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Top Tasting Menus In Denver

July 24, 2013 6:00 AM

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sushi Top Tasting Menus In DenverSushi Den (credit: Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Summer is a great time to take a tasting journey around Denver. Tasting menus offer a chef’s choice of menu favorites and can be highly educational. Read on for a collection of Denver’s top tasting menus.

See our previous piece on Top Tasting Menus In The Denver Area here.

Chef’s Tasting at Luca d’Italia
711 Grant St.
Denver, CO  80203
(303) 832-6600
www.lucadenver.comExecutive chef Eric Cimino offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 and up ($95 and up with sommelier pairings) and a chef’s six-course menu for $85 and up ($125 and up with sommelier pairings). The six-course tasting menu includes choices from braised meatballs, soil roasted beets, tagliatelle fra diavola, pappardelle bolognese, roasted black cod, tasting of rabbit and duo of duck. The restaurant is known for its exceptional wine program. Named after owner Frank Bonanno’s son, Luca d’Italia is an ode to the beauty of dining and celebration of family.

Chef’s Tasting at Mizuna
225 E. 7th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4778

Executive chef Stephen McCary offers a five-course prix fixe menu for $75 and up ($155 and up with sommelier pairings) and a chef’s eight-course menu for $125 and up ($200 and up with sommelier pairings). The menus rotate seasonally but offerings could include grilled baby octopus, Burgundian escargot, seared diver scallops or Colorado lamb chops. With a laid-back vibe and thoughtful wine list, Mizuna has earned a reputation as a special place among food lovers and critics due to its quality and great service.

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Gypsy Kitchen
Rotating locations

Gypsy Kitchen is a collaboration of chefs Jon Robbins and Brian Dudzinski with wine expert Alex Kayir. Guests can expect a spectacular 10- to 12-course tasting with unique wine pairings. Previous menus have included geoduck and linguica sausage, stuffed squash blossom, salmon sushi, sea bass paella, red snapper and spectacular desserts such as millefeuille and cheesecake surprise. The pop-up dinner only offers 20 seats so count on communal dining with an interesting group. The price varies on tasting and location. Be sure to email the reservation’s address for the upcoming calendar.

Omakase at Sushi Den
1487 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826

Named one of the best omakase menus in the country, Sushi Den offers guests one of the most authentic Japanese tasting experiences.  The restaurant is renown for its daily fish deliveries from the Japanese fish markets. Five to six courses of pristine sushi along with an endless variety of raw and cooked dishes are served, including fresh vegetables from the restaurant’s private greenhouse. The omakase menu is priced at $100 and up and includes green tea.

Chef Wiggins Nightly Tasting Dinners at Panzano
909 17th St.
Denver, CO  80202
(303) 296-3525

Acclaimed executive chef Elise Wiggins creates a five-course, chef’s tasting menu every night for $55 per person. Chef Wiggins has earned a reputation for sourcing locally and working with high-quality farms, which produce grass-fed beef and natural meats. Nightly summer menus might include insalata primavera, ragu di anatra or salmone alla piastra. Every Sunday evening through the summer, Chef Wiggins offers a special three-course tasting menu for $35 with optional wine pairings accompanying each course for an additional $15. The menu and wines rotate each month to reflect a different region of the Italian culinary and oenological landscape. Be sure to visit the website for upcoming regions.

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Ellen Marchman Larkey has a savvy knowledge of culture and events and maintains trusted partnerships around the country. She has substantial expertise with food, wine and lifestyle including Aspen Food &
Wine Festival, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Cochon, Top Chef and numerous destination
restaurants and master mixologists. She has beeen‘s Denver’s Fine Dining writer since 2009.

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