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Chef & Founder

Alex Seidel

Chef/Owner of Mercantile Dining and Fruition Restaurant in Denver, Colorado

2018 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2017 Semifinalist, Best Chefs in America

2010 Food & Wine Mag Best New Chef


Hosea Rosenberg

Executive Chef and Owner of Blackbelly and Santo restaurants.

Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2009


Kelly Whitaker

Chef/Owner of Dry Storage and Basta in Boulder, Colorado, and Wolf’s Tailor in Denver, Colorado

2019 Bon Appétit named The Wolf’s Tailor one of American’s 10 Best New Restaurants on it’s “Hot 10” List

2019 James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southwest

2016 Denver Eater Chef of the Year (twice earned this recognition)

2016 #2 on “Denver’s 25 Best Restaurants” for Basta


Caroline Glover

Chef/ Owner of annette

2020 James Beard Semi-Finalist “Best Chef, Mountain”

2019 & 2018 James Beard Semi-Finalist “Best Chef, Southwest”

2019 Food & Wine Magazine names Caroline “10 Best Chefs in America”

2018 James Beard Semi-Finalist “Best New Restaurant

2017 Bon Appétit named annette one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in the Country”


Dana Rodriguez

Executive Chef / Owner of Work & Class in Denver, Colorado and Co-Founder of Doña Loca Mezcal & Tequila.

2016 & 2015 James Beard Nominee “Best Chef, Southwest”


Jeff Osaka

Owner of Osaka Ramen, Sushi-Rama, and Empire Lounge & Restaurant

2014 James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southwest

Co-Founder of Denver Central Market


Alberto Collarte

Executive chef at Grand Solmar Resort


Kent Hall

Executive Chef / Owner, Taco Cabo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Caesar Pita

Owner of Lumbre


Jennifer Jasinski

Owner / Chef The Crafted Concepts restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Stoic & Genuine and Ultreia.

2016 James Beard Semi-Finalist “Outstanding Chef”

2013 James Beard Winner “Best Chef Southwest”

2013 Finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season 5


Matt Vawter

Owner & Executive Chef of Rootstalk Breckenridge


Bruce Kalman

Proprietor / Chef of Soul Belly BBQ
Top Chef Season 15
James Beard Nominee


Joe Campbell

Executive Chef of Mambo, and Co-Founder/Executive Chef of Bésame in Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Kelly Kawachi

Head Butcher at Blackbelly


Beth Gruitch

Co-Owner/Restauranteur of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Euclid Hall, Stoic & Genuine and Ultreia in Denver, Colorado

Restaurant recipient of AAA 4 Stars

Wine Spectator Award

5280 Magazine Top of the Town


Biju Thomas

Owner of Biju’s Little Curry Shop in Denver, Colorado


Patrick Ayres

Chef at Primrose in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Executive Sous Chef at the James Beard Award-winning Canlis Restaurant from 2010 until 2013


Laura Posiak

Owner of LAURA The Butcher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Facilitates butchery education and curriculum at Colorado Mountain College

Developer of ethical and sustainable meat consumption programs


Jackie Chang

Award-winning, Head Cheesemaker at Haystack Mountain Creamery

2019 World Cheese Awards (Silver- Funkmeister and Haystack Peak)

2019 American Cheese Society Awards (1st place- Snowmass Raclette and Cashmere)

2019 World Championship Cheese Contest (Best in class- Red Cloud & 2nd place-Gold Hill)


Filipa Orrison

Founder / Winemaker or Orison Wines

Master Sommelier

Brett Zimmerman

Owner of Boulder Wine Merchant and Chief Wine Officer for Integrated Beverage Group in Denver, Colorado


Erik Segelbaum

Wine Enthusiast 40 under 40 Tastemaker

Food & Wine Magazine 2019 Sommelier of the Year

Wine Maker

Jon Schlegel

Co-Founder Snooze A.M. Eatery and Founder of Attimo Wines in Denver, Colorado

Wine Maker

Edgar Torres

Founder Bodega de Edgar Winery 


Mark Stanford

Beverage Director for Truffle Pig and Carl’s Tavern in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

1st Place, Peoples Choice, Knob Creek “Repeal Day” Old Fashioned Competition in Denver, CO 2017

Finalist in Tuaca’s Colorado’s “Bartender’s Cup”

Regional Semi-Finalist Herradura Tequila’s “Bar Legends” Competition

Regional Semi-Finalist in HeavenHill Distilleries “Bartender of the Year” Competition


Danny Sanchez

Owner of Barracuda Cantina


Barney Treadway

Owner of the Wine Education Institute, a WSET approved program provider
Founder of Bitto Bistro

WSET Instructor

Daniel Schlachet


James Blanchard

Founder of Blanchard Family Wines

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