The $100/Head Vendy Awards for NYC’s Best Street Food: Have Your Chauffeur Drive You There This Saturday

by Jason Roth on September 25, 2009

Guadalajara, Mexico is a city where you could go to eat some of the best street food of your life. To this day, it’s helped set my standard for good Mexican food,”street” or otherwise. It’s also a good place to go if you wanted to moderately increase your chances of getting raped. But why fly internationally? You can get both right here in beautiful New York City. It’s the 2009 Vendy Awards.

It’s appropriate that Grey Poupon mustard is sponsoring the 2009 Vendys. For the opportunity to place your vote for the Grey Poupon People’s Taste Award, you have to pay $80 in advance or $100 at the door to chow down on what normally is a virtue partly because it’s so damn cheap. And yes, it’s for charity. But that shouldn’t wipe away the glaring fact that this whole scenario is insane.

For one thing, wouldn’t it be nice if the people who actually eat street food were able to vote for the “People’s Taste Award”? Calling a $100/head vote a “people’s” award is like calling the results of your grandmother’s nursing home supper conversation the Teen Choice Awards. Expect Pat Boone to edge out Mylie Cyrus this year.

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s admirable that all these rich liberals are willing to have their drivers take them all the way out to Flushing. But if they had just called it the Big Fat Pompous Phony Awards, I wouldn’t have had a problem with it.

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