These Girls Are Main Denver and Boulder’s Culinary Scene

These Women Are Leading Denver and Boulder’s Culinary Scene

Daughter Thai’s Ounjit Hardacre, Dueanphen Rungrueang, and
Orrapan Bottaisong. Photo by Sarah BanksEat and Drink

If you want to support female-led food and beverage businesses in Colorado, this is a good place to start.

 •  March 7, 2021

From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we hope this list makes it easy for you to find and support female-owned and -operated establishments from Aurora to Boulder and beyond.

Who did we miss? Email us at [email protected]; we’ll update this list regularly.

Bakeries

  • Aura’s Bakery: Aura Langdon, owner
  • Ayokay Doughnuts: Clara Klein, co-owner
  • Azucar Bakery: Crystal DeZao, co-owner
  • Babettes Pizza & Pane: Catherine Scott, co-owner
  • Black Box Bakery: Arielle Israel and Megan Read, co-owners
  • Black Knife Bakery: Deviny Herrera, owner
  • Bubby Goober’s Baked Goods: Jennifer Tom and Corrie Sharp, co-owners
  • Cake Crumbs Bakery & Café: Katie Magner, owner
  • The Doughnut Club: Ondrea Fernandez, co-owner
  • The Enchanted Oven: Maki Fairbanks, co-owner
  • Flick of the Whisk Cakes: Bryonna Williams, baker and owner
  • Funky Flame: Allison Declercq, baker and owner
  • Gateaux Bakery: Kathleen Kenny Davia, owner
  • Grateful Bread Company: Kathy Mullen, co-owner
  • Happy Bakeshop: Liane Heggy, owner; Amber Watson, general manager and head baker
  • HiRa Cafe & Patisserie: Hiwot Solomon, owner and pastry chef
  • Kelley Kakes: Kelley Prather, owner and baker
  • La Fillette Bakery: Keturah Fleming, owner
  • Lala’s Bakery: Vivian Villagrana and Laura Madrid, owners
  • Miss Peabody’s Southern Tea Cakes: Pamela Richard, founder and owner
  • Moon Raccoon Baking Company, Kate Lange and Zoe Deutsch, owners
  • The Noshery: Andrea Knight, owner
  • Not Yo Mama’s Cupcakes: Angelia Han, owner
  • Pandemic Donuts: Gabrielle Henning, co-owner
  • Shamane’s Bake Shoppe: Shamane Simons, owner
  • Sugar Bakeshop: Natalie Slevian, owner
  • Sugar Sisters Bakery: Molly Witt and Rebekah Lydon, co-owners
  • Valhalla Cakes: Sam Slade, owner
  • Victory Love & Cookies: Kristy Greenwood Bortz, owner

Bars

  • Blush & Blu Bar: Jody Bouffard, owner
  • Bookbar: Nicole Sullivan, owner
  • Brass Tacks: Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, co-owner
  • Bread Bar: Sam Alviani, co-owner
  • Death & Co Denver: Alex Jump, head bartender
  • Drunken Monkeys: Janelle Leyba, co-owner
  • Embassy Tavern: Leigh Jones, co-owner
  • Fort Greene: Eleanor Cheetham, owner
  • The Greedy Hamster Bar: Tay Wilbanks, owner and operator
  • Honey Elixir Bar: Jocasta Hanson, owner
  • The Horseshoe Lounge, Crow Bar: Melanie Unruh, Margaret Moore, and Leigh Jones, co-owners
  • Inga’s Alpine Tavern, the Bar Car: Leigh Jones and Margaret Moore, co-owners
  • Local 46: Niya Gingerich, owner
  • Noble Riot: Nicole Mattson, co-owner
  • Pony Up: Angela Neri, co-owner
  • Retrograde: Gerry Kim, co-founder and owner
  • RiNo Yacht Club: Mary Allison Wright, co-owner
  • Rita’s Law: Rita Price, owner
  • Roger’s Liquid Oasis: Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, co-owner
  • Room for Milly, Queens Eleven: Fiona Arnold, co-owner
  • Run for the Roses: CC Chaput, assistant general manager
  • Union Lodge No. 1, The Tatarian, and Arvada Tavern: Lenka Juchelkova, co-owner
  • The Wild: Suzanne Roberts, general manager
  • Wild Women Wine: Charlene Meriwether, co-owner

