weekly)
Anything else? Our philosophy is that food should be fun, surprising & exciting. We try to exhibit this in every dish we serve.
OTHER FINALISTS INCLUDED: Curbside Creamery, Milk & Sugar
Meet our Culinary Femme-Fatale Judges
Felicia is a founding partner of Federal Donuts, as well as Comm Chief for CookNSolo Restaurants, better known as Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue and Federal Donuts. In her previous incarnation as a food writer-slash-bartender, she co-founded City Paper's Meal Ticket blog, wrote for the Daily News and Metro, and wo-manned the taps at Monk's Cafe. If Flea looks familiar, it may be because she has appeared on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel and NBC's 1st Look. When not awkwardly craned over her laptop and/or iPhone, Felicia does some cooking, some thrifting, some yoga, and a lot of weird dancing to live music. A graduate of Temple University, Felicia is a native of Delaware County with the accent to prove it. She is often wearing something you definitely would not wear.
Native Philadelphian Lily Fischer worked as a preschool teacher before graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia’s Baking and Pastry Program. After winning Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she co-founded Cake Life Bake Shop, which opens its first storefront bakery on Fishtown's Frankford Avenue in Fall 2014. In her spare time, Lily tames her South Philly jungle-garden and makes her husband fat.
Danya Henninger is a food and drink writer and photographer based in Philadelphia. In addition to being local editor for Zagat.com/Philadelphia, she writes a weekly food events column for Philly.com and is a regular contributor to Philly Beer Scene magazine. Since 1997, she has run photo-video firm Imagic Digital with husband Mark Henninger, creating imagery for the architecture, hospitality and advertising industries. When she’s not out visiting new restaurants and trying new beers, you can catch her mixing cocktails at home and tweeting as @phillydesign.
Executive Director of Fair Food, a non-profit organization that connects local family farmers and producers to the Philadelphia marketplace. Karlen launched the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market, a year-round local foods grocery store, and consults with farmers and wholesale buyers to help build lasting business relationships.
Nicole Woon is Blog Editor for Penn Appétit, the University of Pennsylvania's premier food publication. She graduated from Penn's Management & Technology (M&T) Program studying business and engineering. Her claim to fame? Winning Shake Shack's "Say Cheese (Burger)!" Photo Contest (she's still eating her prize burgers). She tweets @PassportEater.
Lily Cope (Emcee)
Lily Cope is the Executive Director of COOK, Philadelphia's first, state-of-the-art, demonstration kitchen. There, she is responsible for bringing chefs and diners together to celebrate the craft of cooking, drinking and gathering at the table. Prior to opening COOK in 2011, Cope was the Director of Corporate Communications for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (now Visit Philadelphia) and was also the Founding Director of their food-focused marketing campaign, Philly Homegrown. The three-year campaign generated buzz and media coverage about Philly’s farm-to-table restaurant scene, farmers markets, locally produced, artisanal food products and more. In addition to food, Cope is also passionate about fashion, architecture and design. She has written for Elle (US), Fashion Wire Daily, Blueprint (UK), Interiors (UK) and The Guardian (UK). Cope is a Philly native who attended Barnard College in New York City and has also spent many years living in Paris, London and Sydney before returning to her beloved hometown in 2006 where she lives with her two cats, Stubbs and Arthur.
Back by popular demand, the Vendy Awards are returning to Philadelphia. On Saturday, June 14th, at Penn Treaty Park, we’ll determine the best street food vendor in Philadelphia while raising money for The Food Trust. The Vendys are an intense cook-off between the most popular sidewalks chefs in the city and a fundraiser to support culinary entrepreneurs and the sustainable food movement!
When & Where?
Saturday, June 14th, 2014 from 2pm to 6pm at Penn Treaty Park in Philly's Fishtown neigborhood. Penn Treaty Park is located at 1341 N. Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. Click here For driving directions
Arrive in Style
We're excited to announce we've partnered with Uber to offer all guests who are new to Uber a complimentary ride up to $20 using the promo code VENDYPHL
Uber is an iPhone/Android app that lets you tag your location and summon a professional driver to your side within minutes. Once in the car, the driver will take you wherever you need to go. The fare is billed to your card, with no need to tip, so you don't have to worry about handling cash. Just click the promo code and sign up! You'll be riding in style in no time at all. PROMO CODE: VENDYPHL
HOW TO UBER
- Order a car: Use the iPhone or Android app, or visit m.uber.com to request a ride
- Your Driver Comes to You: Sit back and relax. We’ll text you when your Uber arrives.
- Hop in & Hop out: After arriving at your destination, we’ll charge your credit card on file and email you a receipt.
Directions By Bus/Trolley
The park is best accessed via Bus Route 43, which stops just next to the park. Visitors may also take Bus Route 25 or Trolley Route 15 to the SugarHouse Casino stop walking distance to the park.
Directions By Rail
Girard Station on the Market-Frankford Line is about a 10 minute walk from the park. Alternatively, visitors can take the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden station and connect to Bus Route 43 from there.
There is limited on-site and street parking available. There is some parking available at the Sugarhouse Casino, a short walk away. We recommend that you use public transportation and /or Uber to enjoy this day out
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, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building a strong local and healthy food economy.
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 and ciders from Sam Adams Lager, Sam Adams Seasonal, Sam Adams Rebel IPA, and Angry Orchard Crisp Cider! There will also be copious amounts of non-alcoholic sodas from GuS Grown Up Sodas. And, since the Vendy Awards Philadelphia are a benefit event for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization, your ticket is tax-deductible.
WHO WILL BE BATTLING IT OUT?
Fourteen of the best Philadelpian street food vendors are invited to compete against each other for street food glory. Check out their bios above!
HOW ARE THE FINALISTS SELECTED?
Simple enough. We took public nominations to determine the lucky vendors that are invited to compete against each other for street food glory.
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 can also for their own "People's Choice" winner.
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. We’ll stop selling tickets when we reach our limit. Because vendors can only work so fast, you will have to stand in line, 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?
Maybe, but we expect sell out before the date. And, if there are still any available, same-day tickets will go for $60. Best buy yours now to be safe and save some money.
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.
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.