Jonathan Gold, Francis Lam, Robb Walsh Speak at This Year's Street Food Conference
|Francis Lam, enjoying street food.|
In the afternoon come the big guns. First, a group of local chefs and writers (Zaré's Hoss Zaré, Asian Dumplings author Andrea Nguyen) talk about the world's best street food. They're followed by a panel on writing about street food, which will bring to the stage Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Gold, Gilt Taste features editor Francis Lam, and San Francisco writers Karen Leibowitz (the Mission Street Food cookbook) and Niloufer King (My Bombay Kitchen).
The policy wonk in SFoodie is drawn most to the bigger general sessions that day. Here, the speakers will wrestle with the way street food is changing in America, creating a disparity between the fruteros and halal truck vendors that have been a visible, not-so-fashionable part of city life and the upscale taco truck owners who may have very different expectations of income and their role in the community. Chaac Mool owners Luis and Maria de la luz Vazquez will speak, and so will Robb Walsh, author of the Tex-Mex Cookbook and cofounder of Foodways Texas.
Tickets for the whole shebang cost $150, and single-day tickets for just the sessions are $50. You can read detailed session descriptions on the conference website; to look over the full list of speakers, visit the conference Tumblr.