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

  • 3 Freaks Brewery: Suzanne Atencio and Jess Anderson, owner and head brewer
  • Atōst: Cindy Pressman, co-owner
  • Bierstadt Lagerhaus: Ashleigh Carter, co-founder and head brewer
  • Bigsby’s Folly: Marla Yetka, co-owner
  • Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales: Sarah Howat, co-founder
  • Black Shirt Brewing Co: Carissa Miller, co-founder
  • The Block Distilling Co.: Michelle Weaver, co-owner
  • Blue Moon Brewing Company: Emilie Stewart, brewer
  • Burns Family Artisan Ales: Laura Worley, owner and managing director
  • Carboy Winery: Rebecca Weitzman, chef and partner; Maggie O’Malley, operating partner; Cindy Davis, tasting room manager (Carboy Denver)
  • Cerveceria Colorado: Mariah Duffy, general manager
  • Cheluna Brewing Company: Jennifer Perez, co-owner
  • Colorado Cider Company: Kathe Page, founder and co-owner
  • Deviation Distilling: Cindi Wiley, co-founder
  • Doña Loca by Dígame: Dana Rodriguez, co-founder and chef; Karen Ashworth-Macfarlane, co-founder and CEO; Alaina Silva, finance director
  • Factotum Brewhouse: Laura Bruns, co-owner
  • Fiction Beer Company: Christa Kilpatrick, co-owner
  • Goldspot Brewing Company: Kelissa Hieber, owner and head-brewer
  • The Grateful Gnome: Bess Doherty, owner and brewer
  • Haykin Family Cider: Talia Haykin, co-owner
  • High Hops Brewery: Amanda Weakland, co-owner
  • Holidaily Brewing Company: Karen Hertz, owner
  • The Infinite Monkey Theorem: Nicki McTague, president
  • Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse: Laura Walters, head distiller
  • Lady Justice Brewery: Betsy Lay, Kate Power, and Jen Cuesta, co-founders
  • Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery: Alyssa Thorpe, head brewer
  • The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar: Sarah Haughey, owner
  • Maxline Brewing: Cathy Morgan, co-owner
  • MillerCoors: Melissa Bosak, line lead of packaging (also co-founder of the Denver chapter of the Pink Boots Society)
  • Mockery Brewing: Rachel Rabun and Sara Heinle, owners
  • Montanya Distillers: Karen Hoskin, president, CEO, and co-owner
  • New Belgium Brewing: Kim Jordan, CEO; Lindsay Barr, sensory specialist; and Lauren Woods Limbach, wood cellar director and sensory specialist
  • Novel Strand Brewing Company: Chantel Columna and Ayana Coker, co-owners
  • Outer Range Brewing Co: Emily Cleghorn, co-founder and CMO
  • Renegade Brewing Company: Aimee Soete, head brewer; Jess McElvain, brewer
  • Rising Sun Distillery: Dawn Richardson, owner, operator, and manager
  • Stem Cider: Courtney O’Rourke, director of marketing and cider relations; Giannina Orozco, director of human resources; Arline Kellogg, RiNo taproom general manager; Sarah Ingraham, director of operations; Lais Castello, controller
  • The Storm Cellar: Jayme Henderson, co-owner
  • Snow Capped Cider: Kari Williams, co-founder and owner
  • Wiley Roots Brewing Co: Miranda Carbaugh, co-founder and COO
  • Wine and Whey: Pam Zorn, owner

