I’m a 2009 Vendy Award Judge (And You Can Be One Too!)

Some people start blogs to get a real writing gig, or a book deal.  Some do it to get invited to events and openings and score free food.  My only dream in starting Midtown Lunch was that one day I would get to be a judge at the Vendy Awards (the Academy Awards for street food.)  Well, this year they have been suckered decided to make that dream a reality.  But even more exciting than the news about me, is that this year you can be a judge too!

The website for the 5th Annual Vendy Awards is officially live, so nominations are open and tickets are on sale now for the event- which this year is happening on September 26th at the Queens Museum of Art.  Tickets will be $80 in advance, $100 at the door (if it doesn’t sell out, which it probably will).  But here’s the best part- from now until May 31st you can get tickets at a special recession price of $60.  Plus everybody who buys a recession ticket in advance will be entered into a raffle to become a “Citizen Judge”.  That’s right… buy your tickets before May 31st and you could be sitting at the judges table along with me (I know, it’s ridiculous), Jacques Torres, and Pichet Ong.

There are also $30 tickets for kids, and a limited number of $150 tickets if you want VIP table service… and because the money goes to a good cause (supporting the Street Vendor Project) it is tax deductible. 4 months, 13 days and counting!

Get all the info, but tickets and merchandise, or nominate your favorite vendor on the Official Vendy Awards Website.

Biryani Cart & Treats Truck Are People’s Choice at The 2008 Vendy Awards!


  • So… this means every food blogger in NY will be in one room at the same time?

    Can I buy grenades on the internet?

  • We need to prep you with a StreetMeatpalooza!

  • Wayne


    Tell them Chucky sent you.

  • in for 2. woohoo! i’d love to become a judge and sit alongside three of the coolest icons of the NY dining scene.

    and i think my heart just sank because i was planning on going to P*ONG but the vendy’s site says it closed?! bah

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    congrats. I think the tickets are somewhat expensive but if I get to taste delicious food all in one place I don’t mind paying!

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