Cafe Society

Aaron Bennett, exec chef of Bácaro Venetian Taverna: Don't come in five minutes before we close -- and don't order well-done steak!

Aaron Bennett Bácaro Venetian Taverna 921 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-4888 www.bacaro.com

This is part one of my interview with Aaron Bennett, exec chef of Boulder's Bácaro Venetian Taverna. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow.

Aaron Bennett's career in the kitchen began when he was thirteen. Like most teen boys, he was intrigued by cars, knew he wanted to hit the pavement the day he turned sixteen, and understood that if he wanted to cruise, he needed to save some dough -- a lot of it. "I started washing dishes five nights a week after school as soon as my parents told me that they'd match what I'd saved," recalls Bennett, now the executive chef of Bácaro Venetian Taverna. "I worked at a restaurant on Lafayette, saving just about every penny I earned."

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Lori Midson
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