DENVER — Anyone who attended this year’s Taste of the Broncos presented by King Soopers would tell you that the event was a smashing success.

On the grass lawn just outside Empower Field at Mile High, players, fans and community members mingled under the warm glow of string lights. As the crowd danced along to lively funk and soul tunes, they were enveloped by the aromas of slow-cooked barbecue, sizzling spring rolls, cheesy nachos and much, much more.

The gourmet-style tailgate, which benefits Denver Broncos Charities and Food Bank of the Rockies, hosted more than 30 restaurant concepts that created unique dishes for attendees to sample. Dozens of Broncos players attended, taking time to chat and take pictures with members of the community, and some even ran booths — kicker Brandon McManus prepared and served his own dish, while defensive tackle D.J. Jones helped his dad, Big Dave, hand out his signature barbecue.

It was a joyful evening of food, music, family and community — but more importantly, it raised money for many different charitable causes.

Among the local Denver restaurants and chefs serving up a myriad of cuisines, one booth stood apart from the rest.

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