Here, a fool-proof menu complete with recipes for sides, entrées, desserts, and drinks—all pulled from 5280‘s archives, so you already know they’re good. Dazzle your friends with your flawless party-planning chops and let these collections guide you to your most memorable food-focused summer yet.
Pie may be the freedom dessert standard, but we like these hand-held trifles for their simplicity, portability, and cool factor.
Artichoke-Giardiniera Dip* (from Elway’s Cherry Creek, page 34)
Limoncello Chicken Wings* (from Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria, page 22)
Thousand Island potato salad
Sweet corn with roasted poblano* (from Edge Restaurant & Bar, page 103)
Jalapeño-cheddar grits* (from Duo Restaurant, page 98)
Grilled bone-in pork loin chop* (from Fruition Restaurant, page 54)
Smoky fennel chicken (from Beast & Bottle)
Blueberry lemon icebox trifle
Royal hutch punch
Note: Dishes marked with an * can be found in 5280: The Cookbook, our collection of recipes from Denver and Boulder’s best restaurants. Pick up the book, or substitute with similar dishes found from other resources.