Taste of Slow Food Nations

Taste of Slow Food Nations is a group of restaurants joining together to promote the festival by running special menu items at their restaurants from June 18-30. Participating restaurants (listed below and on the map) in the Denver area will create a unique menu item to celebrate foods from the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalogue of delicious endangered foods we want to preserve by celebrating!

Bring some friends and ask for the Taste of Slow Food Nations menu to get a preview of what’s to come at the festival. And remember to share your plate with #SlowFoodNations #TasteofSFN! Tune into the Facebook event page here for updates on the dishes / cocktails that will be served at each location.

Participating Restaurants: 

Acorn Restaurant
Appaloosa Grill
Barolo Grill
beast + bottle
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
Bin 707 Foodbar
Bistro Vendome
Blue Agave Grill
Carmine’s on Penn
Cirque Kitchen + Spirits
Citizen Rail
Dio Mio
duo Restaurant
Euclid Hall
Fish N Beer
Fruition Restaurant
Hearth & Dram
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar – Glendale
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar – LoDo
LoHi Steakbar
Lola Coastal Mexican
LOW Country Kitchen
Mercantile dining & provision
Next Door American Eatery
Old Major
Park Burger
River and Woods
Stoic & Genuine
Tacos Tequila Whiskey
TAG Restaurant
The Bindery
The Fort
The Way Back
Urban Farmer

This program is aimed at raising awareness around the heritage food items that are slowly disappearing from our menus, and to celebrate the importance of protecting these foods and help people “understand the real costs of good, clean, food” (Alex Seidel, Mercantile). With more than 4,800 foods on the Ark of Taste, a catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction, chefs like Alex Seidel of Mercantile and Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer are looking to identify a few key items to highlight for the event.  By identifying and championing these foods, Slow Food is able to keep them in production and on our plates.

What are chefs saying about a Taste of Slow Food Nations?

“I realized how critically important protecting our food system was after I first attended Terra Madre several years ago. Colorado farmers and food producers have grown so much in the last 10 years, but there’s still a lot left to be done. I hope Slow Food Nations and these preview dinners will inspire locals as that first Terra Madre did for me. Customers need to keep demanding fresh, clean foods, and chefs must continue to put them on the menus and ask purveyors to stock those items.”

Alex Seidel

Chef and Owner, Mercantile dining & provision | Fruition Restaurant

“Partnering with Slow Food is a must for me, being part of a community of chefs, restaurateurs and likeminded people that celebrate what we all love and need to protect the most.”

Chris Starkus

Denver Chef, Urban Farmer

“We are thrilled to work with the Slow Food movement. Not only as a restaurant operator, but also as a father, I strongly believe in what this cause is all about. The importance of our food and where it comes from is very near and dear to us.”

Joe Pettenger

General Manager/Proprietor, LoHi Steakbar