On a perfect Saturday, foodies like nothing better than to while away the day with bites of Brie, glasses of Malbec, and long conversations about food. Understanding this, professional chef Cristino Griego
and culinary aficionado Becky Creighton
created the tour company Culinary Connections of Colorado
. Their Saturday trips wend through markets and restaurants, giving foodies a chance to interact with top Denver chefs and food-business owners.
The eight individuals on the January 17Â Gourmet Tour
traveled toÂ the Truffle
,Â Wen Chocolates
, andÂ Savory Spice Shop
, and this weekend theÂ Top Restaurant Tour
takes a group fromÂ Il Posto
toÂ D Bar Desserts
, before ending atÂ Panzano
for an hour-long cooking class.
At each stop, chefs and business owners explain their products (prosciutto versus jamÃ³n Serrano, or how to make salmon pastrami), while tourists sample and ask questions.
Clearly, Brie and Malbec are only the beginning of the ideal culinary day in Denver.
Saturday, Jan. 24, Top Restaurant Tour; $139