It's been a good year for Lon Symensma, the chef/owner of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, the leading-edge Asian restaurant that he opened downtown last October.
And on Wednesday, October 5, Symensma and his staff will celebrate the food temple's one-year milestone with a blowout dinner trumpeting a multi-course feast created by several Colorado chefs, including Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken); Alex Seidel (Fruition); Justin Brunson (Wild Catch and Masterpiece Deli); Scott and Deanna Parker (Table 6); Mark DeNittis (Il Mondo Vecchio); Hosea Rosenberg (season 5 Top Chef victor); and Jeff Osaka (twelve) -- but first, Symensma is teaming up with Seidel and season 4 Top Chef winner and Chicago-based chef Stephanie Izard for a four-course, family-style craft beer- and food-pairing dinner at ChoLon on Thursday, September 29, which just happens to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival.
"Stephanie is a good friend of mine, and she's embarking on a thirteen-city book tour. Lucky for us, Denver is her first stop, so we're putting together an amazing food-and-beer dinner with her and Alex that will highlight Stephanie's own special brew -- a honey porter -- a beer from Alex, and two more beers, including a dessert beer and one that I'm keeping secret," says Symensma.
Each chef is creating four dishes, all of which will be paired with a beer or beer cocktails, and one fortunate Cafe Society reader will snatch two seats at the dinner, which would otherwise cost $120 plus tax and gratuity. (A percentage of proceeds will go to Share Our Strength.)
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You can purchase tickets to the dinner by calling 303-353-5223, but first you might want to take your chances by entering our contest. Here's what we want to know: How many orders of soup dumplings did Symensma serve during the month of August?
The person who comes the closest to the actual number without going over will win two seats to the dinner. Post your submissions in the comments section below, and please make sure you leave your first name and a valid e-mail address so we can get in touch with you.
We'll announce the winner next Monday, September 20, before 5 p.m.