Slideshow: Snapshots from the 2013 Chicago Vendy Awards

Vendy Awards
Vendy Awards

Let the competition (and face-stuffing) commence!

The Lot
The Lot

The Vendy Awards took place in the Kendall College parking lot.

The Ticket
The Ticket

This magical ticket allowed attendees to get a taste of each vendor's products. Mmm, ticket. Mmm, food.

Schnitzel King Sandwich
Schnitzel King Sandwich

This little breaded pork cutlet sat snugly in a roll with sweet bell peppers.

Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales Guys
Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales Guys

These guys put out some mean hot tamales. Seriously.

Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales
Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales

This little bundle of joy was filled with well-seasoned beef, and was made of cornmeal rather than the masa you see in Mexican tamales. It was salty, soft, and flavored almost like chili—and it was eaten well before it had a chance to cool off.

Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery
Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery

If you see this truck on the road, you should know it's full of cheesy goodness.

Toasty Cheese Wild Peach Sandwich
Toasty Cheese Wild Peach Sandwich

This playful sandwich was a sweet and savory combination of ribeye and Havarti cheese, sweet peach compote, along with basil and spinach.

Babycakes
Babycakes

Babycakes specializes in pancakes, and not just the sweet kind. They make savory pancakes too.

Olga's Snacks
Olga's Snacks

Olga's Snacks put out a complex little plate, with a fried chicharron topped with soft pork skin, cabbage, tomato, sour cream, avocado, cheese, and hot sauce. There were a lot of contrasting textures between the crisp pork rind to the soft boiled version, along with the fresh crunch of cabbage and soft juicy tomato. The sour cream added richness, the avocado brought a velvety texture, and the hot sauce made the whole thing pop.

Pleasant House Bakery
Pleasant House Bakery

Pleasant House Bakery brought the noise with some delicious pasties.

Pleasant House Bakery Pasty
Pleasant House Bakery Pasty

The steak and ale pasty was filled with shredded steak in an rich ale sauce. But let's get serious. Anything would taste great in that flaky buttery pastry crust.

Bombay Wrap Samosa
Bombay Wrap Samosa

If you've ever had a potato and pea samosa, you'll be familiar with this fried snack. It was a standard curry flavored version of the starchy dish.

And the winner was...
And the winner was...
Olga's Snacks!