HUSH founder Phil Armstrong, Denver's duke of underground dining and restaurateur (he's partnering with Arugula chef/owner Alex Schuler to open Tangerine in Boulder), is moving ahead with plans to introduce pop-up restaurants to Front Range foodniks -- and the first of those pop-up parties will take place on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 in an undisclosed location somewhere in Denver.
Armstrong, who's calling the dinners "NOMAD" -- "Let your hunger roam," reads the tagline -- has teamed up with chef James Mazzio, a 1999 Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef winner and current chef of Pickles Deli and Olive Oil, which will open sometime this summer next door to Tipsy's Liquor World in Littleton, to host the dinners, which, says Armstrong, will also highlight up-and-coming guest sous chefs -- in this case, Colin Hemens, the sous at Arugula. "This is a great opportunity to feature chefs that aren't always in the limelight, and I'm super excited that James is coming on board to oversee the dinners," says Armstrong. "I trust James, he's done an awesome job with us in the past working on events and his cooking just knocks it out of the park," he adds.
The weekend dinners, of which there are four total -- two seatings on Saturday, at 5:30 and 8:30, and two on Sunday, at the same times -- will pimp a five-course feast paired with wines, for $90 per person, excluding gratuity. "Unlike our large format events, NOMAD provides an even more intimate environment in which guests will have a chance to taste the cutting-edge cuisine of Colorado's most exciting new and veteran chefs," says Armstrong, noting that each seating is limited to forty guests.
Those who score reservations will be contacted a week before the dinners with information about the whereabouts of the venue. "Keeping the location hidden creates a bit of mystery, but I can guarantee you that it's going to incredibly cool," promises Armstrong, who plans to host pop-up restaurant dinners once a month.
For more info, or to make reservations, go to www.hushdenver.com/reservations.