After last summer's street-food shindigs wound down, there was some indication that the food-truck parties -- at least the Justice League soirees, which were at the forefront of catapulting Denver's street-food scene to prominence -- might begrinding to a halt
. "We haven't made any decision about whether we're going to continue next year," Delores Tronco, who organized the Justice League parties, toldWestword
editor Patty Calhoun after the Justice League had thrown its last bash of the season. "It's been a great year; we've had an absolute ball. We're trying to determine if the group has a future, if it will disappear and be reincarnated...or just disappear."
The Justice League is not disappearing (the mob already has five parties on the docket for the summer and fall at five separate locations), but while the first Justice League throwdown won't take place until May 19, Stephen Daniels and Mandy Birks, owners of the Crock Spot, have joined forces with Jake Gandolfo, who was a contestant on season one of Gordan Ramsay's MasterChef, to host a food-truck blowout (with a mission) on April 29 in the parking lot of Mile High Spirits, at 2920 Larimer Street.
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"My wife and I are traveling across American as part of a self-imposed tour -- a culinary crusade -- to benefit hunger-relief organizations," explains Gandolfo, who's based in Santa Cruz, California, and began his tour earlier this year in California before traveling through Arizona and Utah. "It's completely unacceptable that kids are going to bed hungry in this country, and yet people are in complete denial. Dude, take a look around you: Hunger is everywhere in America."
The Denver event -- organized by Birks, Daniels and Gandolfo and aptly named "Rollin Against Hunger"-- will benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies, a local hunger-relief organization; several food trucks, including Crock Spot, Street Eats, NZ Smokin' Guns, Mestizos and Aiko Pops, will park curbside to feed the masses. But there's more to the food orgy than just street grub. Gandolfo will do three cooking demonstrations throughout the day, all centered around sauces, and there will also be raffle prizes, live music and Colorado beers and libations. "We're moving across America to spread the love and raise as much awareness as we possibly can while having a ton of fun in the process," concludes Gandolfo.
Kickoff time is at 2 p.m.; the festivities will continue until 8 p.m.