Let the competition (and face-stuffing) commence!
The Vendy Awards took place in the Kendall College parking lot.
This magical ticket allowed attendees to get a taste of each vendor's products. Mmm, ticket. Mmm, food.
Chicago Schnitzel King
This retrofitted mail Jeep has a rotating crown on top decorated with the words "Schnitzel King." It's a pretty awesome little car. At one point it carried mail, but now it carries schnitzel sandwiches, which are much more delicious than mail.
Schnitzel King Sandwich
This little breaded pork cutlet sat snugly in a roll with sweet bell peppers.
Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales Guys
These guys put out some mean hot tamales. Seriously.
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.
Pascuala's Specialties dished out chicken in almond sauce, which was seasoned liberally with chiles. Despite the color, the chicken mixture was mild in terms of heat, but rich with the bitter and complex flavor of pepper.
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
This playful sandwich was a sweet and savory combination of ribeye and Havarti cheese, sweet peach compote, along with basil and spinach.
Babycakes specializes in pancakes, and not just the sweet kind. They make savory pancakes too.
On the left is a white velvet pancake flavored with white chocolate and cream cheese, topped with a Pinot Noir cream cheese glaze. On the right is a Korean-style pancake with green onion, carrot, and skirt steak. And on the bottom is a jalapeño garlic shrimp pancake.
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 brought the noise with some delicious pasties.
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 Wraps brought their signature purple and white truck to the Vendy Awards.
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.