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April 15 is tax day -- and the deadline to submit nominations for the Vendy Awards

April 14, 2010 |  6:00 am


The Street Vendor Project's Vendy Awards, the annual cook-off that started five years ago in New York (before Kogi BBQ was a kimchi-quesadilla gleam in Roy Choi's eye), is coming to Los Angeles next month. The deadline to nominate your favorite street food vendor is Thursday. Nominations will determine the six to eight who will compete for "street food glory" and the Vendy Cup. Click here to submit yours. Competitors will be announced May 1.

The Vendys will take place May 15 in MacArthur Park. Judges will decide which street vendors deserve the Vendy Cup. Tickets for the event are $50 each; there will be food, wine, beer and other festivities (it's MacArthur Park, after all). Click here for tickets. The event helps raise money for host organizations such as Los Lancheros Assn., UCLA Downtown Labor Center and CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles).

The Vendys are May 15, 4 to 7 p.m., at MacArthur Park, along South Park View Street between West 7th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The site is accessible by Metro Rail’s Purple or Red lines to the Westlake/MacArthur Park station. 

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times