TheBigWonderful Denver Food Challenge finalists announced -- vote for your favorite!

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TheBigWonderful has just announced the three finalists in its Denver Food Challenge -- and you can help cheer on these entrepreneurs at the next installment of the market on Saturday, July 19, at Sustainability Park. See also: Photos of TheBigWonderful kickoff in Sustainability Park All three finalists will get a free booth at TheBigWonderful for the next month, starting on July 19. The winner will also receive a $500 cash prize to be applied toward ingredients, cooking supplies and other costs, as well as mentoring and a featured vendor position in TheBigWonderful blogs and promotional materials.

Here are the three finalists, and the description of their ventures:

Shane Etter, Shane's Dangerous Limoncello:

I went to Italy and Sorrento for my honeymoon. I remember having this limoncello drink (which I had never tried) after every meal and it just made everything better. It was interesting to me that it wasn't really used as anything but a cordial -- they didn't drink it to get drunk. It was a social and familial thing, and almost a dessert to them that brought conversation, smiles and happiness. This was inspiring enough to stay in the front of my mind for years. Fast forward a couple years and I'm now scouring the Internet for secret limoncello recipes, but finding most of them taste poorly, and NONE of them come close to the taste of the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento. The secret is in the organic lemons, the liquor combination you use to pull the oils from the lemon peels, the natural sugar content you use, and the amount of time and love you put into your recipe. I'm only 15 bottles in, but tasters agree that I'm close to getting it right.

Kristen Beaumont, Clean Plates custom-made paleo meal delivery:

Clean Plates started with a girl and her passion for food, health and the well being of those around her. Being classically trained in both Culinary Arts and Nutrition, she was pretty skeptical of all things paleo when it was first introduced to her. When she finally gave in and gave it a try, it transformed the way she looked at food, how she felt and what she saw in the mirror. Clean Plates takes advantage of the beautiful food Colorado has to offer and combines it with thoughtful preparation, providing a convenient way to feel good about the way you eat. My goal is to bridge the gap between "foodie" food and stereotypical health food, forming approachable but delicious meals that are conscious of the local ingredients

Steve Walsh. Sweet Little Pigs Beer Fudgsicles:

I make fudgesicles with beer. There is 1/2 ounce of beer in each one. I started my business earlier this year and could really use the boost to continue the slow growth I've experienced so far. I currently sell wholesale only due to alcohol licensing, but have investigated working under another's event liquor license to sell my product. It would require me obtaining a retail sales license in addition to the wholesale license I have now, which is just a matter of paperwork and a check. My fudge and cream pops are currently being sold at the Lobby Bar & Grille, Whiskey Bar and Jagged Mountain Brewing Company. Beryl's Beer Co. is my newest customer, and they will take their first delivery this Friday.

Have a favorite? Show your support in the comments section below.

You can also vote at the TheBigWonderful on Saturday, July 19, where you can even test the challengers' recipes. The winner will be announced at the end of the market that day.

In the meantime, you can find out more about TheBigWonderful here.

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