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2nd Annual Colorado Culinary Challenge

Jun 8, 2019


Colorado’s top culinary talent will go head-to-head at Le Méridien Denver Downtown’s 2nd Annual Colorado Culinary Challenge, a Friends of James Beard Benefit . Executive Chef Tobias Burkhalter will be joined by a lineup of Colorado’s premier chefs for a five-course culinary showcase, including cocktail pairings, where participating chefs will compete for the bragging rights that will go along with the “Best Dish” and “Best Pairing” awards. In addition to the five-course food and beverage showcase, the evening will include a welcome reception, live music and chef presentations.

Even better than eating and drinking well? Helping foster the next generation of culinary talent. A portion of the evening’s ticket sales will be donated to the James Beard Foundation’s National Scholars Program, supporting the future generation of chefs through high-impact scholarships.

Talent for evening:

Chef Keegan Gerhard, D Bar (Emcee)

Chef Lisa Bailey, D Bar

Chef Tobias Burkhalter, Le Meridien Denver Downtown & Michael Marquez-Thompson, Corinne

Chef Carrie Baird, Bar Dough

Chef Nick Kayser, Vesta

Chef Chris Royster, Flagstaff House

Tickets can be purchased in advance at:

To purchase a full table at a discounted ticket price (eight tickets), please contact Lauren Stobbs at or 720.996.1514

*Ticket price includes tax + 18% gratuity

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