Year in review: One perfect meal in 2009

It was the year of the gastropub, the year of the gourmet hamburger joint and cupcake shop, the year of the noodle bar. For me, it was the year of the book, the year I lost my father, the year I found out it was to be my last year in the Mile High City after already having put seven of them in my rearview mirror in what felt to me like record-breaking time...

From TAG and Olivea and Argyll to Root Down and Mark & Isabella, it's been one helluva year. And what better way to celebrate it than with one perfect meal, assembled from all the tatters and leftovers of the hundreds of great meals I've eaten over the past 365 days? If you had a dozen-some courses, an unlimited line of credit and one night in Denver, where would you go? How would you assemble your perfect meal?

It took me a week and a lot of advice to put together my list -- after I'd been eating all year. You'll find that perfect meal here (or on a newsstand) tomorrow.

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