Catering and Meal Delivery Services

  • Angels Heavenly Kitchen
  • Bowls By Ko, Kaitlin Overton, owner
  • CME Catering & Events: Regina Edmondson, owner
  • Cocktail Caravan: Crystal Sagan, founder
  • The Easy Vegan, Alexi Mandolini,
  • Éclat Culinary: Sam New, owner and chef
  • Food Bridge: Marin Toscano, founder and executive director
  • Footers Catering: Heather Carr, executive chef; April Lambatos, owner
  • Four Directions Cuisine: Andrea Murdoch, chef and owner
  • Konjo Catering & Events: Fetien Gebre-Michael, owner
  • SoulNia: Kamiya Willoughby and Tess Hurlburt, owners
  • The Spicy Radish: Katie Kannen, chef and owner
  • Whistling Boar: Debbie Seaford-Pitula, co-owner

Coffee, Tea, Juice and Kombucha Shops

  • 3rd Bird Kombucha, Sara Lemmon
  • Amethyst Coffee Shop: Elle Taylor, owner
  • Beleza Coffee Bar: Nafisa Ramos, co-owner and founder
  • Black Eye Coffee: Ali Elman, owner
  • Copper Door Coffee Roasters: Hannah Ulbrich, owner
  • Denver Cat Company: Sana Hamelin, owner
  • The Denver Tea Room and Coffee Salon: Margo Seymour, owner
  • East Simpson Coffee Company: Leslie Wing Pomeroy, co-owner
  • Federal Coffee: Sonia Rosas, owner
  • Happy Leaf Kombucha: Jenni Lyons, founder and co-owner
  • The House of Commons: Jessica Avery, owner
  • Quince Essential Coffee House: Michelle Jeannerett, owner
  • The Sophisticate’s Tea: Trinity Hindman, owner
  • Sweet Gold Juice: Norma Quinones, owner
  • Teelee’s TeaHouse and Bookstore: Risë Jones, co-owner
  • Teatulia Tea Bar: Linda Appel Lipsius, founder
  • The Weathervane Cafe: Lindsay Dalton, co-owner
  • Welton Street Cafe: Mona Dickerson, owner
  • White Whale Room: Rachel Gass, co-owner
  • Whittier Cafe: Millete Birhanemaskel, owner

Culinary Retail

  • Bee Squared Apiaries: Beth Conrey, owner
  • Bibamba Chocolate: Mara Trager Tcheunou, co-owner
  • Blackbelly Butcher: Lauren Feder, co-owner
  • Blonde Beard’s Buffalo Sauce: Cara Nelson, co-owner
  • Bobo’s Oat Bars: Beryl Stafford, owner
  • Bruna’s Cheese Bread: Bruna Piauí Graf, owner
  • Buckner Family Ranch: MaryKay Buckner, co-owner
  • Canino’s Sausage Company, Inc.: Diana Payne, owner
  • Carbon Knife Co.: Tina Chon, co-owner
  • Casa Crobu: Kelly Crobu, co-owner
  • Cheese Importers: Linda White, owner
  • Chile Crunch: Susie Hojel, owner
  • Corner Post Meats: Adrienne Larrew, co-founder
  • Cure Organic Farm: Anne P. Cure, owner and farmer
  • Cured: Coral Frischkorn, co-owner
  • Danconia’s Truffle Brownies: Khaki Fox, CEO and chief gifting officer
  • Desserted: Amber LaPrelle, co-owner
  • DIY Delish: Rajwinder Harika, Sharan Sethi, and Simran Sethi, co-owners
  • Ela Family Farms: Regan Choi, assistant manager and food safety
  • Fantasioso Foods: Lisa Pisano, chef and owner
  • Front Range Cannery: Pauline Summers, owner
  • Hacienda Maize: Terri Maize, owner
  • Healthyish Foods: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh, founder
  • Helliemae’s Caramels: Ellan Daehnik, owner
  • H.J.Haas (custom knives): Heather J. Haas, owner
  • Jojo’s Sriracha: Jolene “Jojo” Collins, owner
  • Linji Market: Rasami Storm, owner
  • Little John Produce Box Project: Alexandra LittleJohn, founder and CEO; Claire Cox, director of marketing; Maegan Harmon, customer accounts manager; Traci Pichette, Lisa Kelly, and Erin O’Leary, recipe developers
  • Marczyk Fine Foods: Barbara Macfarlane, co-owner
  • Merf’s Condiments: Kelly Schexnaildre, owner
  • MyKings Ice Cream: Le’Day Grant, owner
  • Moksha Chocolate: Jennifer Caines, co-owner
  • New Beat Foods: Tish Kurnik, founder and CEO
  • Noosa Finest Yoghurt: Koel Thomae, founder
  • Pastificio Boulder: Claudia Bouvier, founder and co-owner
  • Patter Bar: Patter Gersuck, owner
  • Pint’s Peak Ice Cream: Caitlin Howington, owner
  • PreFare Gourmet Meal Kits: Susan Ardito Wysocki, executive chef
  • Rebel Farm (wholesale only, but look for on local menus): Lauren Brettschneider, co-owner
  • Red Camper Picnic Supply: Maura Gramzinski, owner
  • Ruby’s Market: Michelle Lasnier, founder
  • Sabā Jam: Sabā Parsa, chef and owner
  • Savory Spice: Janet Johnston, co-owner
  • Sfoglina: Jesse Albertini, chef and owner
  • Table Mountain Farm: Amanda Adare, founder-owner
  • The Truffle Cheese Shop: Janet Schaus, co-owner
  • Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar: Katie Robbins, co-owner
  • Victoria’s Gluten-Free Kitchen: Victoria Wolf, owner
  • Walia Creamery: Yeshi and Aster Gebremeskel, co-owners
  • Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe: Kate Kavanaugh, co-owner
  • Yo Bucha: Anna Postek, owner
  • Yummy Lotus: Alexa Hesse, owner

