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Usta All-Stars Cards

$20.00

This pack of cards is part of Culinary Backstreets’ efforts to provide roving food vendors with greater recognition and keep them where they belong – on the street. Each card profiles a classic Istanbul street vendor, giving a taste of their life story and their vital “stats.”

Istanbul’s street food vendors are an integral part of city life. You could mark the seasons and even the time of day with your eyes closed, just listening for their call. In Istanbul, that’s a key ingredient in street food: the ability to remain nomadic and on a roll. In recent years, the municipality has cracked down on these vendors, subjecting them to fines or even confiscating their carts. This pack of cards is part of Culinary Backstreets’ efforts to provide roving food vendors with greater recognition and keep them where they belong – on the street. Each card profiles a classic Istanbul street vendor, giving a taste of their life story and their vital “stats.” It’s an all-star lineup that we’d go to bat for any day.  All proceeds are being donated to our “Usta Fund” that helps street vendors in need.