We have a winner of our HUSH Table: Great Roads to Great Chefs contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to tell us, in fifty words or less: What culinary contraption do you wish you could invent, and why? From the five submissions entered, we chose this answer from kezzamcdezza, who wrote: "A fully automated kitchen! Cupboards would manage your inventory via scanning barcodes and weighing items. Items added to shopping list on phone automatically. This app would also have a recipe database. You choose the sources. And it would know how much of the ingredients you already have! Dreaming, I know!" Kezzamcdezza, we'll send you an e-mail with info about how to claim your prize.
Original post: Back in 2010, Phil Armstrong, a longtime restaurateur, unleashed HUSH, an "underground" supper club in Denver that spotlighted the talents of local and national chefs at intimate venues in Denver and Boulder. And the dinners were so popular that Armstrong kept upping the ante, eventually hosting Adventures in Dining getaways that took place at luxurious hideaways throughout the state. Armstrong also pioneered the roving pop-up movement in Denver, hosting small dinners for a temporary amount of time at restaurants and licensed venues across the city. And now, after a sabbatical, Armstrong and HUSH are back, and this time, Armstrong has lassoed an incredibly impressive romp of chefs -- local and national -- to spearhead his new chef series: Table: Great Roads to Great Chefs, a fifteen-week culinary streak that will take place at the Lodge, the newly remodeled, forty-room boutique hotel adjacent to the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park.
And we're giving away two seats to the first Great Roads to Great Chefs dinner, which will feature molecular gastronomy wizard Ian Kleinman, founder of the Inventing Room.
"Hush is continuously looking to create new and inventive ways for rising star chefs to be recognized," says Armstrong. "Great Roads to Great Chefs is not only something good for the community of Estes Park, but hopefully a gateway program for these talented young chefs to establish themselves for years to come," he adds.
And Kleinman, who was the first chef to do a HUSH Denver event, will be cooking January 31 and February 1, unleashing a five-course dinner paired with wines.
A portion of the proceeds from the dinners, which are $100 per person, will benefit the flood relief funds of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, which supports local nonprofit agencies and governmental entities in their work to meet the needs of those impacted by the floods in Larimer County.
You can purchase tickets by calling 970-577-4000, or you can win them right here by telling us, in fifty words or less, what culinary contraption you wish you could invent, and why. The person who regales us with the most creative answer will win two seats at the community table.
In order to be considered, please submit your answer, your name and a valid e-mail address (if you're already registered with MyVoiceNation, then we have your e-mail; if you're not, then we don't, and without an e-mail address, you can't win) in the comments section below.
We'll announce the winner on Thursday, January 23.
In the meantime, here's the complete schedule of chefs and the dates they're cooking. And stay tuned for two more upcoming HUSH contests, where we plan to give away two seats to the Chad Scothorn (chef of Cosmopolitan, Telluride) dinner and a splurge package, including an overnight stay at the Lodge and dinner with Ari Kolender, chef of Red Medicine, in Los Angeles.
January 31 and February 1: chef Ian Kleinman, The Inventing Room February 7 and 8: chef Alec Schuler, Tangerine and Arugula, Boulder February 21 and 22: chefs Orlando Benavidez and Drew Hardin, Lola February 28 and March 1: James Beard-nominated chef Geoff Rhyne of the Ordinary, Charleston, South Carolina James Beard Nominated March 7 and 8: chef Ryan Leinonen, Trillium March 14 and 15: chef Jeff Osaka, twelve March 21 and 22: chef Chad Scothorn, Cosmopolitan, Telluride March 28 and 29: chef James Mazzio, the Edge Restaurant, Snowmass April 4 and 5: chef Hosea Rosenberg, Bravo Top Chef Winner April 11 and 12: chef Ari Kolender: Red Medicine, Los Angeles April 18 and 19: chef Caleb Shriver, Dutch & Company, Richmond, Virginia