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Apr 23, 2017 @ 10:44

Generous Donations Will Help A New York Food Vendor Take a Well-Earned Vacation

For most chefs, seeing your photo on the front page of the New York Times Food section would be a dream come true. But even though that actually happened for Kabir Ahmed this week, he has a much humbler dream: taking his family on a Caribbean cruise. And thanks to some charitable strangers, that one looks like it’s going to come true too.

Despite his new NYT cred, Ahmed isn’t some celebrity chef or hip Brooklyn restauranteur. The 46-year-old who immigrated to New York from Bangladesh 23 years ago owns and runs a small halal food cart in downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Center. Times reporter Tejal Rao delved into Ahmed’s life for her piece “A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor,” which mostly focuses on just how tough running a food cart can be.

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