Ever since Samir Mohammad was tapped as the executive chef of the Village Cork, a lovely Washington Park wine bar, oenophiles and foodophiles alike have been clamoring for a taste, and while Mohammad's open kitchen, which squats squarely in a sea of bodies, isn't equipped with a hood or a multi-burner range, he nonetheless turns out some of the most beautifully prepared food in the city, which is one reason why he earned our Best Rising Chef award in this year's Best of Denver.
And it's also why he was chosen as a participating chef in FIVE, a troop of toques that, in addition to Mohammad, includes Jenna Johansen, Tyler Wiard, Hosea Rosenberg and pastry chef Jessica Scott. The chefs involved in FIVE, the brainchild of former restaurateur Leigh Sullivan, who now owns Leigh Sullivan Enterprises, which provides restaurant PR and marketing (the company also has a restaurant industry job placement board), hosts events and dinners all around the state, and on Monday, June 11, Mohammad is hosting a FIVE dinner at the Village Cork.
Mohammad's five-course, French-inspired menu will be paired with cocktails from James Lee, the mixology master at the Bitter Bar in Boulder, along with French wines chosen by Jonathan Greschler, who's currently behind the stick at Fuel Cafe (he'll soon move to the Squeaky Bean, when it opens in mid-June). "It's our first sit-down dinner of the year, and we're all pretty excited about it," says Brian Melton, who works at Leigh Sullivan Enterprises. In addition, he says, FIVE has teemed up with Novo Coffee, which will pour java at the end of the night, and for every ticket sold, 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit Project Angel Heart and the non-profit organization's 800 clients.
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