The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center is gearing up for the second annual L.A. Vendy Awards to take place this June. Nominations for Top Street Chef are currently being accepted. The top eight chefs will compete for the title in an event and fundraiser at Pan Pacific Park.
The Street Vendor Project aims to provide education about vendors’ legal rights and help vendors grow with small business training and loans. They have been organizing the Vendy Awards in New York for eight years and have spread to other cities, including Los Angeles and Philadelphia. This year, the event will raise money for L.A. City Farm, a nonprofit whose mission is to make locally farmed foods more readily available in Southern California.
The event will provide ticketholders with an all-you-can-eat vendor selection. Attendees can then vote for their favorite street chef. The winner will receive “The People’s Taste Award” while judges will decide on the Top Street Chef.
The event will be held June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park. Tickets are available for purchase online.
For more information and to submit nominations, visit the Street Vendor Project's website.
-- Rachel Sherman
Photo: The Grilled Cheese Truck, a finalist at the Vendy Awards last year, is shown. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times