River and Woods is chef and partner Daniel Asher’s newest passion project. Daniel’s obsession with local agriculture, sustainable sourcing and food justice has been his focus for over two decades in the restaurant industry. As the former culinary director of The Edible Beats Group—one of the most successful hospitality brands in the region—Daniel helped to define true farm-to-table cuisine in Denver. He was part of Root Down’s rise to success and opened Linger, Root Down at Denver International Airport, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, and Vital Root and continues to consult on sustainability and culture for the group.
Chef Daniel was one of the new pioneers in the natural foods movement in the Midwest, founding his boutique organic catering event company and restaurant consulting firm in 2004, EcoChef Services, exclusively utilizing organic and locally-grown produce, ethically-raised meats and sustainably produced ingredients. His recipes and philosophies have been featured in multiple national and regional publications. He has been a promotional rep for sustainable companies such as Whole Foods, Lundberg Farms, Santa Cruz Organics, Green Fest and Farm Aid.
Eco-conscious cooking is his passion, and the bounty of Colorado’s wonderful terroir is incredibly provocative. Chef Daniel is a certified raw foods chef from the Living Light Culinary Institute in California, a US chef ambassador for Albert Bartlett, co-chair for the Chefs Collaborative Colorado chapter, a board member of EatDenver, and the recipient of the 2015 Philanthropist Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association for his work with dozens of non-profits in Colorado and beyond.
River and Woods is the culmination of his experience and passions, an expression of the joy and inspiration that comes from gathering at the table to share real, thoughtfully prepared food.