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Judges Announce Winner Of 2011 Vendy Awards

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The results are in and the judges announced Saturday night the winner of the 2011 Vendy Awards – Gigi and Big R’s Caribbean Soul Food.

The food truck, which is located on 38th and Spruce streets in University City, took home the recognition Saturday night for their popular Caribbean and American cuisine.

Hundreds headed out to the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties to witness the first Vendy Awards to be held in Philadelphia.

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Eight street vendors whipped up their best dishes at the cook-off and waited to be critiqued on their creations. Among the panel of judges were Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge, Brian McManus, food and music editor at Philadelphia Weekly, Chef Michael Solomonov, executive chef at Zahav, and Mayor Nutter.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the Vendy Awards to Philadelphia as we celebrate some of the finest street food our city has to offer,” Mayor Nutter said. “These street vendors are a testament to the booming culinary scene here in the City of Philadelphia.”

The Vendy Awards were started in New York City to benefit the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center, a membership-based project with more than 1200 active vendor members who are working together to advocate for and raise awareness of the many issues street vendors face around the nation.

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