    Culinary Schools

  • Cook Street School of Culinary Arts: Deanna Scimio, executive pastry chef instructor; Barb Sagel, chef instructor
  • Create Cooking School: Michelle Nguyen, operation manager
  • Food Lab: Casey Easton, owner
  • The Seasoned Chef: Jodie Leschuk, office manager; Donna Marrone, chef instructor; Aarika Silva-Ortiz, chef instructor
  • Stir Cooking School: Katy Foster, owner

Culinary Tours

Food Trucks

  • Adobo Food Truck: Dawn Marie Ortega, co-owner
  • Amazing Tasty Eats Food Truck & Catering: Megan Bennett, chef and co-owner
  • Ba-nom-a-nom Treat Truck: Sarah Ladley, owner
  • Beef King: Linda Mattei, owner
  • Church of Cupcakes: Porche Lovely, owner and baker
  • Cilantro & Perejil: Rosalba Anaya, owner
  • Dos Abuelas: Keigh Crespo, owner
  • The Ethiopian Food Truck: Fetien Gebre-Michael, co-owner
  • The Farmer in the Hive: Stacia Hazlett, chef and owner
  • The French Twist: Lori DeBoer, co-owner
  • J Street Food Truck: Amy Crowfoot, co-owner
  • The Jerk Truck: Stephanie Jailall, owner
  • Las Cazuelas de Fer: Marta Meza, co-owner; Erika Antunez, co-owner; Fernanda Antunez, co-owner
  • The Lucky Bird: Leigh Davison, chef and co-owner
  • Miss B’s Vietnamese Food Truck: Kim Bui, owner
  • Mukja Food Truck: Julia Rivera and Kayla Makowski, owners
  • Postcard Foods: Bridget Bagel, co-owner
  • Prieto’s Catering: Erika Rojas, owner
  • Quiero Arepas: Beckie Panasewicz, owner
  • Simply Pizza Food Truck: Kim Armstrong, owner
  • Still Smokin BBQ: Cagney Hedahl, co-owner
  • VX-3 Mobile Food Unit: Natasha Johnson, owner
  • What Would Cheesus Do: Genevieve Hardin, owner and operator
  • Wong Way Veg: Lisa Wong, owner
  • Woodhill Small Batch BBQ: Jodi Segura, co-owner
  • Yuan Wonton: Penelope Wong, co-owner and chef

