The event will kick off with the group walking from the Sheraton Hotel Denver through a row of luminarios in Civic Center Park to the Denver Art Museum for a reception with Mayor Hickenlooper.

Seven Denver chefs will prepare signature dishes to represent Denver and Colorado:

·         Jennifer Jasinski , Rioja

·         Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo & Olivea Restaurants

·         Teri Rippeto  Potager and Patrick DuPays, Z Cuisine

·         Yasmin Lozada-Hissom  & John Broening of Duo and Olivea

·         Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Frasca Food and Wine

·         Lyle Davis and John Howlett,  Big Bang Catering

·         Justin Cucci, Root Down

·         Eric Skokan,  Black Cat

The public must register to attend these events.  Media are welcome to cover them.  Details:

WHEN:             Wednesday, April 1

·         Delegates will walk through Civic Center Park to the Denver Art Museum down a path lined with luminarios and with students from Johnson & Wales University dressed in their white chef coats and hats at 6:30 p.m.  Reception in the Denver Art Museum 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


WHERE:           Sheraton Hotel Denver, 16th and Court Streets, Denver Art Museum


WHO:               The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink.

The worldwide membership of more than 3,000 encompasses 45 countries and is literally a "Who's Who" of the world of food. This diversity not only offers unique insight into the world's cuisines, but provides excellent networking opportunities.

Writers from The New York Times, Sunset, Gourmet, Cooking Light, Wine News, Better Homes & Gardens, San Francisco Chronicle, Bon Appetite, and many other publications will be attending.

QUOTE:            “This is an outstanding opportunity for Denver to showcase the amazing changes that have taken place in the city’s dining scene to some of the top food, restaurant and culinary writers in America,” states Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.

VISUALS:         At 6:30 p.m., delegates will walk through a row of luminarios lined with volunteer students from Johnson & Wales University in their chef “whites” in Civic Center Park to the Denver Art Museum. 


                        From 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Hotel Denver there will be a Colorado beer and wine tasting for the delegates on the Plaza Level.


                        Possibilities for interviews with delegates and organizers on the importance of this event to elevating the prestige of Denver’s dining.


April 1, 2009

Contact:  Rich Grant, VISIT DENVER (303) 571-9450,

          Sylvia R. Tawse. The Fresh Ideas Group:  (Cell) (303) 913-9650,

          Jen Elving, VISIT DENVER (303) 571-9451,


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