Cafe Society

First look: The Social opens tonight in Castle Pines

Chefs aren't always patient with servers -- or their kitchen staff -- but Lance Barto may be the most patient chef I've ever seen, even under pressure. Over the weekend, just an hour before a friends-and-family dinner that included several local big-name chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs, Barto, executive chef of The Social, a new restaurant opening to the public tonight in Castle Pines Village, was fielding questions about his menu, carefully describing each dish to a posse of servers...with lots of questions.

It's not often that we get to witness the interaction between a chef and his servers -- and it's not always pleasant when we do -- but Barto, who couldn't have been more calm, cool and collected, didn't flinch, answering every question with intelligent, focused and precise answers, which makes me think that he (and his restaurant) will do very well in its suburban location, far removed from the bright lights of Denver, where Barto did time at Strings, Central Bistro & Bar and Linger.

See also: - Lance Barto departs Linger to open The Social in Castle Pines - Central Bistro and Bar opening in Highland with Lance Barto behind the line - Executive chef Lance Barto gets "pushed out" from Central Bistro & Bar

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Lori Midson
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