Women’s History Month: Meet our Panelists 

BY Leah Cioth

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To continue celebrating Women’s History Month, we’re sharing another spotlight on the women who comprise our panel of tastemakers and shouting out their many accomplishments. If you haven’t tried the amazing establishments headed up by any of the women below, you are missing out! And what better way to celebrate any occasion than over a really great meal?

Christina Richardson

Christina is the owner and chef behind a food truck that is turning heads for both its award-winning menu and hot pink exterior, Chile Con Quesadilla. She knows the ins and outs of starting a food business from the ground (or wheels) up with excellence. Be sure to visit her food truck this month and be on the lookout for their brick-and-mortar coming soon.
Chile con Quesadilla

Christina is the owner and chef behind a food truck that is turning heads for both its award-winning menu and hot pink exterior, Chile Con Quesadilla. She knows the ins and outs of starting a food business from the ground (or wheels) up with excellence. Be sure to visit her food truck this month and be on the lookout for their brick-and-mortar coming soon.

Christine Parisi

Christine Parisi and her eponymous fast-casual Italian restaurant, Parisi, have been rooted in Denver for 25 years. Her culinary endeavor began from a deep nostalgia for her years in Italy and has gone on to be an establishment that promotes delicious Italian food and connection through community. We’re thrilled she’s on the panel and encourage you to pull up a chair at Parisi, which is 100% women-owned. 
Parisi

Christine Parisi and her eponymous fast-casual Italian restaurant, Parisi, have been rooted in Denver for 25 years. Her culinary endeavor began from a deep nostalgia for her years in Italy and has gone on to be an establishment that promotes delicious Italian food and connection through community. We’re thrilled she’s on the panel and encourage you to pull up a chair at Parisi, which is 100% women-owned. 

Cindhura Reddy

If you have visited Spuntino, you likely have tasted the work of our panelist, Chef Cindhura Reddy. She was also recently nominated by the James Beard Foundation for their Best Chef award in the Mountains region, for a second time. Sit down for a hearty and unforgettable meal of Italian classics at Spuntino as soon as you get the chance.
Spuntino

If you have visited Spuntino, you likely have tasted the work of our panelist, Chef Cindhura Reddy. She was also recently nominated by the James Beard Foundation for their Best Chef award in the Mountains region, for a second time. Sit down for a hearty and unforgettable meal of Italian classics at Spuntino as soon as you get the chance.

Dana Query

Dana joins our panel with a creative eye and robust experience in food marketing. She puts her expertise into action at the Big Red F Restaurant Group (BRF) which owns and operates twelve restaurants along Colorado’s Front Range and in Kansas City. She’s seen and tasted a lot in her career, so don’t hesitate to take her suggestions, which currently include Seoul ManDoo’s Korean dumplings and Truffle Pig up in Steamboat. 
Big Red F Restaurant Group

Dana joins our panel with a creative eye and robust experience in food marketing. She puts her expertise into action at the Big Red F Restaurant Group (BRF) which owns and operates twelve restaurants along Colorado’s Front Range and in Kansas City. She’s seen and tasted a lot in her career, so don’t hesitate to take her suggestions, which currently include Seoul ManDoo’s Korean dumplings and Truffle Pig up in Steamboat. 

Elise Wiggins

Chef Elise Wiggins is a decorated culinary expert who also owns and operates an Italian restaurant, Cattivella. She’s won a slew of awards and always keeps her ideas fresh by making an annual pilgrimage abroad to work with and learn from Italian chefs, collecting knowledge and ideas she brings back to Denver with her. Other eateries she personally recommends are Plimoth and Annett’s and Wolf’s Tailor.
Cattivella

Chef Elise Wiggins is a decorated culinary expert who also owns and operates an Italian restaurant, Cattivella. She’s won a slew of awards and always keeps her ideas fresh by making an annual pilgrimage abroad to work with and learn from Italian chefs, collecting knowledge and ideas she brings back to Denver with her. Other eateries she personally recommends are Plimoth and Annett’s and Wolf’s Tailor.

Elizabeth Woessner

Rounding out this week’s feature on our female panelists, Elizabeth is a Denver food scene veteran who has been involved with various aspects for over 15 years. She runs a marketing company focused on helping independent restaurants succeed and has played a huge part in managing Chef and Brew, Denver’s largest craft food and beer pairing festival. She has also hosted radio programming about Denver’s culinary scene and is working towards her sommelier level three certification. If you need to know what’s what about Denver’s food scene, Elizabeth is absolutely in the know and can be followed at @ewoessner
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Rounding out this week’s feature on our female panelists, Elizabeth is a Denver food scene veteran who has been involved with various aspects for over 15 years. She runs a marketing company focused on helping independent restaurants succeed and has played a huge part in managing Chef and Brew, Denver’s largest craft food and beer pairing festival. She has also hosted radio programming about Denver’s culinary scene and is working towards her sommelier level three certification. If you need to know what’s what about Denver’s food scene, Elizabeth is absolutely in the know and can be followed at @ewoessner.

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Leah Cioth

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