Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck took home People's Choice in the 2018 Small Business Week food truck cook-off with their bulgogi tacos.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Deanna Johnson and her team at Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck. They won on Food Truck Fan Fight last night, beating out J Street Food Truck
of Denver, Boar & Castle
of Denver, The French Twist
of Boulder, and Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA
“We battled so hard to do it,” says Johnson. “It was quite a process, the whole thing was a process, but the win was incredible.”
The first round took place at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, and working with manager and right hand gal Sarah Wynn, Johnson took second with the truck’s bulgogi steak tacos, coming behind J Street’s signature BBQ brussel sprouts.
Round two was tragically delayed by the death of Johnson’s husband, Dodd, who also co-owned the truck. Filming ultimately picked back up in March, when the two finalists competed for sales at the St. Patrick's Day parade, each coming up with a new dish featuring a surprise ingredient: beer.
“And of course, being the St. Patty’s Day parade, we both did corned beef,” says Johnson. While J Street served theirs with potatoes and brussel sprouts, Johnson and her crew whipped up a corned beef taco they dubbed the Ragin’ O’Hagan, for Wynn’s grandmother.
For Johnson, the most intimidating part of the competition was the fact that she and her team were up against Denver-area trucks on their home turf. But that’s made the victory all the sweeter. And in the months since, she’s already seen familiar faces from Denver showing up at the gastrotruck in the Springs. Long-term, she hopes her win will continue to draw attention to the Springs’ culinary scene.
“We have some great things going on, and we came right on the heels of Brother Luck on Top Chef,” she says.
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Local food truck Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck
will appear on Thursday's premier episode of Food Truck Fan Fight
on Food Network. According to the Food Network website, owner Deanna Dodd and her all-female crew be competing against four other food trucks from Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder.
"First, the chefs head to Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado, to hand out samples of their signature dishes to savvy locals who then vote for their favorites," explains the Food Network site. "The top two trucks move on to downtown Denver where they must sell a new dish featuring a surprise ingredient at the St. Patrick's Day parade."
If the Springs' response to the truck is any indicator, they'll be strong competitors — the Indy
praised them in our initial review
, and they took home People's Choice in this and last year's Small Business Week food truck cook-off
. We'll be pulling for Springs pride and girl power when the episode airs on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m.