Dispatch from Aspen: The Growing Street Food Trend

June 2011

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when the street food movement took hold in the States, but chefs at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen can't get enough of the rich, layered flavors inspired by stalls in India, Singapore, Mexico, and other busy thoroughfares around the globe. (Think tacos, noodle bowls, chicken satay, and Turkish doughnuts.)

During the Classic, Susan Feniger, owner of Street and Border Grill (plus its truck), led a demonstration on the creation of several street food-style dishes, including kaya toast with coconut jam; the Singapore Tourism Board hosted a luncheon to introduce attendees to the legendary street cuisine of its country; and that was followed by a presentation by KF Seetoh, publisher of Mankansutra, a series of guides for Asian street-food junkies.

Here in Denver, you can taste evidence of this accelerating trend at Bones, Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro (where you can order your own kaya toast with coc0nut jam), and the brand-new Linger, or by visiting some of Denver's best food trucks in Civic Center Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tip: Keep tabs on the local street food movement at DenverStreetFood.com.