Dishes of DISH: Buns n' Dumplings from Manna From Heaven

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Like Manna From Heaven, which is pulling up to DISH with an old favorite and a new taste sensation.

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Named Best Food Truck of 2012, Manna has continued to stay relevant in the face of ever-present mobile competition. The food coming out of this sky-patterned truck is a unique take on traditional Vietnamese street food. "Of course, in the tradition of Manna From Heaven's style, all dishes are non-traditional," Larry Galves, the truck's owner, reminds us.

So in addition to Manna's chicken potstickers, steamed and griddle-fried, Galves and crew are debuting a brand-new appetizer at DISH. The Banh Bao sliders are inspired by the steamed pork buns offered on Vietnamese street corners, but served with miniature fold-over yeast buns. They're stuffed with either BBQ pork, jackfruit or a slice of salted hard-boiled egg, then topped with pickled apple cranberry bits.

"Manna's goal is to introduce the various Vietnamese food linguistics to the Coloradan palate," Galves says. "Many of the dishes are revamped to make them healthier as well as unique-tasting, so that you can enjoy each of these offerings more than once, without guilt."

Vietnamese buns and potstickers are just a few of the dozens of offerings you'll find at DISH, which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. (VIP entrance is at 11 a.m.) To see what else is in store and buy tickets for this culinary celebration's twentieth anniversary, visit the 2014 DISH site.

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