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Photos: Saturday's food truck showcase rolled out a new fleet of pavement grub slingers

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Manna from Heaven, a Vietnamese food truck, made its debut this weekend -- and I nearly wept with joy after sinking my teeth into the bánh mì, available with grilled chicken, pork or beef. Gobsmacked with fresh vegetables and herbs, spicy with Sriracha sauce and smeared with a cucumber relish, it was, in a word, stellar. Chef Driven, a new truck from Richie Stothard, who earned his culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu, got its first taste of Denver's street-food movement at this weekend's food truck showcase. Stothard works closely with local purveyors and farmers, getting his corn tortillas form Raquilita's Homemade Tortillas and his organic Cherries from Red Mountain Ranch. We've been clamoring for Korean-inspired tacos in this city, and Chef Driven supplied them in abundance, turning out memorable kogi tacos with braised beef short ribs, spicy kimchi, avocado, queso fresco and Sriracha crema. Phil Willoz, who works in the kitchen of Madison Street, introduced Taco Bar, his new venture that's neither a cart nor a truck, but a simple canopy from under which he slaps tortillas with everything from carnitas and pulled chicken to duck confit and braised short ribs, accessorizing them with excellent sauces and salsas. Duck confit and short rib tacos from Taco Bar.

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Lori Midson
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