Cafe Society

Reader: Even a homeless man knows to thank you for a quarter

The Denver Five will return to the James Beard House next month, strutting their stuff for food fans in New York City.

The featured chefs make undeniably good food...but how will they behave?

Says yumadum:

Leigh Sullivan is trying to do a cool thing with Denver 5, but she's only got so much to work with with these chefs. The chefs are ungracious and lame. I've been to a couple events and dishes have ranged from mediocre to terrible. I'm not the type who cares to hobnob with the chefs, but some patrons buy tix as a means to support budding local chefs and interact with them in a friendly, casual environment. These ungrateful chefs are nowhere to be found at these events - not even passing around the front of house for a generic "How's the food?". (The only chef I've seen ask about the food promptly stormed off when a patron politely said she didn't love his dish). Pass Hosea in the halls three times and he can't be bothered to look up from his smartphone to nod at you for your $40 ticket... even a homeless man on the street knows to say "Bless You" for your quarter. I'm not expecting constant chatter, but how about just a bit of charm when you put out your coffers to cover your Beard NYC hotel?

Ow! Have you been to a Denver Five event? What was your experience? Share your thoughts below, or join the conversation already under way here.


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