There will also be food trucks, “and we’re going to have a phenomenal cocktail contest,” Jones says. “Each team will be assigned a different liquor to use for making a cocktail. The award winner is based on who gets the most tips in their tip jar.”
But what’s most important is what remains the same: The sheer magnitude of the event, and an interactive format that puts participants on the front line while chefs they’ve only read about prepare dishes before their very eyes.
“This is a chance for foodies to get face time with the chefs,” says Jones. “Even I can’t get to thirty fine restaurants in a year. It’s a tough order. So where else in Denver can you go, meet the chefs and try food from the best restaurants in town?”
Taste of the Nation runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue; for tickets, $75, go to ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-denver.
Sun., Oct. 14, 5 p.m., 2012