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Reader: Olivea starts the new year off right

Denver's restaurateurs are an incredibly generous group, with chefs and owners alike stepping up to contribute to endless good causes throughout the year.

Olivea -- the eighteen-month-old restaurant owned by Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (who're also responsible for duo) and chef John Broening and pastry goddess Yasmin Lozada-Hissom -- started 2011 off right, donating not just a New Year's Eve dinner, but also a bonus brunch to a family whose nine-year-old had beaten cancer in 2010.

And that prompted what could be the feel-good comment of all 2011, from Shane, Taylor and Michelle:

I just want to thank Stephanie and our amazing waiter Patrick for our wonderful brunch today. You all took care of us better then anyone could imagine. First time here and the food was amazing and I can't wait to try dinner there sometime.

Again thank you Lori, Stephanie and Patrick: You started out our year like we needed.

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