Larimer Square is a sanctuary for ultra-creative Denver chefs who are constantly shaking up what food lovers expect in a great dining experience. Combine that culinary brainpower with the magical atmosphere of the city’s most historic block and the results are a sizzling summer and fall calendar with options that spill beyond the front doors of the district’s locally exclusive, chef-driven restaurants.
Dining Al Fresco returns as Larimer Square eateries extend their patios into the streets for a one-of-a-kind dining experience under a canopy of white lights. Diners are treated to happy hour festivities, delicious dinners, upbeat live music and an evening under the stars on July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9, 2017. Reserve a spot for this truly unique culinary experience through the restaurant where you want to dine: Bistro Vendome, Corridor 44, Cru – A Wine Bar, Green Russell/Russell’s Smokehouse, Ocean Prime, Osteria Marco, Rioja, TAG, The Capital Grille and Tom’s Urban.
Not only will Bravo’s hit TV show "Top Chef" be filming in Denver along with Boulder and Telluride in 2017, The Mile High City is buzzing with culinary events. Larimer Square is in thick of the gourmet goodness as a hub for Slow Food Nations from July 14–16, which is expected to attract 100 exhibitors, 500 delegates and 20,000 attendees. Inspired by Slow Food International’s biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy, Slow Food Nations combines the energy of a street food festival, rigor of an academic conference and inspiration of a cultural exchange with the aim of inspiring individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair.
Entrance to the festival is free and includes an outdoor culinary stage, gardening and cooking activities, heritage food tastings, author talks, and the Taste Marketplace in Larimer Square. With international pavilions, 100 exhibitors and an impressive selection of local producers, Taste Marketplace will tickle the senses of all ages. Ticketed events include block parties on Larimer Square (Colorado-Made on July 14, Burgers, Brews & Bluegrass on July 15, Big Bad Breakfast and Zero Waste Family on July 17), taste workshops, regional food and farm tours, roundtable discussions, and one-of-a-kind dinners.
Transforming Larimer Square into one of Denver’s hottest dining destinations takes vision, and Jeff Hermanson, CEO of Larimer Associates since 1993, is at the forefront of the food scene. Hermanson joined Sara Brito, a longtime Coloradan and food industry veteran, in establishing Good Food Media Network, a nonprofit educational organization that produces and publishes Good Food 100 Restaurants.
Good Food 100 Restaurants is a rating system that aims to move the restaurant industry forward by underscoring how chefs and restaurants are building a better food system and supporting state, regional and national good food economies. How does it work? Restaurants report annual food-purchasing data that is independently audited by Consumer Values Verified, a division of NSF International, and the Business Research Division of Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder analyzes the data to produce the Good Food 100 annual economic analysis. Several chefs from Colorado, including Larimer Square, and across the country have already committed to participating in the Good Food 100 Restaurants.
Larimer Square fuels the appetites of culinary aficionados year-round, but this summer and fall are especially worthy of raising forks and clinking glasses in one of Denver’s most vibrant districts.