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Stoke Pizza wins Golden Plate Award at the 2023 Governor’s Plate Competition

Six food trucks competed in the third annual Governor’s Plate competition at the Colorado State Fair
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From the six food trucks competing in the third annual Governor’s Plate competition at the Colorado State Fair, Stoke Pizza received the Golden Plate award for their wood-fired chorizo, elote, and green chile pizza. Papa Mario’s Grilled Cheese was chosen as the People’s Choice winner for a third year in a row for their Tiff Special roast beef sandwich.

Governor Jared Polis sampled all dishes to award the Golden Plate and event attendees voted on their favorites during the event.

“The Governor's Plate competition is the best chance to taste some of the most delicious Colorado Proud ingredients from talented Colorado chefs. This fun event, and really the entire State Fair, is a celebration of Colorado agriculture and all the delicious foods produced here. Congratulations to Stoke Pizza for winning the Golden Plate award this year for the amazing chorizo, elote, and green chile pizza,” said Governor Polis. 

All food trucks had to use Colorado-sourced ingredients to create their signature dishes. 

“Colorado food trucks never disappoint, and this year was no exception. This year’s competitors delivered exceptional flavor using Colorado Proud ingredients, showcasing the variety of flavors and nutritious options produced by agriculture in our state,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg.  

The following Colorado Proud food truck vendors participated in the 2023 Governor’s Plate competition: 

  • Stoke Pizza (Pueblo) served a wood-fired chorizo, elote, and green chile pizza sourced with flour from Boulder, cheese from Springside Cheese Shop in Pueblo, and green chiles, onions, jalapenos from Musso Farms in Pueblo. 
  • Papa Mario's Grilled Cheese (Pueblo), served the Tiff Special, a roast beef sandwich with onions, green chile, and jalapeños from Musso Farms in Pueblo.
  • Anne's A La Mode (Edgewater), served an apple pie with Pueblo green chili and aged white cheddar. Flour is sourced from Moxie Bread Company’s mill in Boulder, with apples and green chili from Longmont, CO. 
  • The Smoke ’N’ CEO (Grand Junction) served a green chile slider smash burger made with green chiles from Pueblo and beef from a Grand Junction ranch, where the cattle are fed with spent grain from a local brewery.
  • Araujo’s Taqueria (Pueblo) served a samosa stuffed with beans, ground beef, cheese, and Pueblo green chile, served with a vegan side of calabacitas (squash) and corn sourced from Musso Farms and DiSanti Farm in Pueblo.
  • Grateful Planet Foods (Castle Rock) served a plant-based French Dip sandwich with seitan proteins made in Lakewood,CO, and baguettes made by Aspen Bakery in Denver.

Competing trucks must be registered as members of Colorado Proud, meaning they utilize locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, promoting Colorado's economy through support of local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors.

About the Colorado State Fair: The Colorado State Fair is an annual event held in Pueblo, Colorado that creates an entertaining, inspiring, and educational inter-generational experience highlighting the preservation, promotion, and exposition of our State’s vibrant and diverse agriculture, industry, and culture.