Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and up to 224 of Denver’s top chefs will hold a press conference to officially announce Denver Restaurant Week, the largest culinary celebration in Denver’s history.  Mayor Hickenlooper will deliver an official proclamation and offer a toast to the city’s chefs.  Richard Scharf, president & CEO of the sponsoring VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, will make an announcement concerning the first official week-long extension of Denver Restaurant Week and reveal the names of the 133 restaurants extending.


The 224 participating chefs will pose for a historic photo in the Galleria of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, signifying that Denver’s dining scene is “on stage” during Denver Restaurant Week.  Mayor Hickenlooper will propose a toast for the chefs, drinking wine supplied by sponsors Mirassou Winery, Louis M Martini and Frei Brothers Reserve. 


The chefs will be available for exclusive print and broadcast photo setups.


Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper

Richard Scharf, president & CEO, VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau



Galleria under the glass arch

Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis

10 a.m.

Friday, February 20, 2009


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Contact:   Rich Grant, 303-571-9450, rgrant@visitdenver.com

                 Jen Elving, 303-571-9451, jelving@visitdenver.com