Philly, PA: Vendys Bring Together Food Masters — Vending Chefs & Eaters

Joseph Bernstein samples chicken from Gigi Big R truck during competition at the Vendy… (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

By Gregory Thomas | INQUIRER

Joseph Bernstein samples chicken from Gigi Big R truck during competition at the Vendy… (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city’s preferred curbside delight.

The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city’s elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight.

“It’s been a long hard day, but it’s been a beautiful day,” Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. “The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of – after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.”

http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-09/news/29755553_1_vendys-food-carts-mobile-food