Culinary Excursions in a Snap
Meet & Eat
Meet & Eat
Miette et Chocolat, located in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, combines the sophistication of a French patisserie with the creativity of modern culinary art. From handcrafted and hand-painted bonbons and candy bars to elegant pastries and avant garde chocolate sculptures, David Lewis and Gonzo Jimenez’s latest venture is bound to tempt the palette of any group. Find out more about Lewis and Jimenez as Colorado Meetings + Events continues our People Profile series on business owner duos on page 80.
The time-honored tradition of meeting in an establishment that places value in a perfectly aged steak says a lot about how the host feels about his or her guests. It reflects the importance of the people at the table and creates a lasting impression. And as American steakhouses go, Colorado is in the thick of many fine dining and blue-jean casual restaurants that fit the bill for a successful business outing.
EAST OF THE DIVIDE STEAKHOUSES
Guard and Grace, Denver
Megan Jones-Holt purchased Stockton Market’s Market Pizza restaurant in Stockton, N.J., from former owner and renowned caterer and chef Jamie Hollander in May 2016.
Not long ago, ordering off a menu at most hotel restaurants was a matter of convenience, not an attempt to make your taste buds do gymnastics. Those days are gone at many Colorado hotels as the food scene has become serious business with the hiring of top-notch chefs, recruiting a chef/owner to run the show and creating atmospheres that make groups and leisure travelers want to eat where they snooze.
Opened earlier this year in a restored industrial warehouse in Denver’s River North Arts District (RiNo), Nocturne is a modern take on jazz and supper clubs of the mid-20th century. Nightly live jazz, including regular performances by nationally touring jazz artists, and a menu that features “Standards” like cubano sliders and boardwalk frites and constantly changing “Renditions,” which are tastings inspired by iconic and historical jazz recordings, are part of the theme.
When I travel for work or leisure, the culinary scene is always part of the experience. I love good food and creative dishes. So when the top dining trends for 2015 were announced, as noticed by Benchmark Hospitality’s executive chefs and culinary experts at the company’s 40 luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants, including Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, they caught my attention!
Denver dessert catering company Yours Truly Cupcake has several sweet angles to make sure events never go stale, perfect for the holidays. Not only does Yours Truly have a tasting room that offers booze-paired and liquor-infused desserts, there is a walk-up window at its 3047 Larimer St. location that could be an interesting stop for a scavenger hunt, for example. Just a warning that your mouth will water when reading the following list, so get ready!
Photos courtesy of Po Le Cucina
I’m feeling a bit of Pennsylvania pride at the moment. It might be the well-deserved summer after that really long winter, or it might be the fun things I’ve done in PA the last few weeks, but I think it really has more to do with Pennsylvania earning top marks for its food by Open Table.