NYC Loves These Penn State French Fries
Actors have the Oscars. Athletes have the Olympics. As for food trucks and street fare vendors in major cities? Well, they have the Vendy Awards.
Many compete; few win. But this year, a panel of celebrity judges voted a trio of Penn Staters—and their French fry food stand, Home Frite—as the 2015 choice for best market fare in NYC. (Other Vendy categories: Best Dessert, Best Drink, Rookie of the Year, and People’s Choice.)
This is awesome news for the company—Ian Vernon ’07, Crystal Lingle ’11, and Maxwell Hawk ’15—that launched just a few years ago. “A Belgian frite with a Brooklyn vibe” is the concept behind the hand-cut fries paired with gourmet dipping sauces. The fries, which you can get in a range of flavors from truffle to boardwalk, are served in a paper cone with an adorable pocket for the sauce (think: lemon garlic aioli, curry ketchup, and peanut satay). Since the Vendy Awards, they made fries on the Rachael Ray Show, received Instagram praise from Bethenny Frankel, and were interviewed for Oprah. “Winning the award was a true honor and a great way to be recognized for all of the hard work that we do,” says Lingle. “While it’s a simple idea, there is a lot you can do to wow people.”
While I’m sure Penn State transplants love to find Home Frite stands in East River and Prospect Parks on the weekends, whaddya say you pack up and head across I-80 for a little road trip? I’m sure you could also find a nice little home on College or Beaver Ave. (TIA!)
Amy Downey, senior editor