Win a golden ticket to molecular magician Ian Kleinman's pop-up dinners at Studio F

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Ian Kleinman lives in a Willy Wonka world. He's the mad scientist, the crazy culinary genius who long ago ditched traditional cooking methods to concentrate on molecular gastronomy, for which he's now known nationwide.

And starting this Friday, you can win a golden ticket to a pop-up dinner that will feature Kleinman's molecular mastery, when Studio F, the new combination culinary event space/professional kitchen/cooking school at 1801 Wynkoop that chef James Mazzio, who also owns Red Star Deli, hosts Kleinman for a nine-day series of pop-up dinners, May 18-26.

Beginning this Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Kleinman (and his liquid nitrogen tank) will be hanging out at the Biker Jim hot dog cart at 17th and Arapahoe, handing out free bags of bruschetta popcorn -- and some of those bags will harbor a golden ticket that's good for two people who want to attend one of the dinners, which will include, among other molecular innovations, lobster crepes with black truffle caviar, mornay and saltwater bubbles.

"It's just like the chocolate bar in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," says Kleinman, "except that instead of the chocolate bar, we're doing bags of bruschetta popcorn flavored with tomato, basis and white cheddar powders, and a few of those bags will hold a lucky golden ticket."

Before the first pop-up dinner on May 18, Kleinman plans to plant himself at other popcorn pop-up venues in Denver, where hopefuls will have additional opportunities to snatch a golden ticket. "We haven't figured out quite where the other popcorn pop-up locations will be, but we'll do at least two more after this Friday," he reveals.

The Studio F pop-up dinners, says Kleinman, will trumpet cocktails and a la carte dishes (every cocktail and dish will be priced individually -- unless you're carrying a golden ticket, in which case your dinner is complimentary) that will be "fun and interesting with my molecular twists on everything."

"I believe every dining experience should have inspiring food, drinks and service," stresses Kleinman. "However, there should be another element -- an entertainment quality that makes you think about your food, not just eat it."

Reservations to the pop-up dinners, some of which will feature other local chefs like Mazzio,Jenna Johansen and Lance Barto, are required, and you can make one (and view Kleinman's menu) by visiting www.studioflodo.com. "It's going to be blast," promises Kleinman.

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.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.