Tastemakers
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All day long, every day, we talk about restaurants and bars with folks who live, breathe, eat and drink the subject. Some are chefs, some are owners – and some are both. Some cook, some serve, some mix cocktails or curate wine or brew beer. Some are writers and some are influencers and some are marketers. They all have their own unique perspectives, but collectively those perspectives add up to one important commonality: a love for the food and drink industry in Colorado.

It’s always a fun conversation. We learn and laugh a lot. These are the personalities that define the character of our communities.

So welcome to the table! We’re excited you’re here and hope you’ll lend your voice to the conversation.


Meet our Tastemakers

We’ve tapped some of the brightest stars in Denver’s shining restaurant scene to take a seat at the new DiningOut Chef’s Table, and the guest list is shaping up to look a lot like the roster of our dream dinner party. While we have their attention, we’ll be tapping into their behind-the-scenes knowledge to find out what you need to know to be in-the-know around town. And you’re invited to listen in on their conversation. We’ll be sharing highlights from our conversations here, so check back soon and often to hear what these top toques and other VIPs have to say. It’s bound to be delicious—and leave you hungry for more.


Aaron Gonerway

Plates By The Pound BBQ

Alex Seidel

Mercantile Dining and Provision

Allyson Reedy

Food Writer

Amos Watts

the Fifth String

Beth Gruitch

Crafted Concepts LLC

Blake Edmunds

Culinary Creative Group

Bre Phippen

Bites with Bre

Brian Rossi

Brian Rossi

Palenque Cocina y Agaveria

Caitlin Howington

Pint’s Peak Ice Cream

Carrie Baird

Culinary Creative Group

Chris Nicki

Hank’s Texas Barbecue

Christian Graves

Citizen Rail

Christina Richardson 

Chile con Quesadilla

Cindhura Reddy

Spuntino

Dana Query

Big Red F Restaurant Group

Daniel Asher 

River and Woods

Derek Figueroa

Seattle Fish Company

Elan Wenzel

Element Knife Company

Elise Wiggins

Cattivella

Elizabeth L Woessner 

Entrepreneur

Eric Elkins

Denverlicious

Frank & Jacqueline

Bonanno Concepts

Greg Hollenback

The Modern Eater

Hosea Rosenberg

Blackbelly

Jared Leonard

SSC Hospitality

Jason Ganahl 

GQue Championship BBQ

Jeff Gebott

H3SH3R BBQ CO.

Jeff Osaka

Sushi-Rama

Jeff Suskin

DiningOut

Jesusio Silva 

Sushi Sora

Jim Pittenger

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Johnny Luang-Khot

Mizu Izakaya

Josh Dinar

DiningOut

Juan Padro

Culinary Creative Group

Kate Kaufman

Hammer and Plate

Kevin Burke 

Culinary Creative Group

Kuvy Ax

ROOT the good food agency

Mario Vega

Lake House Kitchen + Tavern

Natascha Hess

Ginger Pig

Orlando Benavidez

Bits & Pieces

Paul C Reilly

Beast and Bottle Group

Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval Hospitality

Rich Schneider

Raquelitas Tortillas

Ryan Fletter

Barolo Grill

Ted Strauch 

Buckhead Meats 

Tony Zarlenga 

Cafe Brazil

Travis Nicoletti

Gringos Tacos Denver

Ty Leon

Restaurant Olivia