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Desiree Riley is a community activist, professional networker, and philanthropist from the City of Brotherly Love. She has founded a number of organizations including The Mastermind Cooperative, Kwēn: League of Extraordinary Women, the International Society of Black Professionals, and YBHonline.com. These organizations are designed to connect innovative & progressive artisans, merchants, professionals, and performing artists from marginalized groupings. In 2009, Desiree graduated with two Bachelor’s Degrees from The Ohio State University. While attending OSU, Desiree conducted research in Ghana, West Africa which she granted the opportunity to present at the Denman Research Forum as well as the Council for National Black Studies Conference in Atlanta, GA. Prior to her time at OSU, Desiree was a student scholar at Grambling State University in Louisiana; which she departed shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Desiree possesses a strong desire to uplift the community, a true thirst for knowledge, and a high level of integrity, which allows her to share experiences from the most genuine place possible. As the mother of an 8 year old son, Desiree understands that true service begins in the home. When she’s not out trying to save the world, you can find her enjoying vegan cuisine and relaxing tunes with her closest loved ones!

4th Annual Vendy Awards In Philadelphia To Benefit The Food Trust


On Saturday, June 14, 2014,  The 4th Annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards will return to Penn Treaty Park, where the local best of the best trucks will fiercely compete for the most highly coveted honor in the history of the food truck culinary world: The Vendy Cup.

The Vendy Awards, an annual, highly-anticipated competition is organized by The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center.  The membership-based organization of more than 1,300 members celebrates a banner 10th year determining New York City’s top street chef for nine years, becoming one of the most beloved and widely anticipated food events in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Philadelphia.  In Philadelphia, the Vendy Awards will serve as a fundraiser for The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that strives to make healthy food available to all.

Photo Credit: Danya Henninger

Photo Credit: Danya Henninger

Advance tickets are $55 and includes day-of people’s choice judging rights, unlimited trips to each truck for their delectable offerings, an endless flow of Sam Adams craft beer and Angry Orchards Ciders, as well as an unforgettable day in Philadelphia food history (Philly is big on historical moments). Of pertinent note, this year an all-woman panel of judges and a female emcee were chosen to help decide the destinies of the participating trucks in the categories of Rookie, Dessert and ultimately, Vendy.

The full bios of each finalist as well as the descriptions of the food can be found here on the Vendy website.  Follow the Vendy Awards on Twitter (@VendyAwards) Facebook, and Instagram for the latest news and announcements!

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WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 2 – 6 p.m.

Penn Treaty Park
1341 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Ph. 215-545-6034

TICKETS: $55. Please click here to purchase tickets.

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