Sunday, April 29 marked the beginning of Small Business Week
, sponsored by the Colorado Small Business Development Center and, consequently, the third annual food truck cook-off at the Norris Penrose Event Center
. 16 food trucks showed up to feed the sold-out event, substantially larger than previous years, and to pick their favorites.
By vote, attendees chose Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck
's Korean bulgogi tacos as their favorite bite, with Filipino Food Truck
's lumpia Shanghai and Lucy I'm Home
's Cubano with plantain chips rounding out the top three.
In addition to a people's choice, the SBDC asked six members of the Springs' culinary community to judge the trucks' offerings over two rounds. On hand were Tyler Peoples, chef/catering manager for Springs Rescue Mission and Mission Catering; Brent Beavers, executive chef at AspenPointe Cafe and Immerse Cuisine; Greg Champagne, executive chef at the Double Tree by Hilton; David Patterson, executive chef at The Broadmoor; Mark Musial, chef de cuisine at The Broadmoor's Ristorante de Lago; and Indy
food, arts and culture reporter Griffin Swartzell (yours truly).
With a mere six point spread between first and third places, the judges chose Wild Goose Catering & BBQ
's mammoth "just a burger" sliders as their favorite, with NaO's Foodbus
's curried chicken salad taking second, one point ahead of third-place Lucy I'm Home's Cubano with plantain chips.
Check out the Small Business Week event schedule here
for more events. Click below for a slideshow of the plates that landed in the judges' top six spots.