Denver Chef’s Tasting Pop-Up Delights at Margot

BY Gabriela Reyes


When we think of small plates, our minds often drift to the delightful world of tapas or the tantalizing flavors of dim sum. The concept of a multicourse meal has a rich history, dating back to medieval times when it served as a social and economic symbol of status. Even today, the allure of a theatrical presentation and immersive experience has made its way onto the big screen with The Menu – a captivating portrayal of the sometimes stuffy nature of elaborate dining during a multicourse dinner.

As a resident of Denver, where our laid-back culture reigns supreme, I can assure you that pretentious habits hold no place in our dining scene. It is precisely this laid-back yet elevated experience that Chef Justin Fulton aimed to capture when he opened Margot in September of 2022. Over the course of nearly a year, Margot has become a hidden gem, flying under the radar as it takes the stage as a sensational two-day-a-week pop-up.

Chef Justin, a native to Colorado, voyaged on a gastronomic journey that took him across borders and continents, from the halls of culinary excellence in North Carolina to the revered kitchens of culinary mecca, France. He then found himself amid the bustling culinary scene of the Big Apple before heading to the vibrant city of Detroit. But it was destiny’s hand that finally brought Chef Justin back to his beloved home state, accompanied by his loving wife and son. It was during this return that he crossed paths with the esteemed Chef Paul C. Reilly, permitting space for culinary freedom that would give birth to the extraordinary Margot.

On Wednesdays, the enchanting Margot menu comes to life at Huckleberry, located on the corner of Tennyson and 41st. With a dedicated team of six, the kitchen becomes their domain from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, catering to reservations of 1 to 6 diners. While the location may not hold a liquor license, fear not, for a plethora of non-alcoholic alternatives await, including the delightful Three Spirit Nightcap and their exquisite Sharp-Blurred Vines wine alternative. Sundays usher in a wine and dine experience at the charming Coperta in Midtown, where from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, guests are treated to a gastronomic journey of 10 delectable dishes, complete with optional wine pairings.

Margot’s menu is a testament to the celebration of freshly sourced ingredients, spanning from the bountiful local fields of Esoterra Farm to the mystical caves of Switzerland. We savored the flavors of Esoterra Farm‘s fresh produce, which graced several of our dishes, while the earthy morel mushrooms, procured from Olympia Rare Foods, added a touch of decadence to the Manchester Farm Quail creation. As a special treat from Switzerland, the illustrious Kaltbach Cremeux cheese arrived, adorned with a drizzle of Bjorns Royal Honey. Among the culinary highlights, the Parisian Gnocchi stole the show with its fusion of purple snow peas, brown butter almonds, and agretti. My personal favorite was the Scallop Tartare, an exquisite medley of avocado, coriander, and caviar.

Margot is a culinary experience that transcends the ordinary, offering a harmonious blend of sophistication and relaxation. Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary culinary artistry of Chef Justin Fulton. Make your reservations today at


Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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