More than twenty of Denver's star chefs will converge on the Colorado Convention Center this Sunday, March 21, for Chefs Up Front, a culinary bash to benefit Operation Frontline Colorado, a local nonprofit that fights hunger and malnutrition through food education.
"This is such a fantastic event, because all of our local top chefs come together, have fun with the crowd, create their own, unique menus and rally around a great cause," says Carrie Packard, development director of Operation Frontline Colorado. The lineup of chefs rallying this year includes Sheila Lucero (Jax Fish House-Denver), Paul Reilly (Encore), Michael Long (Opus), Scott Parker (Table 6), James Rugile (Venue), Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Matt Mine (Oceanaire) and Matt Selby and Wade Kirwan (Vesta Dipping Grill),
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"All of the money stays in Denver, and this event helps us fund more than a dozen six-week Operation Frontline courses, which gives low-income families the confidence, knowledge and skills to make good food decisions," explains Packard.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a silent auction and a multi-course menu paired with wines. New this year, Packard says, is a limited-edition commemorative cookbook that includes recipes from all the participating chefs. Only 75 of the $50 cookbooks are available; if you want yours John Hancocked by the kitchen wizards, it's another $25. You can also bid cooking school packages, a Culinary Connectors tour, restaurant gift certificates or a series of grilling classes.
Tickets to the event, which is almost sold out, are $300 and can be purchased by calling 303-892-8480 or visiting www. strength.org/operation_frontline/colorado/.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.