Crock Spot and MasterChef contestant Jake Gandolfo hosting a food-truck bash to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies

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Celebrity chef Jake Gandolfo will join the Crock Spot and other food trucks on April 29 for a Food Bank of the Rockies benefit.

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 be grinding 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, told Westword 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.

"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.


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Mile High Spirits - CLOSED

2920 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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skybailey
skybailey

I'm currently watching Season 1 of Master Chef on youtube. Jake made it to top 8. He clearly has talent, a great personality, and I'd LOVE to eat his food someday. Good job, Jake!

Rtb999
Rtb999

A solid person putting out good food for a great cause!  A celebrity in my book! 

BSquared
BSquared

Seems like a good enough guy. But hell, he was a contestant on MasterChef, which is an amateur cooking show, and now 2 years later Westword refers to him as "Celebrity" Chef? I can think of some local chefs a lot more deserving of that title then an amateur that didnt even when his season of an amatuer cooking show.And yes, thats pretty much all I could come up with to bitch about

Patt723
Patt723

I spent some time with Jake this past weekend, he's the real deal! I love the fact that he has the same beliefs as I do, Nobody in this country should go to bed hungry! So I better see a bunch of you @ this event.

MLB
MLB

Only a bored and lonely person would write a comment like that. This is about CHARITY!

MJ
MJ

"didn't even WHEN his season"? This Guy's a Great Chef, you've clearly never eaten his food!!!

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