Monday, May 17, 2010

Judging At The 2010 Los Angeles Vendy Awards

line 'em up
Line "Em Up!

Last Saturday marked the battle of the greasiest, as both worlds of L.A street food duked it out for the title of the first annual Los Angeles Vendy Awards. The coveted event has become a cult favorite in the East Coast, where more than 660 New Yorkers gathered for it last year to eat street foods of all kinds.

The event was held in the nicas (and day street food) capital of Los Angeles: Macarthur Park. And I could not had thought of a better place.

vendy front

It was to be The Grilled Cheese Truck, India Jones Truck, The Hot Dog Kings, Ninas Food, Bigmista's Barbecue and Tacos El Galuzo Truck duking it out for the Vendy Gold.

grilled cheez duo
Grilled Cheese Truck: Keepin' It Cheezay

delectable franky and paratha
India Jones: Representin' That Indian Spice And Swoon

The Hot Dog King
Hot Dog Kings: Bacon Wrapped And Guacamole Topped...Ayy Guey!

ninas pambazitos
Nina's Food: Griddling Up D.F Deliciuosness

big mistas bbq
Bigmistas Barbecue: Smokin' Up A Little Somethin', Somethin'

bland ass tacos
Tacos El Galuzo: Taco's Are A Way Of Life

I was lucky enough to be among the few judges at this historic event, along with Street Gourmet L.A, John Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal Restaurant and the one and only Evan Kleiman of Good Food. Along with the smoooooth Emceeing of Jeff Miller of Thrillist.

bill, john and jeff working hard

But it was one taste that prevailed amongst all of us: Nina's Quesadillas and Pambasos. It was an instant unanimous decision.

judging sheets
No Need For Judging Sheets

nina this ones for ya
Nina, This One's For You!


weezermonkey said...

You are the raddest luckiest blogger ever.

I still haven't tried these trucks!

Christina said...

No kidding, you really are lucky! What a way to spend the day.

Food GPS said...

Congratulations on judging the Vendys. I was wondering what a score sheet looked like.