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Kitchen Table Conversation:
We need to talk about... Street Food!

Buying and eating food on the street is a tradition as old as our first cities, providing customers with a (usually) inexpensive way to sate hunger and vendors with a livelihood. Depending on locale, street food can maintain diverse culinary traditions or devolve into standardized offerings. Street food vendors have long faced many challenges, both regulatory and practical, but these challenges have been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic with its upheavals of urban life and increased friction between the transitory vendor and brick-and-mortar food venues.

For this Kitchen Table Conversation, Gamze Ineceli and Scott Barton will open a conversation with Ansel Mullins and Sarah Khan. Ansel is an American ex-pat who lived for many years in Istanbul, where he co-founded Culinary Backstreets, and now resides in Lisbon. Sarah is a multi-media maker with a focus on food and migrants; both have a lot of insights and experience to share. We anticipate that one or more street vendors will be able to join us, to share how they daily embody the heritage, joys and trials of street vending - a first inspiration and insight for our 2022 Symposium topic, Portable Food.

Event Details

December 9th
6:00 pm GMT


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KT Conversation December 2021
£ 15

Reading list

For an introduction and overview of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing street vending internationally, plus links to sources for greater information,

For international data on the role of street vending, with special focus on the Global South,

For an overview of street vending in developing countries, with a case study focusing on India,

For public health concerns about street vending in developing countries,

For an argument about why street vendors are essential to cities’ well-being in highly developed countries, focusing on Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago,

For the contrary view of brick-and-mortar stores about legislation to increase street vending in NYC,

For a cultural look at one vendor in Istanbul,

An exploration of Baltimore’s historic Arabbers, who ply their produce from horse-drawn wagons through city streets and who played a key role in food access during the early days of the Covid pandemic:


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