It's not quite American Idol, and Matt Cohen isn't Steven Tyler, exactly, but the organizer of Off the Grid is auditioning vendors for the next season of Off the Grid: Ft. Mason Center. The Friday night food pod starts up again in March.
The 2011 edition promises to be bigger than last year's, comprising some 30 vendors, about a third more than in 2010. Cohen's collaborating once again with La Cocina, which will supply some of the sellers. Cohen's looking for 15-20 weekly vendors, 5-10 who can show up every other week, and 1-2 who can do a monthly turn. And like last year, all food needs to be rooted in Asian or Latin cuisines, or offer a twist on said cuisines. Business license, liability insurance, and proof that you're prepping in a commercial kitchen also required. You've got till Feb. 4 to apply ― application at Off the Grid's website.