When Governor John Hickenlooper was at the National Governors Association Taste of America Gala in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, he saw a familiar face: Tyler Wiard, culinary director of Elway's Restaurant Group, who was there to champion Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
And no one who stopped by Wiard's booth -- where he was serving chile-braised short rib tacos with tomatillo-chile de arbol salsa in Elsa's homemade corn tortillas -- went away hungry.
Nine chefs were providing food at the event, but Wiard was the chefs' representative, and gave a speech to the crowd about the importance of ending childhood hunger in America by making sure all children get the healthy food they need every day. See also: - Chef and Tell: Tyler Wiard of Elway's - Top six Colorado drinks Hickenlooper should promote instead of fracking fluid - Cheetos, Goldfish: What should be the official state snack for a real Rocky Mountain high?
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.