Jay Fox's Dining Guide
How good are Denver's best women chefs?
The 6th Annual WomenCook! Dining for a Difference Work Options for Women
COME ONE, COME ALL, to a tasting of the finest food your tum-tums will ever get an opportunity to receive. If you haven’t been before, you’d best hope it’s not too late to buy a seat, or better yet a table. On Monday evening, May 3, 2010, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street, Denver), the most bestest, most wonderful, most enchanting female chefs will prepare a dish or maybe two, to demonstrate their skills at the same time raising lotsa money so that the Work Options for Women (WOW) program can continue helping low-income women gain the skills and confidence necessary to move out of the cycle of poverty and into a life of long-term independence and self-sufficiency. WOW operates a culinary training program coupled with a job placement program so that these women can find meaningful employment in the food service industry.
Gloria Neal, CBS4 News reporter will be the emcee. 500 of Denver’s hungriest will fill the auditorium.
Check in starts at 6:00 pm, with time to look at the silent auction items. Dinner will start promptly at 6:15 pm. Concurrent with the dinner there will be a silent auction, featuring a variety of food-related goods and services. The money raised will go directly toward training students, finding housing, and assisting with other life necessities.
If you go, you’ll meet the best women chefs in town and you’ll get to taste their best offerings. I’m sorry to report that there will be no sangies or buggers. And you will not have a list to a lengthy program. Yeah, there is a program, but you are all guaranteed to eat until you drop — as long as you don’t dilly dally, but you will be out the door by 8:30 pm, guaranteed.
Let’s get right to the goodie list. As of press time, these are the chefs and their menus:
• Black Pearl — Kate Horton
- Open for lunch Monday thru Saturday and dinner every nite.
• Café Options (WOW) — Craig Dixon
- Open Monday thru Friday, 6:30 am to 3 pm.
• DBar Desserts — Lisa Bailey
- Open 11 am to 10 pm, Monday thru Thursday and ‘til midnite on Friday and Saturday.
• Duo & Olivea — Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and Los Cabos II — Francesca Ruiz
Restaurant Duo: (2413 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, 3033-477-4141 www.duodenver.com)
- Duo & Olivea serve weekend brunch and dinner nitely; Los Cabos serves lunch daily and dinner every nite except Sunday.
• Elway’s Cherry Creek — Aneidra Nicols
- Serving lunch and dinner seven days.
• Gateaux (French Bakery) — Kathleen Kenny Davia
- Open Tuesday thru Friday 6:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 7 am to 4 pm. Closed Sunday.
• Hyatt — Sandra Adams
- This four-star hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in its inviting restaurant,1876.
• Jax Fish House — Sheila Lucero
- Dinner is served nightly.
• Los Cabos — Francesca Ruiz (See above)
• Panzano — Elise Wiggins
- Since Panzano serves the Hotel Monaco, it is open for most all meals daily. Check their website for specific times and days.
• Parallel 17 — Mary Nguyen
- Open for lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30 am to 3 pm and dinner nitely.
• Rioja & Bistro Vendome — Jennifer Jasinski
- Rioja serves lunch Wednesday thru Friday, dinner daily and brunch on Saturday & Sunday.
• WOW Federal Blvd — Michael Benson
- WOW (Work Options for Women) operates the programs that you are supporting tonight. They also operate the WOW Café for the employees of the building. They serve a very limited breakfast and lunch. It is not open to the public, but they do welcome folks to come and see the students in action. Y’all should visit the WOW program.
Whew! That was several hundred mouthsful, so if I gotta typo in there somewhere, sorry in advance. Too many fancy food words that I don’t have a clue what they are so how would I know how to spell them? And if I don’t know how to spell a word, how can I look it up in the dictionary? Them dictionary writers never thought about that, did they? I need a DUMB book (Disorganized Unorganized Misguided Book). I’m sure there’s something like that on the web.
The cost of a ticket is $125 per person. For more information, call Dan Mondragon at 720-944-1920 or visit WOW on line at www.workoptions.org. Check out the list of employer partners and patronize those employers.
Jay Fox can be reached at Jay@JayFoxcpa.com.