Introducing Citizen Rail’s Pastry Chef Gaby Navas

BY Gabriela Reyes


Photos by LC Photo Style

Get ready to feast your eyes on some mouthwatering treats as Union Station’s very own culinary gem, Citizen Rail, and Lime Light Hotel‘s newest sweet sensation, Pastry Chef Gabiela “Gaby” Navas, partake in an exclusive Instagram Takeover on DiningOut’s account this Wednesday, Oct. 25th. Hailing from the vibrant landscapes of Honduras and raised amid the sunny shores of Florida, Chef Gaby honed her craft at the prestigious Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, specializing in the art of baking and pastry. With a career spanning nearly a decade, her culinary journey has been highlighted by a transformative period at the renowned Panzano within the Monaco Hotel, a bastion of culinary excellence.

Anecdotes from her illustrious career highlight both her dedication and a whimsical mishap, as she reminisces about a comical kitchen incident involving a mishandled Hobart mixer, leaving her reminiscent of Casper the friendly ghost, covered from head to toe in flour. Beyond the kitchen’s hustle and bustle, Chef Gaby treasures moments spent with her husband, canine companion, and their adventures in their trusty travel companion, a happy camper.

Chef Gaby’s culinary narrative is deeply rooted in her familial heritage, with cherished memories of her grandmother skillfully preparing Atole, a traditional corn-based hot dessert beverage. This cherished legacy is artfully woven into the fabric of her culinary creations, notably exemplified by the delectable creme brulee, designed to evoke pure joy from every guest lucky enough to savor it.

Who better to trust for delightful dessert recommendations than a pastry virtuoso? Chef Gaby likes to treat herself to the delectable offerings of Edgewater Public Market‘s renowned Black Box Bakery, praising their mastery of laminated dough and sumptuously filled croissants. Unveiling her personal weakness, she admits that her desert island indulgence would undoubtedly be a lusciously soft, warm cinnamon roll drizzled with a decadent pecan glaze.

Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable experience, as you savor the exquisite desserts curated by the ingenious Chef Gaby Navas, available exclusively at Citizen Rail. Be sure to visit and explore the ever-evolving seasonal menu, meticulously crafted to delight even the most discerning of palates. Please tune in to learn more about Chef and her dessert program. 


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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