2021 Denver Food + Wine Festival

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Christina Richardson
Chile Con Quesadilla

Mother. Wife. Chef. Business Woman. Entrepreneur. Christina has been in the food service industry for nearly 20 years and is known for creative menu ideas and recipes, large-scale catering, and specialty Mexican/American fusion dishes. In each position that she held, she was always striving for more, and after a 15-year career, she took a leap of faith and followed her dream of opening her own business.

In 2017, she opened Crisp Café in the Denver Tech Center. Realizing the limitations of an office building café, she, along with her husband Jason, began developing the concept for Chile con Quesadilla Food Truck(s) as an expansion of their brand into the booming Denver food truck market. On March 15, 2020, two days before the COVID lockdowns began, they opened the windows to Chile con Quesadilla. Crisp Café temporarily closed while Chile con Quesadilla launched and received immediate recognition in the Denver food truck scene as a reputable competitor, with Christina’s multi-award-winning ‘Sassy Sauce’ Green Chile brand as the foundation for the concept.

Since 2020, Chile con Quesadilla has been featured in Westword, 303 Magazine, KDVR/Fox 31/Denver Channel 2, Voyage Denver Magazine, and OCN Eats. Since its inception, Chile con Quesadilla has garnered success in multiple areas, including:

  • 2022: Top Taco Denver, 1st Place, Judge’s Choice, Creative Category
  • 2021: Top Taco Denver, 1st Place, People’s Choice, Creative Category
  • 2021: Westword Reader’s Choice Awards, ‘Best Food Truck,’ ‘Best Green Chile,’ and ‘Best Tacos’
  • 2021: Denver Beer and Bacon Classic, ‘Best Overall Dish,’ ‘Most Creative Dish’

Christina, along with her husband Jason and son Dillon, continue to work to expand their brand and have developed a cult-like food truck following in the Denver metro area. They are currently looking at an advancement of their concept into an additional brick & mortar location and are excited for the growth and future of Chile con Quesadilla.