Food-Related Organizations and Associations

  • Above the Bar: CC Chaput, co-founder; Jillian Hapak, co-founder
  • Bridge House/Community Table Kitchen: Isabel McDevitt, CEO
  • Chef Ann Foundation: Ann Cooper, president and founder; Mara Fleishman, CEO
  • Colorado Restaurant Association: Sonia Riggs, president and CEO; Emily Ewing, office manager and executive assistant; Devany McNeill, vice president of strategic partnerships; Molly Mulderrig, senior membership manager; Emily Rickert, membership services representative; Erin Dewey, communication & membership coordinator; Mollie Steinemann, manager of local government affairs; SallyAnn Prier, events and sponsorship manager; Laura Shunk, president of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation; Courtney Baylie, grant & scholarship coordinator for the Colorado Restaurant Foundation
  • EatDenver: Katie Lazor, executive director
  • Flatirons Food Film Festival: director, Julia Joun
  • Metro Caring: Teva Sienicki, CEO; Donna Munip, COO and CFO; Sisi Dong Brinn, CIO
  • Project Angel Heart: Jennifer Lackey, interim president; Summer Polson, sous chef
  • Work Options for Women: Julie Stone, executive director; Angela O’Leary, director of operations; Bailey Denmark, director of development; Kristi Hornick, director of recruitment and community engagement; Tessa Houston, culinary program and special projects manager; Yoselin Corrales, manager of student services; Tamika Simmons, program coordinator; Ebony Magee, mobile culinary classroom assistant chef instructor; Shannon Boehler, cafe and commissary supervisor
  • Women’s Wine Guild of Colorado: Abbie Minton, Sarah Shomaker, and Jessica Roat, co-founders

Restaurants

  • 9Thai: Kyla Love and Mae Saevang, co-owners
  • Acova, the Hornet: Betsy Workman, owner
  • African Grill & Bar: Theodora Osei-Fordwuo, co-owner
  • Aloy Modern Thai: Arisa Chanchokpong and Bo Bean, co-owners
  • Almagre Venue & Bar: Mundi Ross, co-owner; Grace Harrison, co-owner
  • Ambli: Pariza Mehta and Kelly Morrison, co-owners
  • Anise, Modern Vietnamese Eatery: Quyen Trinh, owner and executive chef
  • Annette: Caroline Glover, chef-owner; Chelsey Maschhoff, sous chef
  • Baba & Pop’s Pierogi Kitchen & Bar: Katherine Yurek, co-owner
  • The Bagel Deli: Rhoda Kaplan, co-owner and lead cook
  • Barolo Grill: Erin Lindstone, sommelier; Katie Kelly, bar specialist
  • Beast & Bottle, Coperta: Aileen Reilly, co-owner and general manager; Jodi Polson, pastry chef;

    Kate Birney, dining room manager (B&B); Nicole Romeo, executive sous chef (B&B);

    Hannah McGowan, dining room manager (Coperta)

