Castle Rock residents were thrilled when Elizabeth and Myles Ogea opened the doors of their sleek new restaurant, The Social , in the Village at Castle Pines . This was especially true when they learned that talented chef Lance Barto  would be at the helm. Barto (whose substantial list of credits include Linger , Central Bistro & Bar , Strings , and Wild Catch ) is known for his clean, clear flavors that capture the peak of the season’s freshness. He doesn't disappoint.
Seasonality runs through the four-part menu of vegetables, seafood, poultry, and meat. Barto incorporates local flavors whenever possible and adds a global twist to each dish. Go first to the chilled carrot soup (pictured). Poured tableside and with a quenelle of herbed crème fraîche, the silky smooth, curry-laced soup is garnished with fresh peapods, sliced radish, fresh herbs, and shaved root vegetables. Move to the thick, tender slices of roasted pork belly with ras el hanout , fresh herbs, and Moroccan chickpea salad; or the roasted duck breast with sliced Colorado peaches, herbed polenta, and arugula.
Tip: Save room for the summery cherry mascarpone tart with sour cherry gastrique and cherry ice cream.
In the Village at Castle Pines, 872 W. Happy Canyon Road, Suite #100, Castle Rock, 303-524-788