While Denver chef and restaurant consultant Michel Wahaltere scours the city for a space to open a new steakery, tentatively called Meet, he's also teamed up with Cucina Colore owner Venanzio Momo, who hired Wahaltere to tinker with the menu. "I've started to work with Venanzio to bring new ideas to his great place in Cherry Creek North, and I'm very excited to get back to cooking some great Italian food" says Wahaltere, who recently consulted for The SPORTSBOOK at 1434 Blake Street, and before that, MiniBAR, 2623 East Second Avenue.
"I'll be cooking and teaching the kitchen new ideas for two or three months, revamping the lunch and dinner menus and bringing on a happy hour concept with new cocktails and a great wine by the glass selection," explains Wahaltere. "We're also going to work more closely with Colorado farmers and growers, and the menu will have a lot more local and seasonal ingredients," he adds. "The kitchen and staff is doing a lot of really great things already, and I feel comfortable that this team will continue to do great things."
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Wahaltere says that he'll start introducing new dishes to the current board on Easter.