  • Beckon: Kodi Simkins, chef de cuisine
  • Big Red R Restaurant Group (Lola Coastal Mexican, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, West End Tavern, Centro Mexican Kitchen, The Post Brewing Co.): Dana Query, creative cat; Sheila Lucero, executive chef; Tiffany Richards, the Oracle; Audrey Quistorff, offensive coordinator; Iva Townsend, mother of all F’ers; Chelsea Carlton, party planner; Cindy DeSanto, bean counter; Callie Sumlin, PR and marketing manager
  • The Bindery: Linda Hampsten Fox, chef and owner
  • Bird & Jim: Melissa Strong, co-owner
  • Bistro Barbès: Megan Silvertooth, owner, general manager, and wine buyer
  • Bistro Georgette: Heather Morrison, co-owner
  • Black Cat Farm, Black Cat Farm Table Bistro, Bramble & Hare: Jill Skokan, co-owner
  • Blackbelly, Santo: Lauren Feder, co-owner; Ashley Ogden, general manager (Santo); Lisa Balcom, pastry chef (Blackbelly)
  • The Bluegrass Coffee & Bourbon Lounge: Sheena Gordon, owner
  • Bombay Clay Oven: Rohini Miranda, co-owner
  • Boney’s Smokehouse: Trina Lynch, co-owner
  • Bonnano Concepts (Denver Milk Market, Mizuna, Luca, Osteria Marco, French 75, Green Russell, Lou’s Food Bar, Russell’s Smokehouse, Wednesday’s Pie, Salt & Grinder, Vesper Lounge): Jacqueline Bonanno, co-owner and and creative director
  • Brazen: Carissa Sargent, owner
  • Bridge & Tunnel Restaurant Group (Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen/Rosenberg’s After Dark, Lou’s Italian Specialties, Famous Original J’s Pizza, Sherry’s Soda Shoppe): Kelley Mang, head pastry chef; Dani Craig, brand director
  • Broadway Roxy: Paula Vrakas, owner
  • Carbon Cafe & Bar and Habit Doughnut Dispensary: Lisa Ruskaup, owner and CEO; Eve Sloan and Diane Kleindienst, co-managers
  • Carm & Gia Metropolitan: Razz Cortés, owner
  • Cattivella: Elise Wiggins, chef and owner
  • Charcoal Bistro: Amy Brown, sous chef
  • Chickee’s Lil Kitchen: Harriett Sanchez, owner
  • Chicken Rebel: Lydie Lovett, owner and operator
  • ChoLon Restaurant Concepts (ChoLon, Cho77, LeRoux): Lourdes Garcia, Cho77 sous chef; Ashley Adams, ChoLon bar manager; Michelle Xiao, dim sum chef
  • Comal Heritage Food Incubator: Slavica Park, co-founder
  • Comida at Stanley Marketplace: Rayme Rossello, owner; Sandra Banchs, head chef
  • Coohills: Diane Schapiro Coohill, co-owner; Nikki Baldacchi, executive pastry chef
  • CoraFaye’s Cafe: Priscilla Smith, owner
  • Coquette’s Gluten Free Bakery: Michelle Marx, co-owner; Turu Marx, co-owner
  • The Corner Beet: Nikki Hazamy, owner
  • The Cow Eatery: Sherri Lind, co-owner
  • Crafted Concepts (Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Ultreia, Stoic & Genuine): Jennifer Jasinski, chef and co-owner; Beth Gruitch, co-owner; Lauryn Markle, pastry chef; Ariana Didziulis, Bistro Vendôme executive chef; Jessica Richter, Ultreia and Stoic & Genuine general manager; Katie Murphy, Bistro Vendôme general manager; Casandra Hood, Crafted Concepts Administrative Coordinator
