4th Annual Vendy Awards

vendy-awards-2014Get ready to roll out the red carpet because the Vendy Awards are back. This Saturday, June 14th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the top vendors in Philadelphia will meet at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown for you to get a taste of some of their best recipes. But the hard part comes after the eating when you vote for People’s Choice, Rookie of the Year and Best Dessert. The finalists include The Cow and The Curd competing for the Vendy Cup, Heart Food Truck competing for Rookie of the Year and Milk + Sugar competing for Best Dessert. Tickets are $55 for adults and and $30 for kids (ages 8-12).

The event will be full of food, drinks, music and more drinks because at the end of the night, Fette Sau and Frankford Hall will be be having after-party drink specials. And to top it all off, the event is a fundraiser for The Food Trust, the non-profit organization in Philadelphia that strives to give all Philadelphians nutritious and affordable food. To buy your tickets or get more info on the event, click on the link below.

Vendy Awards [Official]
The Food Trust [Official]

Vendy Awards 2012

The Second Annual Vendy Awards have been scheduled for Saturday, July 28th. At The Lot at 39th and Market, food writer Joy Manning and chef Marcie Turney will be judging 8-10 street food vendors nominated by the great people of Philadelphia in a sidewalk cook off. The general public can buy tickets to the event to enjoy food and beer all while supporting The Food Trust through fundraising.

The Vendy Awards started out in NYC in 2005 and they were so successful that cities like Philadelphia and Los Angeles have picked up their own. Last year the winner of the Philly Vendy Cup was Gigi and Big R and the People’s Choice went to Cucinca Zapata while SweetBox took home the Dessert prize. Nominate your favorite food truck or sidewalk cart today to show your appreciation for your daily lunch spot. And buy your tickets at the Vendy website fast, the event is sure to sell out — and even if there were any left at the door, they cost more.

Vendy Awards Philly 2012 [Official Site]

Night Market with ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up

Everyone’s favorite street food gathering is scheduled to make an appearance on June 28th at 9th St. and Washington Ave from 6-10pm. Not only will the Night Market be bringing its under-$5 eats to this stretch of blacktop, but it will also be the debut of a ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up, the long-anticipated food project of The Roots’ ?uestlove.

$55 gets you into the ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up and guarantees you access to the fabled “Love’s Drumsticks”, ?uest’s own fried chicken. The ticket price also includes more food and music curated by ?uest himself, as well as cocktails made with local liquors from Philadelphia Distillers and mixed up by the guys at Farmers’ Cabinet. With Art Philadelphia will be bringing some local art along with them (should we even ask how?) and local beer will be provided by Yards Brewing Co.

Keep in mind, $55 gets you all that access to the ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up but the $75 PLUS pass gets you a…Food Trust t-shirt and a Night Market souvenir cup….Yeah, just go with the regular pass.

Tickets are limited and can be bought here.

Night Market [Official Site]

Shop with Pumpkin’s Chef Ian

Chef Ian Moroney of Pumpkin will be at Headhouse Farmers Market every second Sunday of the month starting this Sunday, June 10th. Pumpkin fans and patrons are welcome to join him at the Food Trust stand, right in the center of the market, as he shops for the restaurant throughout the farmers market at his favorite vendors from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Anyone who loves the farm-to-table trend will enjoy this outing as they get to see how chef Moroney makes his choices for the week throughout the market at 2nd and Lombard. The free event will include mingling with the chef, vendors, farmers, and the community at large as well as vendor samples throughout the market.

How The Night Market Got So Cool

The scene at the Chinatown Night Market

Have you ever wondered how the Night Market immediately became the coolest thing since trucker hats when The Food Trust announced its first one (on East Passyunk) way back in 2010–long before your mom and your gerbil started retweeting the movements of every food truck in Philly?

Well, we have. So in light of tonight’s 1st market of the year (on 2nd Street, north of Fairmount), we called up The Food Trust people to ask them. They credit an accidental “brilliant stroke of marketing genius” they call their “whisper campaign.”

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Philadelphia Is a Progressive Food City

From the Opinion pages of the New York Times comes praise for Philadelphia. Mark Bittman calls Philadelphia one of the most progressive food cities in the country. Bittman highlights the progress of the Food Trust in getting affordable nutritious food to the city’s poorest residents and Mayor Nutter’s food initiatives including his proposed soda tax.

Go Phily! Better Food in Philadelphia [New York Times]

First Night Market Opens Next Thursday

Headhouse Farmers’ Market lovers, listen up! The Food Trust, the local organization behind most of the area’s farmers’ markets, has organized a mid-week evening alternative to your favorite weekend shopping destination.

Inspired by the bustling nighttime bazaars in Asia, Night Market will rove to six different locations over the next 18 months, with each one-night installment taking place in a different neighborhood. Instead of regular farmers’ market fare, patrons can pick up tasty prepared foods from local restaurants, including Sugar Philly’s chocolate-hazelnut macaroons and Cantina Los Caballitos’s shrimp ceviche.

The inaugural Night Market happens next Thursday, September 30 in South Philly at Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Avenue. Click through for a full list of sort of treats you might find.

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Astral Plane Millennium

Craig LaBan tries the new Astral Plane Millennium and finds that the quirky charm of the former Astral Plane is gone in both the food and atmosphere.

The menu designed by Fischer and executed by chef Gildardo Zavala is all over the place, from an Italianesque section of carpaccios and homemade pastas to Greek salad, curry and numerous Latin flavors. The Mexican-born Zavala, who worked several years in the Italian kitchens of Girasole, has the background to pull it off.

But Astral Plane fails so consistently I have to wonder if the owners are paying close enough attention.

One Bell: Hit Or Miss

Astral Plane Millennium [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Astral Plane Millennium [Official Site]