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Five things you'll always find in the fridges of the Denver FIVE

Here's what you'll find in my refrigerator at home, but what do the FIVE chefs and bar magicians have in theirs?
Here's what you'll find in my refrigerator at home, but what do the FIVE chefs and bar magicians have in theirs?
Lori Midson

Like a lot of voyeurs, I'm intrigued by the contents of other people's refrigerators, especially the refrigerators of chefs. And, apparently, so is Leigh Sullivan, the innovator behind FIVE -- five local chefs and their bar cohorts, all of whom cook (and pour) at various restaurants and venues around the state, including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen; they also head to the James Beard House in New York every September to kick some Denver whoop-ass.

Sullivan polled past and present chefs and bartenders from FIVE, and asked them what they stocked in their refrigerators at home. Pickles, butter and mustard were popular answers, but at least one chef admitted to lining his shelves with gummy worms. Here's a rundown of what you'd find if you poked your head behind their closed doors.

Mark DeNittis

Il Mondo Vecchio

In his fridge:

Il Mondo Vecchio giardiniera

Il Mondo Vecchio calabrese soppresate

Peroni, Campari or Aperol

Tripe

Orange marmalade

Jamey Fader

Executive chef, Lola and culinary director of Big Red F Restaurant Group

In his fridge:

Sriracha

Limes

Roasted garlic

Every mustard known to man

Eggs

Brian Laird

Executive chef, Sketch

In his fridge:

Juice

Yogurt

Frozen fruit for smoothies

Mustard

Pickles for my son, Darius

Enrique Socarras

Former executive chef, Cuba Cuba

In his fridge:

Assorted cheeses

Pickles

Eggs

Cola

Salad greens

Brandon Biederman

Chef, Steuben's

In his fridge:

Superfood

Session beer

Apple juice butter

Cottage cheese

Greek yogurt

Paul Reilly

Former chef/owner, Encore

In his fridge:

Eggs

Cabot aged cheddar

San Pellegrino

Onions

White wine or beer

Samir Mohammad

Executive chef, Village Cork

In his fridge:

Sparkling wine of some sort

Gummy worms or bears

Butter

Orange juice

Wide selection of hot sauces

Matty Selby

Executive chef/owner. Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's

In his fridge:

Mustard

Salumi

Cheese

Barbecue sauce

Orange juice

James Lee

Owner/operator, Bitter Bar in Boulder

In his fridge:

Carpano sweet vermouth

Cocchi Americano

Dolin French vermouth

Citrus

Bacon

Jenna Johansen

Former executive chef, dish in Edwards; currently a contestant on Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo

In her fridge:

Unsalted butter

Pickles

Rose or bubbles

Fresh lemons and limes

Greek yogurt

Bryan Dayton

Co-owner/Mixologist, Oak at Fourteenth, Boulder

In his fridge:

IPA

Tortillas

Sweet vermouth

Soda water

Milk for the kiddos

Jonathan Greschler

Bartender/sommelier, Fuel Cafe

In his fridge:

Spicy mustard

White wine

Butter

Roasted peppers

Manhattan special coffee soda when I can get, otherwise it's Budweiser.

Tyler Wiard

Executive chef, Elway's Cherry Creek

El Yucateco green habanero sauce

Homemade kimchi

Fuji apples

Serrano chiles

Plochman's school bus mustard

Goose Sorensen

Executive chef/owner Solera

In his fridge:

Skoal Wintergreen

Plugra butter

QP Mayo

Serano Ham

Blue cheese stuffed-olives

Jake Brodsky

Owner, NOVO Coffee

In his fridge:

String cheese

Milk

Applesauce

Hot dogs

Beer

* Kids dominate what's in my fridge these days.

Hosea Rosenberg

Owner/chef BlackBelly Catering

Bacon or other cured, salted pig part

Butter

Green chile

Tortillas

Sriracha


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