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The end of a year is a good time to reflect on our happiest “foodie” memories. 2010 was full of great experiences. We would like to thank all of our Culinary Connectors fans. Your love and passion for food inspires us every day. Here are some of our favorites….

One of the year’s top highlights was celebrating Chef Alex Seidel’s Best New Chef award from Food & Wine magazine. His dish at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic (baby lamb ribeye, english pea and potato risotto, lamb sweetbread confit and a wilted pea tendril) was beautifully composed and executed. Pictured below: Alex Seidel at the Food & Wine party.

Jeff Osaka at Twelve restaurant is continuing his vision of changing his menu each month. Especially good was his pork loin with bacon, his seared scallops and his velvet smooth carrot soup. Pictured below: Jeff’s scallop pho.

The opening of ChoLon Bistro, by Chef Lon Symensma who hails from Buddakan in New York has been a great addition to the dining scene in Denver. Lon, along with this sous chef, Ryan Gorby brought us French onion soup dumplings that are simply delicious. Pictured below: Becky Creighton, Lon Symensma and Christine Lucas.

Matt Selby continues to impress all of us not only as a chef and a restaurateur, but also by his generosity. From his dedication to ending childhood hunger at Taste of the Nation and his support of Urban Peak and The Spot, Matty teaches all of us that it pays to give back. Pictured below: Becky Creighton, Matt and Gina Selby.

What else was interesting in 2010? Denver followed trends in New York and Los Angeles as many food trucks popped up. Steubens, Porker Cart, Biker Jim’s, Gastro Cart and Brava Pizza taught us that street food is fun, affordable and delicious. Pictured below: Jim Pittenger from Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

We welcomed new restaurants like Café Aion, Pizzeria Basta and ChoLon Bistro. Cafe Aion was listed as a spot to visit when Bon Appetit named Boulder the Nation’s foodiest town. Also named was The Kitchen, another one of our favorite spots in Boulder.

We enjoyed seeing and eating what our “Denver 5” cooked at the James Beard House in New York City. Troy Guard from TAG, Matt Selby from Vesta Dipping Grill and Steubens, Brian Laird from Barolo Grill, Jamey Fader from Lola and Tyler Wiard from Elways did a fabulous job of representing the Denver dining scene in the big apple. Pictured below: Tyler Wiard’s lamb dish.

We saw the following trends in Colorado – supper clubs, artisanal cocktails, cupcakes, pie shops, less emphasis on fine dining, head to tail eating, PORK and foodies who use social media like Yelp to review restaurants. Pictured below: Jorge de la Torre, dean of Johnson & Wales,  enjoying a drink.

We shopped at Tony’s Market, the Truffle, In Season, Mondo Vino, Little Raven, EVOO, Savory Spice and Marczyks. It brings us great pleasure to support our local shops who are as passionate about bringing quality, local and seasonal items to us as we are to supporting that trend.

In closing it was a fabulous year. Now, a few thousand dollars poorer and few pounds heavier, we say farewell to 2010 and hello to 2011. May it be filled with as many amazing dishes, chefs, restaurants, wine and friends. Cheers!