  • Cuba Cuba: Kristy Soccarás Bigelow, owner
  • Culinary Creative Group (Ash’Kara, Bar Dough, Tap & Burger, Señor Bear, Mister Oso, Forget Me Not, Aviano Coffee): Katie O’Shea, partner; Emily Obermeyer, chief of staff; Nicole Westerman, director of operations (Tap & Burger); Natalia Spampinato, head of pastry; Allie Holmes, operations manager (Culinary Creative and Aviano); Nicole Lebedevitch, partner & beverage manager (Forget Me Not); Kristen Eagan, general manager (Tap & Burger Belleview Station); Jessica Rehs, bar manager (Bar Dough); Jen Mattioni, general manager (Ash’Kara); Carrie Walbridge, bar manager and assistant general manager (Ash’kara); Chanelle Libuano, general manager (Mister Oso); Stefy DeVita, executive sous chef (Señor Bear); Kayla Jones, social media and branding director
  • Curio and Green Seed Market (at Denver Central Market): Katsumi Yuso Ruiz, co-owner and manager
  • D Bar Denver: Lisa Bailey, co-owner
  • Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar, Citizen Thai Bistro: Ounjit Hardacre, owner
  • Flagstaff House Restaurant: Elizabeth Sammuri, wine and beverage director
  • The Fort: Holly Arnold Kinney, owner
  • Fox Run Café: Lauren Brendel, chef and kitchen manager; Kelsie Berens, pastry chef and general manager
  • Frasca Hospitality Group (Tavernetta, Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale, Sunday Vinyl): Carlin Karr, wine director; Erin Pommer, brand director; Jodi McAllister, director of culture & human resources; Alicia York, executive assistant; Kelly Jeun, Frasca co-executive chef; Rose Votta, Frasca general manager; Clara Klein, Sunday Vinyl sommelier; Rachel Garcia, Frasca sous chef; Courtney Grisham York, Frasca pastry sous chef; Charlene Vogel, Tavernetta pastry sous chef; Ryanna Kramer, Tavernetta sommelier
  • Fresh Thymes Eatery: Christine Ruch, owner and chef
  • Frozen Matter: Gerry Kim, co-founder and owner
  • Fresh Fish Company: Karen Kristopeit-Parker, owner
  • Ginger Pig: Natascha Hess, co-owner; Carrie Baird, partner
  • The Green Collective Eatery, Allison and Jamie Rifkin, co-founders/owners
  • Hi Tide Poke & Hawaiian: Celeste Pfeiffer, chef and co-owner; Melissa Krischuk, co-owner
  • High Point Creamery: Erika Thomas, co-founder
  • Hops & Pie: Leah Watson, co-owner
  • Id Est Hospitality Group (Basta, the Wolf’s Tailor, Dry Storage, Brutø): Erika Whitaker, co-founder; Holly Clarke, head pastry chef; Tayler Warren, director of operations; Caroline Clark, beverage director; Leigh Barnholt, marketing, events, and community engagement manager
  • Il Posto: Julianna Dreistadt, sommelier and wine director
  • The Inventing Room Dessert Shop: Stacey Kleinman, co-owner
  • Island Woman Shanty (Longmont): Modah Naycha, owner
  • Ivy on 7th: Noemi Ramos, general manager; Rebecca Weitzman, chef and partner

