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Thursday, October 29, 2009

'Free Murat': Vendors Urge Show of Support for Amuse Bouche at Tonight's Street-Food Party

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:55 PM

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This afternoon, Steven Gdula of Gobba Gobba Hey was urging fellow street-food vendors to show support for Amuse Bouche vendor Murat Celebi-Ariner at tonight's post-Commonwealth Club street food party at 111 Minna Gallery by wearing t-shirts that read "Free Murat." Murat was reportedly picked up by Homeland Secutiry for a visa violation, though SFoodie hasn't been able to confirm the information. Gdula told SFoodie the idea came from Curtis Kimball of Crème Brûlée Cart. Gdula was suggesting that vendors write "Street Food Is Not Terrorism" on the back of the shirts, a reference to the iconic Vivienne Westwood message shirt, "I'm Not a Terrorist."

Gdula said Celebi-Ariner and his wife, Pelin, gave him encouragement to start his street-food business back in May. "I'd been reaching out to others vendors -- Murat was the first one to reply. I told him where I was going to be, and he and Pelin came out and were so supportive. They immediately hopped on Twitter and said, 'There's this new vendor and his stuff is delicious.' They were supportive right from the start -- I hope the community will step up and support them now."

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