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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


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


Joe Campbell

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


Logan Sandoval

Owner & Chef of ZEF BBQ


Beth Gruitch

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

Restaurant recipient of AAA 4 Stars

Wine Spectator Award

5280 Magazine Top of the Town

Cooking & Nutrition Content Producer

Biju Thomas

Cooking & Nutrition Content Producer at Outside.


Kelly Kawachi

Head Butcher at Blackbelly


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)

Pastry Chef

Jodi Polson

Pastry chef at beast + bottle and Coperta

Pastry Chef

Erika Flores

Pastry chef at Rioja.


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

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


Barney Treadway

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

WSET Instructor

Daniel Schlachet

Wine Maker

Filipa Orrison

Founder / Wine maker or Orison Wines

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 


James Blanchard

Founder of Blanchard Family Wines

Caviar Expert

Sarah Mayo

Global Sales & marketing Director for Black River Caviar

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