  • Jovanina’s Broken Italian: Jennifer Linzinmeir, co-owner; Ashley Morrison, chef de cuisine and pastry chef; Christina Maza, general manager; Kristy McDonough, events manager
  • Konjo Ethiopian Food: Fetien Gebre-Michael, co-owner
  • Just Be Kitchen: Jennifer Peters, owner
  • Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group (Mila, Hickory & Ash, Masa Cocina Mexicana, Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, Prelude & Post): Denise Taylor, co-owner and partner
  • La Catrina Grill: Silvia Hernandez, owner
  • La Fogata: Danette Calhoun, owner
  • La Merise French Cuisine: Elena Zasytiene and Baiba Sisco, co-owners
  • Le French: Aminata Dia, co-owner; Rougui Dia, co-owner and executive chef
  • Lindsay’s Boulder Deli: Lindsay Shaw, owner
  • Logan Street: Christina Kanai, assistant general manager
    Los Cabos Peruvian Cuisine: Francesca Ruiz, owner
  • Los Chingones: Nikki Fielder, executive sous chef
  • Maria Empanada: Lorena Cantarovici, owner
  • Mercury Cafe: Marilyn Megenity, owner
  • Meta Asian Kitchen: Doris Yuen, co-owner and general manager
  • Morin: Mary Allison Wright, wine director
  • Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club: Nicole Mattson, co-owner
  • Northside Eatery & Market: Alexis Osborne, general manager
  • Ohana Island Kitchen: Regan Colburn, co-owner
  • Olive & Finch: Mary Nguyen, owner and executive chef
  • Osaka Ramen: Caitlin Lapinel, general manager
  • Panzano: Gaby Navas, pastry chef
  • Parisi: Christine Parisi, owner and business manager
  • Peel Handcrafted Pizza: Angel Hepp, co-owner
  • The Preservery: Whitney Ariss, co-owner
  • Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana: Pam Proto, owner
  • Postino: Lauren Bailey, CEO and co-founder; Jen Gray-Beery, Colorado area director; Brianna Jacobson, Postino Broadway general manager; Molly Jacobs, Postino LoHi general manager; and Molly Jones, Postino 9+Co general manager
  • Potager: Eileen Warthen, co-owner
  • Q House: Jen Mattioni, co-owner
  • The Queen of Sheba Restaurant: Zewditu (Zodi) Aboye, owner
  • Racines: Lee Goodfriend, co-owner
  • Rae’s & Kay’s Melting Pot: Isha Rae Desbin and Char Kay Desbin, owners
  • Restaurant Olivia: Heather Morrison, co-owner
  • Revelry Kitchen: Sarah and Vanessa Harris, co-owners
  • Safta: Liliana Myers, head pastry chef; Emily Shaya, co-founder of Pomegranate Hospitality
  • SAME Cafe: Letisha Steele, operations officer and chef; Carrie Shores, Cook to Work culinary and education program manager
  • Sam’s Meat Market: Debbie Sams, owner and manager
  • Santiago’s: Carmen Morales, founder and co-owner; Rachel Wells, co-owner
  • Sassafras American Eatery: Julia Grother, owner and operator; Jazmin Montano, restaurant manager; Tina Bennet, restaurant manager; Sarah Blackmore, restaurant manager; Tiffany Condra, office manager
  • Secret Sauce Food & Beverage (Steuben’s, Ace Eat Serve): Emily Biederman, COO; Nadine Donovan, executive pastry chef; Jacqui Grossman, general manager (Ace Eat Serve); Sarah Cloyd, executive chef (Steuben’s Arvada); Anna Regan, media manager
  • Smōk: Katlyn Demaline, general manager
  • Somebody People: Tricia Maher, co-owner
  • Spuntino: Cindhura Reddy, chef and co-owner; Austin Nickel, sous chef
  • Sputnik: Allison Houseley, co-owner
  • Stanley Beer Hall: Anne Walter, executive chef
  • Stowaway Kitchen: Amy Cohen, co-owner
  • Sugarfire Smoke House Westminster: Jamie Green, co-owner
  • Super Mega Bien and Work & Class: Dana Rodriguez, chef and co-owner; Tabatha Knop, co-owner; Anna Walter, SMB sous chef
  • Sushi Co.: Olivia Maeng, co-owner
  • Tables Restaurant: Amy Vitale, chef and co-owner
  • TAG Restaurant Group (TAG, Bubu, TAG Burger Bar, Guard and Grace, Los Chingones, Hashtag, FNG): Nikki Guard, beverage director; Joy Williams, executive pastry chef
  • Tamales by La Casita: Paula Sandoval, co-owner
  • The Walnut Cafe: Dana D. Derichsweiler, owner
  • Whole Sōl: Alexa Squillaro, co-founder and chief taste officer
  • The Wolf’s Tailor: Kodi Simkins, executive chef
  • The Wooden Table, Brodo Scratch Kitchen: Jane Knauf, co-owner
  • To the Wind Bistro: Leanne Adamson, chef and co-owner
  • Uncle: Cecelia Webster Jones, general manager (Speer location)
  • Urban Farmer: Susan Wieser, general manager
  • Via Perla: Peggy Romano, owner
  • Vibe Concepts (Spanky’s Roadhouse, Roadhouse Boulder Depot, Montezuma Roadhouse, Metropolitan, Dusty Boot Roadhouse Beavercreek, T Street, Kickapoo Tavern, Luigi’s Pasta House, Reivers Bar & Grill): Cynthia Shipp, co-owner
  • Xicamiti La Taquería: Paola Meza, co-owner

Denise Mickelsen, Former Food Editor

Denise Mickelsen is the 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021. Follow her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.


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